Monday, July 20, 2009

YOUTH CRIME ACTIVITY

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:

news.sky.com/skynews/Home/Sky-News-Archive/Article/20080641302735

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.
(extract and vocabulary taken from: passingenglish.wordpress.com)


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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