The Reading / Listening - Tissues - Level 1

A tissue company is changing the name of one of its Kleenex "Mansize" tissues. This is because people complained that the name "Mansize" was sexist. The name started over 60 years ago, in 1956. The tissues were an alternative to cotton handkerchiefs. Adverts said they "stayed strong when wet". The tissues will be renamed "Extra Large". Companies are now looking at the name of their products to make sure there are no gender issues.



The company said the Mansize tissues did not suggest that only men were soft and strong. The company said: "We remain committed to developing the best possible products for our consumers and we take any feedback extremely seriously." The name change started an online debate on brand names and sexism. A radio presenter said the store Mothercare should change its name because many fathers also look after babies.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tissues - Level 0 Tissues - Level 2   or  Tissues - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/kleenex-ditches-mansize-tissues-after-complaints-of-sexism-a3965146.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-45899784
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6288461/Kleenex-renames-Mansize-tissues-brand-extra-large-sexism-complaints.html


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. changing the
  2. This is because people
  3. an alternative to cotton
  4. they stayed strong
  5. The tissues will be
  6. looking at the name
  7. to make
  8. there are no
  1. renamed "Extra Large"
  2. sure
  3. name
  4. of their products
  5. gender issues
  6. handkerchiefs
  7. complained
  8. when wet

Paragraph 2

  1. only men were soft
  2. We remain
  3. developing the best possible
  4. we take any feedback extremely
  5. started an online
  6. A radio
  7. the store Mothercare should
  8. many fathers also look
  1. seriously
  2. after babies
  3. debate
  4. committed
  5. change its name
  6. products
  7. and strong
  8. presenter

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A tissue company is changing the (1) ___________________ of its Kleenex "Mansize" tissues. (2) ___________________ people complained that the name "Mansize" was sexist. The name (3) ___________________ years ago, in 1956. The tissues were an (4) ___________________ handkerchiefs. Adverts said they "stayed strong when wet". The tissues will be renamed "Extra Large". Companies are now (5) ___________________ name of their products to make sure there are (6) ___________________.

The company said the Mansize tissues did (7) ___________________ only men were soft and strong. The company said: "We (8) ___________________ developing the best possible products (9) ___________________ and we take any feedback extremely seriously." The name change started an (10) ___________________ brand names and sexism. A radio (11) ___________________ Mothercare should change its name because many fathers (12) ___________________ babies.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AtissuecompanyischangingthenameofoneofitsKleenex"Mansize"tis
sues.Thisisbecausepeoplecomplainedthatthename"Mansize"wasse
xist.Thenamestartedover60years,in1956.Thetissueswereanalterna
tivetocottonhandkerchiefs.Advertssaidthey"stayedstrongwhenwet"
.Thetissueswillberenamed"ExtraLarge".Companiesarenowlookinga
tthenameoftheirproductstomakesuretheyarenogenderissues.Theco
mpanysaidtheMansizetissuesdidnotsuggestthatonlymenweresofta
ndstrong.Thecompanysaid:"Weremaincommittedtodevelopingtheb
estpossibleproductsforourconsumersandwetakeanyfeedbackextre
melyseriously."Thenamechangestartedanonlinedebateonbrandna
mesandsexism.AradiopresenterthestoreMothercareshouldchangeit
snamebecausemanyfathersalsolookafterbabies.

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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