The Reading / Listening - Level 0

The BBC says the bank HSBC helped rich people hide money. The rich people did not want to pay tax. An HSBC worker stole information on more than 100,000 HSBC customers. The information shows that HSBC helped its rich customers hide their money from the taxman.



HSBC said it now stops rich people from hiding their money. It knows it did not follow the law. An HSBC worker who complained when the bank did not change lost her job. She complained the bank was not following the law so the bank fired her. HSBC is now in court in the USA, France, Belgium and Argentina.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-31248913
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/hsbc-helped-rich-customers-dodge-tax-with-secret-swiss-bank-accounts-reports-says-10032594.html
  • http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/feb/08/hsbc-files-expose-swiss-bank-clients-dodge-taxes-hide-millions


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

the bank HSBC helped

a.

HSBC customers

2.

hide

b.

want to pay tax

3.

people did not

c.

customers

4.

An HSBC worker stole

d.

rich people

5.

more than 100,000

e.

taxman

6.

rich

f.

information

7.

hide

g.

money

8.

from the

h.

their money



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

HSBC said it now stops

a.

the law

2.

hiding their

b.

job

3.

It knows

c.

money

4.

not follow

d.

not change

5.

An HSBC worker

e.

rich people

6.

when the bank did

f.

it did

7.

lost her

g.

her

8.

the bank fired

h.

who complained


LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The BBC (1) ___________________ HSBC helped rich people hide money. The rich people (2) ___________________ to pay tax. An HSBC worker (3) ___________________ on more (4) ___________________ HSBC customers. The (5) ___________________ that HSBC helped its rich customers hide their money (6) ___________________.

HSBC said (7) ___________________ rich people from hiding their money. It knows it did (8) ___________________ law. An HSBC worker (9) ___________________ when the bank did not change (10) ___________________. She complained the bank was not following (11) ___________________ bank fired her. HSBC is (12) ___________________ the USA, France, Belgium and Argentina.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

TheBBCsaysthebankHSBChelpedrichpeoplehidemoney.Therichpeo
pledidnotwanttopaytax.AnHSBCworkerstoleinformationonmoretha
n100,000HSBCcustomers.TheinformationshowsthatHSBChelpedits
richcustomershidetheirmoneyfromthetaxman.HSBCsaiditnowstops
richpeoplefromhidingtheirmoney.Itknowsitdidnotfollowthelaw.AnH
SBCworkerwhocomplainedwhenthebankdidnotchangelostherjob.S
hecomplainedthebankwasnotfollowingthelawsothebankfiredher.HS
BCisnowincourtintheUSA,France,BelgiumandArgentina.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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