flesl.net paired stories: writing (Suh Sang-Rok)

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a person has high status if they are respected or admired by other members of society because of their job or their wealth or their power.

lose face:
a person loses face when something happens that lowers their “status” in society. It may be because they do something shameful or just because they are unlucky (for example when they lose a good job and are forced to take a lower-level one.)

• writing activities for ‘Suh Sang-Rok’


• instructions

- Write a narrative (story-telling) paragraph on one of the topics listed below.

- It should be a true story about you or about someone you know well.

- Suggested length: 150-175 words. Suggested time: 20-30 minutes.

• topics

- a job loss that forced someone to take less well-paid work

- a job loss that made someone happier

- an experience that showed it’s a mistake to worry too much about “losing face”

- an experience that shows the best job is one you like, not one that pays well or provides a high status


• form groups of three (or four)

• exchange paragraphs with your partner(s)

• silently check your partner’s paper for errors


• choose one paragraph from your group for reading to another group

• send the author of the chosen paragraph to another group and invite that group to send someone to your group

• listen while your guest reads his or her paragraph aloud

• if your guest’s pronunciation or grammar causes confusion, interrupt to ask for clarification

• when your guest has finished reading, summarize his or her paragraph to make sure it has been fully understood

• discuss the content of your guest’s paragraph