The Reading / Listening - Child Labour - Level 5

The Oscar winning actor George Clooney has spoken about allegations of child labour at a coffee company, for which he is brand ambassador. Clooney is on Nespresso's sustainability advisory board. This aims to ensure coffee is sourced from ethical suppliers. He said: "I was surprised and saddened to see this story." An undercover investigation by a UK TV company filmed children on six coffee plantations in Guatemala picking coffee beans and carrying large 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. Clooney spoke about his own childhood, living on a tobacco farm and picking tobacco in his school holidays. He said: "Having grown up working on a tobacco farm from the time I was 12, I'm uniquely aware of the complex issues regarding farming and child labour." Nespresso has launched a "thorough investigation". It has suspended all purchases from the plantations. It added: "Nespresso has zero tolerance of child labour. It is unacceptable. We will continue to do all we can to stamp it out."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Child Labour - Level 4 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 allegations
  2. Nespresso's sustainability
  3. sourced
  4. I was surprised
  5. An undercover
  6. filmed children on six
  7. carrying large sacks of coffee
  8. The farms supply coffee
  1. investigation
  2. from ethical suppliers
  3. beans to Nespresso
  4. advisory board
  5. on their backs
  6. and saddened
  7. of child labour
  8. coffee plantations

Paragraph 2

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

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Oscar winning actor George Clooney has spoken (1) ___________________ child labour at a coffee company, for which he (2) ___________________. Clooney is on Nespresso's sustainability advisory board. This aims to ensure coffee is (3) ___________________ suppliers. He said: "I was surprised and saddened to see this story." (4) ___________________ by a UK TV company filmed children on six coffee plantations in Guatemala picking coffee beans and (5) ___________________ of coffee on their backs. The (6) ___________________ beans to Nespresso.

Mr Clooney promised that, "work (7) ___________________" to stop any child labour within Nespresso. Clooney spoke about (8) ___________________, living on a tobacco farm and picking tobacco in his school holidays. He said: "Having (9) ___________________ on a tobacco farm from the time I was 12, I'm (10) ___________________ the complex issues regarding farming and child labour." Nespresso has launched a "thorough investigation". It has (11) ___________________ from the plantations. It added: "Nespresso has (12) ___________________ child labour. It is unacceptable. We will continue to do all we can to stamp it out."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheOscarwinningactorGeorgeClooneyhasspokenaboutallegationsof
childlabouratacoffeecompany,forwhichheisbrandambassador.Cloo
neyisonNespresso'ssustainabilityadvisoryboard.Thisaimstoensurec
offeeissourcedfromethicalsuppliers.Hesaid:"Iwassurprisedandsadd
enedtoseethisstory."AnundercoverinvestigationbyaUKTVcompanyf
ilmedchildrenonsixcoffeeplantationsinGuatemalapickingcoffeebean
sandcarryinglargesacksofcoffeeontheirbacks.Thefarmssupplycoffe
ebeanstoNespresso.MrClooneypromisedthat,"workwillbedone"tost
opanychildlabourwithinNespresso.Clooneyspokeabouthisownchildh
ood,livingonatobaccofarmandpickingtobaccoinhisschoolholidays.H
esaid:"HavinggrownupworkingonatobaccofarmfromthetimeIwas12
,I'muniquelyawareofthecomplexissuesregardingfarmingandchildla
bour."Nespressohaslauncheda"thoroughinvestigation".Ithassuspe
ndedallpurchasesfromtheplantations.Itadded:"Nespressohaszerot
oleranceofchildlabour.Itisunacceptable.Wewillcontinuetodoallweca
ntostampitout."

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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