The Reading / Listening - Level 1

There is a doctor's job in a small New Zealand town that no one wants. It pays US$265,000 a year. There is no weekend work, and houses in the area are cheap. The job is just four days a week, with 12 weeks' holiday a year. The current doctor Alan Kenny is leaving. He cannot find a replacement. Four medical companies also could not find a replacement. Dr Kenny thinks people want to live and work in the city and not in the countryside.



Last year, Dr Kenny could not go on a family holiday because he could not find a doctor to replace him. He has been a doctor in the town for 30 years. He said he wouldn't change his countryside life for city life. He wants to retire and he needs to give his patients to a younger doctor. He said his work keeps him busy. He loves his job. He said: "I would like to stay but I hit my head against a brick wall trying to attract doctors."

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    Level 0 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11593835
  • http://news.sky.com/story/1647162/the-190000-a-year-job-that-nobody-wants
  • http://www.nzdoctor.co.nz/news/2016/february-2016/23/a-tale-of-two-practices-struggle-to-find-gp-story-of-changing-models.aspx


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

It pays

a.

replacement

2.

houses in the area

b.

holiday a year

3.

12 weeks'

c.

US$265,000 a year

4.

The current doctor Alan Kenny

d.

the countryside

5.

Four medical

e.

are cheap

6.

could not find a

f.

in the city

7.

live and work

g.

is leaving

8.

not in

h.

companies



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Kenny could not go on

a.

to stay

2.

he could not find a doctor to

b.

to a younger doctor

3.

he wouldn't change his countryside

c.

doctors

4.

he needs to give his patients

d.

a family holiday

5.

He said his work keeps

e.

a brick wall

6.

I would like

f.

replace him

7.

I hit my head against

g.

him busy

8.

trying to attract

h.

life for city life

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

There is a doctor's (1) ___________________ New Zealand town that (2) ___________________. It pays US$265,000 a year. There is no weekend work, and houses (3) __________________ cheap. The (4) ___________________ four days a week, with 12 weeks' holiday a year. The current doctor Alan Kenny is leaving. He cannot find (5) ___________________. Four medical companies also could not find a replacement. Dr Kenny thinks people want to live and work (6) ___________________ not in the countryside.

Last year, Dr Kenny could (7) ___________________ family holiday because he could not find a doctor (8) ___________________. He has been a doctor in the town for 30 years. (9) ___________________ change his countryside (10) ___________________. He wants to retire and he needs to give his patients (11) ___________________ doctor. He said his work keeps him busy. He loves his job. He said: "I would like to stay (12) ___________________ against a brick wall trying to attract doctors."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Thereisadoctor'sjobinasmallNewZealandtownthatnoonewants.Itpa
ysUS$265,000ayear.Thereisnoweekendwork,andhousesintheareaa
recheap.Thejobisjustfourdaysaweek,with12weeks'holidayayear.Th
ecurrentdoctorAlanKennyisleaving.Hecannotfindareplacement.Fou
rmedicalcompaniesalsocouldnotfindareplacement.DrKennythinksp
eoplewanttoliveandworkinthecityandnotinthecountryside.Lastyear,
DrKennycouldnotgoonafamilyholidaybecausehecouldnotfindadocto
rtoreplacehim.Hehasbeenadoctorinthetownfor30years.Hesaidhewo
uldn'tchangehiscountrysidelifeforcitylife.Hewantstoretireandhenee
dstogivehispatientstoayoungerdoctor.Hesaidhisworkkeepshimbusy
.Heloveshisjob.Hesaid:"IwouldliketostaybutIhitmyheadagainstabri
ckwalltryingtoattractdoctors."

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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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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WRITING

Write about doctors for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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