The Reading / Listening - Raising Kids - Level 4

Scandinavia is the best place to raise children. The top three places on an annual list of the best countries to raise kids are Nordic nations. The list is from the U.S. News & World Report and University of Pennsylvania. Denmark topped the list, Sweden was runner-up, and Norway edged out Canada for third place. The three nations topped the list in 2019. They all have "generous" paternity and maternity leave, free preschool and good education.



The report included the "Best Countries" list. Researchers used "a global perceptions-based" approach to look at data from the World Bank and the attitudes of 20,000 people on four continents. They used 65 different metrics to measure income and gender equality, public education, healthcare, human rights, safety, family friendliness and levels of perceived happiness. Switzerland once again topped this list. Canada was second; Japan was third.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Raising Kids - Level 5 or  Raising Kids - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/best-country-for-kids-the-list-of-the-best-countries-in-the-world-to-raise-kids-has-been-released-america/
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/15/health/best-country-to-raise-child-wellness/index.html
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7890051/Revealed-BEST-countries-world-raise-child-Britain-ranks-11th.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. The top
  2. Nordic
  3. The list is
  4. Norway edged out Canada
  5. This is not
  6. these countries tended
  7. paternal and maternal
  8. good overall public
  1. surprising
  2. compiled
  3. education systems
  4. nations
  5. three places
  6. leave
  7. for third place
  8. to

Paragraph 2

  1. a global perceptions-
  2. looking
  3. the attitudes
  4. 65 different
  5. income
  6. family
  7. levels of perceived
  8. Canada and Japan were
  1. in the top three
  2. friendliness
  3. at data
  4. happiness
  5. metrics
  6. based approach
  7. equality
  8. of 20,000 people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scandinavia is the (1) ___________________ the world to raise children. The top three places (2) ___________________ U.S. News & World Report's list of "The Best Countries for Raising Kids" are Nordic nations. The (3) ___________________ in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania. Denmark topped the list, Sweden was runner-up, and (4) ___________________ Canada for third place. This is not surprising as the three nations (5) ___________________ the list for 2019. A spokeswoman said these countries tended to have "generous" (6) ___________________ leave, free preschool and good overall public education systems.

The (7) ___________________ the "Best Countries" list. Researchers used "a global perceptions-based" (8) ___________________ at data from the World Bank and the attitudes of 20,000 people in the Americas, Asia, Europe, the (9) ___________________ Africa. They checked countries using (10) ___________________ and "country attributes". These included income equality, (11) ___________________ and healthcare systems, human rights, gender equality, safety, family friendliness and (12) ___________________ happiness. Switzerland once again topped the "Best Countries" list. Canada and Japan were in the top three.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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acesontheannualU.S.News&WorldReport'slistof"TheBestCountriesf
orRaisingKids"areNordicnations.Thelistiscompiledincollaborationwi
ththeUniversityofPennsylvania.Denmarktoppedthelist,Swedenwasr
unner-up,andNorwayedgedoutCanadaforthirdplace.Thisisnotsurpri
singasthethreenationsrankedhighestonthelistfor2019.Aspokeswom
ansaidthesecountriestendedtohave"generous"paternalandmaterna
lleave,freepreschoolandgoodoverallpubliceducationsystems.There
portalsoincludedthe"BestCountries"list.Researchersused"aglobalpe
rceptions-based"approachinlookingatdatafromtheWorldBankandt
heattitudesof20,000peopleintheAmericas,Asia,Europe,theMiddleEa
standAfrica.Theycheckedcountriesusing65differentmetricsand"cou
ntryattributes".Theseincludedincomeequality,qualitypubliceducatio
nandhealthcaresystems,humanrights,genderequality,safety,family
friendlinessandlevelsofperceivedhappiness.Switzerlandonceagaint
oppedthe"BestCountries"list.CanadaandJapanwereinthetopthree.

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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