The Reading / Listening - Rice ATMs - Level 4

A businessman had an ingenious idea to help hungry people. Hoang Tuan Anh designed a "free-rice ATM". He installed them in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh worried about the growing number of hungry people. Around five million Vietnamese people lost their jobs because of coronavirus. The popularity of the ATMs means Mr Anh is making more of them. Businesses and donors are helping his project. This will allow him to extend the reach of the ATMs.



Mr Anh explained that he wanted to invent, "a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine" to provide free rice for people out of work during lockdown. He estimated that his machines have given out 3,000 tons of free rice. People can take out 1.5kg of rice twice a day. A mother who recently lost her job appreciated Mr Ahn's efforts. She said: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet.…I really hope the sponsors keep doing this."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rice ATMs - Level 5 or  Rice ATMs - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53045955
  • https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/trend/rice-atms-dispense-hope-to-vietnam-s-poor-4084369.html
  • https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/in-vietnam-machine-provides-free-rice-to-people-during-coronavirus/5370084.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. A businessman had an
  2. He installed them in cities
  3. the growing number of
  4. The popularity of
  5. Mr Anh is making
  6. Businesses and donors are
  7. This will
  8. extend the reach
  1. hungry people
  2. allow him to
  3. more of them
  4. of the ATMs
  5. ingenious idea
  6. the ATMs
  7. across Vietnam
  8. helping his project

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Anh explained that he
  2. a 24/7 automatic dispensing
  3. out
  4. given out 3,000 tons
  5. People can take out 1.5kg of
  6. A mother who recently
  7. I read about this rice ATM on
  8. I really hope the sponsors keep
  1. of work
  2. doing this
  3. of free rice
  4. lost her job
  5. the Internet
  6. wanted to
  7. rice twice a day
  8. machine

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A businessman had (1) ___________________ to help hungry people. Hoang Tuan Anh designed a "free-rice ATM". He (2) ___________________ cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh worried about (3) ___________________ of hungry people. Around five million Vietnamese people (4) ___________________ because of coronavirus. The (5) ___________________ ATMs means Mr Anh is making more of them. Businesses and donors are helping his project. This will allow him to (6) ___________________ of the ATMs.

Mr Anh explained that he (7) ___________________, "a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine" to (8) ___________________ for people (9) ___________________ during lockdown. He estimated that his machines have given out 3,000 (10) ___________________ rice. People can take out 1.5kg of rice twice a day. A mother who recently lost (11) ___________________ Mr Ahn's efforts. She said: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet.…I really (12) ___________________ keep doing this."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abusinessmanhadaningeniousideatohelphungrypeople.HoangTuan
Anhdesigneda"free-riceATM".HeinstalledthemincitiesacrossVietna
m.MrAnhworriedaboutthegrowingnumberofhungrypeople.Aroundfi
vemillionVietnamesepeoplelosttheirjobsbecauseofcoronavirus.The
popularityoftheATMsmeansMrAnhismakingmoreofthem.Businesses
anddonorsarehelpinghisproject.Thiswillallowhimtoextendthereach
oftheATMs.MrAnhexplainedthathewantedtoinvent,"a24/7automati
cdispensingmachine"toprovidefreericeforpeopleoutofworkduringloc
kdown.Heestimatedthathismachineshavegivenout3,000tonsoffreer
ice.Peoplecantakeout1.5kgofricetwiceaday.Amotherwhorecentlylo
stherjobappreciatedMrAhn'sefforts.Shesaid:"IreadaboutthisriceAT
MontheInternet.…Ireallyhopethesponsorskeepdoingthis."

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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