The Reading / Listening - Online Weddings - Level 5

New York has decided that people can still get married despite the city being under lockdown. The governor signed a special order letting people get married online. All weddings had been stopped because of the pandemic. Special measures are now in place to allow couples to tie the knot. People getting married under lockdown must now apply for a marriage license online. Clerks will conduct the ceremony virtually. The new online weddings are legally binding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."



The new order means couples can marry via video conferencing. This was previously not legally recognised. The governor joked that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." The video conferencing website Zoom and similar platforms allow guests to attend online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York. They will last until at least the 15th of May. Social distancing measures could be around for months. This means events like weddings may continue to be held online.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Weddings - Level 4 or  Online Weddings - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/wedding-new-york-zoom-legal_n_5e9d08b4c5b6ea335d5df1d9
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52346437
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/zoom-yorkers-wed-online-200419165225473.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. get married despite the city
  2. special measures are now in
  3. apply for a marriage
  4. Clerks will conduct the ceremony
  5. online weddings are legally
  6. executive
  7. temporarily suspend a provision
  8. requires in-
  1. binding
  2. of law
  3. being under lockdown
  4. person visits
  5. license online
  6. virtually
  7. place
  8. order

Paragraph 2

  1. couples can marry
  2. This was previously not legally
  3. There is now no
  4. when the question comes
  5. allow guests to attend
  6. Social distancing
  7. events like
  8. continue to be
  1. weddings
  2. online
  3. held online
  4. recognised
  5. measures
  6. excuse
  7. via video conferencing
  8. up for marriage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New York has decided that people can still get married (1) ___________________ being under lockdown. The governor signed a (2) ___________________ people get married online. All weddings had been stopped because of the pandemic. Special measures are now in place to allow couples to (3) ___________________. People getting married under lockdown must now apply for a (4) ___________________. Clerks will conduct (5) ___________________. The new online weddings are legally binding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of (6) ___________________ in-person visits."

The new order means couples can marry (7) ___________________. This was previously not legally recognised. The governor joked that: "There is now no excuse when the (8) ___________________ for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." The video conferencing website Zoom and (9) ___________________ guests to attend online. Stay-at-home measures have (10) ___________________ New York. They will last until at least the 15th of May. Social distancing (11) ___________________ around for months. This means events like weddings (12) ___________________ be held online.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ngunderlockdown.Thegovernorsignedaspecialorderlettingpeoplege
tmarriedonline.Allweddingshadbeenstoppedbecauseofthepandemi
c.Specialmeasuresarenowinplacetoallowcouplestotietheknot.Peopl
egettingmarriedunderlockdownmustnowapplyforamarriagelicense
online.Clerkswillconducttheceremonyvirtually.Thenewonlineweddi
ngsarelegallybinding.Acityofficialsaid:"Theexecutiveorderwilltemp
orarilysuspendaprovisionoflawthatrequiresin-personvisits."Thene
wordermeanscouplescanmarryviavideoconferencing.Thiswasprevio
uslynotlegallyrecognised.Thegovernorjokedthat:"Thereisnownoexc
usewhenthequestioncomesupformarriage.YoucandoitbyZoom."The
videoconferencingwebsiteZoomandsimilarplatformsallowgueststoa
ttendonline.Stay-at-homemeasureshavebeenextendedinNewYor
k.Theywilllastuntilatleastthe15thofMay.Socialdistancingmeasuresc
ouldbearoundformonths.Thismeanseventslikeweddingsmaycontinu
etobeheldonline.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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