Sunday, July 19, 2015

GOING IT ALONE


The two short reading activities below focus on the pleasure of going out and doing things alone; something I personally greatly enjoy. Watch the videos, tackle the two reading tasks and write your essay where you share your own views.
TEXT ONE: THE UNEXPECTED PLEASURE OF DOING THINGS ALONE
“People avoid going out by themselves because they think they’ll appear antisocial, but it turns out they’ll end up having a lot more fun than they expected”
By: Joe Pinsker
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
Study the following and make some notes before moving on to the reading tasks proper
·         “12 Things everybody should do alone at least once” http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/things-everyone-should-do-alone-at-least-once#.km0XWB5W5
·         “How to be alone” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7X7sZzSXYs
QUESTIONS
1.       The opening of restaurants like Eenmaal should not really come as a surprise because……………..and ………………………………….
2.       What self destructive decision to some people make about doing fun things?
3.       What misconception did Ratner and Hamilton’s test subjects entertain? Be very precise. You will need to tweak the text.
4.       The negative social reaction to doing things alone that causes reluctance is the fear that………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
5.       The above fear makes no sense at all because there was a close correlation / a positive correlation / little correlation / no correlation between the negative labels these same people expected to be given when doing things alone and those they themselves applied to similar people.
6.       Most people seemed to feel that going to a cafĂ© or restaurant alone was more acceptable if they could feel that………………………………………………………………………………………
TEXT TWO: IN DEFENCE OF SEEING MOVIES ALONE
“Sitting solitary through a summer blockbuster has its perils. But that’s O.K.”
By: Chris Le
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
·         “The case for going to the movies alone” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf9eZwi0Hig
QUESTIONS
1.       Why does the writer go to the movies?
·         To be alone
·         To listen to other people
·         To watch a movie
·         To meet people
2.       The writer feels that it is strange / unusual / unnecessary / unpleasant / pathetic / fun to be accompanied to the movies.
3.       According to the information in the text, which of the activities would not be “immune to stigma”?
Going to a football match, going to the mall, going to a pop concert, going on a picnic in the park, going to the school cafeteria, going to the launderette
4.       Why is the writer happy to go to the movies alone but not to a party where he doesn’t know anyone? After all, he doesn’t know anyone else at the cinema either. Use your own words.
5.       The writer implies that whether the lone movie goer is likely to enjoy a solo visit to a movie theatre in the summer or not depends on………………………………………..
WRITING TASK
Think about what you have watched and read. Then write about the advantages and disadvantages of doing things alone.
TEXT ONE: THE UNEXPECTED PLEASURE OF DOING THINGS ALONE KEY AND TEACHER’S NOTES
I have always felt sorry for people who shut themselves up in their homes because they have no one to accompany them to various places. I have personally always greatly enjoyed my solo outings despite a wide circle of friends and actually crave the me time these excursions to cafes, restaurants and the like provide the opportunity for. This being the case, I couldn’t resist these two little texts.  Hopefully, there will be some converts.
  1. Today more than a quarter of American households are home to just one person and the median age at which Americans get married has reached a record high.
2.       They decide to not do things all the time just because they are alone
3.       They predicted low levels of enjoyment while strolling through a nearby art gallery alone
4.       People would think they didn’t have any friends
5.       Little correlation
6.       They could be productive; OR the experience was an accomplishment
TEXT TWO: IN DEFENCE OF SEEING MOVIES ALONE KEY AND TEACHER’S NOTES
1.       To watch a movie
2.       Unnecessary
3.       Going to a football match, going to a pop concert, going for a picnic in the park
4.       The purposes are different. Watching a movie is an individual experience and doesn’t have to be shared; the purpose of a party is to socialize.

5.       The film; The type of film

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