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June 1, 2009


Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 7:22 am
former president Roh Moo-hyun

former president Roh Moo-hyun

actess Jang Ja-yeon

actess Jang Ja-yeon

actress Woo Seung-yeon

actress Woo Seung-yeon


* suicide: the act of killing yourself
* commit: to do something wrong or illegal
* hang: tying a rope around your neck
* occur: to happen
* rate: a measurement of number of times something happens or exists during a particular period
* survey: an investigation of the opinions, behaviour
* decade: ten years
* outskirts: the parts of a town or city that are furthest from the center


On May 23 Former President Roh Moo-hyun jumped to his death in the morning after leaving a brief suicide note. [1]

Also, on March 7, TV actress Jang Ja-yeon who was acting in “Boys Before Flowers” on KBS TV 2, committed suicide at her home in Bundang, on the southern outskirts of Seoul. [2]

Also on April 27, a young Korean actress, Woo Seung-yeon, committed suicide by hanging herself at her home in southern Seoul. [3]

A lot of suicides occur not only among celebrities but also among common people, and the Korean suicide rate is very high.

According to a survey the suicide rate in Korea has doubled in a decade, making Korea the highest suicide-rate country among the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries. In a survey almost 25 out of every 100,000 people committed suicide. The rate in korea is highter than that of anyother country(10.1 in the United States, 19.1 in Japan, and six in the United Kingdom)[4]



Discussion Questions:

1. How do you feel when you hear news about celebrities’ suicide?

2. Since the suicide rate is very high, what do you think are the reasons?

3. a. Do you think people can overcome suicide?
b. How can people overcome suicide?

4. a. Do you think that suicide can affect other people?
b. What do you think are the effects of suicide on other people?

[ Class #123, Group #3, Lee Do-yeong, Kim Joo-hyeon, Yoo Joon-ho (Kim Jee-yoon??) ]


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