The Reading / Listening - Computer Coding - Level 1

A new project in the UAE will teach one million people computer coding for free. People will learn how to code apps and software. The UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the project. It is called the One Million Arab Coders initiative. It will give young Arabs the skills to develop the digital economy. Sheikh Mohammad said it would create many jobs and let young people work in the global economy online, from their home.



The project will encourage young people in the Middle East to get into coding. Around 50 per cent of the Arab population is under 25 years old. Many want to start their own business. Sheikh Mohammad said the project will spread hope, create jobs and let young people, "successfully lead our region into the future". He added that: "Programming is the future." The top ten students will get $50,000 each. The top student will win $1 million.

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Sources
  • http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/education/uae-offers-to-train-1-million-arabs-in-computer-coding-1.2111848
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/uae-to-train-one-million-young-arab-coders-in-the-language-of-the-future-1.669868
  • https://stepfeed.com/the-uae-will-train-1-million-arab-youth-to-become-coders-and-data-analysts-0830


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A new project
  2. teach one million people computer
  3. how to code apps
  4. young
  5. the skills to develop
  6. it would create many
  7. in the global
  8. from their
  1. the digital economy
  2. jobs
  3. home
  4. in the UAE
  5. Arabs
  6. economy
  7. and software
  8. coding

Paragraph 2

  1. The project will encourage
  2. get into
  3. 50 per cent
  4. start their own
  5. the project will spread
  6. lead our region
  7. The top
  8. The top student will
  1. into the future
  2. of the Arab population
  3. win $ 1 million
  4. young people
  5. coding
  6. ten students
  7. hope
  8. business

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ the UAE will teach one million people computer coding for free. People will learn (2) ___________________ apps and software. The UAE's Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the project. It (3) ___________________ One Million Arab Coders initiative. It will give young Arabs the (4) ___________________ the digital economy. Sheikh Mohammad said (5) ___________________ many jobs and let young people work in (6) ___________________ online, from their home.

The project will encourage (7) ___________________ the Middle East to (8) ___________________. Around 50 per cent of the Arab population is under 25 years old. Many want to (9) ___________________ business. Sheikh Mohammad said the project will spread hope, (10) ___________________ let young people, "successfully lead (11) ___________________ the future". He added that: "Programming (12) ___________________." The top ten students will get $50,000 each. The top student will win $1 million.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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free.Peoplewilllearnhowtocodeappsandsoftware.TheUAE'sPrimeMin
isterSheikhMohammadBinRashidAlMaktoumlaunchedtheproject.Iti
scalledtheOneMillionArabCodersinitiative.ItwillgiveyoungArabsthes
killstodevelopthedigitaleconomy.SheikhMohammadsaiditwouldcre
atemanyjobsandletyoungpeopleworkintheglobaleconomyonline,fro
mtheirhome.TheprojectwillencourageyoungpeopleintheMiddleEastt
ogetintocoding.Around50percentoftheArabpopulationisunder25yea
rsold.Manywanttostarttheirownbusiness.SheikhMohammadsaidthe
projectwillspreadhope,createjobsandletyoungpeople,"successfullyl
eadourregionintothefuture".Headdedthat:"Programmingisthefutur
e."Thetoptenstudentswillget$50,000each.Thetopstudentwillwin$1
million.

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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