The Reading / Listening - Clapping - Level 5

A university voted to replace clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted to replace clapping with 'jazz hands'. This is to respect people who are affected by loud noise. The 'jazz hands' wave is the British Sign Language's form of clapping. It involves waving one's hands in the air. A Students' Union spokeswoman said the vote was to respect the many people affected by loud noises like clapping and cheering. She said many people with conditions like autism, sensory issues and deafness often avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.



There has been a lot of criticism of the vote. A British broadcaster tweeted that, "Britain is losing its mind". The debate even reached the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." The Students' Union said they represent the majority of students' views, saying: "The policy was passed to encourage the use of British Sign Language clapping ...to make...events more accessible and inclusive for all." It added: "We are not banning audible clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable to continue using it."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clapping - Level 4 or  Clapping - Level 6

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/universitys-move-replace-clapping-jazz-hands-sparks-controversy/story?id=58254353
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/clapping-banned-manchester-university-students-union-jazz-hands-applause-a8566531.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/student-union-bans-clapping-to-make-events-inclusive-11515241


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A university voted to
  2. This is to respect
  3. affected
  4. waving one's hands
  5. A Students' Union
  6. loud noises like clapping
  7. people with conditions
  8. avoid public
  1. by loud noise
  2. like autism
  3. spokeswoman
  4. and cheering
  5. replace clapping
  6. in the air
  7. events
  8. people

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been a lot of
  2. Britain is losing
  3. the majority of
  4. the policy
  5. more accessible
  6. audible
  7. some people may
  8. continue
  1. be more comfortable
  2. was passed
  3. clapping
  4. using it
  5. its mind
  6. and inclusive
  7. criticism of the vote
  8. students

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A university (1) ___________________ clapping with 'jazz-hand waving'. The University of Manchester Students' Union voted to replace clapping with 'jazz hands'. This is (2) ___________________ who are affected by loud noise. The 'jazz hands' wave is the British Sign Language's (3) ___________________. It involves waving (4) ___________________ the air. A Students' Union spokeswoman said the vote was to respect the many (5) ___________________ loud noises like clapping and cheering. She said many people with conditions like autism, (6) ___________________ deafness often avoid public events because of loud clapping and cheering.

There has been a (7) ___________________ of the vote. A British broadcaster tweeted that, "Britain is (8) ___________________". The debate even reached the USA, where former Florida governor Jeb Bush tweeted: "Not cool, University of Manchester. Not Cool." The Students' Union said they represent (9) ___________________ students' views, saying: "The policy was passed (10) ___________________ use of British Sign Language clapping...to (11) ___________________ accessible and inclusive for all." It added: "We are not banning audible clapping. We understand that some people may be more comfortable (12) ___________________ it."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Auniversityvotedtoreplaceclappingwith'jazz-handwaving'.TheUniv
ersityofManchesterStudents'Unionvotedtoreplaceclappingwith'jazz
hands'.Thisistorespectpeoplewhoareaffectedbyloudnoise.The'jazzh
ands'waveistheBritishSignLanguage'sformofclapping.Itinvolveswa
vingone'shandsintheair.AStudents'Unionspokeswomansaidthevote
wastorespectthemanypeopleaffectedbyloudnoiseslikeclappingandc
heering.Shesaidmanypeoplewithconditionslikeautism,sensoryissue
sanddeafnessoftenavoidpubliceventsbecauseofloudclappingandche
ering.Therehasbeenalotofcriticismofthevote.ABritishbroadcastertw
eetedthat,"Britainislosingitsmind".ThedebateevenreachedtheUSA,
whereformerFloridagovernorJebBushtweeted:"Notcool,Universityo
fManchester.NotCool."TheStudents'Unionsaidtheyrepresentthemaj
orityofstudents'views,saying:"Thepolicywaspassedtoencouragethe
useofBritishSignLanguageclapping...tomake...eventsmoreaccessib
leandinclusiveforall."Itadded:"Wearenotbanningaudibleclapping.W
eunderstandthatsomepeoplemaybemorecomfortabletocontinueusi
ngit."

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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Answers

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