UNIT: Unusual therapy

Intermediate. Complex Subject, Can / could, (be) able to, could have done. Спорт/Здоровье


to overcome (overcame, overcome) - преодолевать climax - кульминация
to appreciate - ценить a ribbon - лента
funerals   - похороны to reflect - размышлять
to stage - инсценировать, ставить macabre - мрачный, ужасный
to sniffle - сопеть an impact - воздействие, результат

South Korea is known to be one of the most suicide countries in the world, and workers often report feeling stressed. They say they are afraid of making mistakes and they can't overcome it. So in order to make people appreciate life, they are supposed to take part in their own pretend funerals.

In a large room in a nondescript modern office block in Seoul, staff from a recruitment company are staging their own funerals. Dressed in white robes, they sit at desks and write final letters to their loved ones. The workers are heard to cry and sniffle while writing. And then, the climax: they rise and stand over the wooden coffins laid out beside them. They pause, get in and lie down. They each hug a picture of themselves, draped in black ribbon.

As they look up, the boxes are banged shut by a man dressed in black with a tall hat. He represents the Angel of Death. Enclosed in darkness, the employees reflect on the meaning of life.

The macabre  ritual is a bonding exercise designed to teach them to value life. Before they get into the casket, they are shown videos of people in adversity - a cancer sufferer making the most of her final days, someone born without all her limbs who learned to swim, though she seemed not to be able to.

It's hard to know what the employees will be able to make of it - South Korea is a very paternalistic society and they are unlikely to criticize company policy but it seems to have an impact.

Answer the following questions:
Is the information TRUE, FALSE or NOT GIVEN?
Match the words and the translation.
Read about the Complex Subject and choose the proper form of the verb.
Fill in the gaps with "can" or "to be able to".
Change or complete the following sentences using the Complex Subject:
Translate the sentences into English.
Make up sentences with the following words:
Express your opinion on the following: