The Reading / Listening - Cosmetic Surgery - Level 4

Three Chinese women cannot leave a South Korean airport because their passport photos do not match their faces. The women just had cosmetic surgery. It changed their faces so much that passport officers cannot confirm their identity. Their faces were still swollen and bandaged. A website said the women were not allowed on their return flight to China. They were held for questioning at the airport. It is still unclear when the women can go back to China.



South Korea is the world's cosmetic surgery capital. Cosmetic surgery tourism from China is huge. Over 500,000 Chinese people go to South Korean clinics each year. Many clinics specialize in the "Western" look. This is very popular with young South Korean women. Many parents encourage their children to have surgery so they look better in the job market. There are very popular prime time TV cosmetic surgery shows in South Korea.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cosmetic Surgery - Level 5 or  Cosmetic Surgery - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/women-turned-away-flight-south-korea-plastic-surgery-passport-photo-airport-refuse-boarding-a7992106.html
  • http://shanghaiist.com/2017/10/10/south-korea-plastic-surgery.php
  • https://www.seoultouchup.com/plastic-surgery-in-korea/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. their passport photos do not
  2. It changed
  3. passport officers cannot
  4. Their faces were still swollen
  5. on their return
  6. They were held for
  7. It is still
  8. when the women can
  1. confirm their identity
  2. unclear
  3. flight to China
  4. go back to China
  5. their faces
  6. match their faces
  7. and bandaged
  8. questioning

Paragraph 2

  1. the world's cosmetic surgery
  2. Cosmetic surgery tourism from China
  3. Chinese people go to South Korean
  4. specialize in the
  5. This is very
  6. Many parents encourage
  7. have surgery so they
  8. prime
  1. their children
  2. "Western" look
  3. look better
  4. is huge
  5. clinics
  6. popular
  7. time TV
  8. capital

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Three Chinese women (1) ___________________ South Korean airport because their passport photos do not (2) __________________. The women just had cosmetic surgery. It changed their faces (3) __________________ passport officers cannot (4) ___________________. Their faces were still swollen and bandaged. A website said the women were not allowed on their (5) ___________________ China. They were held for questioning at the airport. It (6) ___________________ when the women can go back to China.

South Korea (7) ___________________ cosmetic surgery capital. Cosmetic surgery tourism (8) ___________________. Over 500,000 Chinese people go to South Korean (9) ___________________. Many clinics specialize in the "Western" look. This (10) ___________________ with young South Korean women. Many parents encourage their children to have surgery so they look (11) ___________________ job market. There are very (12) ___________________ TV cosmetic surgery shows in South Korea.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThreeChinesewomencannotleaveaSouthKoreanairportbecausetheir
passportphotosdonotmatchtheirfaces.Thewomenjusthadcosmetics
urgery.Itchangedtheirfacessomuchthatpassportofficerscannotconfi
rmtheiridentity.Theirfaceswerestillswollenandbandaged.Awebsites
aidthewomenwerenotallowedontheirreturnflighttoChina.Theywere
heldforquestioningattheairport.Itisstillunclearwhenthewomencang
obacktoChina.SouthKoreaistheworld'scosmeticsurgerycapital.Cos
meticsurgerytourismfromChinaishuge.Over500,000Chinesepeople
gotoSouthKoreanclinicseachyear.Manyclinicsspecializeinthe"Weste
rn"look.ThisisverypopularwithyoungSouthKoreanwomen.Manypare
ntsencouragetheirchildrentohavesurgerysotheylookbetterinthejob
market.ThereareverypopularprimetimeTVcosmeticsurgeryshowsin
SouthKorea.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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