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Vocabulary - Facts - Listening -
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- Conversation questions -

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(Updated on 29/01/2013)

 

 

Related pages :

Clothes - US gangs - Uniforms

 

 

Vocabulary :

  • A hoodie = "a young person who wears a hooded sweatshirt, regarded by some as a potential hooligan."
    (theage.com.au)
  • A hoodie (or hoody), or a bunnyhug (in Saskatchewan),
      "is an upper-body sweater with a hood. The characteristic design includes large frontal pockets, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening."
    (Wikipedia)
    SEE Perception
    • 2.1 United Kingdom
    • 2.2 United States
    • 2.3 New Zealand
    • 2.4 Greece


  • Hoodie: A hooded sweatshirt. ex: "My mom bought me a black hoodie at the GAP." - American slang
    (infosquares.com)

 

Facts :

  • In the hood
    "It is the slouchy, unisex garment of choice for a generation. But who hasn't quickened their step when faced with an unknown figure wearing one?
    Now a shopping centre even wants to ban them. Gareth McLean on the meaning of the hoodie."

    (guardian.co.uk)

  • Girl, 4, asked to remove 'hoodie'
    "A four-year-old girl was asked to take down the hood of her cardigan while visiting a seaside amusement arcade."

    (BBC)

 

  • Save The Hoodie
    To quote Sovereign: "Don’t blame the innocent hoodie, you should be able to wear what you want!"

    (londonist.com)

 

  • Violent youth ordered to shed 'urban crime' uniform
    "A court in Manchester has banned a teenager from wearing a hooded top for five years after a campaign of violence.
    (abc.net.au)
  • Ban on hooded tops in shops - Text + Audio + Video
    "People wearing their hooded tops up have been banned from the shops in part of Essex.
    Police in Laindon in Basildon came up with the idea after loads of shoplifting there."

    (BBC)

 

  • Hooray For Hoodies?
    "Lady Sovereign is a nineteen-year-old rapper who's using her latest single to champion the hooded top - or hoodie...
    19 year old Lady Sovereign, aka Louise Harman, is annoyed at the way hoodies, the staple of the teenage wardrobe, have become synonymous with crime.
    She's using her new single, Hoodie, to try and counteract the negative publicity the item of clothing has generated after being banned in some shopping centres and schools."
    (BBC)

 

  • Dangerous 'status' dogs on the rise
    " There's been a sharp increase in the number of potentially dangerous dogs like Rottweilers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers which have become the new weapon of choice on some of our cities' toughest streets...
    The RSPCA is blaming young men for using aggressive dogs as status symbols in urban areas of England and Wales.
    In some parts of Liverpool groups of young men in hoodies hang around wearing cool designer gear, with customised cars - and a menacing new fashion accessory - a canine one.
    There are four main breeds banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act, which came in in 1991:
    the Pit Bull Terrier, the Japanese Tosa, the Dogo Argentino and the Fila Brasileiro."

    (BBC)


    The Metropolitan Police have set up a 'status dog unit'

 

Listening :

  • Hoodie - Transcript + Audio - Listen to Professor Crystal.
    "There was a newspaper headline in the middle of last year, 'Hoodie Hoodlums' it said.
    It referred to people who were going around looking like gangs wearing hooded tops, baseball caps, clothing which deliberately obscured the face,
    suggesting that the wearer might be a danger to the public..."

    (BBC)
    See Lesson plans
  • Ban on hooded tops in shops - Text + Audio + Video
    "People wearing their hooded tops up have been banned from the shops in part of Essex.
    Police in Laindon in Basildon came up with the idea after loads of shoplifting there."

    (BBC)

 

Lesson plans :

  • Hoodie - Transcript + Audio - Listen to Professor Crystal.
    "There was a newspaper headline in the middle of last year, 'Hoodie Hoodlums' it said.
    It referred to people who were going around looking like gangs wearing hooded tops, baseball caps, clothing which deliberately obscured the face,
    suggesting that the wearer might be a danger to the public..."

    + Hoodie - a lesson plan and student worksheets with answers
    (BBC)

 

  • Hoodies Ban - a lesson plan - UPDATED
    "A shopping centre in the United Kingdom has banned people from wearing hooded tops. So why have hoodies developed a bad reputation?"
    (abc.net.au)
  • Dress Code - a lesson plan + Classroom materials
    Theme: Restrictions and rules regarding dress.
    Lexical area: Clothes and describing people
    "Several shopping centres in the UK have recently banned people from wearing hoods and baseball caps, claiming that groups of young people with hoods up can appear threatening to customers. It was also an issue that young people wearing hoods are not easily identifiable on CCTV if they are covering their head with a hood. This lesson looks at rules and restrictions regarding how young people are allowed to dress in the UK, both in school and in the community. Note: young people with their hood up are known as ‘hoodies’."

    (British Council)

 

Conversation questions :

  • Hoodies: good, bad or ugly?
    "Luton teenager Hannah Smith looks at the "hoodie" issue.
    Are they a catalyst for anti-social behaviour or merely a fashion accessory?"

    (BBC)

  • The Good the Bad and the Hoodie
    "Hoodie... the choice of a new generation?
    Or perhaps it's just another overused fashion statement,
    By comparison is it really so bad when we review down the ages,
    and see all the fads that people had in their youth as teenagers..."

    (blogs.myspace.com)
  • Fashion item or symbol of fear?
    "A moral debate sparked by a shopping mall's ban on hooded tops goes right to the heart of British life."

    (guardian.co.uk)

 

Videos :

  • ITV Fixers: Hoodie scares Gran - an animation
    "A short Flash animation created for ITV to help people understand the misrepresentation of 'youth culture' and 'hoodies' in particular.
    The aim of the film was to engage the audience in the idea that there is a prejudice against people wearing hoodies, and to begin the process of addressing the assumption that all youths are yobs." ('yob' = loubard, voyou)
    (YouTube)




  • Hoodies Can Be Goodies - Killing for Kicks? - an animation
    (YouTube)



  • Matt'N'Ian News Episode 1: Old people and Hoodies
    Interviewing people in the streets.
    "Old people - are they really scared of young people and their hoddies? Matt'N'Ian seek the truth on this topical debate."

    (YouTube)



  • Hoodies Can Be Goodies
    "Garron Mitchell takes Britain's gang culture by the scruff of the kneck and attempts a rebrand. Part of BBC's Mischief strand."

    (YouTube)

 

 

  • Hoodies and Chavs Take over UK! Hilarious E4 advert, 'The E4 Bunker' + Transcript
    "People of Britain - Our beloved country is being ruddy well knackered by hoodie people, yob folk, ASBO monkeys pumped full of alco-piddle and a general abundance of undesirables. So, thank you shiny purple helmet for the E4 bunker, a place for your family to hide and watch E4 while Blighty goes to the dogs..."
    (YouTube)

 

  • Manchester Hoodies/Scallies/Chavs/Thugs/Scrotes Gang
    "A BBC North West Tonight report about David Cameron's hooded friend, Ryan Florence, and his fellow "soldiers." 
    Wearing the staple all-black uniform with a hood and spouting the staple mindless garbage.
    This particular teenaged gang from the Wythenshawe area of Manchester call themselves the "Benchill Mad Dogs."

    (YouTube)

     

  • Hoodies Ban - a video
    (abc.net.au)

  • Ban on hooded tops in shops - Text + Audio + Video
    "People wearing their hooded tops up have been banned from the shops in part of Essex.
    Police in Laindon in Basildon came up with the idea after loads of shoplifting there."

    (BBC)

 

Songs :

  • Hoodie by Lady Sovereign
    (YouTube)
    + LYRICS
    "Fling on an ADIDAS hoodie and just boogie woogie with me...
    The bouncer was approaching me coz i was
    dressed really inappropriately
    No hood, no hats, no this, no that"

    (mp3lyrics.org)
  • Hoodie Ninja by Mc Chris
    (YouTube)
    + LYRICS
    "Got my ninja bag AKA a pillow case
    Filled with nacho flavored combos, a flashlight, and masking tape"

    (songmeanings.net)

 

Cartoons :

 

 

Cartoon: Hire a Hoodie
"This cartoon by Andy Davey from 
The Sun relates to a speech by UK Employment Minister Chris Grayling
in which he called on bosses to give local youths a chance instead of hiring
experienced Eastern Europeans."
  Read more >>

+ COMMENT + VOCABULARY
+ LINKS

(englishblog.com)

 

 

 

Can I borrow the sawn-off shotgun
tonight, Dad?

(dailymail.co.uk)

A sawn-off gun
is "a shotgun whose barrel(s) has been
shortened to give a larger spread,
though with more limited
range (often for illegal purposes)"

(wiktionary.org)

 

 

Rat race ...
"mouse hooligans wearing hoodies and carrying knives just love the fact they
have been issued ASBOs
(Anti-Social Behaviour Orders)"

(forums.canadiancontent.net)

 

National Hoodie Day
(adamsmith.files.wordpress.com)

 

The urban foxes
(cartoonstock.com)

 

 

Signs :

 

Hoodie sign