The Reading / Listening - Women in Power - Level 5

Women are on the rise in Spain. The new government has eleven women and six men. The new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, put women in most of the top positions, including head of defence, the economy, education and finance. Spain now has the highest ratio of women in top government posts in Europe. Mr Sanchez said people in his government wanted to move Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and reflect the best of Spain. [They are]...open to the world but anchored in the European Union."



Mr Sanchez looks like an unlikely leader. His party has just 84 of the 350 seats in parliament. He replaced the unpopular conservative leader Mariano Rajoy on Friday. Mr Rajoy was the focus of a corruption scandal. He was unpopular because of his austerity measures. Sanchez promised to change Spain. He has to work quickly to improve Spain's economy. He has promised to call elections in less than two years. This may not be enough time to change the last government's budget. One of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with the region of Catalonia.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Women in Power - Level 4 or  Women in Power - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44382051
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics/spains-new-prime-minister-names-cabinet-with-women-in-majority-idUSKCN1J22EI
  • https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/06/06/inenglish/1528285458_728200.html


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. Women are on the
  2. in most of the top
  3. the highest ratio
  4. his government wanted
  5. All are highly
  6. public
  7. reflect the
  8. They are open
  1. of women
  2. best of Spain
  3. to move
  4. to the world
  5. rise in Spain
  6. qualified
  7. positions
  8. service

Paragraph 2

  1. Sanchez looks like an unlikely
  2. 84 of the 350
  3. He has to work quickly
  4. He has promised to
  5. in less
  6. This may not be
  7. One of his biggest
  8. the region
  1. call elections
  2. challenges
  3. of Catalonia
  4. than two years
  5. leader
  6. to improve
  7. seats in parliament
  8. enough time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women are (1) ___________________ in Spain. The new government has eleven women and six men. The new prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, put women in (2) ___________________ top positions, including head of defence, the economy, education and finance. Spain now (3) ___________________ ratio of women in top government posts in Europe. Mr Sanchez said people in his government (4) ___________________ Spain forward. He said: "All are highly qualified and bring a vocation for public service and (5) ___________________ of Spain. [They are]...open to the world (6) ___________________ the European Union."

Mr Sanchez looks (7) ___________________ leader. His party has just 84 of the 350 seats in parliament. He (8) ___________________ conservative leader Mariano Rajoy on Friday. Mr Rajoy was the focus of a corruption scandal. He was unpopular because (9) ___________________ measures. Sanchez promised to change Spain. He has to work quickly to improve Spain's economy. He has promised to call (10) ___________________ than two years. This may not (11) ___________________ to change the last government's budget. One of his biggest challenges will be rebuilding relations with (12) ___________________ Catalonia.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WomenareontheriseinSpain.Thenewgovernmenthaselevenwomena
ndsixmen.Thenewprimeminister,PedroSanchez,putwomeninmosto
fthetoppositions,includingheadofdefence,theeconomy,educationan
dfinance.Spainnowhasthehighestratioofwomenintopgovernmentpo
stsinEurope.MrSanchezsaidpeopleinhisgovernmentwantedtomove
Spainforward.Hesaid:"Allarehighlyqualifiedandbringavocationforpu
blicserviceandreflectthebestofSpain.[Theyare]...opentotheworldbu
tanchoredintheEuropeanUnion."MrSanchezlookslikeanunlikelylead
er.Hispartyhasjust84ofthe350seatsinparliament.Hereplacedtheunp
opularconservativeleaderMarianoRajoyonFriday.MrRajoywasthefoc
usofacorruptionscandal.Hewasunpopularbecauseofhisausteritymea
sures.SanchezpromisedtochangeSpain.Hehastoworkquicklytoimpr
oveSpain'seconomy.Hehaspromisedtocallelectionsinlessthantwoye
ars.Thismaynotbeenoughtimetochangethelastgovernment'sbudget
.Oneofhisbiggestchallengeswillberebuildingrelationswiththeregiono
fCatalonia.

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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