The Reading / Listening - Dyed Hair - Level 1

An 18-year-old student is suing for $20,000 in damages after her school told her to dye her hair black. The student went to a high school near Osaka, Japan. She had naturally brown hair. Her school told her to dye it black to follow the school's rules. A newspaper reported that school staff told the girl to dye her hair once every four days. She got a rash on her head and her hair became damaged. The girl also suffered from a lot of stress at school.



The student told the court that the school bullied her for three years. She was banned from school trips and festivals because of her brown hair. She said that teachers said things to her in class that embarrassed her. This caused her mental stress. She said that a teacher told her that she should not come to school with brown hair. The girl said that her stress made her collapse. She had to go to hospital by ambulance.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dyed Hair - Level 0 Dyed Hair - Level 2   or  Dyed Hair - Level 3

Sources
  • https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20171027/p2a/00m/0na/021000c
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-japan-education-hair/japanese-girl-says-school-forced-her-to-dye-hair-black-sues-government-media-idUKKBN1CW0ML
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201705010035.html


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. suing for $20,000
  2. dye her hair
  3. She had naturally
  4. follow the school's
  5. once
  6. She got a rash
  7. her hair became
  8. suffered from a
  1. rules
  2. in damages
  3. lot of stress
  4. on her head
  5. brown hair
  6. damaged
  7. black
  8. every four days

Paragraph 2

  1. The student told
  2. the school bullied
  3. She was banned from school
  4. said things to her in class that
  5. This caused her mental
  6. she should not come to school
  7. stress made her
  8. She had to go to hospital
  1. embarrassed her
  2. collapse
  3. the court
  4. by ambulance
  5. trips
  6. stress
  7. her
  8. with brown hair

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An 18-year-old student (1) ___________________ $20,000 in damages after her school (2) ___________________ dye her hair black. The student (3) ___________________ high school near Osaka, Japan. She had naturally brown hair. Her school told her (4) ___________________ black to follow the school's rules. A newspaper reported that school staff told the girl to dye her hair (5) ___________________ days. She got a rash on her head and her hair became damaged. The girl also suffered (6) ___________________ of stress at school.

The student told the court that the school (7) ___________________ three years. She was banned from school (8) ___________________ because of her brown hair. She said that teachers said things to (9) ___________________ that embarrassed her. This caused (10) ___________________. She said that a teacher told (11) ___________________ should not come to school with brown hair. The girl said that her stress made her collapse. She had to go (12) ___________________ ambulance.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

An18-year-oldstudentissuingfor$20,000indamagesafterherschool
toldhertodyeherhairblack.ThestudentwenttoahighschoolnearOsaka
,Japan.Shehadnaturallybrownhair.Herschooltoldhertodyeitblacktof
ollowtheschool'srules.Anewspaperreportedthatschoolstafftoldthegi
rltodyeherhaironceeveryfourdays.Shegotarashonherheadandherha
irbecamedamaged.Thegirlalsosufferedfromalotofstressatschool.Th
estudenttoldthecourtthattheschoolbulliedherforthreeyears.Shewas
bannedfromschooltripsandfestivalsbecauseofherbrownhair.Shesai
dthatteacherssaidthingstoherinclassthatembarrassedher.Thiscaus
edhermentalstress.Shesaidthatateachertoldherthatsheshouldnotco
metoschoolwithbrownhair.Thegirlsaidthatherstressmadehercollaps
e.Shehadtogotohospitalbyambulance.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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