The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Venezuela's government has taken nearly 4 million children's toys from a toy company. It will give the toys to children for free or at low prices. The government says the company unfairly charged high prices for the toys so only rich people could buy them. Venezuela has one of the highest rates of inflation in the world. The rate could be as high as 2,000 per cent in 2017. Many Venezuelans can't afford non-essential items like toys. Even a jar of Nutella can cost half the monthly minimum salary. In the past few months, Venezuela has also cut the price of clothes.



The government seized 3,821,926 toys. It tweeted: "Our children are sacred….Boys and girls of this country will have a happy Christmas." The government said the toy company kept the toys out of the shops to reduce their supply and increase prices. The government also said it bought the toys with dollars it got at very low rates and tried to sell them at much higher prices. The company said it has done nothing wrong and was not trying to sell the toys at high prices to make big profits. It said many of the toys were out of fashion.

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Sources
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-09/venezuela-seizes-millions-of-toys-accuses-importer-of-hoarding
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38274267
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/12/11/505189281/venezuela-seizes-nearly-4-million-toys-saying-theyre-overpriced


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It will give the toys to children
  2. unfairly charged
  3. one of the highest rates of
  4. The rate could be as high
  5. can't afford non-essential
  6. half the monthly
  7. In the past
  8. cut the price
  1. minimum salary
  2. inflation in the world
  3. of clothes
  4. for free
  5. few months
  6. high prices
  7. items like toys
  8. as 2,000 per cent

Paragraph 2

  1. The government seized
  2. the toy company kept the toys
  3. reduce their supply
  4. it bought the toys
  5. very low
  6. The company said it has
  7. sell the toys at high prices to
  8. It said many of the toys were out
  1. rates
  2. make big profits
  3. 3,821,926 toys
  4. of fashion
  5. out of the shops
  6. with dollars
  7. and increase prices
  8. done nothing wrong

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Venezuela's government (1) ___________________ 4 million children's toys from a toy company. It will (2) ___________________ children for free or at low prices. The government says the company (3) ___________________ high prices for the toys so only rich people could buy them. Venezuela (4) ___________________ highest rates of inflation in the world. The rate could be as high as 2,000 per cent in 2017. Many Venezuelans can't afford (5) ___________________ like toys. Even a jar of Nutella can cost half the monthly minimum salary. In the past few months, Venezuela (6) ___________________ price of clothes.

The government seized (7) ___________________ toys. It tweeted: "Our children are sacred….Boys and girls (8) ___________________ will have a happy Christmas." The government said the toy company (9) ___________________ out of the shops to reduce their supply and increase prices. The government also said it bought the toys with dollars (10) ___________________ low rates and tried to sell them (11) ___________________ prices. The company said it has done nothing wrong and was not trying to sell the toys at high prices to make big profits. It said (12) ___________________ toys were out of fashion.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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atoycompany.Itwillgivethetoystochildrenforfreeoratlowprices.Theg
overnmentsaysthecompanyunfairlychargedhighpricesforthetoysso
onlyrichpeoplecouldbuythem.Venezuelahasoneofthehighestratesof
inflationintheworld.Theratecouldbeashighas2,000percentin2017.M
anyVenezuelanscan'taffordnon-essentialitemsliketoys.Evenajaro
fNutellacancosthalfthemonthlyminimumsalary.Inthepastfewmonth
s,Venezuelahasalsocutthepriceofclothes.Thegovernmentseized3,8
21,926toys.Ittweeted:"Ourchildrenaresacred….Boysandgirlsofthisc
ountrywillhaveahappyChristmas."Thegovernmentsaidthetoycompa
nykeptthetoysoutoftheshopstoreducetheirsupplyandincreaseprices
.Thegovernmentalsosaiditboughtthetoyswithdollarsitgotatverylowr
atesandtriedtosellthematmuchhigherprices.Thecompanysaidithasd
onenothingwrongandwasnottryingtosellthetoysathighpricestomake
bigprofits.Itsaidmanyofthetoyswereoutoffashion.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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