domingo, 17 de julio de 2016

1. What is compulsive shopping?

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Listen and fill in the gaps with these words
revealed                      fed-up             women                       eyebrow                      survey
consumerism    surprising      men   counterparts   admit               addiction
tendencies                  debt                 unfairly                      treatment        encourage     
A recent __________ has found that one in 20 American adults buy things they may not even want or never need or use. In today’s world of ___________, where we are constantly bombarded by ads, this is perhaps not __________. What may raise an __________ or two is a further finding in the study that men are just as likely as women to suffer from “compulsive buying”. Gone seem to be the days when women dragged their bored and ________-looking men around shopping malls. The new research from Stanford University has __________ that men are now just as avid and compulsive shoppers as their female ___________. Researcher Dr Lorrin Koram said that the numbers of men who indulge in unnecessary shopping sprees has rocketed: "That's the biggest surprise -- men engage in this behavior almost as commonly as __________," he said.
This finding runs counter to the conventional and rather stereotyped view that compulsive buying is very much a "woman's disease." Dr. Koram said trends and figures may have been __________ skewed as male obsessive shoppers used to be more reluctant than women to recognize that they have a problem and then come forward and __________ it. He pointed out that: "Generally, in psychiatry, __________ seek care less often than women…It's not 'manly' to seek help." And help seems to be exactly what the doctor ordered for any compulsive shopper, who is usually not made any happier by his or her relentless buying. Dr Koram warned: "It's always important to __________ people who have these types of disorders to seek __________." Many find themselves laden with __________ and filled with shame and suicidal __________ as they attempt to hide their __________.

1.      True / false: Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):
We are constantly bombarded with ads
T / F
Compulsive buying is very much a “woman’s disease”.
T / F
The new research is from Harvard University
T / F
The survey found one in 10 American adults buy things they may not even want
T / F
Men seek care less often than women.
T / F
Women drag their bored and fed-up-looking men round shopping malls
T / F
In psychiatry, men seek care less often than women
T / F
Compulsive shopping by men is declining
T / F

1.      Synonym match: match the following synonyms from the article
a.      compulsive                           foster
b.     shoppers                               restless
c.      malls                                    dependence
d.     commonly                            earth
e.      encourage                            arcade
f.      relentless                              usually
g.     addiction                              soared
h.     bored                                   obsessive
i.      world                                    customers
      j.     rocketed                                conituous

1.      Discussion
STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)
Did the headline make you want to read the article?
  1. Are you a compulsive shopper?
  2. Do you know anyone suffering an addiction of shopping?
  3. Does compulsive shopping make people feel happier?
  4. Should credit cards limits be cut?
  5. Do you buy things you may not even want or never need or use?
STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)
  1. Do you know any compulsive shoppers?
  2. Is shopping a woman’s disease?
  3. Are men secret compulsive shoppers?
  4. Does going shopping make you feel happy?
  5. What did you buy that you didn’t need?

1.      Speaking
SHOPPING: With your partner, discuss the following statistics:
The researchers found that:
  • 5.8% of people are Compulsive buyers
  • 6% of women are Compulsive buyers
  • 5.5% of men are Compulsive buyers
  • A higher percentage of younger people are Compulsive buyers than older people
  • A higher percentage of people who earn less than
  • $50,000 per year are compulsive buyers
  • Male compulsive buyers tend to buy CDs, books, tools, gadgets, computer stuff and cameras.
  • Female compulsive buyers tend to buy clothes, make-up, articles for the home and jewelry.
  • Male compulsive shoppers are more likely to become addicted to auctions than female compulsive shoppers
  • Compulsive buying does not make the sufferer feel any happier
  • Many sufferers experience serious debt, remorse and shame
  • It is not uncommon for the sufferer to hide his/her addiction from family and friends
  • Compulsive buying is as prevalent as many other mental disorders
Do you agree with them?
Think of two questions to ask your partner about them

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