The Reading / Listening - Level 6

It will come as little surprise to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent equates to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day undertaken by girls. In some countries, this figure is considerably higher. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights this disparity. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood." She added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls across generations."



Much of the work done by girls is of a menial and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while half collect firewood or water. They also spend a long time caring for children and elderly relatives. The country where girls work longest is Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report is being released to coincide with the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

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.



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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. GIRLS AND BOYS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about girls and boys. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       surprise / unpaid / chores / considerably / agency / opportunities / childhood / burden
       menial / demanding / firewood / elderly relatives / coincide / challenges / first step

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. EQUALITY: Students A strongly believe there will be equality between the sexes one day; Students B strongly believe not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL CHILD: What can these things / people do to create greater equality for girls? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Boys
  • Books
  • Internet
  • Laws
  • Schools
  • Celebrities
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5. COOK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "cook". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CHORES: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • cleaning
  • sewing
  • washing dishes
  • ironing
  • collecting firewood
  • cooking
  • washing clothes
  • feeding animals

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says the United Nations has a little surprise for everyone.     T / F
  2. The figure of 40% is the highest for any country.     T / F
  3. The article says girls do not sacrifice enjoying their childhood.     T / F
  4. The article says this inequality causes long-term stereotypes about women.   T / F
  5. Most of the work done by girls doesn't require a lot of effort.     T / F
  6. The country where girls do most unpaid household chores is Somalia.     T / F
  7. International Day of the Girl Child is on the 11th of October.     T / F
  8. There are 1.1 billion girls in the world.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. performing
  2. chores
  3. equates
  4. considerably
  5. burden
  6. menial
  7. nature
  8. coincide
  9. challenges
  10. barriers
  1. difficulties
  2. responsibility
  3. kind
  4. tasks
  5. happen together
  6. doing
  7. greatly
  8. obstacles
  9. corresponds
  10. unskilled

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. It will come as little surprise
  2. more time performing unpaid
  3. In some countries, this figure is
  4. Girls sacrifice important opportunities
  5. perpetuates gender
  6. of a menial and physically
  7. collect
  8. elderly
  9. the first critical
  10. breaking down
  1. relatives
  2. stereotypes
  3. to learn
  4. firewood
  5. considerably higher
  6. step
  7. to many
  8. demanding nature
  9. barriers
  10. household chores

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
undertaken
gender
surprise
burden
figure
childhood
performing
disparity

It will come as little (1) ____________ to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time (2) ____________ unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent equates to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day (3) ____________ by girls. In some countries, this (4) ____________ is considerably higher. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights this (5) ____________. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their (6) ____________." She added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates (7) ____________ stereotypes and the double (8) ____________ on women and girls across generations."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
coincide
half
equality
menial
confront
challenges
elderly
critical

Much of the work done by girls is of a (9) ____________ and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while (10) ____________ collect firewood or water. They also spend a long time caring for children and (11) ____________ relatives. The country where girls work longest is Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report is being released to (12) ____________ with the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the (13) ____________ girls face is the first (14) ____________ step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender (15) ____________ and breaking down barriers that (16) ____________ the world's 1.1 billion girls."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  That 40 per cent equates to a ______ million more hours
     a.  whipping 160
     b.  hopping 160
     c.  hoping 160
     d.  whopping 160

2)  In some countries, this figure is ______
     a.  considerable hire
     b.  considerably highest
     c.  considerably higher
     d.  considerably hire

3)  A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF ______
     a.  highlights this display
     b.  highlights this disparity
     c.  highlights this parity
     d.  highlights this party

4)  Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just ______
     a.  enjoyed their childhood
     b.  enjoy their childhood
     c.  enjoyment their childhood
     d.  enjoys their childhood

5)  also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double ______
     a.  bird and on women
     b.  bird in on woman
     c.  burden on woman
     d.  burden on women

6)  Much of the work done by girls is of a menial and physically ______
     a.  demanding nature
     b.  demanding natures
     c.  demanding natural
     d.  demand in nature

7)  Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while ______ firewood
     a.  half collect
     b.  half correct
     c.  have collect
     d.  have correct

8)  They also spend a long time caring for children and ______
     a.  elder lea relatives
     b.  elderly relative
     c.  elderly relatives
     d.  elder lea relative

9)  UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the ______."
     a.  first critically step
     b.  first critical step
     c.  first critical steps
     d.  first critically steps

10)  breaking down barriers that confront the world's ______
     a.  1.1 million girls
     b.  1.1 trillion girls
     c.  1.1 quadrillion girls
     d.  1.1 billion girls

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It will come (1) ___________________ to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent (2) ___________________ whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day undertaken by girls. In some countries, this figure is (3) ___________________. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights (4) ___________________. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood." She added: "This (5) ___________________ of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls (6) ___________________."

Much of the work done by girls (7) ___________________ and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while half (8) ___________________ or water. They also spend a long time caring for children and (9) ___________________. The country where girls work longest is Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a (10) ___________________ chores. The report is being released to coincide with the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the (11) ___________________ is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down (12) ___________________ the world's 1.1 billion girls."

Comprehension questions

  1. What do many girls do that is unpaid?
  2. Who produced a report about unpaid household chores?
  3. What do girls sacrifice enjoying to do their chores?
  4. What did a UNICEF spokeswoman say was distributed unequally?
  5. What does the inequality perpetuate?
  6. What do two-thirds of girls do?
  7. In which country do girls spend longest on household chores?
  8. What is the report intended to coincide with?
  9. What does UNICEF want to break down?
  10. How many girls are there in the world?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What do many girls do that is unpaid?
a) office work
b) teach
c) household chores
d) farming

2) Who produced a report about unpaid household chores?
a) UNICEF
b) UNESCO
c) UNWTO
d) UNIDO

3) What do girls sacrifice enjoying to do their chores?
a) their future
b) their childhood
c) their health
d) their family

4) What did a UNICEF spokeswoman say was distributed unequally?
a) time
b) food
c) money
d) labour

5) What does the inequality perpetuate?
a) lies
b) income
c) stereotypes
d) interest

6) What do two-thirds of girls do?
a) farm
b) cook and clean
c) collect firewood
d) care for elderly relatives

7) In which country do girls spend longest on household chores?
a) Surinam
b) Yemen
c) Papua New Guinea
d) Somalia

8) What is the report intended to coincide with?
a) International Day of Children
b) International Day of the Girl Child
c) International Day of the Child
d) International Day of Girls

9) What does UNICEF want to break down?
a) bricks
b) barriers
c) borders
d) beliefs

10) How many girls are there in the world?
a) 1.1 billion
b) 11 billion
c) 0.11 billion
d) 11.1 billion

Role play

Role A — Collecting firewood

You think collecting firewood is the worst chore. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their chores aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the best of these (and why): cooking, washing clothes or ironing.

Role B — Cooking

You think cooking is the worst chore. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their chores aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the best of these (and why): collecting firewood, washing clothes or ironing.

Role C — Washing clothes

You think washing clothes is the worst chore. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their chores aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the best of these (and why): cooking, collecting firewood or ironing.

Role D — Ironing

You think ironing is the worst chore. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their chores aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the best of these (and why), washing clothes or collecting firewood.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'child'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'girl'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • nature
    • collect
    • longest
    • coincide
    • face
    • down
    • little
    • whopping
    • figure
    • agency
    • enjoy
    • across




    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 - Girls do 160 million more hours of chores than boys

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'girl'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do girls do more work than boys?
    5. Who did what chores when you were growing up?
    6. How surprised are you at the figures in the article?
    7. How harmful is doing chores to a girl?
    8. What do boys do while girls are doing chores?
    9. What are the gender stereotypes mentioned in the article?
    10. What is the 'double burden' on women?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What were your least-liked chores when you were a child?
    3. Is it better to be a boy or a girl?
    4. Why do girls do more work if boys are generally stronger?
    5. Are brothers bad if they sit and watch their sister do chores?
    6. Will barriers that confront girls ever be broken down?
    7. What advice do you have for girls who do a lot of chores?
    8. What advice do you have for boys who don't do a lot of chores?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story, and why?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

     

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    It will come as little (1) ____ to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys. That 40 per cent (2) ____ to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day (3) ____ by girls. In some countries, this figure is considerably higher. A new report from the United Nations children's agency UNICEF highlights this (4) ____. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn, grow and (5) ____ enjoy their childhood." She added: "This unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden (6) ____ women and girls across generations."

    Much of the work done by girls is (7) ____ a menial and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while (8) ____ collect firewood or water. They also spend a long time caring for children and elderly relatives. The country where girls work (9) ____ is Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week on household chores. The report is being released to coincide (10) ____ the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls (11) ____ is the first critical step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking (12) ____ barriers that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     surprise     (b)     surprises     (c)     surprised     (d)     surprising    
    2. (a)     equates     (b)     equators     (c)     equations     (d)     equalities    
    3. (a)     undertaken     (b)     retaken     (c)     overtaken     (d)     mistaken    
    4. (a)     disparity     (b)     party     (c)     partly     (d)     parity    
    5. (a)     now     (b)     simple     (c)     for     (d)     just    
    6. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    8. (a)     halved     (b)     half way     (c)     halves     (d)     half    
    9. (a)     longest     (b)     lengthiest     (c)     lengthens     (d)     lengthening    
    10. (a)     on     (b)     with     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    11. (a)     nose     (b)     face     (c)     eye     (d)     head    
    12. (a)     down     (b)     along     (c)     over     (d)     bits

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )          by girls.  In some countries, this figure is considerably higher. A new report from the United Nations children's

    (    )          than boys. That 40 per cent equates to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day undertaken

    (    )          thirds of girls cook and clean in the home, while half collect firewood or water. They also spend a long time caring

    (    )          the double burden on women and girls across generations."

    (    )          agency UNICEF highlights this disparity. UNICEF's Anju Malhotra stated. "Girls sacrifice important

    (    )          step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking

    (    )          opportunities to learn, grow and just enjoy their childhood." She added: "This unequal

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    (    )          down barriers that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls."

    (    )          for children and elderly relatives. The country where girls work longest is Somalia. Here, girls aged

    (    )          distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and

    (    )          on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Much of the work done by girls is of / for a menial and physically demanding nature. Two-thirds of girls cook and clean / cleans in the home, while half collect firewood or water. They also spend a long time curing / caring for children and elderly relative / relatives. The country where girls work longest is / in Somalia. Here, girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week in / on household chores. The report is been / being released to coincide with / for the UN's International Day of the Girl Child, which is on the 11th of October. UNICEF said: "Quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical stair / step towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers / barrier that confront the world's 1.1 billion girls."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    M_ch _f th_ w_rk d_n_ by g_rls _s _f _ m_n__l _nd phys_c_lly d_m_nd_ng n_t_r_. Tw_-th_rds _f g_rls c__k _nd cl__n _n th_ h_m_, wh_l_ h_lf c_ll_ct f_r_w__d _r w_t_r. Th_y _ls_ sp_nd _ l_ng t_m_ c_r_ng f_r ch_ldr_n _nd _ld_rly r_l_t_v_s. Th_ c__ntry wh_r_ g_rls w_rk l_ng_st _s S_m_l__. H_r_, g_rls _g_d b_tw__n 10 _nd 14 y__rs sp_nd 26 h__rs _ w__k _n h__s_h_ld ch_r_s. Th_ r_p_rt _s b__ng r_l__s_d t_ c__nc_d_ w_th th_ _N's _nt_rn_t__n_l D_y _f th_ G_rl Ch_ld, wh_ch _s _n th_ 11th _f _ct_b_r. _N_C_F s__d: "Q__nt_fy_ng th_ ch_ll_ng_s g_rls f_c_ _s th_ f_rst cr_t_c_l st_p t_w_rds m__t_ng th_ S_st__n_bl_ D_v_l_pm_nt G__l _n g_nd_r _q__l_ty _nd br__k_ng d_wn b_rr__rs th_t c_nfr_nt th_ w_rld's 1.1 b_ll__n g_rls."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    it will come as little surprise to many that girls spend 40 per cent more time performing unpaid household chores than boys that 40 per cent equates to a whopping 160 million more hours of chores a day undertaken by girls  in some countries this figure is considerably higher a new report from the united nations children's agency unicef highlights this disparity unicef's anju malhotra stated "girls sacrifice important opportunities to learn grow and just enjoy their childhood" she added "this unequal distribution of labour among children also perpetuates gender stereotypes and the double burden on women and girls across generations"

    much of the work done by girls is of a menial and physically demanding nature two-thirds of girls cook and clean in the home while half collect firewood or water they also spend a long time caring for children and elderly relatives the country where girls work longest is somalia here girls aged between 10 and 14 years spend 26 hours a week on household chores the report is being released to coincide with the un's international day of the girl child which is on the 11th of october unicef said "quantifying the challenges girls face is the first critical step towards meeting the sustainable development goal on gender equality and breaking down barriers that confront the world's 11 billion girls"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Itwillcomeaslittlesurprisetomanythatgirlsspend40percentmoretime
    performingunpaidhouseholdchoresthanboys.That40percentequate
    stoawhopping160millionmorehoursofchoresadayundertakenbygirls
    .Insomecountries,thisfigureisconsiderablyhigher.Anewreportfromt
    heUnitedNationschildren'sagencyUNICEFhighlightsthisdisparity.UN
    ICEF'sAnjuMalhotrastated."Girlssacrificeimportantopportunitiestol
    earn,growandjustenjoytheirchildhood."Sheadded:"Thisunequaldist
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    ndthedoubleburdenonwomenandgirlsacrossgenerations."Muchofth
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    er.Theyalsospendalongtimecaringforchildrenandelderlyrelatives.Th
    ecountrywheregirlsworklongestisSomalia.Here,girlsagedbetween1
    0and14yearsspend26hoursaweekonhouseholdchores.Thereportisb
    eingreleasedtocoincidewiththeUN'sInternationalDayoftheGirlChild,
    whichisonthe11thofOctober.UNICEFsaid:"Quantifyingthechallenge
    sgirlsfaceisthefirstcriticalsteptowardsmeetingtheSustainableDevel
    opmentGoalongenderequalityandbreakingdownbarriersthatconfron
    ttheworld's1.1billiongirls."

    Free writing

    Write about International Day of the Girl Child for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Boys should spend more time than girls doing household chores. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about International Day of the Girl Child and boys. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. GIRLS AND BOYS: Make a poster about girls and boys and the inequalities between them. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. CRIME: Write a magazine article about it being a crime to make girls work more than boys. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on girls and boys. Ask him/her three questions about gender inequalities. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce these inequalities. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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