The Reading / Listening - Level 1

A new report says there is a "wave of micro crime" in Britain. Researchers were shocked by their findings. One researcher said three in every four people you see in the UK are hiding a criminal history. Up to 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals'. They have done at least one minor, 'micro' crime." The most common crime is paying someone cash when they know that person will not pay tax on it.



Men were the most likely to commit micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people and 70 per cent of working-class people admitted to micro crimes. The second-most common micro crime was illegal downloading or streaming. About 30 per cent of people did this. Other micro crimes include not paying for bags in supermarkets, lying about your age to get a better deal, and eating things in a supermarket 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers were shocked
  2. three in
  3. hiding a criminal
  4. Up to 74 per cent
  5. They have done at
  6. The most common crime is
  7. when they know
  8. pay tax
  1. paying someone cash
  2. by their findings
  3. that person
  4. history
  5. on it
  6. every four people
  7. least one
  8. of British people

Paragraph 2

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

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report says (1) ___________________ of micro crime" in Britain. Researchers (2) ___________________ their findings. One researcher said (3) ___________________ four people you see in the UK are hiding a (4) ___________________. Up to 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals'. They have done at (5) ___________________, 'micro' crime." The most common crime is paying someone cash when they know that person will (6) ___________________ it.

Men were the (7) ___________________ commit micro crimes. About 80 per cent (8) ___________________ people and 70 per cent of working-class people (9) ___________________ micro crimes. The second-most common micro crime was illegal downloading (10) ___________________. About 30 per cent of people did this. Other micro crimes include (11) ___________________ bags in supermarkets, lying about your age (12) ___________________ deal, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewreportsaysthereisa"waveofmicrocrime"inBritain.Researcher
swereshockedbytheirfindings.Oneresearchersaidthreeineveryfourp
eopleyouseeintheUKarehidingacriminalhistory.Upto74percentofBrit
ishpeopleare'micro-criminals'.Theyhavedoneatleastoneminor,'mic
ro'crime."Themostcommoncrimeispayingsomeonecashwhentheykn
owthatpersonwillnotpaytaxonit.Menwerethemostlikelytocommitmi
crocrimes.About80percentofmiddle-classpeopleand70percentofw
orking-classpeopleadmittedtomicrocrimes.Thesecond-mostcom
monmicrocrimewasillegaldownloadingorstreaming.About30percent
ofpeopledidthis.Othermicrocrimesincludenotpayingforbagsinsu
permarkets,lyingaboutyouragetogetabetterdeal,andeatingthingsin
asupermarketwithoutpaying.

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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