The Reading / Listening - Farting - Level 2

A man in Austria has been fined for "farting loudly in front of police officers". The man was sitting on a bench in Austria's capital Vienna. The police tweeted about the man's actions. They described what happened after police officers went to the man. They wrote: "He rose slightly from the park bench, looked at the officers, and apparently intentionally released a massive fart in the immediate [area] of the officers." The police gave the man a fine for "violating public decency by loudly blowing a bowel in front of police officers". The fine was also for making an upsetting noise.

The man got a fine of 500 euro – about $560. If he does not pay it within five days, he could go to prison. The police defended their actions. They said it was right to give the fine because the man was doing other annoying things before he farted. Police officers say he was misbehaving and behaving in a way that would upset other people. They said the man only had one thing on his mind when he stood up in front of police officers, and that was to fart at them. The officers said he, "let go a massive intestinal wind apparently with full intent".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Farting - Level 0 Farting - Level 1   or  Farting - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.newsweek.com/man-vienna-austria-farted-police-officers-fine-reddit-1511208
  • https://www.ladbible.com/news/weird-austrian-man-fined-500-euros-for-deliberately-farting-at-the-police-20200617
  • https://globalnews.ca/news/7072117/man-charged-for-farting/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. fined for farting
  2. The man was sitting
  3. The police tweeted about
  4. He rose
  5. park
  6. in the immediate area
  7. violating public
  8. The fine was also for making
  1. of the officers
  2. the man's actions
  3. decency
  4. an upsetting noise
  5. slightly
  6. loudly
  7. bench
  8. on a bench

Paragraph 2

  1. The man got a fine
  2. If he does not pay it
  3. he could go
  4. The police defended
  5. They said it was right to
  6. behaving in a way that would
  7. the man only had one thing on
  8. he stood up in front
  1. his mind
  2. their actions
  3. give the fine
  4. within five days
  5. of police officers
  6. of 500 euro
  7. upset other people
  8. to prison

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man in Austria has (1) ___________________ "farting loudly in front of police officers". The man was sitting (2) ___________________ in Austria's capital Vienna. The police tweeted about the man's actions. They described what happened after police officers went to the man. They wrote: "(3) ___________________ from the park bench, looked at the officers, and apparently intentionally (4) ___________________ fart in the immediate [area] of the officers." The police gave the man a fine for "(5) ___________________ by loudly blowing a bowel in front of police officers". The fine was also for making (6) ___________________.

The man (7) ___________________ of 500 euro – about $560. If he does not pay it within five days, he could (8) ___________________. The police defended their actions. They said it was (9) ___________________ the fine because the man was doing other annoying things before he farted. Police officers say he was misbehaving and behaving (10) ___________________ that would upset other people. They said the man only had one thing on his mind when he (11) ___________________ front of police officers, and that was to fart at them. The officers said he, "let go a massive intestinal wind apparently (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmaninAustriahasbeenfinedfor"fartingloudlyinfrontofpoliceofficers
".ThemanwassittingonabenchinAustria'scapitalVienna.Thepolicetw
eetedabouttheman'sactions.Theydescribedwhathappenedafterpoli
ceofficerswenttotheman.Theywrote:"Heroseslightlyfromtheparkbe
nch,lookedattheofficers,andapparentlyintentionallyreleasedamassi
vefartintheimmediate[area]oftheofficers."Thepolicegavethemanafi
nefor"violatingpublicdecencybyloudlyblowingabowelinfrontofpolice
officers".Thefinewasalsoformakinganupsettingnoise.Themangotafi
neof500euro–about$560.Ifhedoesnotpayitwithinfivedays,hecouldg
otoprison.Thepolicedefendedtheiractions.Theysaiditwasrighttogive
thefinebecausethemanwasdoingotherannoyingthingsbeforehefarte
d.Policeofficerssayhewasmisbehavingandbehavinginawaythatwoul
dupsetotherpeople.Theysaidthemanonlyhadonethingonhismindwh
enhestoodupinfrontofpoliceofficers,andthatwastofartatthem.Theoff
icerssaidhe,"letgoamassiveintestinalwindapparentlywithfullintent".

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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