The Reading / Listening - Traffic Signals - Level 5

There are now red and green images of people in dresses on traffic signals in the Australian city of Melbourne. The ten new signals are part of a trial gender equality campaign. The Minister for Women explained that the trial was so there could be more images of women in public places. She said: "There are many small, but symbolically significant ways that women are excluded from public space. This is a wonderful way to make public space more inclusive for women." She hopes the city's signals will have equal numbers of male and female figures on them in the future.



There has been a mixed response to the new signals. Many critics say the scheme is unnecessary and a waste of taxpayers' money. A leading critic is Melbourne's mayor, who told reporters: "I'm all for doing anything we can for gender equity, but….Unfortunately, I think this sort of costly exercise is more likely to bring derision." Others said it was a sign of political correctness gone wrong. Social media users asked why the female image has a dress, when many women wear trousers. Others said the money should have gone to worthier projects that helped people in need.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Traffic Signals - Level 4 or  Traffic Signals - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-39188096
  • http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/news-and-views/female-traffic-lights-in-melbourne-receive-mixed-response-20170307-gusjp7.html
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-07/green-female-crossing-signal/8331320


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Ten traffic signals
  2. The signals are part of
  3. gender equality
  4. increase the number of images
  5. symbolically significant
  6. excluded from public
  7. have equal
  8. male and female
  1. space
  2. campaign
  3. in an Australian city
  4. figures
  5. numbers
  6. of women
  7. ways
  8. a trial

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been a mixed
  2. Critics call them
  3. a waste of taxpayers'
  4. The city
  5. more likely
  6. political
  7. many women
  8. the money should have helped people
  1. money
  2. correctness
  3. wear trousers
  4. unnecessary
  5. in need
  6. response
  7. to bring ridicule
  8. mayor

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ten traffic signals in an Australian city now (1) ___________________ red and green people in dresses. The signals are (2) ___________________ gender (3) ___________________. The Minister for Women said trial was to increase the number of images of (4) ___________________ places. She said: "There are many small, but symbolically (5) ___________________ that women are excluded from public space." She wants the city's signals to (6) ___________________ of male and female figures.

There has (7) ___________________ response to the signals. Critics call them unnecessary (8) ___________________ taxpayers' money. The city mayor said: "(9) ___________________ anything we can for gender equity, but…this sort of costly (10) ___________________ likely to bring [ridicule]." Others said it was political correctness gone wrong. Social media users asked why the (11) ___________________ a dress, when many women wear trousers. Others said the money should have helped (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TentrafficsignalsinanAustraliancitynowhaveimagesofredandgreenp
eopleindresses.Thesignalsarepartofatrialgenderequalitycampaign.
TheMinisterforWomensaidtrialwastoincreasethenumberofimagesof
womeninpublicplaces.Shesaid:"Therearemanysmall,butsymbolicall
ysignificantwaysthatwomenareexcludedfrompublicspace."Shewant
sthecity'ssignalstohaveequalnumbersofmaleandfemalefigures.Ther
ehasbeenamixedresponsetothesignals.Criticscallthemunnecessary
andawasteoftaxpayers'money.Thecitymayorsaid:"I'mallfordoingan
ythingwecanforgenderequity,but…thissortofcostlyexerciseismoreli
kelytobring[ridicule]."Otherssaiditwaspoliticalcorrectnessgonewro
ng.Socialmediausersaskedwhythefemaleimagehasadress,whenma
nywomenweartrousers.Otherssaidthemoneyshouldhavehelpedpeo
pleinneed.

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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