The Reading / Listening - Soul Cap - Level 5

The Black Swimming Association is angry over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the Tokyo Olympics. FINA, swimming's regulatory body, has rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its cap accommodates diverse hairstyles and hair types. The company wants to help swimmers with afros, dreadlocks, hair extensions, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of such size" before. FINA also stated it would not permit the cap because "it didn't fit the natural form of the head".

The BSA was shocked at the decision. It warned it was a step backwards for black swimmers and would drive away swimmers from diverse backgrounds. A BSA 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 and representative; we want to have people of colour in the sport'....This will affect their decision because by and large, hair is a significant barrier, especially for women."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Soul Cap - Level 4 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. angry over a ban on the use
  2. swimming's regulatory
  3. rejected an application from
  4. Its cap accommodates diverse
  5. help swimmers with
  6. thick and
  7. swimmers have never used a cap
  8. fit the natural form
  1. of such size
  2. the brand
  3. hairstyles
  4. curly hair
  5. of a swim cap
  6. of the head
  7. body
  8. afros

Paragraph 2

  1. The BSA was shocked
  2. It warned it was a step
  3. drive away swimmers from
  4. up-and-coming
  5. take up
  6. At the highest
  7. inclusive and
  8. hair is a significant barrier,
  1. level
  2. swimmers
  3. especially for women
  4. at the decision
  5. representative
  6. backwards
  7. elite swimming
  8. diverse backgrounds

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Black Swimming Association is angry (1) ___________________ on the use of a swim cap at the Tokyo Olympics. FINA, swimming's (2) ___________________ rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its cap accommodates (3) ___________________ hair types. The company wants to help swimmers with afros, dreadlocks, hair extensions, and (4) ___________________ hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "(5) ___________________" before. FINA also stated it would not permit the cap because "it didn't fit the (6) ___________________ the head".

The BSA was shocked (7) ___________________. It warned it was a step backwards for black swimmers and (8) ___________________ swimmers from diverse backgrounds. A BSA spokeswoman said: "This will affect younger and (9) ___________________ swimmers who might want to take (10) ___________________." She added: "At the highest level, we're hearing that, 'we want the sport to be inclusive and representative; we want to have people of colour in the sport'....This will (11) ___________________ because by and large, hair is (12) ___________________, especially for women."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBlackSwimmingAssociationisangryoverabanontheuseofaswimc
apattheTokyoOlympics.FINA,swimming'sregulatorybody,hasreject
edanapplicationfromthebrandSOULCAP.Itscapaccommodatesdiver
sehairstylesandhairtypes.Thecompanywantstohelpswimmerswitha
fros,dreadlocks,hairextensions,andthickandcurlyhair.FINAsaiditwo
uldnotpermittheSoulCapbecauseswimmershaveneverusedacap"ofs
uchsize"before.FINAalsostateditwouldnotpermitthecapbecause"itdi
dn'tfitthenaturalformofthehead".TheBSAwasshockedatthedecision.
Itwarneditwasastepbackwardsforblackswimmersandwoulddriveaw
ayswimmersfromdiversebackgrounds.ABSAspokeswomansaid:"Thi
swillaffectyoungerandup-and-comingswimmerswhomightwanttota
keupeliteswimming."Sheadded:"Atthehighestlevel,we'rehearingth
at,'wewantthesporttobeinclusiveandrepresentative;wewanttohave
peopleofcolourinthesport'....Thiswillaffecttheirdecisionbecausebya
ndlarge,hairisasignificantbarrier,especiallyforwomen."

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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