The Reading / Listening - Equal Pay Day - Level 4

Women in Germany will get cheaper rail travel on Equal Pay Day - a 21 per cent cut in subway fares. Equal Pay Day raises awareness of the gender pay gap. It shows how many extra days a woman has to work to earn what men earn. It is a big event in Germany, where women are paid 21 per cent less than men. The cost of a day travel ticket for women on Monday will be €5.50 instead of the usual €7.00.



Berlin's metro is fully backing its fare cut. An online ad vows to close the gender pay gap. It says: "Gender-specific wage gap. Sounds stupid. Is stupid. We'll close it." Critics say women won't benefit as most female workers buy monthly travel passes. Tourists buy the day passes. Men could be in trouble if they buy the cheaper day pass. Any man caught buying the day pass will be treated as a fare dodger. He will get a fine of €60.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Equal Pay Day - Level 5 or  Equal Pay Day - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.dw.com/en/germanys-family-minister-urges-gender-pay-gap-closure/a-47966578
  • https://www.thelocal.de/20190318/berlin-offers-discounted-transport-tickets-to-women
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/15/world/europe/germany-pay-gap-berlin-transit.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. get cheaper
  2. awareness of the gender
  3. how many extra days a woman
  4. earn what
  5. It is a big event
  6. women are paid
  7. The cost of a day
  8. instead of the
  1. travel ticket
  2. rail travel
  3. usual €7.00
  4. has to work
  5. men earn
  6. pay gap
  7. in Germany
  8. 21 per cent less

Paragraph 2

  1. fully backing its fare
  2. vows to close the
  3. We'll
  4. Critics say women won't
  5. female workers buy
  6. buy the cheaper
  7. treated as a
  8. He will get a fine
  1. benefit
  2. fare dodger
  3. cut
  4. of €60
  5. gender pay gap
  6. close it
  7. monthly travel passes
  8. day pass

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women in Germany (1) ___________________ rail travel on Equal Pay Day - a 21 per cent (2) ___________________ fares. Equal Pay Day raises awareness of the (3) ___________________. It shows how many extra days a woman has to work to (4) ___________________ earn. It is a big event in Germany, where women are paid 21 per cent (5) ___________________. The cost of a day travel ticket for women on Monday will be €5.50 (6) ___________________ usual €7.00.

Berlin's metro is (7) ___________________ fare cut. An online ad (8) ___________________ the gender pay gap. It says: "Gender-specific wage gap. Sounds stupid. Is stupid. We'll close it." Critics say women (9) ___________________ most female workers buy monthly travel passes. Tourists buy (10) ___________________. Men could be in trouble if they buy the cheaper day pass. Any man (11) ___________________ day pass will be treated as a fare dodger. He will (12) ___________________ of €60.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WomeninGermanywillgetcheaperrailtravelonEqualPayDay-a21perc
entcutinsubwayfares.EqualPayDayraisesawarenessofthegenderpay
gap.Itshowshowmanyextradaysawomanhastoworktoearnwhatmen
earn.ItisabigeventinGermany,wherewomenarepaid21percentlesst
hanmen.ThecostofadaytravelticketforwomenonMondaywillbe€5.50
insteadoftheusual€7.00.Berlin'smetroisfullybackingitsfarecut.Anon
lineadvowstoclosethegenderpaygap.Itsays:"Gender-specificwag
egap.Soundsstupid.Isstupid.We'llcloseit."Criticssaywomenwon'tbe
nefitasmostfemaleworkersbuymonthlytravelpasses.Touristsbuythe
daypasses.Mencouldbeintroubleiftheybuythecheaperdaypass.Any
mancaughtbuyingthedaypasswillbetreatedasafaredodger.Hewillget
afineof€60.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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