The Reading / Listening - Dyed Hair - Level 2

An 18-year-old student is suing her local government after her school told her to dye her hair black. The third-year student attended a high school east of Osaka, Japan. She had naturally brown hair, but her school told her many times to dye it black to follow the school's rules. The 'Mainichi' newspaper reported that school staff told the girl to dye her hair every one to two weeks. This changed to once every four days. The girl's mother said her daughter got a rash on her head and that her hair was damaged. The girl also suffered from a lot of stress at school.



The student is suing for $20,000 in damages. She told the court that the school bullied her for three years and that the school would not accept her hair colour was natural. She was banned from school trips and festivals because of her brown hair. She explained that teachers said things to her in front of the class that embarrassed her. This caused her psychological damage. She said that a teacher told her that she should not come to school with brown hair. The girl said that she was so stressed one day that she collapsed. She had to go to hospital by ambulance.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dyed Hair - Level 0 Dyed Hair - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. suing her
  2. attended
  3. She had naturally
  4. follow the school's
  5. once
  6. her daughter got a rash
  7. her hair was
  8. suffered from a
  1. brown hair
  2. lot of stress
  3. every four days
  4. a high school
  5. damaged
  6. local government
  7. on her head
  8. rules

Paragraph 2

  1. The student is suing for
  2. the school bullied
  3. her hair colour
  4. school
  5. psychological
  6. she should not
  7. she was so
  8. go to hospital
  1. come to school
  2. was natural
  3. by ambulance
  4. $20,000 in damages
  5. her
  6. stressed
  7. damage
  8. trips

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An 18-year-old student (1) ___________________ local government after her school told (2) ___________________ her hair black. The third-year student attended a high school east of Osaka, Japan. She had naturally brown hair, but her school told (3) ___________________ to dye it black to follow the school's rules. The 'Mainichi' newspaper reported that school (4) ___________________ girl to dye her hair every one to two weeks. This changed to (5) ___________________ days. The girl's mother said her daughter got a rash on her head and that her hair was damaged. The girl also suffered (6) ___________________ of stress at school.

The student (7) ___________________ $20,000 in damages. She told the court that the school (8) ___________________ three years and that the school would not accept her hair colour was natural. She (9) ___________________ school trips and festivals because of her brown hair. She explained that teachers said things to her in (10) ___________________ class that embarrassed her. This caused her psychological damage. She said that a teacher told her that she should (11) ___________________ school with brown hair. The girl said that she was so stressed one day (12) ___________________. She had to go to hospital by ambulance.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

An18-year-oldstudentissuingherlocalgovernmentafterherschooltol
dhertodyeherhairblack.Thethird-yearstudentattendedahighscho
oleastofOsaka,Japan.Shehadnaturallybrownhair,butherschooltoldh
ermanytimestodyeitblacktofollowtheschool'srules.The'Mainichi'ne
wspaperreportedthatschoolstafftoldthegirltodyeherhaireveryoneto
twoweeks.Thischangedtoonceeveryfourdays.Thegirl'smothersaidh
erdaughtergotarashonherheadandthatherhairwasdamaged.Thegirl
alsosufferedfromalotofstressatschool.Thestudentissuingfor$20,00
0indamages.Shetoldthecourtthattheschoolbulliedherforthreeyears
andthattheschoolwouldnotacceptherhaircolourwasnatural.Shewas
bannedfromschooltripsandfestivalsbecauseofherbrownhair.Sheexp
lainedthatteacherssaidthingstoherinfrontoftheclassthatembarrasse
dher.Thiscausedherpsychologicaldamage.Shesaidthatateachertold
herthatsheshouldnotcometoschoolwithbrownhair.Thegirlsaidthatsh
ewassostressedonedaythatshecollapsed.Shehadtogotohospitalbya
mbulance.

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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