The Reading / Listening - Cosmetic Surgery - Level 5

Three Chinese women are stranded at a South Korean airport because their passport photos do not match their faces. The women just had cosmetic surgery to change their looks. The surgery changed their faces so much that passport control officers could not confirm their identity. Their faces were swollen from the surgery and were bandaged. Photos of the women went viral. A website reported that the women were not allowed on their return flight to China. They were held for questioning by airport authorities. It is still unclear when the women can return to China.



South Korea is the cosmetic surgery capital of the world. Cosmetic surgery tourism from China is booming. More than 500,000 Chinese people go to clinics in South Korea every year. Many clinics specialize in making clients look more "Western". Cosmetic surgery is also very popular with South Koreans. Around half of women under 30 in Seoul have probably had surgery. Many parents encourage their children to have surgery to get a "competitive edge" in the job market. There are even hugely popular TV shows that feature before and after transformations.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cosmetic Surgery - Level 4 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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. their passport photos do not
  2. cosmetic surgery to
  3. officers could not confirm their
  4. Their faces were swollen
  5. Photos of the women went
  6. the women were not allowed on
  7. They were held for
  8. It is still unclear when the
  1. questioning
  2. match their faces
  3. their return flight
  4. women can return
  5. change their looks
  6. from the surgery
  7. viral
  8. identity

Paragraph 2

  1. Korea is the cosmetic surgery
  2. tourism from China is
  3. 500,000 Chinese people
  4. making clients look
  5. Around half of
  6. parents encourage their children
  7. get a "competitive edge"
  8. before and
  1. booming
  2. after transformations
  3. women under 30
  4. capital of the world
  5. in the job market
  6. go to clinics
  7. more "Western"
  8. to have surgery

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Three Chinese women are (1) ___________________ South Korean airport because their passport photos do not (2) ___________________. The women just had cosmetic surgery to change their looks. The surgery changed their (3) ___________________ that passport control officers could not confirm their identity. Their faces were (4) ___________________ surgery and were bandaged. Photos of the women went viral. A website reported that the women were not (5) ___________________ return flight to China. They were held for questioning by airport authorities. It is (6) ___________________ the women can return to China.

South Korea is the cosmetic surgery (7) ___________________ world. Cosmetic surgery tourism from China (8) ___________________. More than 500,000 Chinese people go to clinics in South Korea every year. Many clinics (9) ___________________ clients look more "Western". Cosmetic surgery is also very popular with South Koreans. (10) ___________________ women under 30 in Seoul have probably had surgery. Many parents encourage their children to have surgery to get a (11) ___________________ in the job market. There are even hugely popular TV shows (12) _________________ and after transformations.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThreeChinesewomenarestrandedataSouthKoreanairportbecauseth
eirpassportphotosdonotmatchtheirfaces.Thewomenjusthadcosmeti
csurgerytochangetheirlooks.Thesurgerychangedtheirfacessomucht
hatpassportcontrolofficerscouldnotconfirmtheiridentity.Theirfaces
wereswollenfromthesurgeryandwerebandaged.Photosofthewomen
wentviral.Awebsitereportedthatthewomenwerenotallowedontheirr
eturnflighttoChina.Theywereheldforquestioningbyairportauthoritie
s.ItisstillunclearwhenthewomencanreturntoChina.SouthKoreaisthe
cosmeticsurgerycapitaloftheworld.CosmeticsurgerytourismfromChi
naisbooming.Morethan500,000ChinesepeoplegotoclinicsinSouthKo
reaeveryyear.Manyclinicsspecializeinmakingclientslookmore"West
ern".CosmeticsurgeryisalsoverypopularwithSouthKoreans.Aroundh
alfofwomenunder30inSeoulhaveprobablyhadsurgery.Manyparents
encouragetheirchildrentohavesurgerytogeta"competitiveedge"inth
ejobmarket.ThereareevenhugelypopularTVshowsthatfeaturebefore
andaftertransformations.

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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