The Reading / Listening - Speak English - Level 5

A UK government official wants a target date for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is an expert on community interaction. She said a "common language" would help to heal divisions in Britain. She has criticized many governments for failing to focus on integration as England becomes more multicultural. She said politicians have failed to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" for decades. Many communities are becoming divided. A lack of ability in English is a factor in creating division.



The UK's Communities Secretary revealed that 770,000 people in England speak no English or hardly any. He said up to 70 per cent of those were women, mostly from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women were at risk from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody of working age and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular would feel some relief." Ms Casey's opponents say England should be proud to be a multi-lingual country. It should not force people to learn English if they don't want to.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Speak English - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A UK government
  2. an expert on community
  3. help to heal
  4. failing to focus
  5. as England becomes more
  6. keep up with the unprecedented
  7. A lack of ability
  8. a factor in
  1. pace
  2. on integration
  3. creating division
  4. interaction
  5. in English
  6. divisions
  7. official
  8. multicultural

Paragraph 2

  1. speak no English or
  2. up to 70 per cent of
  3. these women were
  4. inequality
  5. everybody of
  6. be able to speak
  7. feel some
  8. proud to be a multi-
  1. relief
  2. at risk
  3. working age
  4. one language
  5. those were women
  6. lingual country
  7. hardly any
  8. and discrimination

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A UK government official wants (1) ___________________ for everybody in England to speak English. Dame Louise Casey is (2) ___________________ community interaction. She said (3) ___________________ would help to heal divisions in Britain. She has criticized many governments for failing to (4) ___________________ as England becomes more multicultural. She said politicians have failed to keep up with the "unprecedented (5) ___________________ of immigration" for decades. Many communities are becoming divided. A lack of ability in English is a factor (6) ___________________.

The UK's Communities Secretary revealed that 770,000 people in England speak no English (7) ___________________. He said up to 70 per cent of those were (8) ___________________ Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. He said these women (9) ___________________ from inequality and discrimination. Ms Casey said: "Everybody (10) ___________________ and of school age should be able to speak one language, and I think the public in particular would (11) ___________________." Ms Casey's opponents say England should be proud to be (12) ___________________. It should not force people to learn English if they don't want to.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AUKgovernmentofficialwantsatargetdateforeverybodyinEnglandtos
peakEnglish.DameLouiseCaseyisanexpertoncommunityinteraction.
Shesaida"commonlanguage"wouldhelptohealdivisionsinBritain.She
hascriticizedmanygovernmentsforfailingtofocusonintegrationasEng
landbecomesmoremulticultural.Shesaidpoliticianshavefailedtokeep
upwiththe"unprecedentedpaceandscaleofimmigration"fordecades.
Manycommunitiesarebecomingdivided.AlackofabilityinEnglishisafa
ctorincreatingdivision.TheUK'sCommunitiesSecretaryrevealedthat
770,000peopleinEnglandspeaknoEnglishorhardlyany.Hesaidupto7
0percentofthosewerewomen,mostlyfromPakistaniandBangladeshic
ommunities.Hesaidthesewomenwereatriskfrominequalityanddiscri
mination.MsCaseysaid:"Everybodyofworkingageandofschoolagesh
ouldbeabletospeakonelanguage,andIthinkthepublicinparticularwou
ldfeelsomerelief."MsCasey'sopponentssayEnglandshouldbeproudto
beamulti-lingualcountry,ItshouldnotforcepeopletolearnEnglishift
heydon'twantto.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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