The Reading / Listening - Income Inequality - Level 1

Eight men are as rich as half the world. The charity Oxfam said the billionaires have as much money as the 3.6 billion poorest people. The richest man is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He is worth $75 billion. The report is called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than [we thought]." It added that it is unfair that "super-rich" people avoid paying tax.



Oxfam said it was shocking that so few people have so much money. One in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality means millions of people are in poverty. Oxfam said: "Across the world, people are being left behind. Their wages are [not going up] yet…bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." It said governments only care about the rich. An economist said the report was unfair because Oxfam was attacking rich people.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Income Inequality - Level 0 Income Inequality - Level 2   or  Income Inequality - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38613488
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/income-inequality-oxfam_us_58792e6ee4b0b3c7a7b13616
  • https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world


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. Eight men are as rich
  2. the 3.6 billion
  3. Microsoft
  4. He is worth
  5. the gap between
  6. far greater
  7. It added that it
  8. "super-rich" people
  1. $75 billion
  2. rich and poor
  3. than we thought
  4. avoid paying tax
  5. poorest people
  6. is unfair
  7. as half the world
  8. founder Bill Gates

Paragraph 2

  1. Oxfam said it
  2. so few people have
  3. One in
  4. survive on
  5. Inequality means millions of
  6. people are being left
  7. bosses take home
  8. governments only care
  1. people are in poverty
  2. 10 people
  3. less than $2 a day
  4. so much money
  5. million-dollar bonuses
  6. was shocking
  7. about the rich
  8. behind

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Eight men (1) ___________________ half the world. The charity Oxfam said the billionaires have as much money (2) ___________________ billion poorest people. The richest man is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He is (3) ___________________. The report is called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It (4) ___________________ gap between rich and poor is far (5) ___________________ [we thought]." It added that it is unfair that "super-rich" people avoid (6) ___________________.

Oxfam said it was shocking (7) ___________________ people have so much money. One in 10 people (8) ___________________ than $2 a day. Inequality means millions of people (9) ___________________. Oxfam said: "Across the world, people are being (10) ___________________. Their wages are [not going up] yet…bosses take home million-(11) ___________________." It said governments only care about the rich. An economist said the report (12) ___________________ because Oxfam was attacking rich people.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Eightmenareasrichashalftheworld.ThecharityOxfamsaidthebillionai
reshaveasmuchmoneyasthe3.6billionpoorestpeople.Therichestma
nisMicrosoftfounderBillGates.Heisworth$75billion.Thereportiscalle
d'AnEconomyforthe99PerCent'.Oxfamsaid:"Itshowsthatthegapbet
weenrichandpoorisfargreaterthan[wethought]."Itaddedthatitisunfa
irthat"super-rich"peopleavoidpayingtax.Oxfamsaiditwasshockingth
atsofewpeoplehavesomuchmoney.Onein10peoplesurviveonlesstha
n$2aday.Inequalitymeansmillionsofpeopleareinpoverty.Oxfamsaid
:"Acrosstheworld,peoplearebeingleftbehind.Theirwagesare[notgoi
ngup]yet…bossestakehomemillion-dollarbonuses."Itsaidgover
nmentsonlycareabouttherich.Aneconomistsaidthereportwasunfairb
ecauseOxfamwasattackingrichpeople.

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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