The Reading / Listening - Gender Pay Gap - Level 5

There is a long way to go before women achieve equality. According to the recently released annual Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum, it will be more than 200 years before women and men have economic parity. The report found women lag far behind men in many areas. Women currently earn about 20-30 per cent less on average than their male counterparts. One reason for this is the lack of women in management positions. The report said: "In the workplace, women still encounter significant obstacles in taking on managerial or senior official roles."



The World Economic Forum found that inequality closed by only a small amount in the past 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 yet fully closed political empowerment gaps." Wide gaps still exist in healthcare and education opportunities. The report said: "The equal contribution of women and men in this process of deep economic and societal transformation is critical. More than ever, societies cannot afford to lose out on the skills, ideas and perspectives of half of humanity."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gender Pay Gap - Level 4 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. There is a long
  2. women and men have economic
  3. Women currently earn about
  4. than their male
  5. One reason for this is the lack
  6. management
  7. women still encounter significant
  8. senior official
  1. of women
  2. obstacles
  3. way to go
  4. roles
  5. parity
  6. counterparts
  7. 20-30 per cent less
  8. positions

Paragraph 2

  1. inequality closed by only
  2. The largest gap between
  3. Only 23 per cent of the
  4. Wide gaps still
  5. societal transformation
  6. societies cannot afford to lose
  7. skills, ideas
  8. half of
  1. and perspectives
  2. political gap
  3. out
  4. the sexes
  5. humanity
  6. a small amount
  7. is critical
  8. exist in healthcare

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a (1) ___________________ go before women achieve equality. According to the recently released annual Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum, it will (2) ___________________ 200 years before women (3) ___________________ economic parity. The report found women lag far behind men in many areas. Women currently earn about 20-30 per cent (4) ___________________ than their male counterparts. One reason for this is (5) ___________________ women in management positions. The report said: "In the workplace, women still encounter significant obstacles (6) ___________________ managerial or senior official roles."

The World Economic Forum (7) __________________ closed by only a small amount in the past year. The largest gap between (8) __________________ in politics. It said: "Only 23 per cent of (9) ___________________...has been closed, and no country has (10) ___________________ political empowerment gaps." Wide gaps still exist in healthcare and education opportunities. The report said: "(11) ___________________ of women and men in this process of deep economic and societal transformation is critical. More than ever, societies cannot afford to (12) ___________________ the skills, ideas and perspectives of half of humanity."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisalongwaytogobeforewomenachieveequality.Accordingtothe
recentlyreleasedannualGlobalGenderGapReportfromtheWorldEcon
omicForum,itwillbemorethan200yearsbeforewomenandmenhaveec
onomicparity.Thereportfoundwomenlagfarbehindmeninmanyareas
.Womencurrentlyearnabout20-30percentlessonaveragethantheir
malecounterparts.Onereasonforthisisthelackofwomeninmanageme
ntpositions.Thereportsaid:"Intheworkplace,womenstillencountersi
gnificantobstaclesintakingonmanagerialorseniorofficialroles."TheW
orldEconomicForumfoundthatinequalityclosedbyonlyasmallamount
inthepastyear.Thelargestgapbetweenthesexeswasinpolitics.Itsaid:
"Only23percentofthepoliticalgaphasbeenclosed,andnocountryhasy
etfullyclosedpoliticalempowermentgaps."Widegapsstillexistinhealt
hcareandeducationopportunities.Thereportsaid:"Theequalcontribut
ionofwomenandmeninthisprocessofdeepeconomicandsocietaltransf
ormationiscritical.Morethanever,societiescannotaffordtoloseoutont
heskills,ideasandperspectivesofhalfofhumanity."

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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