The Reading / Listening - Level 0

There is a lot of "micro-crime" in Britain. Three in every four people in the UK are hiding a criminal history. Almost 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals'. They have done at least one small, 'micro' crime." The most common micro crime is paying someone cash when they know that person will not pay tax on it.



Men are the biggest micro criminals. About 80 per cent of middle-class people are micro-criminals. The second biggest micro crime is illegal downloading. About 30 per cent of people did this. Other crimes include not paying for supermarket bags, lying about your age to get a better deal, and eating things in shops without paying.

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Sources
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/three-four-brits-admit-commiting-petty-crimes-claim-pollsters-1587803
  • http://news.sky.com/story/three-out-of-four-britons-are-micro-criminals-poll-10629227
  • http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/you-micro-criminal-see-how-12071441


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. three in
  2. hiding a criminal
  3. Almost 74% of British people
  4. They have done at
  5. The most common
  6. paying someone
  7. when they know
  8. pay
  1. micro crime
  2. every four people
  3. that person
  4. history
  5. tax on it
  6. least one
  7. cash
  8. are 'micro-criminals'

Paragraph 2

  1. Men are the
  2. middle-
  3. The second biggest
  4. illegal
  5. About 30 per cent
  6. Other crimes include not paying
  7. lying
  8. get a better
  1. of people did this
  2. micro crime
  3. about your age
  4. class people
  5. biggest micro criminals
  6. deal
  7. for supermarket bags
  8. downloading

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ "micro-crime" in Britain. Three (2) ___________________ people in the UK are hiding a criminal history. (3) ___________________ of British people are 'micro-criminals'. They have (4) ___________________ one small, 'micro' crime." The (5) ___________________ micro crime is paying someone cash when they know that person (6) ___________________ on it.

Men (7) ___________________ micro criminals. About 80 per cent of middle-class people are micro-criminals. The (8) ___________________ micro crime is (9) ___________________. About 30 per cent of people did this. Other crimes (10) ___________________ paying for supermarket bags, lying about your age (11) ___________________ deal, and eating things in shops (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisalotof"microcrime"inBritain.Threeineveryfourpeopleinth
eUKarehidingacriminalhistory.Almost74percentofBritishpeopleare'
micro-criminals'.Theyhavedoneatleastonesmall,'micro'crime."Th
emostcommonmicrocrimeispayingsomeonecashwhentheyknowtha
tpersonwillnotpaytaxonit.Menarethebiggestmicrocriminals.About8
0percentofmiddle-classpeoplearemicro-criminals.Thesecondbigg
estmicrocrimeisillegaldownloading.About30percentofpeopledidthis
.Othercrimesincludenotpayingforsupermarketbags,lyingaboutyour
agetogetabetterdeal,andeatingthingsinshopswithoutpaying.

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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