The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The UAE has introduced a law to get people to read more. The law includes many measures to achieve a higher literacy rate. Government workers will have time during working hours to read books. Private companies will have to create libraries at their offices, factories and other workplaces. It will also encourage shopping centres to offer spaces for public libraries. These libraries will be easy to use for people with reading disabilities. Even cafes will have to offer books and other reading materials to their customers.



The UAE's National Reading Law is the idea of President Sheikh Khalifa. The UAE has a National Strategy for Reading. This is a 10-year goal to create a country of "avid readers" and make reading a lifelong habit for adults and students. It also aims to get students to read an average of 20 or more books a year. The UAE's Minister of Education said the new law is: "A road map for building a reading, civilised society capable of change, and a world leader in development." A university president said books and libraries still have their place in society, even in the age of 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The UAE has introduced
  2. get people to read
  3. The law includes many
  4. achieve a higher literacy
  5. offices, factories and
  6. public
  7. people with reading
  8. books and other reading
  1. rate
  2. measures
  3. libraries
  4. more
  5. materials
  6. a law
  7. other workplaces
  8. disabilities

Paragraph 2

  1. the idea
  2. This is a 10-
  3. avid
  4. make reading a lifelong
  5. read an average of 20
  6. a world leader in
  7. libraries still have their
  8. even in the age
  1. place in society
  2. readers
  3. or more books
  4. development
  5. of President Sheikh Khalifa
  6. of the Internet
  7. year goal
  8. habit

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE (1) ___________________ law to get people to read more. The law includes many measures to achieve a (2) ___________________. Government workers will have time during working hours to read books. (3) ___________________ will have to create libraries at their offices, factories and other workplaces. It will (4) ___________________ shopping centres to offer spaces for public libraries. These libraries will (5) ___________________ for people with reading disabilities. Even cafes will have to offer books and other reading (6) ___________________ customers.

The UAE's National Reading Law (7) ___________________ President Sheikh Khalifa. The UAE has a National Strategy for Reading. This is a (8) ___________________ to create a country of "avid readers" and make reading (9) ___________________ for adults and students. It also aims to get students (10) ___________________ of 20 or more books a year. The UAE's Minister of Education said the new law is: "A road map for building a reading, civilised society (11) ___________________, and a world leader in development." A university president said books and libraries still have their place in society, (12) ___________________ of the Internet.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUAEhasintroducedalawtogetpeopletoreadmore.Thelawincludes
manymeasurestoachieveahigherliteracyrate.Governmentworkersw
illhavetimeduringworkinghourstoreadbooks.Privatecompanieswillh
avetocreatelibrariesattheiroffices,factoriesandotherworkplaces.Itw
illalsoencourageshoppingcentrestoofferspacesforpubliclibraries.Th
eselibrarieswillbeeasytouseforpeoplewithreadingdisabilities.Evenc
afeswillhavetoofferbooksandotherreadingmaterialstotheircu
stomers.TheUAE'sNationalReadingLawistheideaofPresidentSheikh
Khalifa.TheUAEhasaNationalStrategyforReading.Thisisa10-yeargo
altocreateacountryof"avidreaders"andmakereadingalifelonghabitfo
radultsandstudents.Italsoaimstogetstudentstoreadanaverageof20
ormorebooksayear.TheUAE'sMinisterofEducationsaidthenewlawis:"
Aroadmapforbuildingareading,civilisedsocietycapableofchange,and
aworldleaderindevelopment."Auniversitypresidentsaidbooksandlib
rariesstillhavetheirplaceinsociety,evenintheageoftheInternet.

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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