The Reading / Listening - Upskirting - Level 2

A UK politician has blocked a law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secretly takes a photo under someone else's skirt. Politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison sentence. However, Sir Christopher Chope blocked the attempt to pass the law. He is a member of the ruling Conservative Party. Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "disappointed" that a member of her party blocked it. She wants to see upskirting become a criminal offence. She wants to see the bill pass soon, "with government support".



Upskirting is a big problem around the world because of mobile phones. Thousands of women have complained that men took photos up their skirts. The man often uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting law said Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said he "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. A politician said it was "absolutely disgusting that a male politician blocked upskirting from becoming a crime.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Upskirting - Level 0 Upskirting - Level 1   or  Upskirting - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-44496427
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/two-conservative-mps-christopher-chope-philip-davies-block-law-to-ban-upskirting-in-the-uk-2018-6
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/christopher-chope-upskirting-tory-mp-bill-law-block-a8401006.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A UK politician has blocked
  2. Politicians wanted to make
  3. a two-year prison
  4. a member of the ruling
  5. a member of her party
  6. become a criminal
  7. She wants to see the bill
  8. with government
  1. sentence
  2. pass soon
  3. blocked it
  4. support
  5. it a crime
  6. Conservative Party
  7. a law on upskirting
  8. offence

Paragraph 2

  1. Upskirting is a big problem
  2. Thousands of women have
  3. The man often uploads the
  4. Mr Chope did not tell
  5. the woman who started the
  6. he objected
  7. he wasn't really
  8. absolutely
  1. to it
  2. reporters why
  3. campaign
  4. complained
  5. sure
  6. around the world
  7. disgusting
  8. photo to a website

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UK politician has blocked (1) ___________________ upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secretly takes a photo (2) ___________________ skirt. Politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison sentence. However, Sir Christopher Chope blocked the attempt (3) ___________________ law. He is a member (4) ___________________ Conservative Party. Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "disappointed" that a member of (5) ___________________ it. She wants to see upskirting become a criminal offence. She wants to see the (6) ___________________, "with government support".

Upskirting (7) ___________________ problem around the world because of mobile phones. Thousands of women (8) ___________________ men took photos up their skirts. The man often uploads the photo (9) ___________________. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, the woman who started (10) ___________________ the upskirting law said Chope told her that he (11) ___________________ because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said he "(12) ___________________" what upskirting was. A politician said it was "absolutely disgusting that a male politician blocked upskirting from becoming a crime.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AUKpoliticianhasblockedalawonupskirtingfrombeingpassed.Upskirt
ingiswhensomeonesecretlytakesaphotoundersomeoneelse'sskirt.P
oliticianswantedtomakeitacrime,withatwo-yearprisonsentence.Ho
wever,SirChristopherChopeblockedtheattempttopassthelaw.Heisa
memberoftherulingConservativeParty.PrimeMinisterTheresaMaysai
dshewas"disappointed"thatamemberofherpartyblockedit.Shewants
toseeupskirtingbecomeacriminaloffence.Shewantstoseethebillpass
soon,"withgovernmentsupport".Upskirtingisabigproblemaroundthe
worldbecauseofmobilephones.Thousandsofwomenhavecomplained
thatmentookphotosuptheirskirts.Themanoftenuploadsthephototoa
website.MrChopedidnottellreporterswhyheblockedthebill.However,
thewomanwhostartedthecampaignfortheupskirtinglawsaidChopeto
ldherthatheobjectedtoitbecauseit"wasn'tdebated"inparliament.She
alsosaidhe"wasn'treallysure"whatupskirtingwas.Apoliticiansaiditwa
s"absolutelydisgustingthatamalepoliticianblockedupskirtingfrombe
comingacrime.

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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Free writing

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