The Reading / Listening - The Term "Kiwi" - Level 6

A court in Australia has judged that the use of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage filed a complaint against an Australian bakery where she was nicknamed "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She asserted that the term "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and was insulting and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal decided otherwise and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were proud of. He said the New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as "a term of endearment and as a means of identifying as a New Zealander".



The tribunal judge ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of the terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, then in a respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, 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 easier levels:

    The Term "Kiwi" - Level 4  or  The Term "Kiwi" - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. KIWIS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Kiwis. 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?
       court / kiwi / complaint / bakery / nickname / colleague / racial discrimination / proud
       tribunal / offensive / employment / segregation / workplace / nationality / racist
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NICKNAMES: Students A strongly believe we should not use nicknames for nationalities; Students B strongly believe there's nothing wrong with that.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NATIONALITIES: What do you know about these nationalities? What would you like to know? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I know

What I want to know

Why?

American

 

 

 

Saudi Arabian

 

 

 

Nigerian

 

 

 

Brazilian

 

 

 

Chinese

 

 

 

Swiss

 

 

 

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5. COURT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "court". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE: Rank these things. Put the most important things for a respectful workplace at the top. Share your rankings with other students.

  • ideas listened to
  • longer lunches OK
  • regular parties
  • equality for all
  • addressed by name
  • shared workloads
  • promotion on merit
  • flexitime

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. court a. A place where a judge or judges listen to and decide on civil and criminal cases; (also called a tribunal).
      2. discriminatory b. Disrespectful.
      3. complaint c. Making or showing an unfair treatment between different people or things, especially because of race, age, or sex.
      4. nickname d. People with whom one works in a profession or business.
      5. colleagues e. A statement that a situation is unsatisfactory or unacceptable.
      6. insulting f. A well-known or funny name given to a person or thing instead of or as well as the real name.
      7. endearment g. A word or phrase expressing love or affection.

    Paragraph 2

      8. findings h. A breach of a law or rule; an illegal act.
      9. treatment i. The action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things or being set apart.
      10. allege j. Conclusion(s) reached as a result of an inquiry, investigation, or trial.
      11. segregation k. Firmly decided.
      12. offence l. The manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something.
      13. determined m. A person who shows or feels discrimination or prejudice against people of other races.
      14. racist n. Claim or state that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically without proof that this is the case.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A New Zealand court said the term "kiwi" was not discriminatory.     T / F
  2. A bakery worker said her colleagues insulted her by calling her "Kiwi".     T / F
  3. The bakery owner said New Zealanders were proud of the term "Kiwi".    T / F
  4. The bakery owner said Kiwi" was a term of endearment.     T / F
  5. A tribunal judge ruled that the term "Kiwi" was an insult.     T / F
  6. The judge said the worker was segregated at work.     T / F
  7. An equal opportunity commissioner acted on the worker's behalf.     T / F
  8. The bakery only employs three different nationalities.     T / F

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

  1. judged
  2. discriminatory
  3. nicknamed
  4. form
  5. endearment
  6. offensive
  7. allege
  8. segregation
  9. nationality
  10. racist
  1. ethnic group
  2. separation
  3. affection
  4. insulting
  5. prejudicial
  6. claim
  7. bigot
  8. ruled
  9. labeled
  10. kind

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

  1. the use of the
  2. the term "Kiwi" was a form of
  3. the New Zealand government openly
  4. it was used as a term
  5. a means of identifying
  6. Savage did not allege that she suffered
  7. If someone takes particular
  8. in a respectful
  9. you wouldn't call them
  10. he employs every nationality
  1. of endearment
  2. offence
  3. known to man
  4. racial discrimination
  5. that anymore
  6. endorses the term
  7. workplace
  8. as a New Zealander
  9. word "Kiwi"
  10. unfavourable treatment

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
nicknamed
insulting
judged
endearment
term
proud
filed
otherwise

A court in Australia has (1) ____________ that the use of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage (2) ____________ a complaint against an Australian bakery where she was (3) ____________ "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She asserted that the (4) ____________ "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and was (5) ____________ and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal decided (6) ____________ and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were (7) ____________ of. He said the New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as "a term of (8) ____________ and as a means of identifying as a New Zealander".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
anymore
nationality
offensive
lack
ruled
workplace
respect
particular

The tribunal judge (9) ____________ that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not (10) ____________. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in (11) ____________ of the terms of her employment, (12) ____________ of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes (13) ____________ offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that (14) ____________, then in a respectful (15) ____________, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every (16) ____________ known to man" and is not a racist.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  use of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is ______
     a.  not discriminate or
     b.  not discrimination
     c.  not discriminate tree
     d.  not discriminatory
2)  However, the employment tribunal ______
     a.  decided others wise
     b.  decide it otherwise
     c.  decide it other wisely
     d.  decided otherwise
3)  The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders _____
     a.  were proudly of
     b.  were proud of
     c.  were proudly off
     d.  were proud off
4)  He said the New Zealand government openly ______
     a.  endorses the team
     b.  endorse is the term
     c.  endorphins the term
     d.  end or scissors term
5)  used as "a term of endearment and as a means of ______ New Zealander"
     a.  identify in as a
     b.  identify in was a
     c.  identifying as a
     d.  identifying has a

6)  The tribunal judge ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was ______
     a.  not offensive
     b.  not offensively
     c.  not offensives
     d.  not offense sieve
7) allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of ______ employment
     a.  the terms of the
     b.  the terms of their
     c.  the terms offer
     d.  the trams of her
8)  Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms ______
     a.  Savage's bee half
     b.  Savage's been half
     c.  Savage's behave
     d.  Savage's behalf
9)  and asked not to be called that anymore, then in a ______ ...
     a.  respectful working place
     b.  respectful work in place
     c.  respectful workplace
     d.  respectful works place
10)  The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality ______"
     a.  knowing to man
     b.  know unto man
     c.  know into man
     d.  known to man

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A court in Australia (1) ___________________ the use of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage (2) ___________________ against an Australian bakery where she was nicknamed "Kiwi" by her colleagues. (3) ___________________ the term "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and was insulting and disrespectful. However, the employment (4) ___________________ and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders (5) ___________________. He said the New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as "a term of endearment and as a (6) ___________________ as a New Zealander".

The tribunal judge ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi (7) ___________________. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not (8) ___________________ suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of the terms of her employment, (9) ___________________ or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes particular (10) _________________ nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, then (11) ___________________ workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality (12) ___________________" and is not a racist.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where was the court that decided "Kiwi" is not a racist term?
  2. What kind of company did New Zealander Julie Savage work for?
  3. What did New Zealander Julie Savage say "Kiwi" was besides insulting?
  4. What did the business owner say New Zealanders felt about the word?
  5. Who did the business owner say "endorses the term" Kiwi?
  6. Who said the word "Kiwi" was not an insult?
  7. Who acted on Julie Savage's behalf?
  8. In what kind of workplace should people call you by their name?
  9. How many nationalities does the business owner say he employs?
  10. What did the business owner dismiss himself as being?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where was the court that decided "Kiwi" is not a racist term?
a) Mexico
b) Japan
c) New Zealand
d) Australia
2) What kind of company did New Zealander Julie Savage work for?
a) a law firm
b) a bakery
c) a kiwi orchard
d) a firm of lawyers
3) What did New Zealander Julie Savage say "Kiwi" was besides insulting?
a) normal
b) racist
c) prejudicial
d) disrespectful
4) What did the business owner say New Zealanders felt about the word?
a) happiness
b) horror
c) pride
d) love
5) Who did the business owner say "endorses the term" Kiwi?
a) bakers
b) New Zealanders
c) Australia's government
d) New Zealand's government

6) Who said the word "Kiwi" was not an insult?
a) a bakery worker
b) a baker
c) the tribunal judge
d) Australia's leader
7) Who acted on Julie Savage's behalf?
a) Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
b) Australia's Commissioner for Equal Nicknames
c) Australia's Commissioner for Equality
d) Australia's Commissioner for Racial Equality
8) In what kind of workplace should people call you by their name?
a) an office
b) a bakery
c) a respectful workplace
d) a 21st-century workplace
9) How many nationalities does the business owner say he employs?
a) all nationalities in the southern hemisphere
b) every nationality known to man
c) 27
d) 3
10) What did the business owner dismiss himself as being?
a) a racist
b) a baker
c) a Kiwi
d) a New Zealander

Role play

Role  A – Promotion on Merit
You think promotion on merit is the best thing for a respectful workplace. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): ideas being listened, being addressed by your name or having regular parties.

Role  B – Ideas Listened To
You think ideas being listened to is the best thing for a respectful workplace. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): promotion on merit, being addressed by your name or having regular parties.

Role  C – Addressed by Name
You think being addressed by your name is the best thing for a respectful workplace. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): ideas being listened, promotion on merit or having regular parties.

Role  D – Regular Parties
You think having regular parties is the best thing for a respectful workplace. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): ideas being listened, being addressed by your name or promotion on merit.

After reading / listening

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

'kiwi'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'racist'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • insult
    • findings
    • lack
    • takes
    • asked
    • known
    • describe
    • filed
    • form
    • argued
    • openly
    • means




    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 - Court says 'Kiwi' is not a racist term

    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 'racist'?
    3. What do you think of nicknames?
    4. Are there any bad words about people from your country?
    5. What do you think of New Zealand?
    6. What examples of racism exist in your country?
    7. Do you ever have racist thoughts or feelings?
    8. Are there any positive names for people from your country?
    9. What do you know about kiwis (the birds)?
    10. What advice do you have for Ms Savage?

    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 'kiwi'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you think the term "Kiwi" is offensive?
    5. What do you think of nicknames you've had?
    6. When was the last time you were insulted?
    7. Why do we use nicknames?
    8. Do you prefer to be called by a nickname or your proper name?
    9. Why are people racist?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a New Zealander?

    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 court in Australia has judged that the (1) ____ of the word "Kiwi" to describe a person from New Zealand is not discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage (2) ____ a complaint against an Australian bakery where she was nicknamed "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She (3) ____ that the term "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and was insulting and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal decided (4) ____ and dismissed her complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were proud (5) ____. He said the New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as "a term of endearment and as a (6) ____ of identifying as a New Zealander".

    The tribunal judge (7) ____ that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insult." In her (8) ____, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in (9) ____ of the terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's (10) ____. She determined that: "If someone takes particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that (11) ____, then in a respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality (12) ____ to man" and is not a racist.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     used     (b)     use     (c)     user     (d)     usages    
    2. (a)     flied     (b)     filed     (c)     felt     (d)     fueled    
    3. (a)     assertion     (b)     assorted     (c)     resorted     (d)     asserted    
    4. (a)     other     (b)     otherwise     (c)     wisdom     (d)     others    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    6. (a)     genes     (b)     memes     (c)     means     (d)     fumes    
    7. (a)     riled     (b)     rolled     (c)     ruled     (d)     railed    
    8. (a)     founding     (b)     funding     (c)     findings     (d)     offending    
    9. (a)     politeness     (b)     esteem     (c)     nicety     (d)     respect    
    10. (a)     behold     (b)     behest     (c)     behave     (d)     behalf    
    11. (a)     anymore     (b)     no more     (c)     moreover     (d)     any    
    12. (a)     knows     (b)     knowledge     (c)     known     (d)     know-how

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. nicknamed "Kiwi" by her ullceesago
    3. decided otherwise and dismissed her mcoaltnip
    4. openly esdsreno the term
    5. a term of eedanenmrt
    6. as a means of dingifyntie as a New Zealander

    Paragraph 2

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    2. Ms Savage did not gelela that she suffered
    3. lack of srogeoisprn
    4. acted on Ms Savage's baehlf
    5. in a turspcefel workplace
    6. not a atiscr

    Put the text back together

    (...)  The tribunal judge ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an
    (...)  treatment in respect of the terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner
    (...)  "Kiwi" by her colleagues. She asserted that the term "Kiwi" was a form of racial discrimination and was insulting
    (...)  them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employs "every nationality known to man" and is not a racist.
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    (...)  of. He said the New Zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used
    (...)  as "a term of endearment and as a means of identifying as a New Zealander".
    (...)  particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to
    (...)  for Equal Opportunity acted on Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes
    (...)  be called that anymore, then in a respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call
    (...)  discriminatory. New Zealander Julie Savage filed a complaint against an Australian bakery where she was nicknamed
    (...)  complaint. The bakery owner argued that the term "Kiwi" was one that most New Zealanders were proud
    (...)  insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege that she suffered unfavourable
    (...)  and disrespectful. However, the employment tribunal decided otherwise and dismissed her

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The tribunal judge ridiculed / ruled that calling a New Zealander a Kiwi was not offensive / offense. She said: "'Kiwi' is not an insist / insult." In her findings, the judge observed that Ms Savage, "did not allege / allegory that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect at / of the terms of her employment, lack of progression or segregation". Australia's Commissioner for Equal Opportunity acted on / in Ms Savage's behalf. She determined that: "If someone takes particularly / particular offence at that nickname and doesn't like it and says they don't like it and asked not to be called that anymore, then / than in a respectful workplace, that's what you'd do, you wouldn't call them that anymore." The bakery owner said he employers / employs "every nationality known / knowing to man" and is not a racist.

    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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    T h_ t r_b_n_l j_d g_ r_l_d t h_t c_l l_n g _ N_w Z__ l_n d_r _ K_w_ w_s n_t _f f_n s_v_. S h_ s__ d : " ' K_w_' _s n_t _n _n s_l t . " I n h_r f_n d_n g s , t h_ j_d g_ _b s_r v_d t h_t M s S_v_g_, " d_d n_t _l l_g_ t h_t s h_ s_f f_r_d _n f_v__ r_b l_ t r__ t m_n t _n r_s p_c t _f t h_ t_r m s _f h_r _m p l_y m_n t , l_c k _f p r_g r_s s__ n _r s_g r_g_t__ n " . A_s t r_l__ ' s C_m m_s s__ n_r f_r E q__ l O p p_r t_n_t y _c t_d _n M s S_v_g_' s b_h_l f . S h_ d_t_r m_n_d t h_t : " I f s_m__ n_ t_k_s p_r t_c_l_r _f f_n c_ _t t h_t n_c k n_m_ _n d d__ s n ' t l_k_ _t _n d s_y s t h_y d_n ' t l_k_ _t _n d _s k_d n_t t_ b_ c_l l_d t h_t _n y m_r_, t h_n _n _ r_s p_c t f_l w_r k p l_c_, t h_t ' s w h_t y__ ' d d_, y__ w__ l d n ' t c_l l t h_m t h_t _n y m_r_. " T h_ b_k_r y _w n_r s__ d h_ _m p l_y s "_v_r y n_t__ n_l_t y k n_w n t_ m_n " _n d _s n_t _ r_c_s t .

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a court in australia has judged that the use of the word kiwi to describe a person from new zealand is not discriminatory new zealander julie savage filed a complaint against an australian bakery where she was nicknamed kiwi by her colleagues she asserted that the term kiwi was a form of racial discrimination and was insulting and disrespectful however the employment tribunal decided otherwise and dismissed her complaint the bakery owner argued that the term kiwi was one that most new zealanders were proud of he said the new zealand government openly endorses the term and that it was used as a term of endearment and as a means of identifying as a new zealander

    the tribunal judge ruled that calling a new zealander a kiwi was not offensive she said kiwi is not an insult in her findings the judge observed that ms savage did not allege that she suffered unfavourable treatment in respect of the terms of her employment lack of progression or segregation australias commissioner for equal opportunity acted on ms savages behalf she determined that if someone takes particular offence at that nickname and doesnt like it and says they dont like it and asked not to be called that anymore then in a respectful workplace thats what youd do you wouldnt call them that anymore the bakery owner said he employs every nationality known to man and is not a racist.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AcourtinAustraliahasjudgedthattheuseoftheword"Kiwi"todescribea
    personfromNewZealandisnotdiscriminatory.NewZealanderJulieSav
    agefiledacomplaintagainstanAustralianbakerywhereshewasnickna
    med"Kiwi"byhercolleagues.Sheassertedthattheterm"Kiwi"wasafor
    mofracialdiscriminationandwasinsultinganddisrespectful.However,
    theemploymenttribunaldecidedotherwiseanddismissedhercomplain
    t.Thebakeryownerarguedthattheterm"Kiwi"wasonethatmostNewZe
    alanderswereproudof.HesaidtheNewZealandgovernmentopenlyend
    orsesthetermandthatitwasusedas"atermofendearmentandasamea
    nsofidentifyingasaNewZealander".Thetribunaljudgeruledthatcalling
    aNewZealanderaKiwiwasnotoffensive.Shesaid:"'Kiwi'isnotaninsult.
    "Inherfindings,thejudgeobservedthatMsSavage,"didnotallegethats
    hesufferedunfavourabletreatmentinrespectofthetermsofheremploy
    ment,lackofprogressionorsegregation".Australia'sCommissionerfor
    EqualOpportunityactedonMsSavage'sbehalf.Shedeterminedthat:"If
    someonetakesparticularoffenceatthatnicknameanddoesn'tlikeitand
    saystheydon'tlikeitandaskednottobecalledthatanymore,theninares
    pectfulworkplace,that'swhatyou'ddo,youwouldn'tcallthemthatany
    more."Thebakeryownersaidheemploys"everynationalityknowntom
    an"andisnotaracist.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should not use nicknames to describe nationalities. Discuss.

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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. KIWIS: Make a poster about Kiwis. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NICKNAMES: Write a magazine article about never using nicknames to refer to nationalities. 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 nicknames. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on which nicknames are OK and which nicknames are not. 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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