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Bank of Canada's Asian Face U-Turn (21st August, 2012)

The Bank of Canada's governor Mark Carney apologised on Monday for the way the bank changed its new $100 bill. The new design for the banknote initially had an "Asian-looking" woman on it. However, a group of white Canadians complained, so the bank did a U-turn. It replaced the South Asian woman with an Anglo-American-looking face. In his apology, Mr Carney said: "I apologize to those who were offended. The Bank's handling of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us."

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The bank has come under fire from ethnic groups who say the banknotes should show people from non-white races. They say Canada is a multi-ethnic society, so publicly used things like $100 bills should represent the nation's diversity. A spokeswoman for Chinese Canadians, May Lui, demanded the bank change its policies. She asked: "What's this 'apology' for? For the appearance of the Asian-looking individual…or for the final image that appears on the note that we see today?"

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

The Bank of Canada's

a.

offended

2

an Asian-

b.

a U-turn

3.

the bank did

c.

the standards

4.

I apologize to those who were

d.

of this issue

5.

The Bank's handling

e.

governor

6.

meet

f.

looking woman

Paragraph 2

1.

The bank has come under

a.

nation's diversity

2

people from non-

b.

on the note

3.

a multi-

c.

fire from ethnic groups

4.

represent the

d.

white races

5.

change its

e.

ethnic society

6.

the final image that appears

f.

policies


LISTENING GAP FILL

The Bank of Canada's governor Mark Carney apologised on Monday (1) ______________________ changed its new $100 bill. The new design for the (2) ______________________ an "Asian-looking" woman on it. However, a group of white Canadians complained, so the (3) ______________________. It replaced the South Asian woman with (4) ___________________ face. In his apology, Mr Carney said: "(5) ___________________ were offended. The Bank's (6) ______________________ did not meet the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us."

The bank (7) ______________________ from ethnic groups who say the banknotes should show (8) ______________________ races. They say Canada is (9) ______________________, so publicly used things like $100 bills (10) ____________________ nation's diversity. A spokeswoman for Chinese Canadians, May Lui, demanded the bank (11) ______________________. She asked: "What's this 'apology' for? For the appearance of the Asian-looking individual…or for (12) ______________________ appears on the note that we see today?"


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The Bank of Canada's governor Mark Carney apologised on Monday (1) ____ the way the bank changed its new $100 bill. The new design for the banknote (2) ____ had an "Asian-(3) ____ " woman on it. However, a group of white Canadians complained, so the bank (4) ____ a U-turn. It replaced the South Asian woman with an Anglo-American-looking face. In his apology, Mr Carney said: "I apologize to (5) ____ who were offended. The Bank's handling of this issue did not (6) ____ the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us."

The bank has come (7) ____ fire from ethnic groups who say the banknotes should show people from (8) ____ -white races. They say Canada is a        (9) ____ -ethnic society, so publicly used things like $100 bills should represent the nation's (10) ____. A spokeswoman for Chinese Canadians, May Lui, demanded the bank change (11) ____ policies. She asked: "What's this 'apology' for? For the appearance of the Asian-looking individual…or for the final image that appears on the note that we (12) ____ today?"

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

how

(c)

as

2.

(a)

initial

(b)

initials

(c)

initially

3.

(a)

watching

(b)

looking

(c)

seeing

4.

(a)

did

(b)

was

(c)

gave

5.

(a)

them

(b)

those

(c)

they

6.

(a)

stick

(b)

write

(c)

meet

7.

(a)

under

(b)

over

(c)

in

8.

(a)

non

(b)

not

(c)

no

9.

(a)

maxi

(b)

multi

(c)

mini

10.

(a)

university

(b)

obesity

(c)

diversity

11.

(a)

it's

(b)

its

(c)

it

12

(a)

watch

(b)

look

(c)

see


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

The Bank of Canada's erovongr

2.

The new segdin

3.

Canadians pademoicln

4.

those who were oendffed

5.

this ieuss

6.

did not meet the dnatsdrsa

 

Paragraph 2

7.

under fire from hnicet groups

8.

non-ihwte races

9.

the nation's tisyvdrei

10.

change its ciieplso

11.

What's this gylpooa for?

12.

the final image that arapspe on the note


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

way the bank changed its new $100 bill. The new design for the banknote initially

(    )

for the final image that appears on the note that we see today?"

(    )

people from non-white races. They say Canada is a multi-ethnic society, so publicly used

(    )

of this issue did not meet the standards Canadians justifiably expect of us."

(    )

Canadians, May Lui, demanded the bank change its policies. She asked:

1  )

The Bank of Canada's governor Mark Carney apologised on Monday for the

(    )

"What's this 'apology' for? For the appearance of the Asian-looking individual…or

(    )

things like $100 bills should represent the nation's diversity. A spokeswoman for Chinese

(    )

face. In his apology, Mr Carney said: "I apologize to those who were offended. The Bank's handling

(    )

so the bank did a U-turn. It replaced the South Asian woman with an Anglo-American-looking

(    )

The bank has come under fire from ethnic groups who say the banknotes should show

(    )

had an "Asian-looking" woman on it. However, a group of white Canadians complained,


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

bank     bill     .     the     way     The     $100     new     its     changed

2.

initially     had     an     "Asian-looking"     woman     The     banknote.

3.

group     white     complained     A     of     Canadians.    

4.

to     apologize     I     offended     were     who     those.    

5.

issue     The     handling     this     Bank's     of.    

6.

bank     under     ethnic     The     come     from     has    fire     groups.    

7.

show    non    races    should    from    white    Banknotes    people    -. 

8.

ethnic     They     is     -     Canada     multi     society     say     a.    

9.

the     $100     nation's     bills     diversity     should     represent.    

10.

final     the     image     note     that     appears     The     on.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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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 race 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. RACE: Search the Internet and find more information about this story. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about making a new banknote. Include an imaginary interview with a banknote designer. 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 Canada expert. Ask him/her three questions about Canada. Give him/her three of your opinions on the country. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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