The Reading / Listening - Health Workers - Level 1

France has agreed a pay rise of $9 billion for its health workers. The extra cash means that health workers will get $208 more in their pay packet each month. The pay rise was to recognise the efforts of health workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister said: "No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system." During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded nurses and doctors. They have been rewarded with a rise in pay.



Monday's announcement was on the day before Bastille Day - a day to honour the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Health workers attended a ceremony in Paris, but unions asked them to stay away as a protest. The unions said the government had to do more to protect staff and keep them safe. The government said it would do more. It said the pay rise was a "way of catching up for years of delay".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Health Workers - Level 0 Health Workers - Level 2   or  Health Workers - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.france24.com/en/20200713-france-raises-pay-for-health-care-workers-by-more-than-%E2%82%AC8-billion
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/coronavirus-france-pay-rise-health-workers-jean-castex-a9617221.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53398208


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. France has agreed
  2. The extra
  3. health workers will
  4. in their pay
  5. The pay rise was to recognise
  6. during the coronavirus
  7. this is a historic
  8. French people applauded
  1. nurses and doctors
  2. packet
  3. pandemic
  4. cash
  5. moment
  6. get $208 more
  7. the efforts
  8. a pay rise

Paragraph 2

  1. the day before
  2. a day to honour the
  3. It is the national
  4. Health workers attended
  5. unions asked them to
  6. the government had
  7. protect staff and keep
  8. catching up for years
  1. to do more
  2. a ceremony
  3. Bastille Day
  4. of delay
  5. French Revolution
  6. them safe
  7. day of France
  8. stay away

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

France (1) ___________________ pay rise of $9 billion for its health workers. The (2) ___________________ that health workers will get $208 more in their (3) ___________________ month. The pay rise was to recognise the (4) ___________________ workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister said: "No one (5) ___________________ this is a historic moment for our health system." During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded nurses and doctors. They have been (6) ___________________ rise in pay.

Monday's (7) ___________________ the day before Bastille Day - a day to honour the French Revolution in 1789. It (8) ___________________ day of France. Health workers (9) ___________________ in Paris, but unions asked them to stay away (10) ___________________. The unions said the government had to do more to protect staff and (11) ___________________. The government said it would do more. It said the pay rise was a "way of catching up for (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Francehasagreedapayriseof$9billionforitshealthworkers.Theextrac
ashmeansthathealthworkerswillget$208moreintheirpaypacketeach
month.Thepayrisewastorecognisetheeffortsofhealthworkersduringt
hecoronaviruspandemic.ThePrimeMinistersaid:"Noonecandenythat
thisisahistoricmomentforourhealthsystem."Duringtheoutbreak,mill
ionsofFrenchpeopleapplaudednursesanddoctors.Theyhavebeenrew
ardedwithariseinpay.Monday'sannouncementwasonthedaybeforeB
astilleDay-adaytohonourtheFrenchRevolutionin1789.Itisthenation
aldayofFrance.HealthworkersattendedaceremonyinParis,butunions
askedthemtostayawayasaprotest.Theunionssaidthegovernmentha
dtodomoretoprotectstaffandkeepthemsafe.Thegovernmentsaiditw
oulddomore.Itsaidthepayrisewasa"wayofcatchingupforyearsofdela
y".

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.

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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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