The Reading / Listening - The Term "Kiwi" - Level 4

A court judged that calling a New Zealander a "Kiwi" is not discriminatory. A worker complained against a bakery where her co-workers nicknamed her "Kiwi". She said this was racial discrimination, insulting and disrespectful. The judge did not agree. The bakery said New Zealanders were proud of the term "Kiwi". He said New Zealand's government approves of it. He said it is "a term of endearment and...a means of identifying as a New Zealander".



The tribunal ruled that the term "Kiwi" was not offensive or insulting. It said the worker was not badly treated or segregated in the workplace. However, an equal opportunity commissioner said if someone takes offence at a nickname and says they don't like it and asks not to be called it, "then in a respectful workplace,...you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality known to man" and is not a racist.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Term "Kiwi" - Level 5 or  The Term "Kiwi" - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/377371/calling-someone-a-kiwi-isn-t-racial-discrimination-tribunal
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/tribunal-finds-calling-worker-kiwi-not-racial-discrimination/10576356
  • https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/australia/109061375/new-zealand-woman-loses-racial-discrimination-case-over-kiwi-nickname


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. A worker complained
  2. racial
  3. insulting and
  4. The judge did not
  5. New Zealanders were
  6. New Zealand's government
  7. a term of
  8. a means of identifying
  1. proud of the term
  2. endearment
  3. discrimination
  4. as a New Zealander
  5. disrespectful
  6. agree
  7. against a bakery
  8. approves of it

Paragraph 2

  1. the term "Kiwi" was not
  2. the worker was not badly
  3. segregated in the
  4. equal
  5. if someone takes
  6. says they don't
  7. you wouldn't call them
  8. he employs every nationality
  1. like it
  2. opportunity
  3. known to man
  4. treated
  5. that anymore
  6. workplace
  7. offence
  8. offensive or insulting

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A court (1) ___________________ a New Zealander a "Kiwi" is not discriminatory. A worker complained (2) ___________________ where her co-workers nicknamed her "Kiwi". She (3) ___________________ racial discrimination, insulting and disrespectful. The judge did not agree. The bakery said New Zealanders were (4) ___________________ term "Kiwi". He said New Zealand's government (5) ___________________. He said it is "a term of endearment and... (6) ___________________ identifying as a New Zealander".

The tribunal ruled that the term "Kiwi" (7) ___________________ or insulting. It said the worker was (8) ___________________ or segregated in the workplace. However, (9) ___________________ commissioner said if someone (10) ___________________ a nickname and says they don't like it and asks not to be called it, "(11) ___________________ respectful workplace,...you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality known to man" and is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AcourtjudgedthatcallingaNewZealandera"Kiwi"isnotdiscriminatory.
Aworkercomplainedagainstabakerywhereherco-workersnicknam
edher"Kiwi".Shesaidthiswasracialdiscrimination,insultinganddisres
pectful.Thejudgedidnotagree.ThebakerysaidNewZealanderswerepr
oudoftheterm"Kiwi".HesaidNewZealand'sgovernmentapprovesofit.
Hesaiditis"atermofendearmentand...ameansofidentifyingasaNewZ
ealander".Thetribunalruledthattheterm"Kiwi"wasnotoffensiveorins
ulting.Itsaidtheworkerwasnotbadlytreatedorsegregatedintheworkp
lace.However,anequalopportunitycommissionersaidifsomeonetake
soffenceatanicknameandsaystheydon'tlikeitandasksnottobecalledit
,"theninarespectfulworkplace,...youwouldn'tcallthemthatanymore.
"Thebakeryownersaidheemploys"everynationalityknowntoman"an
disnotaracist.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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