The Reading / Listening - Child Labour - Level 4

The actor George Clooney has spoken about his surprise and sadness about possible child labour at the Nespresso coffee company. Clooney is on Nespresso's sustainability advisory board. This ensures coffee is sourced from ethical farms. An undercover investigation by a TV company filmed children on six coffee plantations in Guatemala picking coffee beans and carrying sacks of coffee on their backs. The farms supply coffee beans to Nespresso.



Mr Clooney promised that, "work will be done" to stop any child labour within Nespresso. He spoke about growing up on a tobacco farm and picking tobacco in his school holidays from the age of 12. He said: "I'm uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labour." Nespresso has launched a "thorough investigation". It said it has "zero tolerance" of child labour. It added: "We will continue to do all we can to stamp it out."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Child Labour - Level 5 or  Child Labour - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/feb/26/george-clooney-saddened-by-alleged-child-labour-on-nespresso-coffee-farms
  • https://news.sky.com/story/george-clooney-saddened-by-child-labour-at-farms-used-by-nespresso-11943415
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-slavery-coffee/george-clooney-saddened-over-nespresso-link-to-child-labor-in-guatemala-idUSKCN20K20X


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. spoken about his surprise
  2. Nespresso's sustainability advisory
  3. sourced from
  4. An undercover
  5. filmed children on six coffee
  6. picking coffee
  7. carrying sacks of coffee
  8. The farms supply
  1. on their backs
  2. investigation
  3. coffee beans
  4. board
  5. beans
  6. ethical farms
  7. plantations
  8. and sadness

Paragraph 2

  1. promised that work
  2. growing up
  3. picking tobacco in
  4. I'm uniquely aware of the complex
  5. Nespresso has launched a thorough
  6. It said it has zero
  7. We will continue to do
  8. stamp it
  1. tolerance
  2. his school holidays
  3. out
  4. will be done
  5. all we can
  6. issues
  7. on a tobacco farm
  8. investigation

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The actor George Clooney has spoken about his (1) ___________________ about possible child labour at the Nespresso coffee company. Clooney is on Nespresso's (2) ___________________. This ensures coffee is sourced from ethical farms. An undercover (3) ___________________ TV company filmed children on six (4) ___________________ Guatemala picking coffee beans and (5) ___________________ coffee on their backs. The farms (6) ___________________ to Nespresso.

Mr Clooney promised that, "work (7) ___________________" to stop any child labour within Nespresso. He (8) ___________________ up on a tobacco farm and picking tobacco in his school holidays (9) ___________________ of 12. He said: "I'm uniquely aware of (10) ___________________ regarding farming and child labour." Nespresso (11) ___________________ "thorough investigation". It said it (12) ___________________ of child labour. It added: "We will continue to do all we can to stamp it out."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheactorGeorgeClooneyhasspokenabouthissurpriseandsadnessabo
utpossiblechildlabourattheNespressocoffeecompany.ClooneyisonN
espresso'ssustainabilityadvisoryboard.Thisensurescoffeeissourcedf
romethicalfarms.AnundercoverinvestigationbyaTVcompanyfilmedc
hildrenonsixcoffeeplantationsinGuatemalapickingcoffeebeansandc
arryingsacksofcoffeeontheirbacks.ThefarmssupplycoffeebeanstoNe
spresso.MrClooneypromisedthat,"workwillbedone"tostopanychildla
bourwithinNespresso.Hespokeaboutgrowinguponatobaccofarmand
pickingtobaccoinhisschoolholidaysfromtheageof12.Hesaid:"I'muni
quelyawareofthecomplexissuesregardingfarmingandchildlabour."N
espressohaslauncheda"thoroughinvestigation".Itsaidithas"zerotole
rance"ofchildlabour.Itadded:"Wewillcontinuetodoallwecantostampi
tout."

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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