The Reading / Listening - Cuba Rationing - Level 1

Cuba says it will ration food and other products. It will ration beans, chicken, eggs, rice, soap and other goods. There is a serious economic crisis in Cuba and there are many shortages of food. This is because the USA changed how it trades with Cuba. A U.S. trade embargo makes it difficult for Cuba to buy food. Many people say the cut in fuel aid to Cuba from Venezuela is the reason. A crisis in Venezuela means there is a two-thirds cut in fuel to Cuba.



Cuba imports about two-thirds of its food. It spends about $2 billion a year on food imports. Cuba can now import less food. Many supermarket shelves are empty. People must stand in line in shops. The government is rationing to stop people buying and keeping food. If people do this, there is less food for others. A store in Havana said people could not buy more than four packets of powdered milk. One shopper said life was "tough".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cuba Rationing - Level 0 Cuba Rationing - Level 2   or  Cuba Rationing - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48237319
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/cuba-begins-widespread-rationing-in-face-of-crisis/4913153.html
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-economy/cuba-to-ration-more-products-due-to-economic-crisis-us-sanctions-idUSKCN1SG2HA


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. Cuba says it will ration
  2. It will
  3. rice, soap
  4. There is a serious economic
  5. there are many shortages
  6. the USA changed how it
  7. the cut in fuel
  8. there is a two-thirds cut
  1. and other goods
  2. aid to Cuba
  3. of food
  4. trades with Cuba
  5. ration beans
  6. crisis
  7. in fuel to Cuba
  8. food

Paragraph 2

  1. Cuba imports about two-
  2. Many supermarket shelves
  3. People must stand in
  4. stop people buying and
  5. there is less food
  6. people could not
  7. four packets of powdered
  8. One shopper said life
  1. buy more
  2. keeping food
  3. was "tough"
  4. are empty
  5. milk
  6. line in shops
  7. for others
  8. thirds of its food

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cuba says it (1) ___________________ and other products. It will ration beans, chicken, eggs, rice, soap (2) ___________________. There is a (3) ___________________ in Cuba and there are many shortages of food. This is because the USA changed (4) ___________________ with Cuba. A U.S. trade embargo makes it difficult for Cuba to buy food. Many people (5) ___________________ in fuel aid to Cuba from Venezuela is the reason. A crisis in Venezuela means there is a two-thirds cut (6) ___________________ Cuba.

Cuba imports about two-thirds (7) ___________________. It spends about $2 billion a year (8) ___________________. Cuba can now import less food. Many supermarket shelves are empty. People must (9) ___________________ in shops. The government is rationing to stop people buying and keeping food. If people do this, there (10) ___________________ for others. A store in Havana said people could (11) ___________________ than four packets of powdered milk. One shopper said (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Cubasaysitwillrationfoodandotherproducts.Itwillrationbeans,chicke
n,eggs,rice,soapandothergoods.ThereisaseriouseconomiccrisisinC
ubaandtherearemanyshortagesoffood.ThisisbecausetheUSAchang
edhowittradeswithCuba.AU.S.tradeembargomakesitdifficultforCub
atobuyfood.ManypeoplesaythecutinfuelaidtoCubafromVenezuelaist
hereason.AcrisisinVenezuelameansthereisatwo-thirdscutinfueltoC
uba.Cubaimportsabouttwo-thirdsofitsfood.Itspendsabout$2billio
nayearonfoodimports.Cubacannowimportlessfood.Manysupermark
etshelvesareempty.Peoplemuststandinlineinshops.Thegovernment
isrationingtostoppeoplebuyingandkeepingfood.Ifpeopledothis,ther
eislessfoodforothers.AstoreinHavanasaidpeoplecouldnotbuymoret
hanfourpacketsofpowderedmilk.Oneshoppersaidlifewas"tough".

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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