The Reading / Listening - Health Workers - Level 2

The French government and labour unions have agreed a pay rise of $9 billion for health workers. The extra cash means that workers will get an extra $208 a month in their pay packet. Public sector doctors will also get more money. The Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the efforts of health workers during the coronavirus pandemic. He 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. This caused the government to reward them with a rise in pay.



Monday's announcement was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 health workers attended a ceremony in Paris. However, unions asked them to stay away from the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government had to do more to protect staff and keep them safe during the pandemic. The government said it would do more. It said: "[The pay rise] is a way of catching up for years of delay, for which each and every one of us has their share of responsibility."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Health Workers - Level 0 Health Workers - Level 1   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. labour
  2. agreed a pay rise
  3. workers will get an extra
  4. in their pay
  5. Public sector doctors will also
  6. during the coronavirus
  7. this is a historic
  8. people applauded
  1. nurses and doctors
  2. get more money
  3. pandemic
  4. unions
  5. moment
  6. of $9 billion
  7. packet
  8. $208 a month

Paragraph 2

  1. the day
  2. a day to honour the
  3. health workers attended a
  4. protect staff and keep
  5. The government said it
  6. catching up for years
  7. each and
  8. their share of
  1. would do more
  2. every one of us
  3. them safe
  4. responsibility
  5. ceremony in Paris
  6. before Bastille Day
  7. of delay
  8. French Revolution

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The French government and labour (1) ___________________ a pay rise of $9 billion for health workers. The extra cash means that workers will (2) ___________________ $208 a month in their pay packet. Public sector doctors will also get more money. The Prime Minister said the (3) ___________________ to recognise the efforts of health workers during (4) ___________________. He said: "No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system." (5) ___________________, millions of French people applauded nurses and doctors. This caused the government to (6) ___________________ a rise in pay.

Monday's announcement was on (7) ___________________ Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a (8) ___________________ the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 health workers (9) ___________________ in Paris. However, unions asked them to stay away from the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government had to do (10) ___________________ staff and keep them safe during the pandemic. The government said it would do more. It said: "[The pay rise] is a way (11) ___________________ for years of delay, for which (12) ___________________ one of us has their share of responsibility."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheFrenchgovernmentandlabourunionshaveagreedapayriseof$9bill
ionforhealthworkers.Theextracashmeansthatworkerswillgetanextr
a$208amonthintheirpaypacket.Publicsectordoctorswillalsogetmore
money.ThePrimeMinistersaidthepayrisewastorecognisetheeffortsof
healthworkersduringthecoronaviruspandemic.Hesaid:"Noonecand
enythatthisisahistoricmomentforourhealthsystem."Duringtheoutbr
eak,millionsofFrenchpeopleapplaudednursesanddoctors.Thiscause
dthegovernmenttorewardthemwithariseinpay.Monday'sannounce
mentwasonthedaybeforeBastilleDayonJulythe14th.Thisisadaytoho
nourtheFrenchRevolutionin1789.ItisthenationaldayofFrance.Aroun
d1,400healthworkersattendedaceremonyinParis.However,unionsa
skedthemtostayawayfromthecelebrationasaprotest.Theunionssaidt
hegovernmenthadtodomoretoprotectstaffandkeepthemsafeduringt
hepandemic.Thegovernmentsaiditwoulddomore.Itsaid:"[Thepayris
e]isawayofcatchingupforyearsofdelay,forwhicheachandeveryoneof
ushastheirshareofresponsibility."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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