The Reading / Listening - Gender Pay Gap - Level 4

It will be 200 years before women achieve economic equality. This is according to the recently released annual Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum. Women lag far behind men in many areas. They currently earn about 20-30 per cent less on average than men. One reason for this is the lack of women in management positions. The report said: "Women still encounter significant obstacles in taking on managerial or senior official roles."



The World Economic Forum said inequality closed by only a small amount this year. The largest gap between the sexes was in politics. It said: "Only 23 per cent of the political gap..has been closed, and no country has...closed political empowerment gaps." Gaps still exist in healthcare and education. The report said: "The equal contribution of women and men...is critical....Societies cannot afford to lose out on the skills...of half of humanity."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gender Pay Gap - Level 5 or  Gender Pay Gap - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/rate-women-won-t-have-economic-parity-men-202-years-n949511
  • https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/422002-gender-pay-gap-will-take-over-200-years-to-close-report
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/18/global-gender-pay-gap-will-take-202-years-to-close-says-world-economic-forum


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. 200 years before women achieve
  2. recently
  3. Women lag far behind men
  4. 30 per cent less on average
  5. One reason
  6. the lack of women in
  7. encounter significant
  8. managerial or senior
  1. than men
  2. management positions
  3. released
  4. official roles
  5. economic equality
  6. obstacles
  7. for this
  8. in many areas

Paragraph 2

  1. The World Economic
  2. a small
  3. The largest gap between the
  4. closed political empowerment
  5. Gaps still exist
  6. The equal contribution
  7. Societies cannot afford to lose
  8. half of
  1. out on the skills
  2. Forum
  3. in healthcare
  4. humanity
  5. sexes was in politics
  6. gaps
  7. of women
  8. amount this year

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It will be 200 (1) ___________________ achieve economic equality. This is (2) ___________________ recently released annual Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum. Women (3) ___________________ men in many areas. They (4) ___________________ 20-30 per cent less on average than men. One reason for (5) ___________________ lack of women in management positions. The report said: "Women still encounter significant obstacles in taking on managerial or (6) ___________________."

The World Economic Forum said inequality (7) ___________________ a small amount this year. The largest gap (8) ___________________ was in politics. It said: "Only 23 per cent of the political gap... (9) ___________________, and no country has...closed political empowerment gaps." (10) ___________________ in healthcare and education. The report said: "The equal contribution of women and (11) ___________________....Societies cannot afford to lose out on the skills...of (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itwillbe200yearsbeforewomenachieveeconomicequality.Thisisacco
rdingtotherecentlyreleasedannualGlobalGenderGapReportfromthe
WorldEconomicForum.Womenlagfarbehindmeninmanyareas.Theyc
urrentlyearnabout20-30percentlessonaveragethanmen.Onereaso
nforthisisthelackofwomeninmanagementpositions.Thereportsaid:"
Womenstillencountersignificantobstaclesintakingonmanagerialorse
niorofficialroles."TheWorldEconomicForumsaidinequalityclosedbyo
nlyasmallamountthisyear.Thelargestgapbetweenthesexeswasinpol
itics.Itsaid:"Only23percentofthepoliticalgaphasbeenclosed,andnoc
ountryhas...closedpoliticalempowermentgaps."Gapsstillexistinheal
thcareandeducation.Thereportsaid:"Theequalcontributionofwomen
andmen...iscritical....Societiescannotaffordtoloseoutontheskills...o
fhalfofhumanity."

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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