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Topic: Yawning


Title: Yawning Proves Costly

Source: Reuters

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2005

Level: Intermediate

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Vocabulary

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New words you will see in this article:

boredom

courtroom

enforce

identity

impose(d)

judge(s)

juror

lengthy

official(s)

potential

procedure

prompt(ly)

protest(ed)

punish(ment)

reveal(ed)

slash(ed)

wave(d)

yawn(ing)

Interesting phrases:

contempt of court

impose a fine

jury selection

prove costly

turn up

Talking Points

With your tutor, conversation partners, or classmates, you may wish to discuss the following:

Does a judge have the right to impose a fine on anyone who fails to maintain order in the court?

Do you think that yawning is a sign of rudeness?

Do you think this man should have been fined for yawning in court?

How serious do you think it is to disobey a judge's order?

For More Practice

Would you challenge a judge's decision if you thought it was too harsh?

Why or why not?

Pretend you are the man who got fined by the judge. What will you say to your friends?

Pretend you are the judge. It is dinner time. Tell your spouse about the yawning
incident in your courtroom.

Role play a situation in which someone is dismissed from a courtroom for unruly behavior.

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Last updated: 15 February, 2010 02:43:16