The Reading / Listening - Cuba Rationing - Level 2

Cuba has announced it will start rationing food and other basic products. It says beans, chicken, eggs, rice, soap and other goods will be rationed. Cuba is facing a serious economic crisis. There are many shortages of food and other things. This is because the USA has changed how it is trading with Cuba. The U.S. trade embargo makes it very difficult for Cuba to buy food. However, many economists say there is a bigger reason for the shortages. This is the cut in fuel aid from Venezuela. A crisis in Venezuela has led to a two-thirds cut in cheap fuel to Cuba.



Cuba imports about two-thirds of its food. A lot of this came from the USA. Cuba spent about $2 billion a year on food imports. The US embargo and the crisis in Venezuela means Cuba can import less food. Many supermarket shelves are empty. Many people have to stand in line in shops. The government has started rationing to stop people buying and keeping food. If people do this, there is less food for others. One store in the capital city Havana said people could not buy more than four packets of powdered milk and four packs of sausages. One shopper said life was "tough".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cuba Rationing - Level 0 Cuba Rationing - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Cuba has announced it will start
  2. other basic
  3. Cuba is facing a serious
  4. The U.S. trade
  5. difficult for Cuba
  6. there is a bigger reason for
  7. the cut in fuel aid
  8. a two-thirds cut
  1. economic crisis
  2. in cheap fuel
  3. from Venezuela
  4. products
  5. embargo
  6. rationing food
  7. to buy food
  8. the shortages

Paragraph 2

  1. Cuba imports about two-
  2. A lot of this
  3. about $2 billion a year
  4. Cuba can import
  5. Many supermarket
  6. One store in the capital
  7. powdered
  8. One shopper said life
  1. less food
  2. was "tough"
  3. city
  4. came from the USA
  5. milk
  6. on food imports
  7. thirds of its food
  8. shelves are empty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cuba has announced (1) ___________________ rationing food and other basic products. It says beans, chicken, (2) ___________________ and other goods will be rationed. Cuba is facing a serious economic crisis. There are (3) ___________________ food and other things. This is because the USA has changed how it is trading with Cuba. The U.S. trade (4) ___________________ very difficult for Cuba to buy food. However, many economists say there is (5) ___________________ for the shortages. This is the cut in fuel aid from Venezuela. A crisis in Venezuela has led (6) ___________________ cut in cheap fuel to Cuba.

Cuba imports about two-thirds (7) ___________________. A lot of this came from the USA. Cuba spent about $2 billion a year on food imports. The US embargo (8) ___________________ in Venezuela means Cuba can import less food. Many supermarket shelves are empty. Many people have (9) ___________________ line in shops. The government has started rationing to stop people buying and keeping food. If people do this, there is (10) ___________________ others. One store in (11) ___________________ Havana said people could not buy more than four packets of powdered milk and four packs of sausages. One shopper said (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Cubahasannounceditwillstartrationingfoodandotherbasicproducts.I
tsaysbeans,chicken,eggs,rice,soapandothergoodswillberationed.C
ubaisfacingaseriouseconomiccrisis.Therearemanyshortagesoffooda
ndotherthings.ThisisbecausetheUSAhaschangedhowitistradingwith
Cuba.TheU.S.tradeembargomakesitverydifficultforCubatobuyfood.
However,manyeconomistssaythereisabiggerreasonfortheshortage
s.ThisisthecutinfuelaidfromVenezuela.AcrisisinVenezuelahasledtoa
two-thirdscutincheapfueltoCuba.Cubaimportsabouttwo-thirdsofitsf
ood.AlotofthiscamefromtheUSA.Cubaspentabout$2billionayearonf
oodimports.TheUSembargoandthecrisisinVenezuelameansCubacan
importlessfood.Manysupermarketshelvesareempty.Manypeopleha
vetostandinlineinshops.Thegovernmenthasstartedrationingtostopp
eoplebuyingandkeepingfood.Ifpeopledothis,thereislessfoodforothe
rs.OnestoreinthecapitalcityHavanasaidpeoplecouldnotbuymoretha
nfourpacketsofpowderedmilkandfourpacksofsausages.Oneshopper
saidlifewas"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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Free writing

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