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    Germany says two family names is enough

    http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/0905/090507-family_names.html Contents

    The Article 2

    -Warmups 3 Before Reading / Listening 4 While Reading / Listening 5 Listening Gap Fill 6 After Reading / Listening 7 Student Survey 8 Discussion 9 Language Work 10 Writing 11 Homework 12 Answers 13

    7th May, 2009

THE ARTICLE

    Germany's highest court has told a married couple they cannot combine their family names. Dentist Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim and her lawyer husband Hans-Peter Kunz-Hallstein wanted to join their surnames

    together. This would mean Frieda would have the triple-barrelled

    surname Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein. The judge pointed to a 1993 law which says it is illegal for anyone to use more than two last names. The reason

    for this is that if a surname is made up of more than two family names, it becomes difficult to trace back someone‟s family history. After the decision, the couple said they were disappointed they could not link their names. Hans-Peter said: "We're married and we want to show it."

    Double-barrelled names are very common in Germany. However, the country has very strict rules on family names. According to German law, married couples can choose to use their partner‟s surname, keep their own surname, or combine both names. If the couple decides to use both names, they must link them with a hyphen. Parents have a list of approved children‟s names to choose from. These names are in a guide book, the “International Handbook of Forenames”. In this case, Frieda

    Rosemarie Thalheim argued the decision abused her personal rights. The judges said they wanted to stop a growing trend for “name chains”. They said these lessened the impact of a name to do what it was supposed to do, which is to identify people.

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WARM-UPS

    1. FAMILY NAME: Walk around the class and talk to other students about family names. Change partners often. Sit with your first partner(s) and share your findings. 2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, decide which of these topics or words from the article are most interesting and which are most boring.

     courts / married couples / surnames / tracing family history / being disappointed /

    strict rules / hyphens / guide books / personal rights / trends / identifying people

    Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently. 3. NAMES: Complete this table. Talk to your partner about what you wrote. Change partners and share what you heard.

    Names What you think of it / them and why

    Your surname

    Your given name (s)

    Your country‟s name

    Your city‟s name

    Your car‟s name

    Your parents‟ names

    4. NAMES: Students A strongly believe people should be able to choose any name they want; Students B strongly believe there should be strict rules on names. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

    5. NAMING THINGS: With your partner(s), agree on a new name for these things. Change partners and argue why your names are the best. Vote as a class on the best names.

    ; a new car ; a new city in your country

    ; a space rocket ; a new world language

    ; a new planet ; a new disease

    ; a new chocolate bar ; a new computer virus

    6. SURNAME: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word „surname‟. Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

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    BEFORE READING / LISTENING 1. TRUE / FALSE: Look at the article‟s headline and guess whether these sentences

    are true (T) or false (F):

    a. T / F A German court stopped a couple‟s marriage because of their names. b. T / F Germany‟s laws forbid anyone to have more than two family names. c. T / F The reason for the law is to do with tracing family histories. d. T / F The couple totally understood the court‟s decision.

    e. T / F It is quite unusual for a German to have a double-barrelled name. f. T / F German law says a hyphen must link two linked surnames. g. T / F More and more people in Germany are choosing to have two surnames. h. T / F The judges said names are for people to express their creativity. 2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article:

    1. combine a. select 2 husband b. surnames 3. last names c. upset 4. reasons d. join 5. disappointed e. fashion 6. strict f. basis 7. choose g. tough 8. approved h. recognize 9. trend i. accepted 10. identify j. spouse 3. PHRASE MATCH: Match the following phrases from the article (sometimes more

    than one. combination is possible):

    1. Germany's highest a. someone‟s family history 2 triple-barrelled b. a growing trend 3. trace back c. to show it 4. the couple said they d. rules on family names 5. We're married and we want e. with a hyphen 6. Double-barrelled names are very f. court 7. the country has very strict g. common in Germany 8. they must link them h. of a name 9. they wanted to stop i. surname 10. lessened the impact j. were disappointed

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    WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL: Put the words into the gaps in the text.

     Germany's __________ court has told a married couple they

    decision cannot combine their family names. Dentist Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim and her lawyer __________ Hans-Peter Kunz-Hallstein illegal wanted to join their surnames together. This would mean Frieda husband would have the triple-barrelled __________ Thalheim-Kunz-

    show Hallstein. The judge pointed to a 1993 law which says it is

    link __________ for anyone to use more than two last names. The reason for this is that if a surname is __________ up of more than highest two family names, it becomes difficult to trace back someone‟s surname family history. After the __________, the couple said they were

    made disappointed they could not __________ their names. Hans-Peter

     said: "We're married and we want to __________ it."

     Double-barrelled names are very __________ in Germany.

    case However, the country has very strict rules on family names. According to German law, married couples can __________ to use trend their partner‟s surname, keep their own surname, or __________ choose both names. If the couple decides to use both names, they must

    identify link them with a __________. Parents have a list of approved

    combine children‟s names to choose from. These names are in a guide book, the “International Handbook of Forenames”. In this common __________, Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim argued the decision personal abused her __________ rights. The judges said they wanted to

    hyphen stop a growing __________ for “name chains”. They said these lessened the impact of a name to do what it was supposed to do,

    which is to __________ people.

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LISTENING: Listen and fill in the gaps.

    Germany's highest court has told a married couple ___________________ their family names. Dentist Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim and her lawyer husband Hans-Peter Kunz-Hallstein ___________________ surnames together. ___________________ Frieda would have the triple-barrelled surname Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein. The judge pointed to a 1993 law which ___________________ anyone to use more than two last names. The reason for this is that if a surname is made ___________________ two family names, it becomes difficult to trace back someone‟s family history. After the decision, the couple said they were disappointed they could not link their names. Hans-Peter said: "We're married and ___________________." Double-barrelled names ___________________ Germany. However, the country has very strict rules on family names. According to German law, married couples ___________________ their partner‟s surname, keep their own surname, or combine both names. If the couple decides to use both names, they ___________________ a hyphen. Parents have a list of approved children‟s names to choose from. These names are in a guide book, the “International Handbook of Forenames”. In this case, Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim argued the ___________________ personal rights. The judges said they wanted to stop ___________________ for “name chains”. They said these lessened the impact of a name to do what it was supposed to do, ___________________ people.

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AFTER READING / LISTENING

    1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionaries / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words „family‟

    and „name‟.

    family name

    ; Share your findings with your partners.

    ; Make questions using the words you found.

    ; Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    ; Share your questions with other classmates / groups.

    ; Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings. 5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    ; highest ; common

    ; join ; choose

    ; pointed ; hyphen

    ; trace ; case

    ; decision ; trend

    ; show ; identify

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STUDENT SURNAME SURVEY

    Write five GOOD questions about surnames in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student

    must write the questions on his / her own paper.

    When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

     STUDENT 1 STUDENT 2 STUDENT 3

    _____________ _____________ _____________

     Q.1.

     Q.2.

     Q.3.

     Q.4.

     Q.5.

    ; Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found

    out. Change partners often.

    ; Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

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NAMES DISCUSSION

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

    a) What did you think when you read the headline?

    b) What springs to mind when you hear the word „surname‟? c) What do you think about double-barrelled and triple-barrelled names? d) What do you think about your name?

    e) Do you agree with the German court‟s decision in this case? f) What do you know about the history of your family name? g) What happens if two people with double-barrelled names get married? h) Is it really a government‟s decision to decide on family names? i) Don‟t you think it‟s easier to stick to the traditional system of the

    woman taking the man‟s surname?

    j) How would you feel about giving up your surname after marriage?

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

    a) Did you like reading this article?

    b) Are double-barrelled names common in your country?

    c) If you had to change your name, what new name would you choose? d) What names do you like and dislike and why?

    e) Are there any names you think should be banned?

    f) What do you think of people who choose strange names for their kids? g) Is the German court abusing Frieda‟s personal rights?

    h) Are you your name?

    i) What is a name supposed to do?

    j) What questions would you ask Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim?

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LANGUAGE

    Germany's highest court has told a married couple they cannot (1) ____ their family names. Dentist Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim and her lawyer husband Hans-Peter Kunz-Hallstein wanted to join their surnames together. This would (2) ____ Frieda would have the triple-barrelled surname Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein. The judge pointed (3) ____ a 1993 law which says it is illegal for anyone to use more than two last names. The reason for this is that if a surname is made (4) ____ of more than two family names, it becomes difficult to (5) ____ back someone‟s family history. After the decision, the couple said they were (6) ____ they could not link their names. Hans-Peter said: "We're married and we want to show it." Double-barrelled names are very common in Germany. However, the country has very (7) ____ rules on family names. According to German law, married couples can choose to use their (8) ____ surname, keep their own surname, or combine both names. If the couple decides to use both names, they must link them with a hyphen. Parents have a list of (9) ____ children‟s names to choose from. These names are in a guide book, the “International Handbook of Forenames”. In this case, Frieda Rosemarie Thalheim (10) ____ the decision abused her personal rights. The judges said they wanted to stop a growing (11) ____ for “name chains”. They said these lessened the impact of a name to do what it was supposed to do, which is to (12) ____ people.

    Put the correct words from the table below in the above article. 1. (a) combines (b) combined (c) combination (d) combine

    2. (a) mean (b) meaning (c) meanie (d) means

    3. (a) on (b) for (c) to (d) in

    4. (a) with (b) up (c) on (d) down

    5. (a) traces (b) trace (c) traced (d) tracing

    6. (a) disappointment (b) disappoints (c) disappointed (d) disappoint

    7. (a) strict (b) strictly (c) stricter (d) strictness

    8. (a) partner (b) partners‟ (c) partners (d) partner‟s

    9. (a) approving (b) approval (c) approves (d) approved

    10. (a) argument (b) argued (c) arguing (d) arguable

    11. (a) trend (b) trends (c) trendy (d) trendsetter

    12. (a) identifies (b) identification (c) identify (d) identified

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