Before you read skim the e-mail below and answer these questions
a) What is the purpose of this e-mail?
b) Can you identify some of the phrases people use when they write e-mails of complaint?
Read this e-mail. Underline the phrases used to express complaint.
Subject: Funky World Radio Programme
I have listened to some of your interviews in your weekly radio programme called Funky World. Some of them are just fine, like the one you did to this young editor of Teens magazine. But I would like to complain about the content and the vocabulary used in a recent interview to a group of adolescents who play music in the street.
I simply could not tolerate their sperficiality and the way they expressed their apathy towards life. On many occasions they used swear words and were really disrespectful, which is an intolerable situation for most radio listeners.
I really do not know what is wrong with young people nowadays. All they seem to worry about is their looks and having fun. Those rings in their noses, navels and tongues are probably the reason why they cannot get a decent job. I personally think they behave like this on pupose so that they do not have to work. They are not responsible enough.
There is too little respect in our society at present. Teenagers, in particular, are too disrespectful. In my days, the police would stop you and send you to prison if you were caught drinking in the street. But now, you see lots of teenagers with their beer cans walking around or meeting other groups of teens who block the streets and do not let you get through. Then, there are these bands of rebels that play this horrible music really oud. I think it is fine if they play music loud on their MP5s or iPods - or whatever you may call them. But it is not really music what they listen to. There are more than enough opportunities for teenagers today. Education is now available to everyone and adolesents simply do not care about it. They just think studying is too boring. They will probably regret it later!
I can fully understand that the interviews you have on Funky World are basecally for your teenage listeners. But you also have to consider that there may be some others like me, who just listen to you because I want to understand teenage culture a bit more. I have three young grandchildren and we are not communicating well these days. I sincerely hope that you will be more careful about the kind of language and the content of your future programmes.
After you read the e-mail, write down notes and answer these questions:
a) Do any of the complaints about young people sound familiar to you? Explain your point of you.
b) Have your parents or grandparents ever told you something like that? Why?
3) Is the man right in any of his complaints? Explain your thought.