Monday, July 20, 2009


1) All the following words are related to crime and its prevention. They are also used in the article you are going to read. Do you know their meaning? Double-click on the word to check or expand your knowledge.

tearaway, philanthropist, funding, debate, initiative, transform,

gangster, gang culture, intervene, to tackle head on, mainstream,

excluded, disaffected, motivate, to turn your life around, law-abiding,

crimewave, work ethic, donor, negotiate

2) Now skim this article:

It is a news report from the UK’s Sky News about a highly successful scheme set up to offer young men who have been excluded from school for bad behaviour a new and different way to get an education.
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3) Explain the way of dealing with youth crime described in this article. Choose two adjectives to describe it: tough/ mild, efficient/ worthless

4) Watch this video. This is its summary on Sky News: The Home Secretary has defended proposals contained within the Government's new youth crime strategy. Jacqui Smith admitted to Sky's Chris Roberts that some of the measures were tough - but argued they were designed to 'nip youth crime in the bud'.

5) Answer these questions:

What do the phrases 'nip youth crime in the bud', 'go off the rail', 'end up in custody', 'to roam the streets', 'there is a sanction attached' and 'to face eviction' mean?

Who is also held responsible for controlling young offenders apart from the state?

What is the measure explained by the Home Secretary and what is your opinion of it?
Choose again two adjectives from the ones offered in Step 3.

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  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. The way of dealing with the youth crime is mild,because it doesn't need enough things to do,only keep trying to achieve your aim.Moreover it is efficient as we can see from the example of Campell that he is 15 and with the LBA he manages to stop getting into trouble and turned his life around.

  3. In that article the people that they are in that organisation have found a really good way of dealing with young criminals. They offer them boxing lessons interspersed with maths and English lessons in groups of one or two people!! They exercise and educate!! Lots of people have turned their life round after that project as Chevez,15 and and Duhaney,16 years old!

    2)Furtermore the youth's parents have the responsibility of controlling their artifictual behaviour.

    3)Their measure is that they support the families that their youth has artifitual behaviour but only if they have evidence. If the families can't be helped by the support there is a special section.

  4. I made some mistakes:


  5. (1) nip youth crime in the bud:stop the juveline crime as soon as it started.
    go off the rail:behave in a strange way which is not accepted by the society
    end up in custody:arrested
    to roam the streets:wander,walking with no purprose
    there is a sanction attached:there is a punishment from the law
    to face eviction:the goverment takes your home to punish you.

    (2) Apart from the state the family is responsible from the youth crime.They do not control their childern,they let them free and the children start to behave in an antisocial and strange behaviour.As a result they started breakg the law with their actions.

    (3)The measure of the goverment is that the parents who do not care their children their is a saction attached from them.That measure is tough from them,but it will be efficient.If this measure happens the parents will be afraid and they are going to be more careful and they will pay attention in their young children in the future.

  6. A really good way of dealing with young criminals is mentioned in that article. It is offered to young people boxing lessons bitesize maths and English lessons.It is a mild method, with beneficial results as we can understand from Chevez's and Duhaney's examples. Otherwise each student costs £10,000 a year to teach and train, it is an efficient solution because the rest of the money is given by private doners.


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