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dateline: 15 September 2015

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Java Teens Banned From Dating After Sunset

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ban: to disallow
  • dating: spending time with a romantic partner
  • curfew: a time that a person has to be at home for safety reasons
  • morality: an understanding of what’s right and what’s wrong
  • patrol: the watching over of an area by an authority figure
  • regulation: rule or law

Java Teens Banned From Dating After Sunset

As of October 1, under 17 in West Java will have a dating curfew of 9pm. Couples who are caught breaking the curfew three times could be forced to . In order to enforce the curfew, the chief who created the rule says he plans to new cameras and initiate a village patrol. His goal is to bring morality back to the community and to reduce the number of unplanned teen . One problem with the new regulation is that children under 16 are not allowed to marry in .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who does the new curfew apply to?
  2. What is the purpose of this rule?
  3. Why will the punishment be difficult to enforce?

Discussion Questions: Do you think this curfew will prevent young Indonesian teens from dating after dark? Why or why not?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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