BBC News – ‘Fat man’ says New Zealand visa decision ‘totally unfair’

 

Who do you think is right?

BBC News – ‘Fat man’ says New Zealand visa decision ‘totally unfair’.

This is an interesting interview to listen to.  The person who is speaking is Afrikaan, a South African man with Dutch heritage.  You may need to listen a few times to catch what he says.  Take a look at some of the vocabulary and expressions before you listen to make it easier to follow along.  These questions are from ESL library.com, a resource for ESL teachers.

 

Key Vocabulary and Expressions from the Interview

  • BMI (body mass index)
  • in the blink of an eye
  • broke the camel’s back
  • temptation
  • kicked out
  • burden
  • horrendous
  • sensitive
  • on the dole
  • stuck between a rock and a hard place

Comprehension Questions

  • Why does  the government feel that this man’s health is not at an “acceptable standard”?
  • What does the earthquake have to do with this man’s problem?
  • How is the man currently dealing with the situation?

Discussion Questions

    • Do you agree with the South African man that all of this is “totally unfair”?
    • Do you agree with the interviewer that chefs have more food temptations than other people?
    • Should people on a work permit be allowed to “go on the dole”?
    • What suggestion would you have for this man and his wife?

 

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