5-speed listening (Level 4)

China ends one-child policy






Try  Level 5  |  Level 6

See a sample

This useful resource has hundreds of ideas, activity templates, reproducible activities for …

  • warm-ups
  • pre-reading and listening
  • while-reading and listening
  • post-reading and listening
  • using headlines
  • working with words
  • moving from text to speech
  • role plays,
  • task-based activities
  • discussions and debates
and a whole lot more.

More Listening

20 Questions  |  Spelling  |  Dictation


China has ended its decades-long one-child policy. Now all couples will be allowed to have two children. The one-child policy started in 1979. It was to control the population and avoid high rates of poverty. It wasn't kept to strictly and there were many exceptions. Around a third of the population could have just one child. Just over half was allowed to have a second child if the first child was a girl. The new two-child policy should increase fertility rates.

The new two-child policy should boost China's economy and stop China from becoming an ageing society. China’s labour force was 930 million in 2014. This will fall by 29 million by 2020. There will be an average of 2.5 million extra babies each year. This will provide more workers and an extra $11.8 billion in annual consumption. Shares in baby goods companies jumped by 10 per cent on Friday. The new policy will affect 100 million couples.

Higher Levels

Try higher levels. The listening is a little longer, with more vocabulary.

Level 5  |  Level 6

All Levels

This page has all the levels, listening and reading for this lesson.

← Back to the children  lesson.

Online Activities

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You