The Reading / Listening - Rice ATMs - Level 5

A businessman had an ingenious idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses rice. He got the ATMs installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh was troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs. Around five million people lost their livelihoods because of coronavirus. The popularity of the "free-rice ATMs" means Mr Anh is manufacturing and installing more of them. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors offered to help fund his project. This will allow him to extend the reach of the ATMs.



Mr Anh explained what was behind his idea. He wanted to invent, "a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine" to provide free rice for people out of work during his country's lockdown. Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free rice. People are allowed to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people appreciate Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost her job is one of them. She said: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsors keep doing this."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Rice ATMs - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A businessman had an ingenious
  2. Mr Anh was
  3. an ATM that
  4. people lost their
  5. The popularity of
  6. manufacturing and installing
  7. donors offered to help
  8. extend the reach
  1. more of them
  2. livelihoods
  3. of the ATMs
  4. idea to help
  5. fund his project
  6. dispenses rice
  7. the "free-rice ATMs"
  8. troubled

Paragraph 2

  1. Mr Anh explained what was
  2. a 24/7 automatic dispensing
  3. provide free rice for people
  4. during his country's
  5. People are allowed to
  6. I came to
  7. it came
  8. I really hope the sponsors
  1. machine
  2. out of work
  3. withdraw 1.5kg
  4. keep doing this
  5. behind his idea
  6. out of the ATM
  7. lockdown
  8. check it out

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A businessman had (1) ___________________ to help hungry people in Vietnam. Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM (2) ___________________. He got the ATMs installed on streets (3) ___________________ Vietnam. Mr Anh was troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs. Around five million people (4) ___________________ because of coronavirus. The popularity of the "free-rice ATMs" means Mr Anh is manufacturing and (5) ___________________ them. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors offered to help fund his project. This will allow him to (6) ___________________ of the ATMs.

Mr Anh explained what was (7) ___________________. He wanted to invent, "a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine" to provide free rice for people out of work during (8) ___________________. Mr Anh estimated that his machines (9) ___________________ 3,000 tons of free rice. People are allowed to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. (10) ___________________ Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who (11) ___________________ job is one of them. She said: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really (12) ___________________ keep doing this."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AbusinessmanhadaningeniousideatohelphungrypeopleinVietnam.H
oangTuanAnhdesignedanATMthatdispensesrice.HegottheATMsinst
alledonstreetsincitiesacrossVietnam.MrAnhwastroubledbythenumb
erofpeoplegoinghungryafterlosingtheirjobs.Aroundfivemillionpeopl
elosttheirlivelihoodsbecauseofcoronavirus.Thepopularityofthe"free
-riceATMs"meansMrAnhismanufacturingandinstallingmoreofthem.
Hetoldreportersthatotherbusinesses,sponsorsanddonorsofferedtoh
elpfundhisproject.ThiswillallowhimtoextendthereachoftheATMs.Mr
Anhexplainedwhatwasbehindhisidea.Hewantedtoinvent,"a24/7aut
omaticdispensingmachine"toprovidefreericeforpeopleoutofworkdur
inghiscountry'slockdown.MrAnhestimatedthathismachineshavedis
pensedaround3,000tonsoffreerice.Peopleareallowedto"withdraw"1
.5kgofricetwiceaday.ManypeopleappreciateMrAnh'sefforts.Amothe
rwhorecentlylostherjobisoneofthem.Shesaid:"IreadaboutthisriceAT
MontheInternet.Icametocheckitout,andcouldn'tbelieveitcameoutof
theATM.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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Free writing

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Answers

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