The Reading / Listening - Soul Cap - Level 4

The Black Swimming Association is angry because FINA, swimming's regulatory body, rejected a swim cap for the Tokyo Olympics. The "Soul Cap" allows people with afros, dreadlocks, hair extensions, and thick and curly hair to swim comfortably. FINA said it would not allow the Soul Cap because a cap "of such size" has never been used before. FINA also stated it would not permit the cap because "it didn't fit the natural form of the head".

The BSA warned the decision was a step backwards and would drive away swimmers from diverse backgrounds. A spokeswoman said: "This will affect younger and up-and-coming swimmers who might want to take up elite swimming." She added: "At the highest level, we're hearing that, 'we want the sport to be inclusive;...we want to have people of colour in the sport'....[but] by and large, hair is a significant barrier, especially for women."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Soul Cap - Level 5 or  Soul Cap - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.skysports.com/more-sports/swimming/news/29876/12346581/black-swimming-association-chair-says-fina-decision-to-reject-caps-for-natural-hair-not-what-inclusion-is-about
  • https://www.insider.com/natural-hair-swim-caps-not-allowed-olympics-2021-6
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-57688380


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. swimming's regulatory
  2. rejected a swim cap for
  3. people with
  4. thick and
  5. FINA said it would not allow
  6. never been
  7. it didn't
  8. the natural form
  1. curly hair
  2. used before
  3. the Soul Cap
  4. fit
  5. afros
  6. of the head
  7. body
  8. the Tokyo Olympics

Paragraph 2

  1. the decision was a step
  2. up-and-
  3. take
  4. At the highest
  5. we want the sport to
  6. we want to have people of
  7. hair is a significant
  8. especially
  1. colour in the sport
  2. up elite swimming
  3. for women
  4. backwards
  5. barrier
  6. coming swimmers
  7. be inclusive
  8. level

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Black Swimming Association (1) ___________________ FINA, swimming's regulatory body, (2) ___________________ cap for the Tokyo Olympics. The "Soul Cap" allows (3) ___________________, dreadlocks, hair extensions, and (4) ___________________ hair to swim comfortably. FINA said it would not allow the Soul Cap because a cap "(5) ___________________" has never been used before. FINA also stated it would not permit the cap because "it didn't (6) ___________________ form of the head".

The BSA warned the decision was (7) ___________________ and would drive away swimmers (8) ___________________. A spokeswoman said: "This will affect younger and (9) ___________________ swimmers who might want to (10) ___________________ swimming." She added: "At the highest level, we're hearing that, 'we want the sport (11) ___________________;...we want to have people of colour in the sport'....[but] by and large, hair is (12) ___________________, especially for women."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBlackSwimmingAssociationisangrybecauseFINA,swimming'sre
gulatorybody,rejectedaswimcapfortheTokyoOlympics.The"SoulCap
"allowspeoplewithafros,dreadlocks,hairextensions,andthickandcurl
yhairtoswimcomfortably.FINAsaiditwouldnotallowtheSoulCapbeca
useacap"ofsuchsize"hasneverbeenusedbefore.FINAalsostateditwo
uldnotpermitthecapbecause"itdidn'tfitthenaturalformofthehead".T
heBSAwarnedthedecisionwasastepbackwardsandwoulddriveaways
wimmersfromdiversebackgrounds.Aspokeswomansaid:"Thiswillaff
ectyoungerandup-and-comingswimmerswhomightwanttotakeu
peliteswimming."Sheadded:"Atthehighestlevel,we'rehearingthat,'
wewantthesporttobeinclusive;...wewanttohavepeopleofcolourinthe
sport'....[but]byandlarge,hairisasignificantbarrier,especiallyforwo
men."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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