The Reading / Listening - Philanthropy - Level 4

Students in the USA got a huge surprise at a ceremony. They were listening to a speech at Morehouse College from the philanthropist Robert F. Smith. He told 400 students that he would pay their student loans, worth about $40 million. He said: "This is my class, 2019, and my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans." He added that he was paying the loans, "on behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country".



Robert F. Smith, 56, graduated with an MBA with honors. He founded an investment company which manages over $46 billion in assets. It made him a multi-billionaire. Mr Smith was the first African-American to sign the Giving Pledge. He promised to give at least half of his wealth away. A graduate who had his $150,000 loan paid off said it would have an "immeasurable impact" on his life. He said: "Just imagine the weight lifted off your shoulders."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Philanthropy - Level 5 or  Philanthropy - Level 6

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/US/billionaire-philanthropist-shocks-morehouse-grads-promising-pay-off/story?id=63137376
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-morehouse-billionaire-robert-f-smith/
  • https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/05/20/billionaire-investor-ceo-robert-smith-shocks-morehouse-graduates-with-promise-to-eliminate-their-student-loan-debt/


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. Students in the USA got a huge
  2. They were listening
  3. He told
  4. he would pay
  5. worth about
  6. my family is making
  7. He added that he was
  8. eight generations
  1. 400 students
  2. paying the loans
  3. to a speech
  4. of my family
  5. a grant
  6. surprise
  7. $40 million
  8. their student loans

Paragraph 2

  1. graduated with an
  2. He founded an investment
  3. manages over $46 billion
  4. It made him a multi-
  5. give at least half of
  6. had his $150,000 loan
  7. have an immeasurable
  8. imagine the weight lifted
  1. his wealth away
  2. off your shoulders
  3. billionaire
  4. MBA with honors
  5. impact on his life
  6. company
  7. in assets
  8. paid off

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Students in the USA got (1) ___________________ at a ceremony. They were listening (2) ___________________ at Morehouse College from the philanthropist Robert F. Smith. He told 400 students that (3) ___________________ their student loans, worth about $40 million. He said: "This is my class, 2019, and my family is (4) ___________________ to eliminate their student loans." He added that he was (5) ___________________, "on behalf of the eight generations of my family who have (6) ___________________ country".

Robert F. Smith, 56, graduated with an (7) ___________________. He founded an investment company (8) ___________________ $46 billion in assets. It made (9) ___________________. Mr Smith was the first African-American to sign the Giving Pledge. He promised to give (10) ___________________ of his wealth away. A graduate who had his $150,000 (11) ___________________ said it would have an "immeasurable impact" on his life. He said: "Just imagine the (12) ___________________ your shoulders."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

StudentsintheUSAgotahugesurpriseataceremony.Theywerelistenin
gtoaspeechatMorehouseCollegefromthephilanthropistRobertF.Smit
h.Hetold400studentsthathewouldpaytheirstudentloans,worthabout
$40million.Hesaid:"Thisismyclass,2019,andmyfamilyismakingagra
nttoeliminatetheirstudentloans."Headdedthathewaspayingtheloans
,"onbehalfoftheeightgenerationsofmyfamilywhohavebeeninthiscou
ntry".RobertF.Smith,56,graduatedwithanMBAwithhonors.Hefound
edaninvestmentcompanywhichmanagesover$46billioninassets.Itm
adehimamulti-billionaire.MrSmithwasthefirstAfrican-Americantos
igntheGivingPledge.Hepromisedtogiveatleasthalfofhiswealthaway.
Agraduatewhohadhis$150,000loanpaidoffsaiditwouldhavean"imm
easurableimpact"onhislife.Hesaid:"Justimaginetheweightliftedoffy
ourshoulders."

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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