The Reading / Listening - Upskirting - Level 3

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



Upskirting is becoming a big problem around the world because of digital cameras on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have taken photos up their skirts. Quite often, the man uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's absolutely disgusting that a male [politician] has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal offence."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Upskirting - Level 0 Upskirting - Level 1   or  Upskirting - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. UPSKIRTING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about upskirting. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       politician / secretly / crime / prison / attempt / disappointed / criminal / bill / support /
       problem / digital camera / photos / reporter / debated / parliament / disgusting / male
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PRISON: Students A strongly believe upskirters should get two years in prison; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. END UPSKIRTING: What can we do to end upskirting? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Actions

Effectiveness

Social Media

 

 

Street Technology

 

 

Police

 

 

Schools

 

 

The public

 

 

Government

 

 

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5. CRIME: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "crime". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PUNISHMENT: Rank these with your partner. Put the best punishments for upskirting at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • barred from Internet
  • "I'm an upskirter" tattoo
  • counseling
  • drug therapy
  • 2 years in prison
  • community service
  • public shaming
  • huge fine

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. politician a. An action that is against the law.
      2. blocked b. The punishment to time in prison given to someone who breaks the law.
      3. pass c. A person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of or a candidate for an elected office.
      4. crime d. Help.
      5. sentence e. Stopped or got in the way of an action happening.
      6. disappointed f. Make an idea or bill to become law by agreeing to it.
      7. support g. Sad or unhappy because someone or something did not do as you wanted them to.

    Paragraph 2

      8. complained h. Really, really bad and horrible.
      9. uploads i. Spoke or wrote about your unhappiness about someone or something.
      10. bill j. Send something from a computer or mobile phone to a website or social networking site.
      11. objected k. Talked and argued about something in a formal way.
      12. debated l. Said something to show you disagree with or don't like something.
      13. absolutely m. A paper that has a possible law on it that is talked about in a government.
      14. disgusting n. Totally, totally, totally.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Politicians want a 5-year prison sentence for upskirting.     T / F
  2. The politician was a member of the opposition party.     T / F
  3. The UK's Prime Minster was disappointed with the politician.     T / F
  4. The UK Prime Minister doesn't think the bill will be passed soon.     T / F
  5. Upskirting is a big problem because of mobile phones.     T / F
  6. The politician explained why he blocked the bill to journalists.     T / F
  7. The politician said the law wasn't debated in parliament.     T / F
  8. A politician said it was disgusting that a man blocked the upskirting bill.   T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. blocked
  2. crime
  3. attempt
  4. ruling
  5. support
  6. becoming
  7. complained
  8. debated
  9. sure
  10. disgusting
  1. effort
  2. sickening
  3. governing
  4. protested
  5. discussed
  6. obstructed
  7. certain
  8. help
  9. offence
  10. getting to be

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. blocked a new law on upskirting
  2. someone secretly takes
  3. politicians wanted to make
  4. the government's attempt
  5. she wanted to see
  6. Upskirting is becoming
  7. women in many countries
  8. the man uploads the
  9. Mr Chope told her that
  10. absolutely
  1. disgusting
  2. to pass the law
  3. the bill pass soon
  4. a big problem
  5. a photo
  6. photo to a website
  7. from being passed
  8. he objected to it
  9. it a crime
  10. have complained

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
prison
blocked
criminal
ruling
support
secretly
attempt
member

A politician in the United Kingdom has (1) ____________ a new law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone (2) ____________ takes a photo under someone else's skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year (3) ____________ sentence. However, the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked the government's (4) ____________ to pass the law. Mr Chope is a member of Prime Minster Theresa May's (5) ____________ Conservative Party. Ms May said she was "disappointed" that a (6) ____________ of her party blocked the law from being passed. She wanted to see upskirting become a (7) ____________ offence. She added that she wanted to see the bill pass soon, "with government (8) ____________ ".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
complained
campaign
debated
male
uploads
sure
problem
objected

Upskirting is becoming a big (9) ____________ around the world because of digital cameras on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have (10) ____________ after men have taken photos up their skirts. Quite often, the man (11) ____________ the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the (12) ____________ for the upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that he (13) ____________ to it because it "wasn't (14) ____________" in parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really (15) ____________ " what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's absolutely disgusting that a (16) ____________ [politician] has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal offence."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A politician in the United Kingdom has blocked a new law on upskirting ______
     a.  from being past
     b.  from being pasted
     c.  from being passed
     d.  from being parsed
2)  when someone secretly takes a photo under ______
     a.  someone else is skirt
     b.  some one's else's skirt
     c.  some one's else skirt
     d.  someone else's skirt
3)  the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked the ______
     a.  government's attempts
     b.  government is attempt
     c.  government's attempt
     d.  governments attempts
4)  she was "disappointed" that a member of her party blocked ______
     a.  the law
     b.  a law
     c.  this
     d.  their law
5)  She added that she wanted to see the _
     a.  bill pass seen
     b.  bill pass soon
     c.  bill pass as soon
     d.  bill pass a soon

6)  Upskirting is becoming a big problem around the world ______ cameras
     a.  because of digitalize
     b.  because of digital
     c.  because of digitally
     d.  because of digit all
7)  Thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have ______
     a.  takes photos
     b.  taken photos
     c.  took photos
     d.  taking photos
8)  Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he ______
     a.  blocks the bill
     b.  blocked the bill
     c.  block the bill
     d.  blocing the bill
9)  Chope told her that he objected to it because it ______
     a.  "wasn't debate"
     b.  "wasn't debating"
     c.  "wasn't debates"
     d.  "wasn't debated"
10)  It's absolutely disgusting that ______ has
     a.  a mail politician
     b.  a mule politician
     c.  a mile politician
     d.  a male politician

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A politician in the United Kingdom (1) ___________________ new law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secretly takes a photo (2) ___________________ skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison sentence. However, the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked the government's (3) ___________________ the law. Mr Chope is a member of Prime Minster Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party. Ms May said (4) ___________________ that a member of her party blocked the law from being passed. She wanted to see upskirting become (5) ___________________. She added that she wanted to see the (6) ___________________, "with government support".

Upskirting is becoming a big problem (7) ___________________ because of digital cameras on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complained (8) ___________________ taken photos up their skirts. Quite often, the man uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope (9) ___________________ reporters why he blocked the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that (10) ___________________ it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's (11) ___________________ a male [politician] has blocked upskirting (12) ___________________ criminal offence."

Comprehension questions

  1. What do many politicians want to make upskirting?
  2. What kind of prison sentence do politicians want for upskirting?
  3. What party does the politician who blocked the bill belong to?
  4. How did the UK's prime minister say she felt?
  5. When did the UK's prime minister hope to see the bill passed?
  6. What is the cause of upskirting being such a big problem?
  7. What do men often do with their photos?
  8. What did a lady called Gina Martin start?
  9. Why did a lady say the politician objected to the upskirting bill?
  10. What did a politician called Dawn Butler call the bill's blocking?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What do many politicians want to make upskirting?
a) a heinous crime
b) a crime
c) a cybercrime
d) a petty crime
2) What kind of prison sentence do politicians want for upskirting?
a) 18 months
b) five years
c) three years
d) two years
3) What party does the politician who blocked the bill belong to?
a) the Conservative Party
b) the Labour Party
c) the Monster Raving Loony Party
d) the Green Party
4) How did the UK's prime minister say she felt?
a) numb
b) disinterested
c) disappointed
d) bored
5) When did the UK's prime minister hope to see the bill passed?
a) 2020
b) soon
c) within minutes
d) later next year

6) What is the cause of upskirting being such a big problem?
a) digital cameras
b) low morals
c) advertising
d) drugs
7) What do men often do with their photos?
a) nothing
b) sell them
c) upload them
d) delete them
8) What did a lady called Gina Martin start?
a) a campaign
b) a help group
c) a self-defence class
d) a petition
9) Why reason did the politician give a lady for objecting to the bill?
a) it wasn't debated
b) it wasn't a crime
c) the sentence is too long
d) he doesn't like women
10) What did a politician called Dawn Butler call the bill's blocking?
a) dissolving
b) absolving
c) absolute
d) disgusting

Role play

Role  A – Prison
You think prison is the best punishment for upskirters. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their punishments. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): community service, a huge fine or public shaming.

Role  B – Community Service
You think community service is the best punishment for upskirters. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their punishments. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): prison, a huge fine or public shaming.

Role  C – Huge Fine
You think a huge fine is the best punishment for upskirters. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their punishments. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): community service, prison or public shaming.

Role  D – Public Shaming
You think public shaming is the best punishment for upskirters. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their punishments. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): community service, a huge fine or prison.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'politician'

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  • and 'law'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • big
    • many
    • often
    • campaign
    • sure
    • male
    • someone
    • two
    • attempt
    • disappointed
    • wanted
    • added




    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 - U.K. politician blocks passing of upskirting law

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'politician'?
    3. What do you know about upskirting?
    4. What do you think of people who take these photos?
    5. What should the punishment be for these people?
    6. What do you think of the politician who blocked the law?
    7. What advice do you have for the politician?
    8. What would you do if you saw someone upskirting?
    9. What should Britain's Prime Minister do about this situation?
    10. What would you do if people took your photo without asking?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'law'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is the mental state of people who take upskirting photos?
    5. What can social media sites do about upskirting?
    6. Should the bill have been debated in parliament?
    7. Should men be banned from voting on issues like this?
    8. Do men fully understand how disgusting upskirting is?
    9. What street technology could prevent upskirting?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the politician?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A politician in the United Kingdom has blocked a new law (1) ____ upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone (2) ____ takes a photo under someone else's skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison (3) ____. However, the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked the government's attempt to (4) ____ the law. Mr Chope is a member of Prime Minster Theresa May's ruling Conservative Party. Ms May said she was "disappointed" that a (5) ____ of her party blocked the law from being passed. She wanted to see upskirting become a (6) ____ offence. She added that she wanted to see the bill pass soon, "with government support".

    Upskirting is (7) ____ a big problem around the world because of digital cameras on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have taken photos up their skirts. (8) ____ often, the man uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the (9) ____ for the upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't (10) ____ " in parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's (11) ____ disgusting that a male [politician] has blocked upskirting (12) ____ becoming a criminal offence."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     at    
    2. (a)     secrets     (b)     secreted     (c)     secret     (d)     secretly    
    3. (a)     line     (b)     sentence     (c)     paragraph     (d)     chapter    
    4. (a)     palm     (b)     pail     (c)     pass     (d)     path    
    5. (a)     member     (b)     membership     (c)     members     (d)     dismember    
    6. (a)     criminal     (b)     criminally     (c)     crime     (d)     criminalize    
    7. (a)     become     (b)     becomes     (c)     became     (d)     becoming    
    8. (a)     Quite     (b)     Quit     (c)     Quiet     (d)     Quietly    
    9. (a)     border     (b)     campaign     (c)     projection     (d)     target    
    10. (a)     debate     (b)     debates     (c)     debated     (d)     debatable    
    11. (a)     such     (b)     true     (c)     absolutely     (d)     revolving    
    12. (a)     at     (b)     from     (c)     on     (d)     as

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. make it a rcmei
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    5. she was doaineippdts
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    Paragraph 2

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    2. the man luoaspd the photo
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  Conservative Party. Ms May said she was "disappointed" that a member
    (...)  of her party blocked the law from being passed. She wanted to see upskirting become a criminal
    (...)  the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting
    (...)  someone secretly takes a photo under someone else's skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it
    (...)  Upskirting is becoming a big problem around the world because of digital cameras
    (...)  said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was. Politician Dawn Butler said:
    (...)  "It's absolutely disgusting that a male [politician] has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal offence."
    (...)  the government's attempt to pass the law. Mr Chope is a member of Prime Minster Theresa May's ruling
    (...)  up their skirts. Quite often, the man uploads the photo to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why he blocked
    (...)  on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have taken photos
    (...)  a crime, with a two-year prison sentence. However, the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked
    (...) A politician in the United Kingdom has blocked a new law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when
    ( 1 )  offence. She added that she wanted to see the bill pass soon, "with government support".
    (...)  law, said Mr Chope told her that he objected to it because it "wasn't debated" in parliament. She also

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. to   a   wanted   make   it   Many   politicians   crime   .
    3. member   the   law   .   her   of   blocked   A   party
    4. She   offence   .   upskirting   to   become   criminal   a   wanted
    5. see   bill   the   She   wanted   pass   soon   .   to
    6. Upskirting   around   a   problem   the   is   big   world
    7. many   countries   Thousands   complained   .   have   in   of   women
    8. the   reporters   why   bill   .   he   blocked   Tell
    9. upskirting   wasn't   sure   really   what   He   was   .
    10. disgusting   It's   politician   male   upskirting   .   a   blocked   that

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A politician in the United Kingdom has blocked a newly / new law on upskirting from being passed. Upskirting is when someone secrets / secretly takes a photo under someone / someone's else's skirt. Many politicians wanted to make it a crime, with a two-year prison sentences / sentence. However, the politician Sir Christopher Chope blocked the government's attempt / attempted to pass the law. Mr Chope is a member of Prime Minster Theresa May's ruling / ruled Conservative Party. Ms May said she was "disappointed" that a member at / of her party blocked the law from being passed. She wanted to / too see upskirting become a criminal offence. She added that she wanted to see the bill pass seen / soon, "with government support / supportive".

    Upskirting is becoming a big problematic / problem around the world because of digital cameras / camera on mobile phones. Thousands of women in many countries have complicated / complained after men have taken photos up their skirts. Quite often, the man uploads the photo at / to a website. Mr Chope did not tell reporters why / what he blocked the bill. However, Gina Martin, the woman who started the campaign at / for the upskirting law, said Mr Chope told her that he objected / object to it because it "wasn't debated" in / on parliament. She also said Mr Chope "wasn't really sure" what upskirting was / be. Politician Dawn Butler said: "It's absolutely disgusting that a male [politician] has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal / crime offence."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a politician in the united kingdom has blocked a new law on upskirting from being passed upskirting is when someone secretly takes a photo under someone elses skirt many politicians wanted to make it a crime with a twoyear prison sentence however the politician sir christopher chope blocked the governments attempt to pass the law mr chope is a member of prime minster theresa mays ruling conservative party ms may said she was disappointed that a member of her party blocked the law from being passed she wanted to see upskirting become a criminal offence she added that she wanted to see the bill pass soon with government support

    upskirting is becoming a big problem around the world because of digital cameras on mobile phones thousands of women in many countries have complained after men have taken photos up their skirts quite often the man uploads the photo to a website mr chope did not tell reporters why he blocked the bill however gina martin the woman who started the campaign for the upskirting law said mr chope told her that he objected to it because it wasnt debated in parliament she also said mr chope wasnt really sure what upskirting was politician dawn butler said its absolutely disgusting that a male politician has blocked upskirting from becoming a criminal offence

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    ApoliticianintheUnitedKingdomhasblockedanewlawonupskirtingfro
    mbeingpassed.Upskirtingiswhensomeonesecretlytakesaphotounde
    rsomeoneelse'sskirt.Manypoliticianswantedtomakeitacrime,withat
    wo-yearprisonsentence.However,thepoliticianSirChristopherChop
    eblockedthegovernment'sattempttopassthelaw.MrChopeisamembe
    rofPrimeMinsterTheresaMay'srulingConservativeParty.MsMaysaids
    hewas"disappointed"thatamemberofherpartyblockedthelawfrombe
    ingpassed.Shewantedtoseeupskirtingbecomeacriminaloffence.She
    addedthatshewantedtoseethebillpasssoon,"withgovernmentsuppor
    t".Upskirtingisbecomingabigproblemaroundtheworldbecauseofdigit
    alcamerasonmobilephones.Thousandsofwomeninmanycountriesha
    vecomplainedaftermenhavetakenphotosuptheirskirts.Quiteoften,t
    hemanuploadsthephototoawebsite.MrChopedidnottellreporterswhy
    heblockedthebill.However,GinaMartin,thewomanwhostartedtheca
    mpaignfortheupskirtinglaw,saidMrChopetoldherthatheobjectedtoit
    becauseit"wasn'tdebated"inparliament.ShealsosaidMrChope"wasn'
    treallysure"whatupskirtingwas.PoliticianDawnButlersaid:"It'sabsol
    utelydisgustingthatamale[politician]hasblockedupskirtingfrombeco
    mingacriminaloffence."

    Free writing

    Write about upskirting for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    How serious is upskirting? What should the punishment be?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. UPSKIRTING: Make a poster about upskirting. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CRIME: Write a magazine article about making upskirting a criminal offence. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on upskirting. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what to do with people who take these photos. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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