The Reading / Listening - Level 1

The UAE has a new law to get people to read more. It includes many things to increase literacy. Government workers will have time to read books at work. Private companies will create libraries at their offices and factories. Shopping centres will have spaces for public libraries. These will also be for people with reading disabilities. Even cafes will have books and other reading material for customers to read.



The UAE's reading law is the idea of President Sheikh Khalifa. The UAE has a 10-year plan to make reading a lifelong habit. It also wants students to read 20 or more books every year. The UAE's Minister of Education said the new law would make a society that can quickly change and be a world leader in development. A university president said books and libraries are still important, even though we have the Internet.

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Sources
  • http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/reading-law-opens-a-new-chapter-in-uae-1.1922410
  • http://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/news/74292-new-uae-law-will-give-employees-time-off-work-to-read
  • http://www.thenational.ae/uae/uaes-new-reading-law-hailed-for-encouraging-the-nation-to-pick-up-a-book


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. get people to read
  2. It includes many
  3. increase
  4. workers will
  5. read books
  6. at their offices
  7. people with reading
  8. reading material for
  1. customers to read
  2. literacy
  3. at work
  4. more
  5. and factories
  6. things
  7. have time
  8. disabilities

Paragraph 2

  1. the idea
  2. make reading a lifelong
  3. read 20 or
  4. a society that can quickly
  5. be a world
  6. A university
  7. books and libraries are still
  8. even though we
  1. more books
  2. important
  3. of President Sheikh Khalifa
  4. have the Internet
  5. habit
  6. leader
  7. change
  8. president

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE (1) ___________________ to get people to read more. It includes many things (2) ___________________ literacy. Government workers (3) ___________________ to read books at work. Private companies will create libraries at their offices and factories. Shopping centres will have (4) ___________________ libraries. These will also be for people with (5) ___________________. Even cafes will have books and other reading (6) ___________________ to read.

The UAE's reading law (7) ___________________ President Sheikh Khalifa. The UAE has (8) ___________________ to make reading (9) ___________________. It also wants students to read 20 or more books every year. The UAE's Minister of Education said the new law would (10) ___________________ that can quickly change and be a (11) ___________________ development. A university president said books and libraries are still important, (12) ___________________ have the Internet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUAEhasanewlawtogetpeopletoreadmore.Itincludesmanythingst
oincreaseliteracy.Governmentworkerswillhavetimetoreadbooksatw
ork.Privatecompanieswillcreatelibrariesattheirofficesandfactories.S
hoppingcentreswillhavespacesforpubliclibraries.Thesewillalsobefor
peoplewithreadingdisabilities.Evencafeswillhavebooksandot
herreadingmaterialforcustomerstoread.TheUAE'sreadinglawistheid
eaofPresidentSheikhKhalifa.TheUAEhasa10-yearplantomakeread
ingalifelonghabit.Italsowantsstudentstoread20ormorebookseveryy
ear.TheUAE'sMinisterofEducationsaidthenewlawwouldmakeasociet
ythatcanquicklychangeandbeaworldleaderindevelopment.Aunivers
itypresidentsaidbooksandlibrariesarestillimportant,eventhoughweh
avetheInternet.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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