Upper-Intermediate Instant Lesson™
A Hairy Issue
A: Vocabulary Hunt
Skim Part One of today's article and find words matching these definitions:
1. in an agreement with someone you both give up something that you really want (paragraphs 1-3)
2. the person you are married to (paragraphs 1-3)
3. important (paragraphs 1-3)
4. an example of something (paragraphs 4-7)
5. a plan showing how much you spend on different things in your daily life (paragraphs 4-7)
B: Checking Your
Use Part One to complete this summary sentence.
Couples may be ____________ their marital relationships if they fight over how much money to spend on ____________.
Completing A Table
Fill the gaps in this table with information from Part Two of today's article.
|$||total amount spent by Americans on haircare in a year|
|$||average cost of a visit to a hairdresser|
|$||number of visits for a man to a hairdresser in a year|
|$||number of visits for a woman to a hairdresser in a year|
|$||maximum amount spent by women on a visit to the hairdresser|
Answer these questions using Part Two of today's article.
1. What is one subject couples who are most likely to divorce fight about?
2. What do young women believe, according to Phoenyx Austin?
3. What is one way people can spend too much on haircuts?
E: Completing Ideas
Use information from Part Three of today's article to complete these sentences.
1. Before you accuse your spouse of spending too much money on haircuts, you should because .
2. If you do want to persuade your partner to spend less money on haircuts, talk about .
3. When Samantha McGarry's spouse talked about the expense of her haircuts, McGarry .
4. McGarry explains the need for spending time at a hair salon as .
F: Explaining The
Work in pairs. In your own words explain the headline of today's article.
In pairs find out one or more of the following:
Read these rules and then complete the sentence beginnings with your own ideas using the first or second conditional.
We use the first conditional to talk about things that are likely to happen.
- If we spend less money on haircuts, we'll put the extra money into the kids' college fund.
- When I visit the hairdresser tomorrow, I'll ask her to put some highlights in my hair.
- If the hairdresser asks me who cut my hair last time, I'll tell her you did it.
We use the second conditional to talk about an unreal or unlikely condition and its probable result in the present or future.
- If I was a hairdresser, I'd cut the hair of unemployed people for free to help them feel better about themselves.
- If I didn't go to the hairdresser once a month, my hair would be in very bad condition.
- If I were rich, I'd get hair extensions and wear designer clothes every day.
1. If I look at how much I spend on haircuts, .
2. If couples do not keep to their financial budget, .
3. When I next go to the hairdresser, .
4. If hairdressers gave free haircuts to everyone, .
5. If I were a famous hairdresser, .
6. If women cared less about their hair, .
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
A: Vocabulary Hunt - Answers
1. compromise, 2. spouse, 3. significant, 4. sampler, 5. budget.
B: Checking Your Understanding - Sample Answer
Couples may be endangering their marital relationships if they fight over how much money to spend on haircare.
C: Completing A Table - Answers
$46 billion - total amount spent by Americans on haircare in a year
$67.16 - average cost of a visit to a hairdresser
11.2 - number of visits for a man to a hairdresser in a year
12.9 - number of visits for a woman to a hairdresser in a year
$1,500 - maximum amount spent by women on a visit to the hairdresser
D: Comprehension - Suggested Answers
1. financial arguments.
2. It is compulsory for them to get expensive hair treatments.
3. When you are combining pricey appointments at hair salons with expensive take-home products.
E: Completing Ideas - Answers
1. Before you accuse your spouse of spending too much money on haircuts, you should think about your own spending habits because it would be very bad to say they should spend less money on haircare when you are still spending a lot of money on other things.
2. If you do want to persuade your partner to spend less money on haircuts, talk about how the money saved will go into family savings or the children's college funds.
3. When Samantha McGarry 's spouse talked about the expense of her haircuts, McGarry 'went into battle' and made her husband 'realize' that cost saving needed to be in other areas of the budget.
4. McGarry explains the need for spending time at a hair salon as 'me time'.
F: Explaining The Headline - Sample Answer
In order to help preserve their relationship, couples should avoid discussing how much they each spend on haircare when they are trying to work out how to save money.
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