(Student’s Worksheet

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Ready...Steady....Date!
Britain is in the grip of a new craze - speed dating - and it's catching on fast in
Shropshire.
It's nearly 7.30 and the butterflies are well and truly doing the business in my stomach. All around
me there are nervous people busily trying to look cool. Some carry it off better than others.
The atmosphere at the bar is a little tense as people of both sexes size up one another, as
well as the competition.
Then it's our turn to go in - and meet a room full of single, available women for four minutes each.
This is speed dating, what the tabloids call the latest craze sweeping Britain - and now it's arrived
in Shropshire.
And I'm sure I'm not the only one wondering what on earth I'm doing here.
The principle is simple: Get together an equal number of single women and men and let them meet
each other over the course of an evening .The women are seated, usually at numbered tables,
around the room while the men work their way around the tables.
Every four minutes a whistle blows and the men change places. And you're off again, introducing
yourself to a new person. So why four minutes ?Well, the thinking is that four minutes is long
enough to make an impression and figure out if you want to see someone again,
Of course, it can be difficult keeping track, so our hosts for the night, have thoughtfully provided us
each with a form that lets up keep the score. Everyone wears their name and a number, so we
write down each other's names and secretly indicate whether we want to see them again.
At the end of the night, organisers Karyn Walker and her partner Graham Jebb collect everyone's
forms and work out who is interested in who. If you liked someone who also liked you, that's
what's known in the trade as a match. About a day after the event, the speed daters are told their
matches and given their contact details. The rest is up to them.
Some reactions!
Al Sherrigton, United States of America ,
For a guy, just one look and eye contact is ail that's needed. Why waste time? I think
ifs a great idea.
Laurence, France
I really think that speed dating is the worst thing in the human relationship. How
could you meet the big love in 3 minutes except if you only need a physical love
affair. Otherwise it is part of our human culture to share feelings as poetic overviews,
nice music, beautiful landscapes... well all the things which mean that
we are human beings and not animals '. .
Sophie, France
'Speed dating is a sad new phenomenon of modem societies in which people do not
even have time to get to know each other. If I had only 3 minutes when I met my
husband, I would never have married him! Probably because it needs more than 3
minutes to know someone and I do not believe that the first impression is always the
good one. But good luck to those "speed dating" fans!
Helen , New Zealand.
I think it’s a fantastic idea . I really like the idea to meet a new person just for 3 mins ,
then you get an idea about her or him. If you go speed dating you won't worry about
embarrassing yourself in front some one you don't know him very well .So it’s a great
idea for shy people. The other thing is , you have no obligation to keep in touch with
someone you don't like. One of the advantages is you could fall in love at the first
sight, and that much better than blind dating. So, I think speed dating must be one of the best ideas I have
ever heard of !
(Student’s Worksheet)
READING COMPREHENSION


O ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE DOCUMENT
Þ Identify the nature of the document and the topic . Fill in the blanks (complete)
This document is an …………………………. about ……………………… which
was taken from …………………………. Local Website . It is called :
“……………………………………………………………………….…….”
O ABOUT THE SETTING AND TIME
A- Where is the action set ? Justify your choice by quoting from the text,then complete.
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The action takes place …..……………………. in………………………………. .
Zoom on Shropshire
Þ Read carefully and spot Shropshire on the UK map .
Shropshire is located in Central England midway between the
city of Birmingham and the Welsh Border. It is a county in the
West Midlands region of England . It borders Wales to the West.
Shropshire is one of England’s most rural counties.
SPEED DATING
B- When are speed-dating events usually held ?Justify your choice by quoting the text

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O ABOUT THE PEOPLE MENTIONED
A- Who are the people involved ? How are they related to one another?
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This is a ……………. person narrative . The story is told from the point of
view of a …………………. who is a ………….. man going to a
…………………..…. session . The ……………………….… are single men
and women from ……………………….… . Graham Jebb is Karyn Walker’s
……………… ; they are both the …………...….. (or
………………………….) of the event .
O ABOUT THE SPEED-DATERS’ FEELINGS
A- Focus on the first part ( from the beginning - …. doing here)
Pick out the elements (adjectives/ expressions) that best describe the speed-daters’
feelings before the session begins.
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B- What is the atmosphere like ?
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Let’s RECAP !
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O ABOUT SPEED- DATING
A- What does the narrator tell us about Speed-Dating? Quote from the article ,then
explain in your own words.
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B- TARGETED PEOPLE : According to the article, who are those speed-daters? What
are they like ? What does it tell you about the participants?
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Let’s RECAP !
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C- HOW DOES IT WORK ?

Þ Focus on the passage from line 13 down to line 28. Read carefully and try to
figure out how it works . ( x = women / ¤ = men)
N° 1 (L .13/14)
N°2 (L .14/15)
N°3 (L .15)

N°4 (L .16/17)

N°5 (L.20-23
………………… N°6(L.24-28)


Let’s RECAP ! Now , you explain in your own words. Make
use of :
( together/each other/ one another/ themselves)
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O REACTIONS & OPINIONS : How do people feel about speed-dating ?

Þ Focus on the passage from line 29 down to the end . Read and pick out
the arguments FOR or AGAINS T this new craze . Justify your answers by quoting
the text. Then say if you are For or Against , then add your own arguments.
for ARGUMENTS Against ARGUMENTS
Al
Sherrigt
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Sophie
Helen
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