The Reading / Listening - Soul Cap - Level 6

The Black Swimming Association is up in arms over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body that regulates international swimming, has rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its product is a cap that accommodates diverse hairstyles and hair types. The company wants the cap certified for competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with afros, braids, dreadlocks, hair extensions, weaves, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of such size and configuration" before. FINA stated it would not be permitted because "it didn't fit the natural form of the head".

The Black Swimming Association was aghast at the decision and called it a step backwards for black swimmers. It warned it would drive away swimmers from diverse backgrounds. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-coming swimmers who might want to consider taking 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, but we want them to join on our terms'. This will affect their decision because by and large, hair is a significant barrier, especially for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs and competitions.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Soul Cap - Level 4  or  Soul Cap - Level 5

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. SWIMMING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about swimming. 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?
       up in arms / Olympics / swimming / cap / competition / dreadlocks / swimmers / head
       aghast / backwards / diverse / elite / sport / decision / hair / barrier / competition
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SWIM CAPS: Students A strongly believe swimmers should be able to wear any kind of swim cap; Students B strongly believe they should be regulated. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. OLYMPICS: What do you think of the Olympics? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Agree / Disagree?

Why?

A celebration

 

 

Inclusiveness

 

 

Coronavirus

 

 

Sporting excellence

 

 

National pride

 

 

Fun

 

 

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

  • Swimming
  • Sailing
  • Water Polo
  • Canoeing
  • Synchronised swimming
  • Diving
  • Rowing
  • Windsurfing

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. up in arms a. Very, very angry.
      2. upcoming b. Showing a great deal of variety; very different.
      3. regulates c. About to happen.
      4. rejected d. A formal request to an authority for something.
      5. application e. Controls or supervises something, especially a company or business activity by means of rules.
      6. diverse f. Refused to agree to a request.
      7. configuration g. An arrangement of elements in a particular form, figure, or combination.

    Paragraph 2

      8. aghast h. Not excluding any section of society or any party involved in something.
      9. up-and-coming i. Best; top level.
      10. taking up j. Filled with horror or shock.
      11. elite k. Conditions under which an action may be undertaken.
      12. inclusive l. Making good progress and likely to become successful.
      13. terms m. An obstacle that keeps people or things apart or prevents communication or progress.
      14. barrier n. Starting something new (like a hobby, musical instrument, sport, etc.).

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A black swimming association has welcoming arms for a swim cap ban.   T / F
  2. The Soul Cap is for people with many kinds of hairstyles.     T / F
  3. A regulatory body said such a cap had never been used before.     T / F
  4. A regulatory body said the cap didn't fit the natural form of the head.    T / F
  5. The swimming association said the decision was a step backwards.     T / F
  6. The association said there would now be more elite swimmers.     T / F
  7. The association said hair is a major barrier for men.     T / F
  8. Soul Caps are not allowed at swimming competitions in England.     T / F

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

  1. up in arms
  2. upcoming
  3. regulates
  4. permit
  5. configuration
  6. aghast
  7. diverse
  8. up-and-coming
  9. terms
  10. barrier
  1. horrified
  2. allow
  3. obstacle
  4. approaching
  5. various
  6. angry
  7. conditions
  8. design
  9. supervises
  10. promising

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

  1. up in
  2. rejected an application
  3. The company wants the cap
  4. a cap of such size
  5. it didn't fit the natural
  6. aghast
  7. a step backwards
  8. younger and up-and-
  9. we want them to join
  10. hair is a significant
  1. at the decision
  2. barrier
  3. form of the head
  4. from the brand
  5. for black swimmers
  6. arms over a ban
  7. on our terms
  8. and configuration
  9. coming swimmers
  10. certified for competition

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
upcoming
permit
diverse
natural
arms
rejected
such
afros

The Black Swimming Association is up in (1) _____________________ over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the (2) _____________________ Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body that regulates international swimming, has (3) _____________________ an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its product is a cap that accommodates (4) _____________________ hairstyles and hair types. The company wants the cap certified for competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with (5) _____________________, braids, dreadlocks, hair extensions, weaves, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not (6) _____________________ the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of (7) _____________________ size and configuration" before. FINA stated it would not be permitted because "it didn't fit the (8) _____________________ form of the head".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
inclusive
elite
step
level
aghast
affect
barrier
diverse

The Black Swimming Association was (9) _____________________ at the decision and called it a (10) _____________________ backwards for black swimmers. It warned it would drive away swimmers from (11) _____________________ backgrounds. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-coming swimmers who might want to consider taking up (12) _____________________ swimming." She added: "At the highest (13) _____________________, we're hearing that, 'we want the sport to be (14) _____________________ and representative; we want to have people of colour in the sport, but we want them to join on our terms'. This will (15) _____________________ their decision because by and large, hair is a significant (16) _____________________, especially for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs and competitions.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The Black Swimming Association is up in arms ______
     a.  overly ban
     b.  over a band
     c.  over a ban
     d.  oh the ban
2)  international swimming, has rejected an application from the ______
     a.  braid SOUL CAP
     b.  band SOUL CAP
     c.  brand SOUL CAP
     d.  bran SOUL CAP
3)  It wants to help swimmers with afros, ______
     a.  braids, dreadlocks
     b.  braids, dread lucks
     c.  braids, bread lots
     d.  braids, dreamt locks
4) permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap of such ______
     a.  size and configure nation
     b.  size and conflagration
     c.  size and configuration
     d.  size and con figure ration
5)  it would not be permitted because it didn't fit the natural ______ head
     a.  firm of the
     b.  form of the
     c.  farm of the
     d.  fame of the

6)  The Black Swimming Association was ______ decision
     a.  at last at the
     b.  a gust at the
     c.  a ghost at the
     d.  aghast at the
7)  It warned it would drive away swimmers from ______
     a.  diverse backgrounds
     b.  dive worse backgrounds
     c.  dive verse backgrounds
     d.  dye verse backgrounds
8) younger and up-and-coming swimmers who might want to consider taking ______
     a.  upper lite swimming
     b.  up a lead swimming
     c.  up elite swimming
     d.  up polite swimming
9)  At the highest level, we're hearing that, we want the sport ______
     a.  to be exclusive
     b.  to being clueless
     c.  to be reclusive
     d.  to be inclusive
10)  This will affect their decision because by and large, hair is a ______
     a.  significance barrier
     b.  signify can't barrier
     c.  significant barrier
     d.  sign if I can't barrier

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Black Swimming Association is up (1) ____________________ a ban on the use of a swim cap at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body that regulates international swimming, has (2) ____________________ from the brand SOUL CAP. Its product is a cap that accommodates diverse hairstyles and hair types. The company wants the (3) ____________________ competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with afros, braids, (4) ____________________, weaves, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of such (5) ____________________" before. FINA stated it would not be permitted because "it didn't fit the (6) ____________________ the head".

The Black Swimming Association (7) ____________________ the decision and called it a step backwards for black swimmers. It warned it would drive away swimmers (8) ____________________. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-coming swimmers who might want to consider (9) ____________________ swimming." She added: "At the highest level, we're hearing that, 'we want the sport (10) ____________________ and representative; we want to have people of colour in the sport, but we want them to join (11) ____________________'. This will affect their decision because by and large, hair is (12) ____________________, especially for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs and competitions.

Comprehension questions

  1. What association is angry about the Soul Cap ban?
  2. What hairstyles does the Soul Cap accommodate?
  3. What does the company want the Soul Cap certified for?
  4. According to FINA, how many times has the cap been used by swimmers?
  5. What did FINA say the Soul Cap did not fit?
  6. Who did the association say the ban was a "step backwards" for?
  7. Who did the BSA say would be driven away from swimming by the ban?
  8. Who did the BSA say the ban would affect?
  9. Who did the BSA say hair is a "significant barrier" for?
  10. Where are the caps allowed in competitions?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What association is angry about the Soul Cap ban?
a) The Olympics Swimmers
b) the Black Swimming Association
c) FINA
d) the IOC
2)  What hairstyles does the Soul Cap accommodate?
a) swimmers' hairstyles
b) original hairstyles
c) straight hairstyles
d) diverse hairstyles
3) What does the company want the Soul Cap certified for?
a) competitions
b) life
c) swim clubs
d) juniors
4) According to FINA, how many times has the cap been used by swimmers?
a) once
b) three times
c) never
d) twice
5) What did FINA say the Soul Cap did not fit?
a) Olympics rules
b) the natural form of the head
c) international standards
d) fashion standards

6) Who did the association say the ban was a "step backwards" for?
a) black swimmers
b) all swimmers
c) male swimmers
d) synchronised swimmers
7) Who did the BSA say would be driven away from swimming by the ban?
a) children
b) Olympics swimmers
c) swimmers from diverse backgrounds
d) long-distance swimmers
8) Who did the BSA say the ban would affect?
a) younger and up-and-coming swimmers
b) all of us
c) the IOC
d) spectators
9) Who did the BSA say hair is a "significant barrier" for?
a) women
b) spectators
c) the IOC
d) FINA
10) Where are the caps allowed in competitions?
a) in schools
b) the Olympics
c) in Asia
d) England

Role play

Role  A – Swimming
You think swimming is the best aquatic sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): sailing, diving or windsurfing.

Role  B – Sailing
You think sailing is the best aquatic sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): swimming, diving or windsurfing.

Role  C – Diving
You think diving is the best aquatic sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): sailing, swimming or windsurfing.

Role  D – Windsurfing
You think windsurfing is the best aquatic sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sports. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): sailing, diving or swimming.

After reading / listening

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

'soul'

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  • and 'cap'.

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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:

    • arms
    • body
    • brand
    • types
    • curly
    • form
    • aghast
    • drive
    • affect
    • level
    • join
    • especially

    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 - Soul Cap

    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 'swim'?
    3. When was the last time you were up in arms?
    4. What do you think of the Olympics?
    5. What do you think of swimming caps?
    6. What do you think of FINA rejecting the Soul Cap?
    7. What do you think of our hairstyle?
    8. Why does it matter what swim cap people wear?
    9. Why won't FINA allow swim caps for people with more voluminous hair?
    10. What is the 'natural form of the head'?

    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 'cap'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. When was the last time you were aghast at something?
    5. Should FINA reverse its decision?
    6. What might help those from diverse backgrounds to take up swimming?
    7. Why are swimming caps necessary?
    8. How unfair is it that hair can be a barrier in life?
    9. Has your hair ever caused you problems?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a FINA executive?

    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)

    The Black Swimming Association is up (1) ____ arms over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the (2) ____ Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body that regulates international swimming, has rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its product is a cap that (3) ____ diverse hairstyles and hair types. The company wants the cap certified (4) ____ competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with afros, braids, dreadlocks, hair extensions, weaves, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of (5) ____ size and configuration" before. FINA stated it would not be permitted because "it didn't fit the (6) ____ form of the head".

    The Black Swimming Association was (7) ____ at the decision and called it a step backwards for black swimmers. It warned it would (8) ____ away swimmers from diverse backgrounds. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-(9) ____ swimmers who might want to consider taking 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 (10) ____ colour in the sport, but we want them to join on our terms'. This will affect their decision because (11) ____ and large, hair is a significant barrier, (12) ____ for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs and competitions.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     in     (b)     over     (c)     at     (d)     out    
    (a)     incoming     (b)     welcoming     (c)     upcoming     (d)     outcome    
    (a)     houses     (b)     shelters     (c)     accommodates     (d)     homes    
    (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     for    
    (a)     so     (b)     many     (c)     such     (d)     odd    
    (a)     nature     (b)     natural     (c)     naturallsed     (d)     nurtured    
    (a)     agape     (b)     aghast     (c)     ghosted     (d)     ghostly    
    (a)     cycle     (b)     drive     (c)     fly     (d)     sail    
    (a)     going     (b)     having     (c)     coming     (d)     diving    
    (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    (a)     particular     (b)     particulars     (c)     special     (d)     especially

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  and curly hair. FINA said it would not permit the Soul Cap because swimmers
    (...)  that regulates international swimming, has rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its product
    (...)  is a cap that accommodates diverse hairstyles and hair types. The company wants the cap certified
    (...)  for competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with afros, braids, dreadlocks, hair extensions, weaves, and thick
    (...)  barrier, especially for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs and competitions.
    (...)  hearing that, 'we want the sport to be inclusive and representative; we want to have people of
    (...)  colour in the sport, but we want them to join on our terms'. This will affect their decision because by and large, hair is a significant
    (...)  coming swimmers who might want to consider taking up elite swimming." She added: "At the highest level, we're
    (...)  have never used a cap "of such size and configuration" before. FINA stated it would not
    (...)  be permitted because "it didn't fit the natural form of the head".
    (...)  The Black Swimming Association was aghast at the decision and called it a step
    1  ) The Black Swimming Association is up in arms over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body
    (...)  backwards for black swimmers. It warned it would drive away swimmers from diverse
    (...)  backgrounds. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   arms   up   ban   .   over   in   is   It
    2. cap   Its   that   a   hairstyles   .   accommodates   diverse
    3. wants   the   swimming   .   cap   for   competition   certified   It
    4. never   Swimmers   size   .   a   cap   of   used   such
    5. head   .   the   of   fit   natural   Didn't   form   the
    6. decision   .   at   swimming   the   The   was   association   aghast
    7. drive   would   backgrounds   .   It   from   away   diverse   swimmers
    8. swimmers   .   affect   This   up-and-coming   and   younger   will
    9. want   sport   .   of   We   colour   the   people   in
    10. a   significant   is   Hair   especially   women   .   for   barrier,

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Black Swimming Association is up in legs / arms over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the incoming / upcoming Tokyo Olympics. FINA, the body that irregularities / regulates international swimming, has rejected an application from the brand SOUL CAP. Its produce / product is a cap that accommodates diverse hairstyles and hairy / hair types. The company wants the cap certified / satiated for competition swimming. It wants to help swimmers with afros, braids / breads, dreadlocks, hair extensions, weaves, and thick and curly hair. FINA said it would not permission / permit the Soul Cap because swimmers have never used a cap "of so / such size and configuration" before. FINA stated it would not be permitted because "it didn't fit the naturally / natural form of the head".

    The Black Swimming Association was ghosted / aghast at the decision and called it a step backwards / backing for black swimmers. It warned it would drive away swimmers from reverse / diverse backgrounds. BSA spokeswoman Danielle Obe said: "This will affect younger and up-and-coming / up-and-going swimmers who might want to consider taking up elite swimming." She added: "At the highest level, we're hearing what / that, 'we want the sport to be inclusive and representative; we want to have people of colour / colouring in the sport, but we want them to join in / on our terms'. This will affect their decision because by and big / large, hair is a significant barrier, special / especially for women." The caps are allowed at all Swim England clubs / cubs and competitions.

    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)

    Th_  Bl_ck  Sw_mm_ng  _ss_c__t__n  _s  _p  _n  _rms  _v_r  _  b_n  _n  th_  _s_  _f  _  sw_m  c_p  _t  th_  _pc_m_ng  T_ky_  _lymp_cs.  F_N_,  th_  b_dy  th_t  r_g_l_t_s  _nt_rn_t__n_l  sw_mm_ng,  h_s  r_j_ct_d  _n  _ppl_c_t__n  fr_m  th_  br_nd  S__L  C_P.  _ts  pr_d_ct  _s  _  c_p  th_t  _cc_mm_d_t_s  d_v_rs_  h__rstyl_s  _nd  h__r  typ_s.  Th_  c_mp_ny  w_nts  th_  c_p  c_rt_f__d  f_r  c_mp_t_t__n  sw_mm_ng.  _t  w_nts  t_  h_lp  sw_mm_rs  w_th  _fr_s,  br__ds,  dr__dl_cks,  h__r  _xt_ns__ns,  w__v_s,  _nd  th_ck  _nd  c_rly  h__r.  F_N_  s__d  _t  w__ld  n_t  p_rm_t  th_  S__l  C_p  b_c__s_  sw_mm_rs  h_v_  n_v_r  _s_d  _  c_p  "_f  s_ch  s_z_  _nd  c_nf_g_r_t__n"  b_f_r_.  F_N_  st_t_d  _t  w__ld  n_t  b_  p_rm_tt_d  b_c__s_  "_t  d_dn't  f_t  th_  n_t_r_l  f_rm  _f  th_  h__d".

    Th_  Bl_ck  Sw_mm_ng  _ss_c__t__n  w_s  _gh_st  _t  th_  d_c_s__n  _nd  c_ll_d  _t  _  st_p  b_ckw_rds  f_r  bl_ck  sw_mm_rs.  _t  w_rn_d  _t  w__ld  dr_v_  _w_y  sw_mm_rs  fr_m  d_v_rs_  b_ckgr__nds.  BS_  sp_k_sw_m_n  D_n__ll_  _b_  s__d:  "Th_s  w_ll  _ff_ct  y__ng_r  _nd  _p-_nd-c_m_ng  sw_mm_rs  wh_  m_ght  w_nt  t_  c_ns_d_r  t_k_ng  _p  _l_t_  sw_mm_ng."  Sh_  _dd_d:  "_t  th_  h_gh_st  l_v_l,  w_'r_  h__r_ng  th_t,  'w_  w_nt  th_  sp_rt  t_  b_  _ncl_s_v_  _nd  r_pr_s_nt_t_v_;  w_  w_nt  t_  h_v_  p__pl_  _f  c_l__r  _n  th_  sp_rt,  b_t  w_  w_nt  th_m  t_  j__n  _n  __r  t_rms'.  Th_s  w_ll  _ff_ct  th__r  d_c_s__n  b_c__s_  by  _nd  l_rg_,  h__r  _s  _  s_gn_f_c_nt  b_rr__r,  _sp_c__lly  f_r  w_m_n."  Th_  c_ps  _r_  _ll_w_d  _t  _ll  Sw_m  _ngl_nd  cl_bs  _nd  c_mp_t_t__ns.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the black swimming association is up in arms over a ban on the use of a swim cap at the upcoming tokyo olympics fina the body that regulates international swimming has rejected an application from the brand soul cap its product is a cap that accommodates diverse hairstyles and hair types the company wants the cap certified for competition swimming it wants to help swimmers with afros braids dreadlocks hair extensions weaves and thick and curly hair fina said it would not permit the soul cap because swimmers have never used a cap of such size and configuration before fina stated it would not be permitted because it didnt fit the natural form of the head

    the black swimming association was aghast at the decision and called it a step backwards for black swimmers it warned it would drive away swimmers from diverse backgrounds bsa spokeswoman danielle obe said this will affect younger and upandcoming swimmers who might want to consider taking up elite swimming she added at the highest level were hearing that we want the sport to be inclusive and representative we want to have people of colour in the sport but we want them to join on our terms this will affect their decision because by and large hair is a significant barrier especially for women the caps are allowed at all swim england clubs and competitions

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    TheBlackSwimmingAssociationisupinarmsoverabanontheuseofaswi
    mcapattheupcomingTokyoOlympics.FINA,thebodythatregulatesint
    ernationalswimming,hasrejectedanapplicationfromthebrandSOULC
    AP.Itsproductisacapthataccommodatesdiversehairstylesandhairtyp
    es.Thecompanywantsthecapcertifiedforcompetitionswimming.Itwa
    ntstohelpswimmerswithafros,braids,dreadlocks,hairextensions,we
    aves,andthickandcurlyhair.FINAsaiditwouldnotpermittheSoulCapb
    ecauseswimmershaveneverusedacap"ofsuchsizeandconfiguration"
    before.FINAstateditwouldnotbepermittedbecause"itdidn'tfitthenat
    uralformofthehead".TheBlackSwimmingAssociationwasaghastatth
    edecisionandcalleditastepbackwardsforblackswimmers.Itwarnedit
    woulddriveawayswimmersfromdiversebackgrounds.BSAspokeswo
    manDanielleObesaid:"Thiswillaffectyoungerandup-and-comingsw
    immerswhomightwanttoconsidertakingupeliteswimming."Sheadde
    d:"Atthehighestlevel,we'rehearingthat,'wewantthesporttobeinclusi
    veandrepresentative;wewanttohavepeopleofcolourinthesport,butw
    ewantthemtojoinonourterms'.Thiswillaffecttheirdecisionbecauseby
    andlarge,hairisasignificantbarrier,especiallyforwomen."Thecapsare
    allowedatallSwimEnglandclubsandcompetitions.

    Free writing

    Write about Soul Cap for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Swimming is the best form of exercise. 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. SWIMMING: Make a poster about swimming. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SWIM CAPS: Write a magazine article about allowing any kinds of swim cap. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 swimming. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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