The Reading / Listening - Birth Control - Level 4

Tanzania's President advised against using birth control pills. He said Tanzania needed more people and it was rich enough to educate more children. The president used the example of European countries that do not have enough workers, which he says is because of birth control. He said: "I have seen the effects of birth control. In some countries they are now struggling with a declining population. They have no labor force."



The president said using birth control was lazy. He said people who use family planning didn't want to work hard to feed a large family so they have just one or two children. He said: "You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?" One politician reminded him that Tanzania does not help large families. He said: "Our health insurance...can only [help] a maximum of four children from one family."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Birth Control - Level 5 or  Birth Control - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/11/africa/tanzania-birth-control-magufuli-intl/index.html
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/tanzania-john-magufuli-advises-birth-control-180910193120646.html
  • https://allafrica.com/stories/201809110040.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. birth control
  2. He said Tanzania
  3. rich enough to educate more
  4. countries that do not have
  5. I have seen the effects
  6. they are now
  7. a declining
  8. labor
  1. enough workers
  2. force
  3. needed more people
  4. struggling
  5. children
  6. of birth control
  7. pills
  8. population

Paragraph 2

  1. using birth control
  2. people who use family
  3. want to
  4. You can feed
  5. one politician reminded
  6. Tanzania does not help
  7. health
  8. a maximum
  1. him
  2. large families
  3. planning
  4. of four children
  5. your children
  6. insurance
  7. was lazy
  8. work hard

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tanzania's President advised (1) ___________________ control pills. He said Tanzania needed more people and it (2) ___________________ to educate more children. The president (3) ___________________ of European countries that do not (4) ___________________, which he says is because of birth control. He said: "I have (5) ___________________ of birth control. In some countries they are now struggling with declining a population. They have (6) ___________________."

The president said using birth (7) ___________________. He said people who use family planning didn't want to work hard to (8) _________________ family so they have (9) ___________________ two children. He said: "You (10) ___________________. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?" One politician (11) ___________________ Tanzania does not help large families. He said: "Our health insurance...can only [help] a maximum of four children (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Tanzania'sPresidentadvisedagainstusingbirthcontrolpills.HesaidTa
nzanianeededmorepeopleanditwasrichenoughtoeducatemorechildr
en.ThepresidentusedtheexampleofEuropeancountriesthatdonothav
eenoughworkers,whichhesaysisbecauseofbirthcontrol.Hesaid:"Iha
veseentheeffectsofbirthcontrol.Insomecountriestheyarenowstruggl
ingwithdecliningapopulation.Theyhavenolaborforce."Thepresidents
aidusingbirthcontrolwaslazy.Hesaidpeoplewhousefamilyplanningdi
dn'twanttoworkhardtofeedalargefamilysotheyhavejustoneortwochi
ldren.Hesaid:"Youarebigfarmers.Youcanfeedyourchildren.Whythen
resorttobirthcontrol?"OnepoliticianremindedhimthatTanzaniadoesn
othelplargefamilies.Hesaid:"Ourhealthinsurance...canonly[help]a
maximumoffourchildrenfromonefamily."

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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