The Reading / Listening - Living Space - Level 1

A study shows many poor people in Hong Kong live in tiny homes. A housing group found that some families live in homes that are smaller than prison cells. The average space was 4.6 square meters per person. This is about half the size of a car parking space. The average size of a prison cell in Hong Kong is 50 per cent bigger than the size of the homes in the study. Over 65 per cent of Hong Kong families live in homes that are between 7 and 14 square meters.



Hong Kong has some of the world's most expensive homes. People must save for 18 years to buy a tiny place. People are very unhappy living in such small homes. One person said it was "unacceptable and inhumane" that homes are the same size as prison cells in a rich city like Hong Kong. Another person said her house only had a bed, a closet and a small table. She said: "The bathroom is so small we have to sit sideways to go to the toilet."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Living Space - Level 0 Living Space - Level 2   or  Living Space - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/prison-cells-larger-living-spaces-hong-kong-poor-article-1.3604376
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/01/hong-kongs-poor-live-in-homes-smaller-than-prison-cells-study
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2117810/average-living-space-hong-kongs-poorest-residents-same


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. A housing
  2. homes that are
  3. The average
  4. about half
  5. The average size
  6. the homes in
  7. Over 65 per cent of
  8. between 7 and 14
  1. the study
  2. space
  3. square meters
  4. smaller
  5. Hong Kong families
  6. group
  7. of a prison cell
  8. the size

Paragraph 2

  1. save for 18 years
  2. unhappy living in such
  3. it was unacceptable
  4. homes are the same
  5. in a rich city
  6. a closet and a small
  7. The bathroom is so
  8. we have to sit
  1. size as prison cells
  2. small
  3. small homes
  4. sideways
  5. and inhumane
  6. like Hong Kong
  7. to buy a tiny place
  8. table

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study shows many (1) ___________________ Hong Kong live in tiny homes. A housing group found that (2) ___________________ in homes that are smaller than prison cells. The average space was 4.6 (3) ___________________ person. This is about (4) ___________________ of a car parking space. The (5) ___________________ a prison cell in Hong Kong is 50 per cent bigger than the size of the homes in the study. Over 65 per cent of Hong Kong families (6) ___________________ that are between 7 and 14 square meters.

Hong Kong has some of (7) ___________________ expensive homes. People must save for 18 years to buy (8) ___________________. People are very unhappy living in such small homes. One person said it was "unacceptable and inhumane" that homes (9) ___________________ size (10) ___________________ in a rich city like Hong Kong. Another person said her house (11) ___________________ bed, a closet and a small table. She said: "The bathroom is so small we have (12) ___________________ to go to the toilet."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AstudyshowsmanypoorpeopleinHongKongliveintinyhomes.Ahousin
ggroupfoundthatsomefamiliesliveinhomesthataresmallerthanpriso
ncells.Theaveragespacewas4.6squaremetersperperson.Thisisabou
thalfthesizeofacarparkingspace.TheaveragesizeofaprisoncellinHon
gKongis50percentbiggerthanthesizeofthehomesinthestudy.Over65
percentofHongKongfamiliesliveinhomesthatarebetween7and14squ
aremeters.HongKonghassomeoftheworld'smostexpensivehomes.P
eoplemustsavefor18yearstobuyatinyplace.Peopleareveryunhappyli
vinginsuchsmallhomes.Onepersonsaiditwas"unacceptableandinhu
mane"thathomesarethesamesizeasprisoncellsinarichcitylikeHongK
ong.Anotherpersonsaidherhouseonlyhadabed,aclosetandasmalltab
le.Shesaid:"Thebathroomissosmallwehavetositsidewaystogotothet
oilet."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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