The Reading / Listening - Maternity Leave - Level 1

Parents in Finland will get more time to spend with their babies. The government will give parents seven months of leave. This is almost double the amount of its current leave. New rules will give 164 days to each parent. Parents can give up to 69 of their days to their partner, so one parent could take nine months of leave. Single parents will get 328 days. Finland's current parental leave gives four months for maternity leave, and two months for fathers.



Finland said the rules are needed to help families. The government explained the importance of the rules. It wants to put the child "at the centre of family benefits, and promote wellbeing and gender equality". It wants to stop falling birth rates. Births in Finland have dropped. Last year saw the fewest babies born in the country since 1868. Sweden has the most leave. It gives each parent 240 days. The USA has no national paid leave for mothers or fathers.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Maternity Leave - Level 0 Maternity Leave - Level 2   or  Maternity Leave - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/02/05/world/finland-parental-leave-policy-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/elanagross/2020/02/06/finlands-female-led-government-gives-men-and-women-nearly-seven-months-of-paid-parental-leave
  • https://www.npr.org/2020/02/05/803051237/finlands-women-led-government-has-equalized-family-leave-7-months-for-each-parent


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. get more time to spend
  2. give parents seven months
  3. This is almost double
  4. New rules will give 164 days
  5. one parent could take
  6. Single
  7. Finland's current
  8. four months for maternity
  1. to each parent
  2. leave
  3. nine months
  4. of leave
  5. parental leave
  6. with their babies
  7. parents
  8. the amount

Paragraph 2

  1. explained the importance
  2. gender
  3. It wants to stop falling
  4. Births in Finland have
  5. Last year saw the fewest
  6. Sweden has the
  7. It gives each
  8. The USA has no
  1. parent 240 days
  2. birth rates
  3. national paid leave
  4. babies
  5. of the rules
  6. dropped
  7. equality
  8. most leave

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Parents in Finland will (1) ___________________ to spend with their babies. The government will (2) ___________________ months of leave. This is almost (3) ___________________ of its current leave. New rules will give 164 days to each parent. Parents can give up to 69 of their days (4) ___________________, so one parent could take nine months of leave. (5) ___________________ get 328 days. Finland's current parental leave gives four months (6) ___________________, and two months for fathers.

Finland said the rules are (7) ___________________ families. The government explained the (8) ___________________ rules. It wants to put the child "at the centre of family benefits, and promote wellbeing (9) ___________________". It wants to stop (10) ___________________. Births in Finland have dropped. Last year saw (11) ___________________ born in the country since 1868. Sweden has the most leave. It gives each parent 240 days. The USA has (12) ___________________ leave for mothers or fathers.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ParentsinFinlandwillgetmoretimetospendwiththeirbabies.Thegover
nmentwillgiveparentssevenmonthsofleave.Thisisalmostdoublethea
mountofitscurrentleave.Newruleswillgive164daystoeachparent.Par
entscangiveupto69oftheirdaystotheirpartner,sooneparentcouldtak
eninemonthsofleave.Singleparentswillget328days.Finland'scurrent
parentalleavegivesfourmonthsformaternityleave,andtwomonthsfor
fathers.Finlandsaidtherulesareneededtohelpfamilies.Thegovernme
ntexplainedtheimportanceoftherules.Itwantstoputthechild"atthece
ntreoffamilybenefits,andpromotewellbeingandgenderequality".Itw
antstostopfallingbirthrates.BirthsinFinlandhavedropped.Lastyearsa
wthefewestbabiesborninthecountrysince1868.Swedenhasthemostl
eave.Itgiveseachparent240days.TheUSAhasnonationalpaidleavefo
rmothersorfathers.

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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