The Reading / Listening - Speak English - Level 4

A UK government official wants everybody in England to speak English. She is an expert on community interaction. She thinks a "common language" would heal divisions in England. She criticized governments for not focusing on integration as England becomes more multicultural. Politicians have not kept up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" for decades. Communities are becoming divided because of poor English skills.



The government said 770,000 people in England speak no English or hardly any. Up to 70 per cent of those were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. They are at risk from discrimination. The official said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language." Opponents say England should be proud to be a multi-lingual country and not force people to learn English if they don't want to.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Speak English - Level 5 or  Speak English - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-43370514
  • https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/mar/14/sajid-javid-770000-people-in-england-not-able-to-speak-english
  • https://theconversation.com/why-britain-must-not-set-a-deadline-for-everyone-to-speak-english-93219


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 UK government
  2. an expert on community
  3. a common
  4. heal
  5. as England becomes more
  6. kept up with the unprecedented
  7. Communities are becoming
  8. poor
  1. pace
  2. divisions
  3. English skills
  4. multicultural
  5. divided
  6. language
  7. official
  8. interaction

Paragraph 2

  1. speak no English or
  2. Up to 70 per cent of those
  3. Bangladeshi
  4. They are at risk
  5. Everybody of
  6. be able to speak one
  7. proud to be a multi-
  8. force people
  1. communities
  2. working age
  3. from discrimination
  4. to learn English
  5. were women
  6. lingual country
  7. hardly any
  8. language

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UK (1) ___________________ everybody in England to speak English. She is an expert on community interaction. She thinks (2) ___________________ would heal divisions in England. She criticized governments (3) ___________________ on integration as England becomes more multicultural. Politicians have (4) ___________________ with the "unprecedented (5) ___________________ of immigration" for decades. Communities are becoming divided (6) ___________________ English skills.

The government said 770,000 people in England speak no English (7) ___________________. Up to 70 per cent of those (8) ___________________ from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. They (9) ___________________ from discrimination. The official said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should (10) ___________________ speak one language." Opponents say England should (11) ___________________ be a multi-lingual country and (12) ___________________ to learn English if they don't want to.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AUKgovernmentofficialwantseverybodyinEnglandtospeakEnglish.S
heisanexpertoncommunityinteraction.Shethinksa"commonlanguag
e"wouldhealdivisionsinEngland.Shecriticizedgovernmentsfornotfoc
usingonintegrationasEnglandbecomesmoremulticultural.Politicians
havenotkeptupwiththe"unprecedentedpaceandscaleofimmigration"
fordecades.CommunitiesarebecomingdividedbecauseofpoorEnglish
skills.Thegovernmentsaid770,000peopleinEnglandspeaknoEnglish
orhardlyany.Upto70percentofthosewerewomen,mostlyfromPakista
niandBangladeshicommunities.Theyareatriskfromdiscrimination.T
heofficialsaid:"Everybodyofworkingageandofschoolageshouldbeabl
etospeakonelanguage."OpponentssayEnglandshouldbeproudtobe
multi-lingualcountryandnotforcepeopletolearnEnglishiftheydon'tw
antto.

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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