The Reading / Listening - Computer Coding - Level 2

The UAE has a new project to teach one million people computer coding. The training will be free. People will learn how to code apps and software. The UAE's Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched the project. It is called the One Million Arab Coders initiative. Sheikh Mohammad wants young Arabs to have the skills to develop the digital economy. Sheikh Mohammad said: "Coding will create many job opportunities for young people to compete. It will pave the way for them to participate in the global economy online, from home."



The new project will encourage the many young people in the Middle East to get into coding. Around 50 per cent of the Arab population is under 25 years old. About 40 per cent of these want to start their own business. Sheikh Mohammad said: "This project is part of [our] mission to spread hope in the region, create employment opportunities and give our youth the skills needed…to successfully lead our region into the future." He added that: "Programming is the future." The top ten students will receive $50,000 each. The top student will win a $1 million prize.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Computer Coding - Level 0 Computer Coding - Level 1   or  Computer Coding - Level 3

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 to teach
  2. The training will
  3. learn how to code apps
  4. ruler
  5. have the skills to develop
  6. create many
  7. pave the way for them to
  8. in the global
  1. of Dubai
  2. participate
  3. one million people
  4. economy
  5. job opportunities
  6. and software
  7. be free
  8. the digital economy

Paragraph 2

  1. encourage the many
  2. in the
  3. Around 50 per cent
  4. start their own
  5. spread hope
  6. create employment
  7. successfully lead our region into
  8. The top student will win a
  1. Middle East
  2. the future
  3. business
  4. of the Arab population
  5. opportunities
  6. young people
  7. $1 million prize
  8. in the region

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UAE (1) ___________________ project to teach one million people computer coding. The training (2) ___________________. People will learn (3) ___________________ apps and software. The UAE's Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (4) ___________________. It is called the One Million Arab Coders initiative. Sheikh Mohammad wants young Arabs to have the (5) ___________________ the digital economy. Sheikh Mohammad said: "Coding will create many job opportunities for young people to compete. It will (6) ___________________ for them to participate in the global economy online, from home."

The new project (7) ___________________ many young people in the Middle East (8) ___________________ coding. Around 50 per cent of the Arab population is under 25 years old. About 40 per cent of these want to (9) ___________________ business. Sheikh Mohammad said: "This project is part of [our] mission to spread hope (10) ___________________, create employment opportunities and give our youth the skills needed…to successfully lead our region (11) ___________________." He added that: "Programming is the future." The top ten students will receive $50,000 each. The top student (12) ___________________ $1 million prize.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUAEhasanewprojecttoteachonemillionpeoplecomputercoding.T
hetrainingwillbefree.Peoplewilllearnhowtocodeappsandsoftware.Th
eUAE'sPrimeMinister,andrulerofDubai,SheikhMohammadBinRashid
AlMaktoumlaunchedtheproject.ItiscalledtheOneMillionArabCodersi
nitiative.SheikhMohammadwantsyoungArabstohavetheskillstodev
elopthedigitaleconomy.SheikhMohammadsaid:"Codingwillcreatem
anyjobopportunitiesforyoungpeopletocompete.Itwillpavethewayfor
themtoparticipateintheglobaleconomyonline,fromhome."Thenewpr
ojectwillencouragethemanyyoungpeopleintheMiddleEasttogetintoc
oding.Around50percentoftheArabpopulationisunder25yearsold.Ab
out40percentofthesewanttostarttheirownbusiness.SheikhMohamm
adsaid:"Thisprojectispartof[our]missiontospreadhopeintheregion,c
reateemploymentopportunitiesandgiveouryouththeskillsneeded…t
osuccessfullyleadourregionintothefuture."Headdedthat:"Program
mingisthefuture."Thetoptenstudentswillreceive$50,000each.Theto
pstudentwillwina$1millionprize.

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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