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Ex-Husband’s Wedding Dress Revenge (26th May, 2010)

A man has become famous for writing a blog about 101 uses for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. Kevin Cotter of Tucson, Arizona, was broken-hearted after his marriage of 12 years ended. He and his wife were high school sweethearts and got married in 1997. She suddenly walked out on him one day and took everything she owned with her, except her lace and pearl wedding dress. Mr Cotter asked his wife what she wanted to do with the gown. Her reply was that he could do whatever he wanted with it. She no longer wanted it.

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Mr Cotter thought about what he could do with the dress and found 101 uses. He started a blog called My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress about ways to recycle an unwanted wedding gown. So far he has listed 23 different ideas but he plans to add another 78. He says people can turn an old wedding gown into a camera lens cleaner, a fire escape rope, a gym towel, a dog bed or a pasta strainer. Cotter said the blog has helped him deal with the pain of his marriage break-up. His former wife is not so happy. She wants him to stop blogging.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

famous for

a.

sweethearts

2

broken-hearted after his marriage of

b.

owned

3.

high school

c.

12 years ended

4.

She suddenly walked

d.

he wanted

5.

everything she

e.

writing a blog

6.

he could do whatever

f.

out on him

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Cotter thought about what

a.

another 78

2

he plans to add

b.

strainer

3.

turn an old wedding gown

c.

wife

4.

a pasta

d.

he could do

5.

helped him deal

e.

into a camera

6.

His former

f.

with the pain


LISTENING GAP FILL

A man has become ____________________ a blog about 101 uses for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. Kevin Cotter of Tucson, Arizona, was ____________________ his marriage of 12 years ended. He and his wife were ____________________ and got married in 1997. She ____________________ on him one day and took everything she ____________________, except her lace and pearl wedding dress. Mr Cotter asked his wife what she wanted to do with the gown. ____________________ he could do whatever he wanted with it. She no longer wanted it.

Mr Cotter ____________________ he could do with the dress and found 101 uses. He started a blog called My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress about ____________________ an unwanted wedding gown. So ____________________ 23 different ideas but he plans to add another 78. He says people ____________________ wedding gown into a camera lens cleaner, a fire escape rope, a gym towel, a dog bed or a pasta strainer. Cotter said the blog has helped him ____________________ of his marriage break-up. His former wife is not so happy. She ____________________ blogging.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A man has become famous (1) ____ writing a blog about 101 uses for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. Kevin Cotter of Tucson, Arizona, was (2) ____-hearted after his marriage of 12 years ended. He and his wife were high school sweethearts and got married in 1997. She suddenly walked (3) ____ on him one day and took everything she owned with her, (4) ____ her lace and pearl wedding dress. Mr Cotter asked his wife what she wanted to do with the gown. Her (5) ____ was that he could do whatever he wanted with it. She no longer wanted it.

Mr Cotter thought about what he could do with the dress and found 101    (6) ____. He started a blog called My Ex-Wife's Wedding Dress about ways to recycle an unwanted wedding gown. So (7) ____ he has listed 23 different ideas but he plans to add another 78. He says people can (8) ____ an old wedding gown into a camera lens cleaner, a fire escape rope, a gym towel, a dog bed or a pasta strainer. Cotter said the blog has helped him deal (9) ____ the pain of his marriage break-up. His former wife is not so happy. She wants him to stop (10) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

with

(c)

to

2.

(a)

breaking

(b)

breaks

(c)

broken

3.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

up

4.

(a)

accept

(b)

except

(c)

expect

5.

(a)

replay

(b)

play

(c)

reply

6.

(a)

uses

(b)

using

(c)

used

7.

(a)

fear

(b)

far

(c)

for

8.

(a)

spin

(b)

twirl

(c)

turn

9.

(a)

without

(b)

with

(c)

within

10.

(a)

blogging

(b)

blogger

(c)

blog


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

fmuoas for writing

2.

nokreb-hearted

3.

high school ehtteeswras

4.

She syundled walked out

5.

everything she doenw

6.

do raveehtw he wanted

 

Paragraph 2

7.

101 sseu

8.

ways to ceycrel

9.

different sadie

10.

fire peceas

11.

irraeamg break-up

12.

His reofmr wife


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

ideas but he plans to add another 78. He says people can turn an old wedding gown into a camera lens

(    )

Tucson, Arizona, was broken-hearted after his marriage of 12 years ended. He and his wife were high school

(    )

cleaner, a fire escape rope, a gym towel, a dog bed or a pasta strainer. Cotter said the blog has helped him deal

(    )

owned with her, except her lace and pearl wedding dress. Mr Cotter asked his wife what she wanted to

(    )

Mr Cotter thought about what he could do with the dress and found 101 uses. He started a blog called My Ex-

(    )

do with the gown. Her reply was that he could do whatever he wanted with it. She no longer wanted it.

(    )

sweethearts and got married in 1997. She suddenly walked out on him one day and took everything she

(    )

Wife's Wedding Dress about ways to recycle an unwanted wedding gown. So far he has listed 23 different

(    )

with the pain of his marriage break-up. His former wife is not so happy. She wants him to stop blogging.

1  )

A man has become famous for writing a blog about 101 uses for his ex-wife’s wedding dress. Kevin Cotter of


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

a     A     become     writing     has     for     blog     man     famous.    

2.

12     ended     His     of     years     marriage.    

3.

were     He     high     and     school     his     sweethearts     wife.    

4.

out     on     She     him     suddenly     one     walked     day.    

5.

could     whatever     wanted     He     do     he.    

6.

to     Ways     gown     wedding     unwanted     an     recycle.    

7.

plans     add     78     He     to     another.    

8.

gown   into    a    camera    lens    cleaner    Turn    an   old    wedding.

9.

him     the     The     helped     with     has     deal     pain     blog.    

10.

wants     to     blogging     She     him     stop.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about wedding dresses for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. THE BLOG: Search the Internet and find more information about Kevin Cotter’s blog. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about weddings dresses. Include imaginary an interview with a bride and groom. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Kevin. Ask it three questions about the wedding dress. Give him three of your opinions on his blog. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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