The Reading / Listening - Pay Cuts - Level 5

Mexico's future president Andres Obrador is leading by example in his country's austerity drive. He will take less than half the salary of the current president. He wants to help get Mexico's economy back on track. Mr Obrador told reporters: "What we want is for the budget to reach everybody." This means he will take home a salary that is just 40 per cent of the salary currently earned by Mexico's current president, Enrique Peña Nieto. In addition, Mr Obrador said no public official would be able to earn more than he will earn. His supporters greatly welcomed his new measures.



Mr Obrador wanted to cut his salary further but stopped at 60 per cent. He thought a bigger cut would reduce the quality of people joining his government. Many are coming from the private sector to take up government jobs. Obrador said he would keep his campaign promise to reduce perks given to high-level government officials. He will cut back on chauffeurs, bodyguards and health insurance for ministers. He will also turn the official presidential residence into a cultural center and stop pension payments to former presidents.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pay Cuts - Level 4 or  Pay Cuts - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-mexico-president-salary-20180716-story.html
  • http://thehill.com/latino/397153-mexican-president-elect-pledges-to-cut-his-own-salary
  • http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07/15/mexican-president-elect-slashes-his-own-salary.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. Mexico's future
  2. leading by
  3. He will take less than
  4. help get Mexico's economy
  5. This means he will take
  6. earned by Mexico's
  7. no public official would be
  8. His supporters greatly welcomed
  1. back on track
  2. half the salary
  3. current president
  4. his new measures
  5. able to earn more
  6. president
  7. example
  8. home a salary

Paragraph 2

  1. Obrador wanted to cut
  2. reduce the quality
  3. coming from the private
  4. take up government
  5. keep his campaign
  6. reduce
  7. the official presidential
  8. stop pension
  1. jobs
  2. residence
  3. payments
  4. perks
  5. sector
  6. his salary further
  7. promise
  8. of people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mexico's future president Andres Obrador is (1) ___________________ in his country's austerity drive. He will take less than (2) ___________________ of the current president. He wants to help get Mexico's economy back on track. Mr Obrador told reporters: "What we want is (3) ___________________ to reach everybody." This means he will take (4) ___________________ that is just 40 per cent of the salary (5) ___________________ Mexico's current president, Enrique Peña Nieto. In addition, Mr Obrador said no public official would be (6) ___________________ more than he will earn. His supporters greatly welcomed his new measures.

Mr Obrador wanted to (7) ___________________ further but stopped at 60 per cent. He thought a bigger (8) ___________________ the quality of people joining his government. Many are coming from the private sector to take (9) ___________________. Obrador said he would keep his campaign promise to (10) ___________________ to high-level government officials. He will (11) ___________________ chauffeurs, bodyguards and health insurance for ministers. He will also turn the official presidential residence into a cultural center (12) ___________________ payments to former presidents.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Mexico'sfuturepresidentAndresObradorisleadingbyexampleinhisco
untry'sausteritydrive.Hewilltakelessthanhalfthesalaryofthecurrent
president.HewantstohelpgetMexico'seconomybackontrack.MrObra
dortoldreporters:"Whatwewantisforthebudgettoreacheverybody."T
hismeanshewilltakehomeasalarythatisjust40percentofthesalarycur
rentlyearnedbyMexico'scurrentpresident,EnriquePeñaNieto.Inaddit
ion,MrObradorsaidnopublicofficialwouldbeabletoearnmorethanhewi
llearn.Hissupportersgreatlywelcomedhisnewmeasures.MrObrador
wantedtocuthissalaryfurtherbutstoppedata60percent.Hethoughtab
iggercutwouldreducethequalityofpeoplejoininghisgovernment.Man
yarecomingfromtheprivatesectortotakeupgovernmentjobs
.Obradorsaidhewouldkeephiscampaignpromisetoreducepe
rksgiventohigh-levelgovernmentofficials.Hewillcutbackonchauffeu
rs,bodyguardsandhealthinsuranceforministers.Hewillalsoturntheoff
icialpresidentialresidenceintoaculturalcenterandstoppensionpayme
ntstoformerpresidents.

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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