The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to introduce a guaranteed basic monthly income for all citizens. Almost 77 per cent of voters opposed the plan in a referendum. The idea was for a minimum salary for those who have been a citizen for five years, whether they worked or not. The monthly amount could be around $2,500. Supporters of the idea argued that it was necessary to replace Switzerland's social welfare system. A spokesperson said it would help fight poverty and inequality. He added that it would give more money to people who earned less than the minimum wage.



Supporters argued that because work was becoming more automated, there were fewer jobs available. Che Wagner from the campaign group Basic Income Switzerland said the income would not be money for nothing. He said: "In Switzerland, over 50 per cent of total work that is done is unpaid. It's care work. It's at home. It's in different communities, so that work would be more valued with a basic income." Opponents said it would cause immigration problems. The Swiss People's Party said: "You would have billions of people who would try to move into Switzerland."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36454060
  • http://money.cnn.com/2016/06/05/news/economy/switzerland-basic-income-referendum/
  • http://www.expatica.com/ch/news/Swiss-say-no-thanks-to-basic-income-for-all_696861.html


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a guaranteed basic
  2. opposed the plan in
  3. those who have been a citizen
  4. The monthly amount could
  5. Supporters of the idea argued that
  6. replace Switzerland's social
  7. help fight poverty
  8. people who earned less than the
  1. for five years
  2. welfare system
  3. and inequality
  4. monthly income
  5. minimum wage
  6. a referendum
  7. be around $2,500
  8. it was necessary

Paragraph 2

  1. work was becoming more
  2. there were fewer
  3. campaign
  4. money for
  5. care
  6. work would be more valued with a
  7. it would cause immigration
  8. billions of
  1. nothing
  2. group
  3. problems
  4. basic income
  5. people
  6. automated
  7. work
  8. jobs available

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Swiss voters have (1) ___________________ to introduce a guaranteed basic monthly income (2) ___________________. Almost 77 per cent of voters opposed the plan in a referendum. The idea was for (3) ___________________ those who have been a citizen for five years, whether they worked or not. The (4) ___________________ could be around $2,500. Supporters of the idea argued that it was necessary to replace Switzerland's (5) ___________________ system. A spokesperson said it would help fight poverty and inequality. He added that it would give more money to people who (6) ___________________ the minimum wage.

Supporters argued that because work was becoming (7) ___________________, there were fewer jobs available. Che Wagner from (8) ___________________ Basic Income Switzerland said the income would not be (9) ___________________. He said: "In Switzerland, over 50 per cent of total work that is done is unpaid. It's care work. It's at home. It's in different communities, so that work would (10) ___________________ with a basic income." Opponents said it (11) ___________________ problems. The Swiss People's Party said: "You would have billions of people who would (12) ___________________ Switzerland."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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onthlyincomeforallcitizens.Almost77percentofvotersopposedtheplanin
areferendum.Theideawasforaminimumsalaryforthosewhohavebee
nacitizenforfiveyears,whethertheyworkedornot.Themonthlyamoun
tcouldbearound$2,500.Supportersoftheideaarguedthatitwasnecess
arytoreplaceSwitzerland'ssocialwelfaresystem.Aspokespersonsaidi
twouldhelpfightpovertyandinequality.Headdedthatitwouldgivemor
emoneytopeoplewhoearnedlessthantheminimumwage.Supporters
arguedthatbecauseworkwasbecomingmoreautomated,therewerefe
werjobsavailable.CheWagnerfromthecampaigngroupBasicIncomeS
witzerlandsaidtheincomewouldnotbemoneyfornothing.Hesaid:"InS
witzerland,over50percentoftotalworkthatisdoneisunpaid.It'scarew
ork.It'sathome.It'sindifferentcommunities,sothatworkwouldbemor
evaluedwithabasicincome."Opponentssaiditwouldcauseimmigratio
nproblems.TheSwissPeople'sPartysaid:"Youwouldhavebillionsofpe
oplewhowouldtrytomoveintoSwitzerland."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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