The Reading / Listening - Child Grooms - Level 0

A UNICEF report says 115 million boys and men were married as children. About 23 million married before they were 15. News usually looks at young girls as child brides. UNICEF's report looks at forced marriages for boys. It looked at 82 countries. The Central African Republic had the highest rate of child grooms.



UNICEF said child marriage damages children's lives. It said: "Marriage steals childhood." Child grooms are too young to be fathers. Early fatherhood pressures boys to look after families. They lose education and job opportunities. UNICEF said forced marriage affected boys and girls and was unfair.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Child Grooms - Level 1 Child Grooms - Level 2   or  Child Grooms - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.unicef.org/press-releases/115-million-boys-and-men-around-world-married-children-unicef
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/child-grooms-unicef-boys-men-marriage-children-a8947296.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/jun/07/its-not-just-girls-one-in-30-young-men-were-married-as-children


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 UNICEF
  2. 115 million boys and men were
  3. married before they
  4. News usually looks
  5. child
  6. forced
  7. It looked
  8. the highest rate
  1. at 82 countries
  2. were 15
  3. brides
  4. of child grooms
  5. married as children
  6. at young girls
  7. report
  8. marriages

Paragraph 2

  1. child marriage damages
  2. Marriage
  3. Child
  4. too young
  5. Early fatherhood
  6. look after
  7. job
  8. forced marriage affected boys
  1. opportunities
  2. to be fathers
  3. steals childhood
  4. families
  5. children's lives
  6. and girls
  7. pressures boys
  8. grooms

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UNICEF (1) ___________________ million boys and men were (2) ___________________. About 23 million married before they were 15. News (3) ___________________ young girls as child brides. UNICEF's report (4) ___________________ marriages for boys. It looked (5) ___________________. The Central African Republic had the highest (6) ___________________ grooms.

UNICEF (7) ___________________ damages children's lives. It said: "Marriage steals childhood." Child (8) ___________________ young (9) ___________________. Early fatherhood pressures boys (10) ___________________ families. They lose education and job opportunities. UNICEF (11) ___________________ affected boys and girls (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AUNICEFreportsays115millionboysandmenweremarriedaschildren.
About23millionmarriedbeforetheywere15.Newsusuallylooksatyoun
ggirlsaschildbrides.UNICEF'sreportlooksatforcedmarriagesforboys.
Itlookedat82countries.TheCentralAfricanRepublichadthehighestrat
eofchildgrooms.UNICEFsaidchildmarriagedamageschildren'slives.It
said:"Marriagestealschildhood."Childgroomsaretooyoungtobefathe
rs.Earlyfatherhoodpressuresboystolookafterfamilies.Theyloseeduc
ationandjobopportunities.UNICEFsaidforcedmarriageaffectedboysa
ndgirlsandwasunfair.

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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