The Reading / Listening - Finland - Level 3

Finland's entire government has resigned. It wanted to pass some laws on social welfare and healthcare reform. Its goals were an important part of its plans for Finland. However, politicians in the government voted against the plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed". He said he and his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government until elections in April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's health and welfare system. He said it must change because Finland's population is aging. It is under a lot of financial pressure. The government hoped its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over the next decade.



Many politicians in Finland believe the government is making a big mistake by resigning. They think it would have been better for the government to stay in power until next month's elections. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the right thing to do because it did not get support for its plans. He told reporters: "The conclusion I've drawn is that my government has no choice but to hand in its letter of resignation. I'll shoulder my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's colleagues agreed that it was right for the government to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, a senior member of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone asks what political responsibility means, then I would say that this resignation is an example".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Finland - Level 0 Finland - Level 1   or  Finland - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47496326
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/finlands-entire-government-resigns-after-breakdown-of-agreement-on-welfare-state-reform
  • http://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/politics/16248-finnish-government-hands-in-resignation-after-collapse-of-care-reform.html


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Warm-ups

1. FINLAND: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Finland. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       government / resigned / politicians / reforms / disappointed / financial / pressure /
       mistake / power / elections / support / choice / colleagues / senior / responsibility
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GOVERNMENT: Students A strongly believe your government is the best in the world; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LAWS: What laws would you pass for these things, and why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What?

Why?

Copyright

 

 

Internet

 

 

Business

 

 

Driving

 

 

Marriage

 

 

Gambling

 

 

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5. FUTURE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "future". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. RESPONSIBILITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the people with the biggest responsibilities at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a teacher
  • a pilot
  • a student
  • a president
  • a parent
  • a soldier
  • a company CEO
  • a doctor

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. entire a. The stressful feeling of having to do something with little time.
      2. resigned b. Make changes in something (e.g. a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to make it better.
      3. welfare c. With no part left out; whole; all.
      4. reform d. All the people of a particular town, area, or country.
      5. disappointed e. Sad or displeased because someone or something has not done what you wanted or hoped.
      6. population f. A period of ten years.
      7. decade g. Financial support given to people in need.

    Paragraph 2

      8. resigning h. The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
      9. election i. Take on a responsibility.
      10. conclusion j. A person with whom one works in a profession or business.
      11. shoulder k. Leaving a job or other position.
      12. colleague l. A formal and organized process of choosing a new leader.
      13. senior m. Holding a higher and more powerful position.
      14. responsibility n. A judgment or decision reached by thinking carefully.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Everyone in Finland's government has retired.     T / F
  2. Finland's Prime Minister was happy that his government resigned.     T / F
  3. The population of Finland is getting younger and younger.     T / F
  4. The government hoped to save up to $3.4 billion next year.     T / F
  5. Many politicians in Finland thing the government resignation is a mistake. T / F
  6. Politicians think the government should have stayed in power until April. T / F
  7. The Prime Minister said he had a responsibility to his shoulder and elbow. T / F
  8. A politician said the resignation was an example of political responsibility. T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. entire
  2. goals
  3. hugely
  4. stay on
  5. next
  6. mistake
  7. right
  8. drawn
  9. colleagues
  10. senior
  1. arrived at
  2. continue
  3. error
  4. aims
  5. high-ranking
  6. upcoming
  7. whole
  8. co-workers
  9. correct
  10. greatly

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. It wanted to pass some
  2. stay on as a "caretaker"
  3. Finland's health and
  4. It is under a lot of
  5. save up to $3.4 billion
  6. the government is making a
  7. better for the government to stay
  8. resigning was the right
  9. hand in its letter
  10. political
  1. in power
  2. over the next decade
  3. big mistake
  4. laws on social welfare
  5. responsibility
  6. welfare system
  7. of resignation
  8. financial pressure
  9. thing to do
  10. government

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
aging
welfare
part
decade
elections
pressure
entire
hugely

Finland's (1) ____________ government has resigned. It wanted to pass some laws on social (2) ____________ and healthcare reform. Its goals were an important (3) ____________ of its plans for Finland. However, politicians in the government voted against the plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "(4) ____________ disappointed". He said he and his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government until (5) ____________ in April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's health and welfare system. He said it must change because Finland's population is (6) ____________. It is under a lot of financial (7) ____________. The government hoped its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over the next (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
senior
elections
choice
example
mistake
political
colleagues
thing

Many politicians in Finland believe the government is making a big (9) ____________ by resigning. They think it would have been better for the government to stay in power until next month's (10) ____________. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the right (11) ____________ to do because it did not get support for its plans. He told reporters: "The conclusion I've drawn is that my government has no (12) ____________ but to hand in its letter of resignation. I'll shoulder my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's (13) ____________ agreed that it was right for the government to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, a (14) ____________ member of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone asks what (15) ____________ responsibility means, then I would say that this resignation is an (16) ____________ ".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  It wanted to pass some laws on social welfare and ______
     a.  healthy care riff form
     b.  health car reform
     c.  healthcare riff form
     d.  healthcare reform
2)  his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government until ______
     a.  election sin April
     b.  elections in April
     c.  elects sins in April
     d.  elect sins in April
3)  He said it must change because Finland's population ______
     a.  is age in
     b.  is aging
     c.  is a gin
     d.  is adage
4)  It is under a lot of ______
     a.  financial pressure
     b.  financially pressure
     c.  financial pressured
     d.  financially pressures
5)  reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over ______
     a.  the next decade
     b.  a next deck aid
     c.  the next deck id
     d.  a next decadent

6)  Many politicians in Finland believe the government is making ______
     a.  a big mistaken
     b.  a big mistook
     c.  a big miss take
     d.  a big mistake
7)  They think it would have been better for the government to ______
     a.  staying power
     b.  staying in power
     c.  stay in power
     d.  stay empower
8)  resigning was the right thing to do because it did ______
     a.  now get support
     b.  not get support
     c.  not got support
     d.  not get supports
9)  no choice but to hand in its letter of resignation. I'll shoulder ______
     a.  my response ability
     b.  my wisp once ability
     c.  my responsible tee
     d.  my responsibility
10)  then I would say that this resignation ______
     a.  is an eggs ample
     b.  is an exemplar
     c.  is an example
     d.  is an egg sample

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Finland's entire government has resigned. It (1) ___________________ some laws on social welfare and healthcare reform. Its goals were an important (2) ___________________ plans for Finland. However, politicians in the government (3) ___________________ plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed". He said he and his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government (4) ___________________ April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's health and welfare system. He said it must change because Finland's (5) ___________________. It is under a lot of financial pressure. The government hoped its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over (6) ___________________.

Many politicians in Finland believe the government is (7) ___________________ mistake by resigning. They think it would have been better for the government to (8) ___________________ until next month's elections. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the right thing to do because it did not get (9) ___________________ plans. He told reporters: "The conclusion I've drawn is that my government has no choice but to hand in its (10) ___________________. I'll shoulder my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's colleagues agreed that it was right for the government to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, (11) ___________________ of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone asks what political responsibility means, then I would say that this resignation (12) ___________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. How much of Finland's government has resigned?
  2. How did Finland's Prime Minister feel?
  3. What is happening to Finland's population?
  4. What kind of pressure is the government under?
  5. How much did the government hope to save over the next decade?
  6. What do many politicians think the government is making?
  7. What kind of choice did the Prime Minister say his government had?
  8. What did the Prime Minister say he would shoulder?
  9. What party does Antti Kaikkonen belong to?
  10. What did a senior politician say the resignation was an example of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How much of Finland's government has resigned?
a) 99% of it
b) 90% of it
c) all of it
d) half of it
2) How did Finland's Prime Minister feel?
a) deeply disappointed
b) happy
c) hopeful
d) excited
3) What is happening to Finland's population?
a) it is aging
b) it is growing
c) it is shrinking
d) it is becoming better educated
4) What kind of pressure is the population under?
a) high pressure
b) financial pressure
c) political pressure
d) social pressure
5) How much did the government hope to save over the next decade?
a) $43 billion
b) $4.3 billion
c) $34 billion
d) $3.4 billion

6) What do many politicians think the government is making?
a) an important decision
b) a big mistake
c) a mess
d) a positive change
7) What kind of choice did the Prime Minister say his government had?
a) no choice
b) a difficult choice
c) an important choice
d) an easy choice
8) What did the Prime Minister say he would shoulder?
a) weight
b) the cost
c) responsibility
d) the burden
9) What party does Antti Kaikkonen belong to?
a) the Freedom Party
b) the Left Party
c) the Communist Party
d) the Centre Party
10) What did a senior politician say the resignation was an example of?
a) political responsibility
b) bad politics
c) confusion
d) cowardice

Role play

Role  A – A Parent
You think a parent has the biggest responsibility. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people don't have so much responsibility. Also, tell the others which of these has the least responsibility (and why): a company CEO, a teacher or a president.

Role  B – A Company CEO
You think a company CEO has the biggest responsibility. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people don't have so much responsibility. Also, tell the others which of these has the least responsibility (and why): a parent, a teacher or a president.

Role  C – A Teacher
You think a teacher has the biggest responsibility. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people don't have so much responsibility. Also, tell the others which of these has the least responsibility (and why): a company CEO, a parent or a president.

Role  D – A President
You think a president has the biggest responsibility. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people don't have so much responsibility. Also, tell the others which of these has the least responsibility (and why): a company CEO, a teacher or a parent.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'government'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'resign'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • big
    • power
    • support
    • hand
    • senior
    • say
    • entire
    • goals
    • plans
    • stay
    • change
    • save




    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 - Finland's government resigns

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'Finland'?
    3. What is your country's welfare system like?
    4. What is your country's healthcare system like?
    5. Would you like to live in Finland?
    6. When was the last time you were hugely disappointed?
    7. What problems does an aging population cause?
    8. When have you been under financial pressure?
    9. What advice do you have for Finland's prime minister?
    10. Why do people become politicians?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'government'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Finland?
    5. Do you think it is a big mistake for a government to resign?
    6. What do you think of your country's government?
    7. Would you be a good politician?
    8. What would you do as leader of your country?
    9. What responsibility do you shoulder?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Finland's prime minister?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Finland's entire government has resigned. It (1) ___________________ some laws on social welfare and healthcare reform. Its goals were an important (2) ___________________ plans for Finland. However, politicians in the government (3) ___________________ plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed". He said he and his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government (4) ___________________ April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's health and welfare system. He said it must change because Finland's (5) ___________________. It is under a lot of financial pressure. The government hoped its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over (6) ___________________.

    Many politicians in Finland believe the government is (7) ___________________ mistake by resigning. They think it would have been better for the government to (8) ___________________ until next month's elections. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the right thing to do because it did not get (9) ___________________ plans. He told reporters: "The conclusion I've drawn is that my government has no choice but to hand in its (10) ___________________. I'll shoulder my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's colleagues agreed that it was right for the government to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, (11) ___________________ of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone asks what political responsibility means, then I would say that this resignation (12) ___________________".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     entirely     (b)     entirety     (c)     entire     (d)     entry    
    2. (a)     reform     (b)     reframe     (c)     refer     (d)     re-farm    
    3. (a)     against     (b)     up     (c)     pro     (d)     reverse    
    4. (a)     hugely     (b)     huge     (c)     hug     (d)     hugs    
    5. (a)     again     (b)     aging     (c)     against     (d)     agreeing    
    6. (a)     decode     (b)     decadent     (c)     decadence     (d)     decade    
    7. (a)     faking     (b)     taking     (c)     making     (d)     baking    
    8. (a)     month     (b)     monthly     (c)     months     (d)     month's    
    9. (a)     for     (b)     far     (c)     per     (d)     par    
    10. (a)     shoulder     (b)     hip     (c)     waist     (d)     armpit    
    11. (a)     senator     (b)     senior     (c)     sensing     (d)     sentient    
    12. (a)     resigned     (b)     resign     (c)     resignation     (d)     resigns

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. he was hugely pinapoitedsd
    3. he and his lolucaeseg would stay
    4. Finland's uioonptalp is aging
    5. smorefr would save up to $3.4 billion
    6. over the next dceeda

    Paragraph 2

    1. making a big isematk
    2. next month's ntescileo
    3. The iolnocucns I've drawn
    4. a oenirs member
    5. political lnsybpsioreiti
    6. this resignation is an elmpxae

    Put the text back together

    (...)  drawn is that my government has no choice but to hand in its letter of resignation. I'll shoulder
    (...)  asks what political responsibility means, then I would say that this resignation is an example".
    1  ) Finland's entire government has resigned. It wanted to pass some laws on social welfare and healthcare
    (...)  in the government voted against the plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely
    (...)  its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over the next decade.
    (...)  because Finland's population is aging. It is under a lot of financial pressure. The government hoped
    (...)  government to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, a senior member of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone
    (...)  Many politicians in Finland believe the government is making a big mistake by resigning. They think it would have been
    (...)  better for the government to stay in power until next month's elections. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the right
    (...)  April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's health and welfare system. He said it must change
    (...)  thing to do because it did not get support for its plans. He told reporters: "The conclusion I've
    (...)  disappointed". He said he and his colleagues would stay on as a "caretaker" government until elections in
    (...)  reform. Its goals were an important part of its plans for Finland. However, politicians
    (...)  my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's colleagues agreed that it was right for the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. It   wanted   to   pass   laws   on   social   welfare   .
    2. Goals   were   an   important   part   of   its   plans   .
    3. He   and   his   colleagues   would   stay   on   .
    4. It   must   change   because   Finland's   population   is   aging   .
    5. Its   planned   reforms   would   save   up   to   $3   .4bn   .
    6. The   government   is   making   a   mistake   by   resigning   .
    7. It   would   have   been   better   for   the   government   .
    8. The   conclusion   that   my   government   has   no   choice   .
    9. Agreed   that   it   was   right   for   the   government   .
    10. If   anyone   asks   what   political   responsibility   means   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Finland's entire / entirety government has resigned. It wanted to pass some laws on social welfare and healthcare reform. Its goals were / was an important part of its plans / plants for Finland. However, politicians in the government voted against the plans. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipila said he was "hugely disappointed". He said him / he and his colleagues would stay on / in as a "caretaker" government until election / elections in April. Mr Sipila wanted to change Finland's healthy / health and welfare system. He said it must change because Finland's population / populated is aging. It is under a lot of financial pressure / pressured. The government hoped its planned reforms would save up to $3.4 billion over / plus the next decade.

    Many politicians / politicize in Finland believe the government is making a big mistake by resigning. They think it would have being / been better for the government to stay in / on power until next month's elections. Prime Minister Sipila said resigning was the rights / right thing to do because it did not get support for its plans. He told / spoke reporters: "The conclusion I've drawn is that my government has no choose / choice but to hand in its letter of resignation. I'll shoulder / hip my responsibility." One of Mr Sipila's colleagues agreed that it was right for the government as / to resign. Antti Kaikkonen, a senior member of the Centre Party, said: "If anyone asks what political responsibility defines / means, then I would say that this resignation is an example / exemplar".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    finlands entire government has resigned it wanted to pass some laws on social welfare and healthcare reform its goals were an important part of its plans for finland however politicians in the government voted against the plans finlands prime minister juha sipila said he was hugely disappointed he said he and his colleagues would stay on as a caretaker government until elections in april mr sipila wanted to change finlands health and welfare system he said it must change because finlands population is aging it is under a lot of financial pressure the government hoped its planned reforms would save up to 34 billion over the next decade

    many politicians in finland believe the government is making a big mistake by resigning they think it would have been better for the government to stay in power until next months elections prime minister sipila said resigning was the right thing to do because it did not get support for its plans he told reporters the conclusion ive drawn is that my government has no choice but to hand in its letter of resignation ill shoulder my responsibility one of mr sipilas colleagues agreed that it was right for the government to resign antti kaikkonen a senior member of the centre party said if anyone asks what political responsibility means then i would say that this resignation is an example

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    Finland'sentiregovernmenthasresigned.Itwantedtopasssomelawso
    nsocialwelfareandhealthcarereform.Itsgoalswereanimportantparto
    fitsplansforFinland.However,politiciansinthegovernmentvotedagai
    nsttheplans.Finland'sPrimeMinisterJuhaSipilasaidhewas"hugelydis
    appointed".Hesaidheandhiscolleagueswouldstayonasa"caretaker"g
    overnmentuntilelectionsinApril.MrSipilawantedtochangeFinland'sh
    ealthandwelfaresystem.HesaiditmustchangebecauseFinland'spopul
    ationisaging.Itisunderalotoffinancialpressure.Thegovernmenthope
    ditsplannedreformswouldsaveupto$3.4billionoverthenextdecade.M
    anypoliticiansinFinlandbelievethegovernmentismakingabigmistake
    byresigning.Theythinkitwouldhavebeenbetterforthegovernmenttos
    tayinpoweruntilnextmonth'selections.PrimeMinisterSipilasaidresig
    ningwastherightthingtodobecauseitdidnotgetsupportforitsplans.He
    toldreporters:"TheconclusionI'vedrawnisthatmygovernmenthasno
    choicebuttohandinitsletterofresignation.I'llshouldermyresponsibilit
    y."OneofMrSipila'scolleaguesagreedthatitwasrightforthegovernme
    nttoresign.AnttiKaikkonen,aseniormemberoftheCentreParty,said:"
    Ifanyoneaskswhatpoliticalresponsibilitymeans,thenIwouldsaythatt
    hisresignationisanexample".

    Free writing

    Write about the lesson page for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Our government knows what is best for our country. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. FINLAND: Make a poster about Finland. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GOVERNMENT: Write a magazine article about governments being able to pass any laws they want. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Finland. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on this country. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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