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Cosmetic Surgery Becoming More Popular (12th February, 2011)

The number of people having cosmetic surgery is increasing. This could be a sign that the world economy is making a recovery. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show that the number of operations increased by five per cent between 2009 and 2010. Spokesman Dr. Phil Haeck said: "This is just one more tiny sign that the economy is moving forward. It's slow, but it may be that we'll slowly pull out of this recession." In the U.K. the number of surgeries reached 100,000 for the first time.

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These are welcome figures for the industry, but they come at a time when the safety of cosmetic surgery is in question. A British woman died after an operation organized on the Internet. Claudia Adusei’s operation took place at a hotel near Philadelphia Airport. Many doctors said the type of operation she had was very risky. With more and more people going under the knife, there may be an increase in accidents in the future. People need to think carefully about whether they really need that nose job or tummy tuck.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The number of people

a.

this recession

2

the world

b.

sign

3.

making a

c.

having cosmetic surgery

4.

just one more tiny

d.

the first time

5.

we'll slowly pull out of

e.

recovery

6.

reached 100,000 for

f.

economy

 

Paragraph 2

1.

These are welcome

a.

in question

2

the safety of cosmetic surgery is

b.

think carefully

3.

organized on

c.

job

4.

going under

d.

figures

5.

People need to

e.

the Internet

6.

nose

f.

the knife


LISTENING GAP FILL

The _____________________ cosmetic surgery is increasing. This could _____________________ world economy is making a recovery. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons _____________________ of operations increased by five per cent between 2009 and 2010. Spokesman Dr. Phil Haeck said: "This is just _____________________ that the economy is moving forward. It's slow, _____________________ we'll slowly pull out of this recession." In the U.K. the number of surgeries reached 100,000 _____________________.

These are welcome figures for the industry, _____________________ time when the safety of cosmetic _____________________. A British woman died after an operation organized on the Internet. Claudia Adusei’s operation _____________________ hotel near Philadelphia Airport. Many doctors said the type of operation she _____________________. With more and more people _____________________, there may be an increase in accidents in the future. People need to think carefully about whether _____________________ nose job or tummy tuck.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The number of people (1) ____ cosmetic surgery is increasing. This could be a sign that the world economy is (2) ____ a recovery. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show (3) ____ the number of operations increased by five per cent between 2009 and 2010. Spokesman Dr. Phil Haeck said: "This is just one more (4) ____ sign that the economy is moving forward. It's slow, but it may be that we'll slowly pull (5) ____ of this recession." In the U.K. the number of surgeries (6) ____ 100,000 for the first time.

These are (7) ____ figures for the industry, but they come at a time when the safety of cosmetic surgery is (8) ____ question. A British woman died after an operation organized on the Internet. Claudia Adusei’s operation took (9) ____ at a hotel near Philadelphia Airport. Many doctors said the type of operation she had was very (10) ____. With more and more people going under the (11) ____, there may be an increase in accidents in the future. People need to think carefully about whether they really need that nose (12) ____ or tummy tuck.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

has

(b)

having

(c)

have

2.

(a)

making

(b)

taking

(c)

faking

3.

(a)

then

(b)

these

(c)

that

4.

(a)

tinny

(b)

tiny

(c)

tin

5.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

up

6.

(a)

reaches

(b)

reaching

(c)

reached

7.

(a)

hello

(b)

greetings

(c)

welcome

8.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

an

9.

(a)

peace

(b)

place

(c)

praise

10.

(a)

risky

(b)

risk

(c)

riskily

11.

(a)

spoon

(b)

knife

(c)

fork

12

(a)

career

(b)

work

(c)

job


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The rebnum of people

2.

world eonyomc

3.

operations edcnsarie

4.

moving orrdafw

5.

wlyslo pull out

6.

eraedch 100,000

 

Paragraph 2

7.

wmcleoe figures

8.

iozagdner on the Internet

9.

very krsyi

10.

going under the einkf

11.

think lrcleyuaf

12.

utymm tuck


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

time when the safety of cosmetic surgery is in question. A British woman died after an

1  )

The number of people having cosmetic surgery is increasing. This could be a sign that the world

(    )

risky. With more and more people going under the knife, there may be an increase in

(    )

Philadelphia Airport. Many doctors said the type of operation she had was very

(    )

forward. It's slow, but it may be that we'll slowly pull out of this

(    )

These are welcome figures for the industry, but they come at a

(    )

2010. Spokesman Dr. Phil Haeck said: "This is just one more tiny sign that the economy is moving

(    )

accidents in the future. People need to think carefully about whether they really need that nose job or tummy tuck.

(    )

that the number of operations increased by five per cent between 2009 and

(    )

economy is making a recovery. Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show

(    )

operation organized on the Internet. Claudia Adusei’s operation took place at a hotel near

(    )

recession." In the U.K. the number of surgeries reached 100,000 for the first time.


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

of     having     surgery     number     people     cosmetic     The.

2.

recovery     a     making     is     economy     world     The.    

3.

The    operations    5    of    by    cent    number    increased    per.   

4.

is     This     sign     tiny     more     one     just.    

5.

out     pull     slowly     We'll     recession     this     of.    

6.

figures     welcome     are     These     industry     the     for.    

7.

cosmetic     surgery     The     is     safety     in     of     question.    

8.

risky     type     she     very     The     operation     was     of     had.    

9.

knife     people     going     More     under     and     the     more.    

10.

really     nose     tummy     They     that     or     need     job     tuck.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about cosmetic surgery for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. COSMETIC SURGERY: Search the Internet and find more information about cosmetic surgery. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about cosmetic surgery. Include imaginary interviews with people who want to have cosmetic surgery. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a cosmetic surgeon. Ask him/her three questions about cosmetic surgery. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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