The Reading / Listening - Birth Control - Level 5

Tanzania's President John Magufuli advised women to stop taking birth control pills. He said this was because Tanzania needed more people and it was wealthy enough to educate many children. He said: "Women can now give up contraceptive methods." President Magufuli cited the example of European countries that do not have enough workers, which he says is because of birth control. He told reporters: "I have traveled to Europe and I have seen the effects of birth control. In some countries they are now struggling with a declining population. They have no labor force."



President Magufuli said birth control was because of laziness. He said people who use family planning worry about feeding their children. He said they didn't want to work hard to feed a large family, so they use birth control instead and have just one or two children. He said: "You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control?" One politician pointed out that Tanzania does not help large families. He said: "Our health insurance schemes can only accommodate a maximum of four children from one family."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Birth Control - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. stop taking birth control
  2. Tanzania needed more
  3. it was wealthy enough to educate
  4. contraceptive
  5. countries that do not have
  6. I have seen the effects
  7. struggling with a declining
  8. They have no labor
  1. of birth control
  2. many children
  3. force
  4. enough workers
  5. people
  6. population
  7. pills
  8. methods

Paragraph 2

  1. birth control was because
  2. people who use family
  3. worry about feeding
  4. they didn't want to
  5. feed a
  6. You are big
  7. resort
  8. health
  1. their children
  2. insurance
  3. work hard
  4. farmers
  5. of laziness
  6. to birth control
  7. planning
  8. large family

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Tanzania's President John Magufuli advised (1) ___________________ taking birth control pills. He said this was because Tanzania needed more people and it (2) ___________________ to educate many children. He said: "Women can now give up contraceptive methods." President Magufuli cited (3) ___________________ European countries that do not have enough workers, which he says is because (4) ___________________. He told reporters: "I have traveled to Europe and I have (5) ___________________ of birth control. In some countries they are now struggling with declining a population. They have (6) ___________________."

President Magufuli said birth control was (7) ___________________. He said people who use family planning (8) ___________________ their children. He said they didn't want to work hard to (9) ___________________ family, so they use birth control instead and have just one or two children. He said: "(10) ___________________. You are big farmers. 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 schemes can only accommodate (12) ___________________ four children from one family."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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becauseofbirthcontrol.Hetoldreporters:"IhavetraveledtoEuropeand
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ugglingwithdecliningapopulation.Theyhavenolaborforce."President
Magufulisaidbirthcontrolwasbecauseoflaziness.Hesaidpeoplewhous
efamilyplanningworryaboutfeedingtheirchildren.Hesaidtheydidn'tw
anttoworkhardtofeedalargefamily,sotheyusebirthcontrolinsteadan
dhavejustoneortwochildren.Hesaid:"Youhavecattle.Youarebigfarm
ers.Youcanfeedyourchildren.Whythenresorttobirthcontrol?"Onepoli
ticianpointedoutthatTanzaniadoesnothelplargefamilies.Hesaid:"Ou
rhealthinsuranceschemescanonlyaccommodateamaximumoffourch
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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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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