The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Myanmar has changed since becoming a democracy. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has just stated Myanmar has the world's most generous people, for the third successive year. The CAF "World Giving Index" found that 91 per cent of Myanmar residents gave to charity in the past year. A government spokesman said this showed: How a 'poor' country can be a 'rich' one through its generosity, by focusing on giving rather than getting."



The report also found that people in Iraq are the kindest to strangers. The BBC said this was significant. It wrote: "It is the kindness of Iraqis…to complete strangers in the face of years of conflict and terrible violence which stands out in the list." The CAF said the generosity of people in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil was "truly humbling". It added: "Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life-changing force for good in the world."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37762753
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/26/world/world-generosity-index-caf-2016/
  • https://www.cafonline.org/about-us/publications/2016-publications/caf-world-giving-index-2016
  • http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-named-in-world-s-top-10-most-generous-countries-650393.html


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. since becoming
  2. Myanmar has the world's most
  3. for the third successive
  4. 91 per cent of Myanmar
  5. gave
  6. in the
  7. a 'poor' country can
  8. focusing on giving
  1. generous people
  2. be a 'rich' one
  3. residents
  4. rather than getting
  5. a democracy
  6. to charity
  7. year
  8. past year

Paragraph 2

  1. The BBC said this
  2. complete
  3. in the face
  4. stands out in
  5. countries suffering from disaster
  6. truly
  7. Unconditional gifts of time
  8. a life-changing force
  1. and turmoil
  2. humbling
  3. for good
  4. was significant
  5. of years of conflict
  6. and money
  7. the list
  8. strangers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Myanmar has changed (1) ___________________ democracy. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) (2) ___________________ Myanmar has the world's most generous people, for the (3) ___________________ year. The CAF "World Giving Index" found that 91 per cent of Myanmar residents gave to (4) ___________________ charity in the past year. A government spokesman said this showed: How a 'poor' country can be a (5) ___________________ its generosity, by focusing on (6) ___________________ getting."

The report also found that people in Iraq are (7) ___________________ strangers. The BBC said this (8) ___________________. It wrote: "It is the kindness of Iraqis…to complete strangers (9) ___________________ years of conflict and terrible violence which stands (10) ___________________." The CAF said the generosity of people in countries suffering from disaster and turmoil was "(11) ___________________". It added: "Unconditional gifts of time and money are a life-(12) ___________________ good in the world."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Myanmarhaschangedsincebecomingademocracy.TheCharitiesAidF
oundation(CAF)hasjuststatedMyanmarhastheworld'smostgenerous
people,forthethirdsuccessiveyear.TheCAF"WorldGivingIndex"foun
dthat91percentofMyanmarresidentsgavetocharityinthepastyear.Ag
overnmentspokesmansaidthisshowed:Howa'poor'countrycanbea'ri
ch'onethroughitsgenerosity,byfocusingongivingratherthangetting."
ThereportalsofoundthatpeopleinIraqarethekindesttostrangers.The
BBCsaidthiswassignificant.Itwrote:"ItisthekindnessofIraqis…tocom
pletestrangersinthefaceofyearsofconflictandterribleviolencewhichst
andsoutinthelist."TheCAFthegenerosityofpeopleincountriessufferin
gfromdisasterandturmoilwas"trulyhumbling".Itadded:"Uncondition
algiftsoftimeandmoneyarealife-changingforceforgoodintheworld."

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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