The story of cosmetics

 
 
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[h5p id=1] test
Before you watch the whole video, look at this short (without sound).
  1. Which words come to your mind when watching the sequence? Write down six words in the empty box below.(The dictionary underneath the video can help you to find words).
  2. What do you think the video will be about? Write down one sentence.
    Afterwards, you can see an example solution.
Words that come to my mind:
* cosmetics
  • dangerous
  • health risk
  • chemicals
  • bathroom
  • toxics
I think the video will be about poisonous chemicals in cosmetics.

 
Look at the short sequences of the video and try to find out which text fits which sequence. Pull the texts to the right sequences. The pictures in the video can be a great help to understand the main aspects. Make sure that the sound in the YouTube player is switched on.
 
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  • In the 50s, people didn't worry about negative effects of chemistry.
     
  • The woman wants to know what's in her shampoo. She takes her cosmetics to scientists and finds out that there are toxics in them.
     
  • At the factories they put toxic chemicals in cosmetics which can have a negative influence on our health.
     
 
 
 
The ingredients in our beauty products can cause cancer and affect brain development. Do you think that's true?
 
  1. Read the statements below and guess whether the anwers are true or false. (Don't check the solutions right away, wait until you have watched the video sequences)
  2. Then, watch the video sequences to find out if your guesses were right. While watching the video, it is helpful to listen for the highlighted keywords of the statements.
 
  1. There are toxics in our beauty products because the beauty industry puts toxic chemicals in them at the factories.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  2. Less than 20% of the chemicals in cosmetic products are tested for safety.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  3. The toxics in our beauty products can cause cancer and affect brain development.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  4. There are no laws that stop the beauty industry to put toxic chemicals in our beauty products.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
  5. The beauty industry has no influence on the rules.
     
    • true
       
    • false
       
     
 
 
What does the picture tell you?
Look at this picture from the video. What does the picture stand for?
  1. First write a short descrption of the picture in the empty box below (1-2 sentences).
  2. Then, try to explain the message of this picture (1-2 sentences). You can watch the

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  1. First, describe the picture in 1-2 sentences (in the empty box below).
  2. Then, write down your interpretation of this picture (1-2 sentences).
  3. Afterwards you can read an example of a description and interpretation.
Description of the picture: On the picture you see two scientists which observe a human being in the bathroom while he/she is using cosmetics.
In my opinion, the message of the picture is this: Using cosmetics nowadays is like a giant experiment because you don't know if they will have a negative impact on your health.

 
What can we do to protect us? Read the possible answers first, then watch the to find out. (more than one answer can be correct)
 
  • What does the woman say about how we can protect ourselves? Tick the right answers.
     
    • She mentions online resources (webpages) that tell us which products are safe.
       
    • She says that new laws are needed which forbid toxics in cosmetics.
       
    • She says that green chemistry could be a solution. This means that cosmetics only contain chemicals that aren't toxic.
       
    • She suggests that we burn our cosmetics.
       
    • She says we should stop buying cosmetics at all.
       
     
 
 

Word List: cosmetics

    • cancer(uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a disease in which the cells are of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation
    • Example:
      • Smoking may cause cancer.
    • sunscreen(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a creme that protects you from the sun
    • Example:
      • I use sunscreen not to get a sunburn.
    • lipstick(noun)
    • Definition:
      • makeup for the lips
    • Example:
      • Are you wearing any lipstick today?
    • toxic(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • having a chemical nature that is harmful to health or lethal if consumed or otherwise entering into the body in sufficient quantities
    • Example:
      • Chemicals may be toxic.
    • toxic(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a poisonous substance
    • Example:
      • Cosmetics can contain toxics.
    • unhealthy(adjective)
    • Definition:
      • disturbed health
    • Example:
      • Cosmetic products can be unhealthy.
    • lead(uncountable noun)
    • Definition:
      • a heavy, inelastic metal element
    • Example:
      • Some cosmetic products contain lead.
    • carcinogen(noun)
    • Definition:
      • a substance that can cause cancer
    • Example:
      • Many cosmetic products contain carcinogens.
    • cosmetics(noun plural form)
    • Definition:
      • products which are used to change or enhance the beauty of skin, hair, nails, lips, and eyes
    • Example:
      • Cosmetics can be bought in a supermarket.
 
 

Vocabulary trainer

 
What would you like displayed?
Which content would you like to enter?
 
 
 
 
 
cancer
sunscreen
lipstick
toxic
toxic
unhealthy
lead
carcinogen
cosmetics
 

     
       

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        lipstick
        makeup for the lips
        sunscreen
        a creme that protects you from the sun
        carcinogen
        a substance that can cause cancer
        cosmetics
        products which are used to change or enhance the beauty of skin, hair, nails, lips, and eyes
        toxic
        having a chemical nature that is harmful to health or lethal if consumed or otherwise entering into the body in sufficient quantities
        unhealthy
        disturbed health
        lead
        a heavy, inelastic metal element
        cancer
        a disease in which the cells are of a tissue undergo uncontrolled (and often rapid) proliferation
        toxic
        a poisonous substance
         
         
         
        What's your opinion on the video? Did you find it informative or did it scare you? What was new to you? Does the video change anything about the way you use cosmetics?
         
        Write a comment (in the empty box below) and tell us what you think (2-3 sentences).
         
        These tipps can help you to write a comment:Expressing one's opinion. Afterwards, you can compare your comment to an example solution. If you want to know which of the products that you use are safe, you can go to codecheck.
        I think the video is quite interesting but also a bit scary. I didn't know that only a few chemicals are tested for safety. In my opinion there should be new laws which protect us from toxics. I agree with the woman, that green chemistry is the best solution for the problem because if chemicals aren't toxic in the first place we don't have to worry about which cosmetics to choose. From now on, I will be more careful and I will look up on the internet which chemicals are safe and which aren't.

         
        If you want to, you can practise some words of the video with the vocabulary trainer below.

        Finally, think about your understanding of the video.

        • Did you find it difficult to understand what was said in the video?
        • If yes, why was it difficult?
        • What could help you next time?
        • Did you try to guess the meaning of words by using the pictures as help?
        • Did you focus on key words?

        Helpful strategies

        In this learning unit you have already practised four strategies to improve your understanding.
        1. to think about what you will see and hear before watching
        2. to activate your vocabulary knowlegde before watching
        3. to guess the meaning of words(from the context, pictures, your knowledge etc.)
        4. to focus on key words
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