The Reading / Listening - Titles - Level 2

A university in South Africa will no longer use titles like Mr‚ Ms or Mrs. The Witwatersrand Uni. will stop using these titles when communicating with students. It wants to support people who are transgender. A statement read: "The university realizes that it is invalidating and distressing for a person who‚ for example‚ was...female at birth but identifies as male to be constantly addressed by a non-affirming title." People who are transgender are choosing the gender-neutral title "Mx". This is legally recognized in many countries across the world.



The decision is popular in the university community. The university said it, "opposes all public and private discrimination on the basis of gender identity". An official said: "We want people in our university community to feel safe‚ supported and ultimately respected...It means a lot being in a space which is welcoming." A law professor said the action was, "the most wonderful moment for true equality". She added: "It's a triumph for an understanding of the diversity of gender identity‚ sexual orientation and the right to be respected for whomever you are."

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Sources
  • https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2018-07-19-wits-drops-mr-ms-and-mrs-titles/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-44922404
  • http://ewn.co.za/2018/07/23/equality-commission-hails-wits-decision-to-remove-gender-prefixes


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. no longer use titles
  2. stop using
  3. support people who
  4. female at
  5. People who are
  6. choosing the gender-
  7. legally recognized in
  8. across the
  1. birth
  2. many countries
  3. these titles
  4. neutral title "Mx"
  5. world
  6. are transgender
  7. like Mr‚ Ms or Mrs
  8. transgender

Paragraph 2

  1. The decision is
  2. on the basis
  3. feel
  4. the most wonderful
  5. true
  6. the diversity of
  7. sexual
  8. be respected for
  1. moment
  2. gender identity
  3. of gender identity
  4. whomever you are
  5. popular
  6. orientation
  7. safe
  8. equality

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A university in South Africa (1) ___________________ use titles like Mr‚ Ms or Mrs. The Witwatersrand Uni. (2) ___________________ these titles when communicating with students. It wants to support (3) ___________________ transgender. A statement read: "The university (4) ___________________ is invalidating and distressing for a person who‚ for example‚ was...female at birth but identifies as (5) ___________________ constantly addressed by a non-affirming title." People who are transgender are choosing the gender-neutral title "Mx". This is legally recognized in many (6) ___________________ world.

The decision (7) ___________________ the university community. The university said it, "opposes all public and private discrimination on (8) ___________________ gender identity". An official said: "We want people in our university community (9) ___________________‚ supported and ultimately respected...It means a lot being in a space (10) ___________________." A law professor said the action was, "the most wonderful moment (11) ___________________". She added: "It's a triumph for an understanding of the diversity of gender identity‚ sexual orientation and the right to be respected for (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AuniversityinSouthAfricawillnolongerusetitleslikeMr‚MsorMrs.TheW
itwatersrandUni.willstopusingthesetitleswhencommunicatingwithst
udents.Itwantstosupportpeoplewhoaretransgender.Astatementrea
d:"Theuniversityrealizesthatitisinvalidatinganddistressingforapers
onwho‚forexample‚was...femaleatbirthbutidentifiesasmaletobecon
stantlyaddressedbyanon-affirmingtitle."Peoplewhoaretransgende
rarechoosingthegender-neutraltitle"Mx".Thisislegallyrecognizedi
nmanycountriesacrosstheworld.Thedecisionispopularintheuniversit
ycommunity.Theuniversitysaidit,"opposesallpublicandprivatediscri
minationonthebasisofgenderidentity".Anofficialsaid:"Wewantpeopl
einouruniversitycommunitytofeelsafe‚supportedandultimatelyresp
ected...Itmeansalotbeinginaspacewhichiswelcoming."Alawprofesso
rsaidtheactionwas,"themostwonderfulmomentfortrueequality".She
added:"It'satriumphforanunderstandingofthediversityofgenderiden
tity‚sexualorientationandtherighttoberespectedforwhomeveryouar
e."

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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