The Reading / Listening - Mass Wedding - Level 4

Six thousand couples did not stop the coronavirus from celebrating their happy day. The brides and grooms from sixty countries got married in South Korea on Friday, despite the health scare from the coronavirus. There were 24,000 guests at the wedding. Some of them were renewing their marriage vows. The church was prepared for the mass wedding. Staff handed out sanitizer and surgical masks. They also checked the temperature of the couples.



The Unification Church is famous for its mass weddings, which started in 1961. Hundreds of thousands of couples have walked down the aisle. Some couples met for the first time at the ceremony. A newlywed spoke about tying the knot amid the spread of the coronavirus. He said: "Since coronavirus is going around...I wore a mask to be on the safe side." A 23-year-old bride didn't wear a mask because she wanted to be beautiful for her husband.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mass Wedding - Level 5 or  Mass Wedding - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-health-southkorea-masswedding-idUSKBN2010TJ
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/03/moonies-mass-wedding-south-korea-unification-church-hak-ja-han-sun-myung-moon
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51414560


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. celebrating their
  2. despite the health
  3. There were 24,000 guests
  4. renewing their marriage
  5. The church was prepared for the wedding
  6. Staff handed
  7. surgical
  8. They also checked the temperature
  1. out sanitizer
  2. vows
  3. of the couples
  4. at the wedding
  5. scare
  6. masks
  7. happy day
  8. mass

Paragraph 2

  1. famous for its mass
  2. couples have walked down
  3. tying the
  4. amid the spread
  5. Since coronavirus is
  6. I wore a mask to be on
  7. A 23-year-old bride didn't
  8. she wanted to be beautiful
  1. wear a mask
  2. weddings
  3. for her husband
  4. going around
  5. the aisle
  6. of the coronavirus
  7. the safe side
  8. knot

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Six thousand (1) ___________________ stop the coronavirus from celebrating their happy day. The (2) ___________________ from sixty countries got married in South Korea on Friday, (3) ___________________ scare from the coronavirus. There were 24,000 guests at the wedding. Some of them were renewing (4) ___________________. The church was prepared for the mass wedding. Staff (5) ___________________ and surgical masks. They also (6) ___________________ of the couples.

The Unification Church is famous for (7) ___________________, which started in 1961. Hundreds of (8) ___________________ have walked down the aisle. Some (9) ___________________ the first time at the ceremony. A newlywed spoke about (10) ___________________ amid the spread of the coronavirus. He said: "Since coronavirus is going around...I (11) ___________________ to be on (12) ___________________." A 23-year-old bride didn't wear a mask because she wanted to be beautiful for her husband.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Sixthousandcouplesdidnotstopthecoronavirusfromcelebratingtheir
happyday.ThebridesandgroomsfromsixtycountriesgotmarriedinSo
uthKoreaonFriday,despitethehealthscarefromthecoronavirus.There
were24,000guestsatthewedding.Someofthemwererenewingtheirm
arriagevows.Thechurchwaspreparedforthemasswedding.Staffhand
edoutsanitizerandsurgicalmasks.Theyalsocheckedthetemperatureo
fthecouples.TheUnificationChurchisfamousforitsmassweddings,whi
chstartedin1961.Hundredsofthousandsofcoupleshavewalkeddownt
heaisle.Somecouplesmetforthefirsttimeattheceremony.Anewlywed
spokeabouttyingtheknotamidthespreadofthecoronavirus.Hesaid:"S
incecoronavirusisgoingaround...Iworeamasktobeonthesafeside."A
23-year-oldbridedidn'twearamaskbecauseshewantedtobebeautif
ulforherhusband.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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