The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Britain's government says access for disabled people in stores is "shocking". A study of over 30,000 shops and restaurants found that it was difficult for disabled people to shop and eat. There were many examples of the difficulties. Around 20 per cent of stores had no wheelchair ramps and two-thirds of store staff had no training to help disabled customers. Over 40% of restaurants had no toilet for wheelchair users.



Britain's government said it was unfair that the disabled had such problems. It said disabled people should enjoy shopping like everyone else. It said: "Everyone deserves to be able to go...shopping." Stores and restaurants lose money by not helping the disabled. The government added: "A fifth of the British population has a disability and they…have a spending power of over £200 billion [$310bn]."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-30342957
  • http://www.economicvoice.com/disabled-shoppers-driven-from-the-high-street-by-poor-accessibility-charity-survey-finds/
  • http://www.localgov.co.uk/Disabled-people-denied-pleasure-of-Christmas-shopping/37709


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

access for disabled people in

a.

30,000 shops

2.

A study of over

b.

users

3.

There were many examples of

c.

stores is "shocking"

4.

20 per cent of stores had no wheelchair

d.

no toilet

5.

two-thirds

e.

the difficulties

6.

help disabled

f.

of store staff

7.

Over 40% of restaurants had

g.

customers

8.

wheelchair

h.

ramps



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Britain's

a.

to go shopping

2.

Britain's government said

b.

power

3.

enjoy shopping like

c.

lose money

4.

Everyone deserves to be able

d.

billion

5.

Stores and restaurants

e.

it was unfair

6.

A fifth of the British population

f.

government

7.

spending

g.

everyone else

8.

over £200

h.

has a disability

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Britain's government (1) ___________________ disabled people in stores is "shocking". (2) ___________________ 30,000 shops and restaurants found that (3) ___________________ for disabled people to shop and eat. There were many examples of the difficulties. (4) ___________________ of stores had no wheelchair ramps (5) ___________________ store staff had no training to help disabled customers. Over 40% of restaurants had no toilet for (6) ___________________.

Britain's government said (7) ___________________ the disabled had such problems. It said disabled (8) ___________________ shopping like (9) ___________________. It said: "Everyone deserves (10) ___________________...shopping." Stores and restaurants lose money by not helping the disabled. The government added: "(11) ___________________ British population (12) ___________________ and they…have a spending power of over £200 billion [$310bn]."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Britain'sgovernmentsaysaccessfordisabledpeopleinstoresis"shocki
ng".Astudyofover30,000shopsandrestaurantsfoundthatitwasdifficu
ltfordisabledpeopletoshopandeat.Thereweremanyexamplesofthedif
ficulties.Around20percentofstoreshadnowheelchairrampsandtwo-
thirdsofstorestaffhadnotrainingtohelpdisabledcustomers.Over40%
ofrestaurantshadnotoiletforwheelchairusers.Britain'sgovernments
aiditwasunfairthatthedisabledhadsuchproblems.Itsaiddisabledpeop
leshouldenjoyshoppinglikeeveryoneelse.Itsaid:"Everyonedeserves
tobeabletogo...shopping."Storesandrestaurantslosemoneybynothe
lpingthedisabled.Thegovernmentadded:"AfifthoftheBritishpopulati
onhasadisabilityandthey…haveaspendingpowerofover£200billion[$
310bn]."

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

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