The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Donald Trump is in trouble again about his tax. The New York Times said his 1995 tax returns show a $916-million business loss. This means he avoided nearly a billion dollars in income tax over 19 years. Despite this, Mr Trump constantly criticizes the tax system for being unfair. The Times said the system is rigged, "in the favor of people like him, and against regular people…who earn money, pay income tax on it, and financially support the country."



Mr Trump has spent years attacking people for not paying enough tax, including President Obama. Trump's supporters say he has done nothing illegal. One called him a "genius" for not paying tax and likened him to Britain's WWII leader Winston Churchill. Mr Trump said he knew USA tax laws better than anyone who had ever run for president and was the only one who could fix them." He told Hillary Clinton that he was "smart" for not paying taxes.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/10/02/the-most-shocking-part-of-donald-trumps-tax-records-isnt-the-916-million-loss-everyones-talking-about/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/us/politics/trump-taxes-twitter.html
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-idUSKCN1220P5


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. Donald Trump is in trouble
  2. tax
  3. business
  4. he avoided nearly a billion dollars
  5. Trump constantly
  6. the system is
  7. regular people who
  8. financially support
  1. return
  2. criticizes the tax system
  3. in income tax
  4. earn money
  5. loss
  6. the country
  7. again
  8. rigged

Paragraph 2

  1. Trump has spent years attacking
  2. not paying enough
  3. he has done nothing
  4. One called him
  5. likened him
  6. better than anyone who had ever
  7. the only one who could
  8. he was "smart" for not
  1. fix them
  2. run for president
  3. tax
  4. paying taxes
  5. a "genius"
  6. people
  7. to Britain's WWII leader
  8. illegal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Donald Trump (1) ___________________ again about his tax. The New York Times said his 1995 (2) ___________________ a $916-million business loss. This means he avoided nearly a billion dollars (3) ___________________ over 19 years. Despite this, Mr Trump constantly criticizes the tax system (4) ___________________. The Times said the system is rigged, "in the favor of people like him, and against (5) ___________________ …who earn money, pay income tax on it, and (6) ___________________ the country."

Mr Trump (7) ___________________ attacking people for not paying enough tax, including President Obama. Trump's supporters (8) ___________________ nothing illegal. One called him a "genius" for not paying tax (9) ___________________ to Britain's WWII leader Winston Churchill. Mr Trump said he knew USA (10) ___________________ than anyone who (11) ___________________ president and was the only one who could fix them." He told Hillary Clinton that (12) ___________________ not paying taxes.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

DonaldTrumpisintroubleagainabouthistax.TheNewYorkTimessaidhi
s1995taxreturnsshowa$916-millionbusinessloss.Thismeansheavoi
dednearlyabilliondollarsinincometaxover19years.Despitethis,MrTr
umpconstantlycriticizesthetaxsystemforbeingunfair.TheTimessaidt
hesystemisrigged,"inthefavorofpeoplelikehim,andagainstregularpe
ople…whoearnmoney,payincometaxonit,andfinanciallysupportthec
ountry."MrTrumphasspentyearsattackingpeoplefornotpayingenoug
htax,includingPresidentObama.Trump'ssupporterssayhehasdonen
othingillegal.Onecalledhima"genius"fornotpayingtaxandlikenedhim
toBritain'sWWIIleaderWinstonChurchill.MrTrumpsaidheknewUSAta
xlawsbetterthananyonewhohadeverrunforpresidentandwastheonly
onewhocouldfixthem."HetoldHillaryClintonthathewas"smart"fornot
payingtaxes.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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