The Reading / Listening - Equal Pay Day - Level 5

Women in Berlin, Germany will get cheaper rail travel on Monday for Equal Pay Day - a 21 per cent reduction in subway fares. Equal Pay Day is to raise awareness of the gender pay gap. It symbolizes how many extra days a year women must work to earn what men earn. Every country does different things. It is a big event in Germany, where women are paid 21 per cent less than men in terms of average gross hourly earnings. Berlin's subway is cutting the cost of a day travel ticket by 21 per cent, charging €5.50 instead of the usual €7.00.



Berlin's metro is wholeheartedly backing its initiative. It is advertising online. An ad vows to close the gender pay gap. It says: "Gender-specific wage gap. Sounds stupid. Is stupid. We'll close it." Critics of the cheaper day pass say women won't benefit as most workers buy monthly travel passes. Tourists buy the day passes. Men could be in trouble if they try to buy the cheaper day pass. Men found using the discounted tickets would be treated like fare dodgers. Any man caught buying the day pass will receive a fine of €60.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Equal Pay Day - Level 4 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 rail
  2. raise
  3. how many extra
  4. Every country does
  5. It is a big event
  6. average gross
  7. cutting
  8. instead of the
  1. the cost
  2. days a year
  3. in Germany
  4. usual €7.00
  5. hourly earnings
  6. awareness
  7. travel
  8. different things

Paragraph 2

  1. Berlin's metro is wholeheartedly
  2. close the gender
  3. Critics of
  4. women won't
  5. Men could be in
  6. treated like fare
  7. Any man caught buying
  8. receive a fine
  1. benefit
  2. the day pass
  3. pay gap
  4. of €60
  5. backing its initiative
  6. the cheaper day pass
  7. trouble
  8. dodgers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Women in Berlin, Germany (1) ___________________ rail travel on Monday for Equal Pay Day - a 21 per cent reduction (2) ___________________. Equal Pay Day (3) ___________________ awareness of the gender pay gap. It symbolizes how many extra days a year women must (4) ___________________ what men earn. Every country does different things. It is a big event in Germany, where women are paid 21 per cent less than men (5) ___________________ average gross hourly earnings. Berlin's subway is cutting the cost of a day travel ticket by 21 per cent, charging €5.50 instead (6) ___________________ €7.00.

Berlin's metro is wholeheartedly (7) ___________________. It is advertising online. An ad vows to (8) ___________________ pay gap. It says: "Gender-specific wage gap. Sounds stupid. Is stupid. We'll close it." Critics of the cheaper day pass say women won't (9) ___________________ workers buy monthly travel passes. Tourists buy the day passes. Men could (10) ___________________ if they try to buy the cheaper day pass. Men found using the discounted tickets would be treated (11) ___________________. Any man caught buying the day pass will (12) ___________________ of €60.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WomeninBerlin,GermanywillgetcheaperrailtravelonMondayforEqua
lPayDay-a21percentreductioninsubwayfares.EqualPayDayistorais
eawarenessofthegenderpaygap.Itsymbolizeshowmanyextradaysay
earwomenmustworktoearnwhatmenearn.Everycountrydoesdiffere
ntthings.ItisabigeventinGermany,wherewomenarepaid21percentle
ssthanmenintermsofaveragegrosshourlyearnings.Berlin'ssubwayis
cuttingthecostofadaytravelticketby21percent,charging€5.50instea
doftheusual€7.00.Berlin'smetroiswholeheartedlybackingitsinitiativ
e.Itisadvertisingonline.Anadvowstoclosethegenderpaygap.Itsays:"
Gender-specificwagegap.Soundsstupid.Isstupid.We'llcloseit."Criti
csofthecheaperdaypasssaywomenwon'tbenefitasmostworkersbuy
monthlytravelpasses.Touristsbuythedaypasses.Mencouldbeintroub
leiftheytrytobuythecheaperdaypass.Menfoundusingthediscountedti
cketswouldbetreatedlikefaredodgers.Anymancaughtbuyingtheday
passwillreceiveafineof€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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Free writing

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Answers

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