The Reading / Listening - Level 4

It is no surprise that girls do more unpaid housework than boys. They do 40 per cent more, which is 160 million more hours every day. In some countries, this figure is a lot higher. A report from UNICEF highlights this gap. UNICEF said girls lose important chances to learn, grow and enjoy their childhood. It added that this inequality among children means gender stereotypes continue and women and girls end up doing more work across generations.



Most work done by girls is very physical. Most girls cook, clean, collect firewood or water and care for children and elderly relatives. In Somalia, girls spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report is part of the UN's International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. UNICEF said that knowing the challenges girls face is the first important step towards gender equality, "and breaking down barriers that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-37581449
  • http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/
  • http://www.unicef.org/media/media_92884.html
  • See http://www.dayofthegirl.org/ for more information.



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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. girls do more
  2. In some countries, this figure
  3. A report from UNICEF
  4. girls lose important chances
  5. grow and enjoy their
  6. inequality
  7. gender stereotypes
  8. doing more work across
  1. highlights this gap
  2. childhood
  3. continue
  4. is a lot higher
  5. unpaid housework
  6. generations
  7. to learn
  8. among children

Paragraph 2

  1. Most work done by girls is
  2. collect
  3. care for children and
  4. girls spend 26 hours a week
  5. International Day of
  6. knowing the challenges girls
  7. the first important step
  8. breaking down
  1. face
  2. on household chores
  3. barriers
  4. firewood
  5. elderly relatives
  6. towards gender equality
  7. very physical
  8. the Girl Child

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It (1) ___________________ girls do more unpaid housework than boys. They do 40 per cent more, which is 160 million (2) ___________________ day. In some countries, this figure (3) ___________________. A report from UNICEF highlights this gap. UNICEF said girls lose (4) ___________________ to learn, grow and enjoy their childhood. It (5) ___________________ inequality among children means gender stereotypes continue and women and girls (6) ___________________ more work across generations.

Most work done by girls (7) ___________________. Most girls cook, clean, collect firewood or water (8) ___________________ children and elderly relatives. In Somalia, girls spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The (9) ___________________ the UN's International Day of the Girl Child on October 11. UNICEF said that knowing (10) ___________________ girls face is the first important step towards (11) ___________________, "and breaking down barriers (12) ___________________ the world's 1.1 billion girls".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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0percentmore,whichis160millionmorehourseveryday.Insomecount
ries,thisfigureisalothigher.AreportfromUNICEFhighlightsthisgap.U
NICEFgirlsloseimportantchancestolearn,growandenjoytheirchildho
od.Itaddedthatthisinequalityamongchildrenmeansgenderstereotyp
escontinueandwomenandgirlsendupdoingmoreworkacrossgenerati
ons.Mostworkdonebygirlsisveryphysical.Mostgirlscook,clean,collec
tfirewoodorwaterandcareforchildrenandelderlyrelatives.InSomalia,
girlsspend26hoursaweekonhouseholdchores.Thereportispartofthe
UN'sInternationalDayoftheGirlChildonOctober11.UNICEFsaidthatk
nowingthechallengesgirlsfaceisthefirstimportantsteptowardsgende
requality,"andbreakingdownbarriersthatconfronttheworld's1.1billio
ngirls".

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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