The Reading / Listening - Online Weddings - Level 6

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that people can still get married in New York despite the city being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a special executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the knot. The procedure for weddings under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks conducting the ceremony virtually. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."



The new executive order means couples can get wed via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a legal way of getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say whether Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on their happy day. The platform does allow guests to attend online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at least the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing measures are lifted. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be held online.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Online Weddings - Level 4  or  Online Weddings - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ONLINE WEDDINGS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about online weddings. 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?
       married / lockdown / special / executive / order / tie the knot / ceremony / online /
       couples / video conferencing / reporters / happy / guests / measures / gatherings
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. VIRTUAL WEDDINGS: Students A strongly believe virtual weddings should be legally recognised from now on; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ONLINE: What are the pros and cons of these things being done online? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Weddings

 

 

School

 

 

Shopping

 

 

Dining

 

 

Banking

 

 

Gaming

 

 

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5. LOCKDOWN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "lockdown". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EVENTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best events at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • weddings
  • graduations
  • birthdays
  • New Year parties
  • golden jubilees
  • children's parties
  • retirement parties
  • national day

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. permitting a. Suddenly stopped.
      2. halted b. An action that is conducted in a certain order or way.
      3. tie the knot c. Of an agreement or promise involving a promise that cannot be broken.
      4. procedure d. Get married.
      5. entails e. Temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect.
      6. suspend f. Allowing someone to do something.
      7. binding g. Involves something as a necessary part.

    Paragraph 2

      8. executive h. Enter into a formal agreement to marry.
      9. wed i. Acknowledges the existence, validity, or legality of something.
      10. recognised j. A meeting of people, especially for a social or happy event or one held for a specific purpose.
      11. platform k. A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
      12. measure l. A kind of software or operating system used on a computer or mobile phone.
      13. extended m. Having the power to put plans, actions, or laws into effect.
      14. gathering n. Made larger.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The president of New York decided to allow people to marry online.     T / F
  2. Only half of weddings are taking place in New York's churches.     T / F
  3. New Yorkers must now apply for a marriage license online.     T / F
  4. The online weddings in New York will be legally binding.     T / F
  5. Couples can get married via video conferencing platforms.     T / F
  6. New York's governor says New Yorkers have no excuse not to marry.     T / F
  7. There is a limit to the number of guests allowed at online weddings.     T / F
  8. A New York official said online weddings will end in two months.     T / F

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

  1. despite
  2. permitting
  3. halted
  4. procedure
  5. temporarily
  6. previously
  7. recognised
  8. attend
  9. extended
  10. gatherings
  1. stopped
  2. acknowledged
  3. method
  4. get-togethers
  5. letting
  6. be present at
  7. formerly
  8. widened
  9. in spite of
  10. for the time being

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

  1. despite the city
  2. Cuomo has signed a special
  3. All wedding ceremonies had
  4. allow couples to tie
  5. online weddings would be legally
  6. couples can get
  7. a legal way
  8. There is now no
  9. Stay-at-home measures have been
  10. social distancing
  1. extended
  2. the knot
  3. binding
  4. of getting married
  5. executive order
  6. excuse
  7. wed
  8. being under lockdown
  9. measures
  10. been halted

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
license
signed
law
despite
couples
official
due
virtually

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that people can still get married in New York (1) ____________ the city being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has (2) ____________ a special executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halted (3) ____________ to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow (4) ____________ to tie the knot. The procedure for weddings under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage (5) ____________ online and having clerks conducting the ceremony (6) ____________. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding. A city (7) ____________ said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of (8) ____________ that requires in-person visits."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
excuse
measures
least
whether
held
legal
wed
guests

The new executive order means couples can get (9) ____________ via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a (10) ____________ way of getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no (11) ____________ when the question comes up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say (12) ____________ Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on their happy day. The platform does allow (13) ____________ to attend online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at (14) ____________ the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing (15) ____________ are lifted. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be (16) ____________ online.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  All wedding ceremonies ______
     a.  had been hated
     b.  had been vaulted
     c.  had been bolted
     d.  had been halted
2)  but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to ______
     a.  tie the not
     b.  tie the knot
     c.  tide the knot
     d.  tie a knot
3) entails applying for a marriage license online and having ______ ceremony
     a.  clerks conducting the
     b.  clerks conduct in the
     c.  clacks conducting the
     d.  clots conduct in the
4)  Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would ______
     a.  been legally binding
     b.  being legally binding
     c.  be legally binding
     d.  begin legally binding
5)  The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that ______ visits
     a.  requires on-person
     b.  require imp-person
     c.  requires imp-person
     d.  requires in-person

6)  The new executive order means couples can get ______ conferencing
     a.  led via video
     b.  bed via video
     c.  fed via video
     d.  wed via video
7)  This was previously not recognised as ______
     a.  a legally way
     b.  a legal way
     c.  a illegal way
     d.  a league all way
8)  There is now no excuse when the question comes ______
     a.  up for marriage
     b.  down for marriage
     c.  over for marriage
     d.  across for marriage
9)  Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on ______
     a.  there happy day
     b.  their happily day
     c.  their hap pea day
     d.  their happy day
10)  It could be months after that before social distancing ______
     a.  measure are lift it
     b.  measures be lifted
     c.  measures are lift it
     d.  measures are lifted

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (1) ___________________ people can still get married in New York (2) ___________________ being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a special executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had (3) ___________________ to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to (4) ___________________. The procedure for weddings under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks conducting (5) ___________________. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding. A city official said: "The executive order will (6) ___________________ provision of law that requires in-person visits."

The new executive order means couples can (7) ___________________ video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a (8) ___________________ getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did (9) ___________________ Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on their happy day. The platform does (10) ___________________ attend online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at least the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing (11) ___________________. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What can New Yorkers still get married in spite of?
  2. What special thing did New York's governor sign?
  3. What did the article say couples could tie?
  4. What must couples apply for online?
  5. What did Mr Cuomo say about the legality of the online weddings?
  6. What kind of websites can New Yorkers use to get married?
  7. What website did Mr Cuomo say New Yorkers could use?
  8. Who did the article say could attend weddings online?
  9. What won't be lifted for months?
  10. What might be held online for some time to come?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What can New Yorkers still get married in spite of?
a) a shortage of churches
b) divorce rates
c) a decline in religion
d) the lockdown
2) What special thing did New York's governor sign?
a) a greetings card
b) an executive order
c) a treaty
d) an online petition
3) What did the article say couples could tie?
a) string
b) loose ends
c) the knot
d) a ribbon
4) What must couples apply for online?
a) a marriage license
b) money
c) a wedding dress
d) wedding clerks

5) What did Mr Cuomo say about the legality of the online weddings?
a) their legality is pending
b) they are semi-legal
c) they are legally binding
d) he's not sure

6) What kind of websites can New Yorkers use to get married?
a) marriage websites
b) video conferencing
c) church websites
d) government websites
7) What website did Mr Cuomo say New Yorkers could use?
a) Whizz
b) Buzz
c) Pizzazz
d) Zoom
8) Who did the article say could attend weddings online?
a) guests
b) New York's governor
c) anyone
d) children
9) What won't be lifted for months?
a) cakes
b) gatherings
c) social distancing measures
d) credit limits
10) What might be held online for some time to come?
a) auctions
b) events such as weddings
c) webinars
d) university classes

Role play

Role  A – Weddings
You think weddings are the best events. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least joyous of these (and why): birthdays, graduations or national day celebrations.

Role  B – Birthdays
You think birthdays are the best events. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least joyous of these (and why): weddings, graduations or national day celebrations.

Role  C – Graduations
You think graduations are the best events. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least joyous of these (and why): birthdays, weddings or national day celebrations.

Role  D – National Day Celebrations
You think national day celebrations are the best events. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their events aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least joyous of these (and why): birthdays, graduations or weddings.

After reading / listening

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

'online'

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  • and 'wedding'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • still
    • permitting
    • knot
    • entails
    • legally
    • suspend
    • means
    • way
    • up
    • happy
    • least
    • events




    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 - Online Weddings

    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 'lockdown'?
    3. What do you think a lockdown wedding would be like?
    4. How sad is it people have to get married online?
    5. Would you wait until after the lockdown has ended to get married?
    6. Should any wedding be allowed online?
    7. Do you think online weddings will be normal in the future?
    8. What is the best way of tying the knot?
    9. How could an online wedding be different from a traditional one?
    10. What do you think of New York's decision?

    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 'wedding'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What experiences do you have of video conferencing?
    5. How would you feel about getting married on Zoom?
    6. How can we help wedding businesses affected by the lockdown?
    7. What other events could be held online?
    8. What do you think of weddings?
    9. What will you do after the lockdown ends?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo?

    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)

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided (1) ____ people can still get married in New York despite the city being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a special executive order (2) ____ people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halted due (3) ____ the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the (4) ____. The procedure for weddings under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks conducting the ceremony virtually. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally (5) ____. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that (6) ____ in-person visits."

    The new executive order means couples can get (7) ____ via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a legal way of getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question (8) ____ up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say whether Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use (9) ____ their happy day. The platform does allow guests to attend online. Stay-at-home (10) ____ have been extended in New York until at least the 15th of May. It could be (11) ____ after that before social distancing measures are lifted. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be (12) ____ online.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     that     (b)     which     (c)     what     (d)     why    
    2. (a)     pertaining     (b)     promoting     (c)     permitting     (d)     plaiting    
    3. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     to     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     string     (b)     rope     (c)     tassels     (d)     knot    
    5. (a)     binding     (b)     bounding     (c)     banding     (d)     blending    
    6. (a)     acquires     (b)     requires     (c)     inquires     (d)     enquires    
    7. (a)     nuptial     (b)     vow     (c)     marriage     (d)     wed    
    8. (a)     arrives     (b)     comes     (c)     delivers     (d)     goes    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     that     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    10. (a)     policy     (b)     estimates     (c)     gauges     (d)     measures    
    11. (a)     monthly     (b)     month     (c)     monthlies     (d)     months    
    12. (a)     doing     (b)     held     (c)     celebrate     (d)     married

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  of May. It could be months after that before social distancing measures are lifted. This means gatherings
    (...)  for events such as weddings may continue to be held online.
    (...)  binding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."
    (...)  measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the knot. The procedure for weddings under
    (...)  way of getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes
    1  ) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that people can still get married in New York
    (...)  up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say whether Zoom was the only tele-conferencing
    (...)  lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks conducting
    (...)  the ceremony virtually. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally
    (...)  people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special
    (...)  despite the city being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a special executive order permitting
    (...)  platform that people could use on their happy day. The platform does allow guests to attend
    (...)  The new executive order means couples can get wed via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a legal
    (...)  online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at least the 15th

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. to   knot   .   tie   the   couples   Introduced   allow   to
    3. for   a   license   applying   now   Lockdown   entails   online   .
    4. be   The   weddings   would   binding   .   new   online   legally
    5. in-person   A   of   law   provision   requires   visits   .   that
    6. means   executive   The   couples   wed   .   new   get   order
    7. married   .   as   legal   a   getting   Recognised   of   way
    8. when   No   comes   the   question   excuse   up   .
    9. platform   guests   allow   attend   does   The   to   online   .
    10. online   .   to   held   Weddings   may   continue   be

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided / decision that people can still get married in New York despite the city been / being under lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a specially / special executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halts / halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the string / knot. The procedure for weddings over / under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks / clicks conducting the ceremony virtual / virtually. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding / bounding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporary / temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires in-person visits."

    The new executive order mean / means couples can get wed via video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a legal / legally way of getting married. Mr Cuomo joking / joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes down / up for marriage. You can do it by Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say what / whether Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use on their happily / happy day. The platform does allow guests to attend / attention online. Stay-at-home measures have been extended in New York until at last / least the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing measure / measures are lifted. This means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be held / hold online.

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    new york governor andrew cuomo has decided that people can still get married in new york despite the city being under lockdown governor cuomo has signed a special executive order permitting people to get married online all wedding ceremonies had been halted due to the covid19 pandemic but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the knot the procedure for weddings under lockdown now entails applying for a marriage license online and having clerks conducting the ceremony virtually mr cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding a city official said the executive order will temporarily suspend a provision of law that requires inperson visits

    the new executive order means couples can get wed via video conferencing this was previously not recognised as a legal way of getting married mr cuomo joked to reporters that there is now no excuse when the question comes up for marriage you can do it by zoom mr cuomo did not say whether zoom was the only teleconferencing platform that people could use on their happy day the platform does allow guests to attend online stayathome measures have been extended in new york until at least the 15th of may it could be months after that before social distancing measures are lifted this means gatherings for events such as weddings may continue to be held online

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    NewYorkGovernorAndrewCuomohasdecidedthatpeoplecanstillgetm
    arriedinNewYorkdespitethecitybeingunderlockdown.GovernorCuo
    mohassignedaspecialexecutiveorderpermittingpeopletogetmarried
    online.AllweddingceremonieshadbeenhaltedduetotheCOVID-19pa
    ndemic,butspecialmeasureshavebeenintroducedtoallowcouplestoti
    etheknot.Theprocedureforweddingsunderlockdownnowentailsappl
    yingforamarriagelicenseonlineandhavingclerksconductingthecerem
    onyvirtually.MrCuomosaidthenewonlineweddingswouldbelegallybin
    ding.Acityofficialsaid:"Theexecutiveorderwilltemporarilysuspendap
    rovisionoflawthatrequiresin-personvisits."Thenewexecutiveorder
    meanscouplescangetwedviavideoconferencing.Thiswaspreviouslyn
    otrecognisedasalegalwayofgettingmarried.MrCuomojokedtoreport
    ersthat:"Thereisnownoexcusewhenthequestioncomesupformarriag
    e.YoucandoitbyZoom."MrCuomodidnotsaywhetherZoomwastheonl
    ytele-conferencingplatformthatpeoplecoulduseontheirhappyday.Th
    eplatformdoesallowgueststoattendonline.Stay-at-homemeasuresh
    avebeenextendedinNewYorkuntilatleastthe15thofMay.Itcouldbemo
    nthsafterthatbeforesocialdistancingmeasuresarelifted.Thismeansg
    atheringsforeventssuchasweddingsmaycontinuetobeheldonline.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Online weddings are just as good as traditional weddings. 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. WEDDINGS: Make a poster about weddings. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ONLINE WEDDINGS: Write a magazine article about online weddings. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.
    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 online weddings. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on them. 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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