The Reading / Listening - Health Workers - Level 3

The French government has agreed to give a pay rise of $9 billion to its health workers. It agreed the deal on Monday with labour unions. The extra cash means that nurses and care workers will get an extra $208 a month in their pay packet. Doctors who work in the public sector will also get more money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the efforts of health workers during the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded and clapped their nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them with a rise in pay. The Prime Minister told reporters that: "No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system."



Monday's announcement and signing ceremony was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers attended a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions asked health workers to stay away from the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government needed to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do more. He said: "It 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 easier levels:

    Health Workers - Level 0 Health Workers - Level 1   or  Health Workers - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. HEALTH WORKERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about health workers. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       government / pay rise / union / nurse / pay packet / public sector / pandemic / reward
       announcement / ceremony / revolution / doctors / celebration / protect / staff / delay
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HIGHEST PAID: Students A strongly believe nurses should be among the highest paid workers; Students B strongly believe not.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NURSE: What are the good and bad things about being a nurse? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Patients

 

 

Hospitals

 

 

Blood

 

 

Hours

 

 

Salary

 

 

Colleagues

 

 

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5. UNION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "union". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PAY RISE: Rank these with your partner. Put those who most deserve a pay rise at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Nurses
  • Soldiers
  • Bankers
  • Teachers
  • Coder
  • Shop assistant
  • Prime Minister
  • Artist

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. agreed a. Show official thanks for something or someone; reward someone.
      2. deal b. Money (coins or notes).
      3. cash c. A agreement between people, businesses or companies - especially in business or politics.
      4. public sector d. Not accept the truth of something.
      5. recognise e. Have the same opinion about something.
      6. pandemic f. The part of an economy that is controlled by the government.
      7. deny g. Of a disease that is all over a whole country or the world.

    Paragraph 2

      8. announcement h. Keep safe from harm or injury.
      9. ceremony i. A part of a larger amount which is divided among a number of people.
      10. attended j. Make someone or something late or slow.
      11. protect k. A public occasion, usually one celebrating a particular event or anniversary.
      12. delay l. The state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something.
      13. share m. A public and typically formal statement about a fact.
      14. responsibility n. Was present or went to an event or meeting.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A nurse in France will get a par rise of $9 billion.     T / F
  2. The government gave the pay rise without talking to unions.     T / F
  3. The pay rise is only for nurses and not for doctors.     T / F
  4. France's Prime Minister called the pay rise historic.     T / F
  5. The pay rise was announced on France's national day.     T / F
  6. About 1,400 health care workers attended a ceremony in Paris.     T / F
  7. Unions said the government should do more to help health workers.     T / F
  8. The Prime Minister said the pay rise was to catch up for years of delay.    T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. pay
  2. extra
  3. recognise
  4. caused
  5. historic
  6. announcement
  7. attended
  8. celebration
  9. protect
  10. share
  1. went to
  2. brought about
  3. festivities
  4. additional
  5. part
  6. significant
  7. salary
  8. keep safe
  9. statement
  10. appreciate

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. labour
  2. work in the public
  3. French people applauded and
  4. reward them
  5. this is a historic
  6. a turning point in the
  7. carers attended a
  8. keep them safer
  9. catching up for years
  10. each and
  1. of delay
  2. with a rise in pay
  3. during the pandemic
  4. French Revolution
  5. clapped their nurses
  6. every one of us
  7. unions
  8. moment
  9. ceremony in Paris
  10. sector

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
clapped
sector
deal
moment
during
agreed
rise
extra

The French government has (1) ____________ to give a pay rise of $9 billion to its health workers. It agreed the (2) ____________ on Monday with labour unions. The extra cash means that nurses and care workers will get an (3) ____________ $208 a month in their pay packet. Doctors who work in the public (4) ____________ will also get more money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the efforts of health workers (5) ____________ the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded and (6) ____________ their nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them with a (7) ____________ in pay. The Prime Minister told reporters that: "No one can deny that this is a historic (8) ____________ for our health system."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
attended
more
celebration
share
signing
delay
honour
staff

Monday's announcement and (9) ____________ ceremony was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to (10) ____________ a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers (11) ____________ a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions asked health workers to stay away from the (12) ____________ as a protest. The unions said the government needed to do more to protect (13) ____________ and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do (14) ____________. He said: "It is a way of catching up for years of (15) ____________, for which each and every one of us has their (16) ____________ of responsibility.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The French government has agreed to give a pay rise ______
     a.  off $9 billion
     b.  with $9 billion
     c.  of $9 billion
     d.  oft $9 billion
2)  It agreed the deal on Monday with ______
     a.  labour onions
     b.  laboured onions
     c.  laboured unions
     d.  labour unions
3)  nurses and care workers will get an extra $208 a month in ______
     a.  their paid packet
     b.  their play packet
     c.  their pay packet
     d.  their pain packet
4)  During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded ______
     a.  and clipped
     b.  and clapped
     c.  and clopped
     d.  and cupped
5)  No one can deny that this is a historic moment for ______
     a.  our health cistern
     b.  our healthy sis term
     c.  our health sister
     d.  our health system

6)  Monday's announcement and signing ceremony was on ______
     a.  then day before
     b.  them day before
     c.  the day before
     d.  their day before
7)  This is a day to honour a turning point in the French Revolution ______
     a.  in 1798
     b.  in 1978
     c.  in 1879
     d.  in 1789
8)  Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers ______
     a.  attend it a ceremony
     b.  attended a ceremonial
     c.  attended a cereal money
     d.  attended as alimony
9)  some unions asked health workers to stay away from the celebration ______
     a.  as a protest
     b.  as a protect
     c.  as a pro test
     d.  as app roe test
10)  He said: "It is a way of catching up for ______"
     a.  years of relay
     b.  years of delay
     c.  years of dill lay
     d.  years of dilly

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The French government has agreed to (1) ____________________ rise of $9 billion to its health workers. It agreed the deal on Monday with labour unions. The extra cash means that (2) ____________________ workers will get an extra $208 a month in their pay packet. Doctors who work in the        (3) ____________________ also get more money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the (4) ____________________ workers during the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded (5) ____________________ nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them with a rise in pay. The Prime Minister told reporters that: "No one can deny that this is                            (6) ____________________ for our health system."

Monday's announcement and (7) ____________________ on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour a (8) ____________________ the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers attended a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, (9) ____________________ health workers to stay away from the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government needed to do (10) ____________________ staff and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do more. He said: "It (11) ____________________ of catching up for years of delay, for which each and every one of us has (12) ____________________ responsibility."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who was the pay deal agreed with?
  2. How much extra cash will nurses get each month?
  3. Which doctors will get extra cash?
  4. What did French people do to nurses and doctors during the pandemic?
  5. What kind of moment did the PM say the rise was for the health service?
  6. What celebration happened after the pay rise was announced?
  7. When was the French Revolution?
  8. How many health care workers attended a ceremony in Paris?
  9. Who asked health care workers to stay away from a celebration?
  10. What did the Prime Minister say the pay rise was catching up for?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who was the pay deal agreed with?
a) local governments
b) hospitals
c) unions
d) surgeries
2) How much extra cash will nurses get each month?
a) $208
b) $802
c) $280
d) $820
3) Which doctors will get extra cash?
a) public sector doctors
b) surgeons
c) newly-qualified doctors
d) private sector doctors
4) What did French people do to nurses and doctors during the pandemic?
a) gave them money
b) they clapped them
c) they waved at them
d) they shook their hands
5) What kind of moment did the PM say the rise was for the health service?
a) a moment to think
b) a wonderful moment
c) a sad moment
d) a historic moment

6) What celebration happened after the pay rise was announced?
a) a pay rise party
b) Bastille Day
c) a birthday party
d) a wedding
7) When was the French Revolution?
a) 1789
b) 1798
c) 1879
d) 1978
8) How many health care workers attended a ceremony in Paris?
a) exactly 1,400
b) just under 1,400
c) around 1,400
d) just over 1,400
9) Who asked health care workers to stay away from a celebration?
a) the government
b) doctors
c) nurses
d) unions

10) What did the Prime Minister say the pay rise was catching up for?
a) years of delay
b) austerity
c) pay
d) thanks

Role play

Role  A – Nurses
You think nurses are the most deserving of a pay rise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why people in their jobs don't really need a pay rise. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): bankers, coders or shop assistants.

Role  B – Bankers
You think bankers are the most deserving of a pay rise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why people in their jobs don't really need a pay rise. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): nurses, coders or shop assistants.

Role  C – Coders
You think coders are the most deserving of a pay rise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why people in their jobs don't really need a pay rise. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): bankers, nurses or shop assistants.

Role  D – Shop Assistants
You think shop assistants are the most deserving of a pay rise. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why people in their jobs don't really need a pay rise. Also, tell the others which is the least deserving of these (and why): bankers, coders or nurses.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'health'

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  • and 'worker'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • deal
    • extra
    • efforts
    • outbreak
    • caused
    • deny
    • before
    • point
    • national
    • needed
    • safer
    • share




    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 - Health Workers

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'health'?
    3. What do you think of the pay rise?
    4. How much should nurses get paid?
    5. Would you like to be a nurse?
    6. How difficult is the job of a nurse?
    7. How difficult is the job of a doctor?
    8. How often should we applaud our health workers?
    9. What would being a health worker be like in a pandemic?
    10. What advice do you have for health workers?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'worker'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should nurses be among the highest paid workers?
    5. What do you know about the French Revolution?
    6. What do you think of labour unions?
    7. What more should governments do for health workers?
    8. Have you ever needed the help of health workers?
    9. Are doctors or nurses more important?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a health worker?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The French government has (1) ____ to give a pay rise of $9 billion to its health workers. It agreed the (2) ____ on Monday with labour unions. The extra cash means that nurses and care workers will get an extra $208 a month in their pay (3) ____. Doctors who work in the public sector will also get more money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the (4) ____ of health workers during the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded and (5) ____ their nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them with a rise in pay. The Prime Minister told reporters that: "No one can deny that this is a (6) ____ moment for our health system."

    Monday's announcement and (7) ____ ceremony was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour a (8) ____ point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and (9) ____ attended a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions asked health workers to stay away from the celebration (10) ____ a protest. The unions said the government needed to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do (11) ____. He said: "It is a way of catching up for years of delay, for which each and every one of us has their (12) ____ of responsibility."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     greed     (b)     agreeing     (c)     agree     (d)     agreed    
    2. (a)     seal     (b)     peal     (c)     appeal     (d)     deal    
    3. (a)     pocket     (b)     packet     (c)     picket     (d)     bucket    
    4. (a)     effects     (b)     affords     (c)     efforts     (d)     affronts    
    5. (a)     clapped     (b)     penned     (c)     recovered     (d)     stopped    
    6. (a)     historic     (b)     history     (c)     historian     (d)     hysteria    
    7. (a)     limiting     (b)     stomping     (c)     stamping     (d)     signing    
    8. (a)     turning     (b)     spinning     (c)     twisting     (d)     whirling    
    9. (a)     savers     (b)     carers     (c)     givers     (d)     doers    
    10. (a)     was     (b)     has     (c)     as     (d)     is    
    11. (a)     many     (b)     some     (c)     more     (d)     any    
    12. (a)     plus     (b)     share     (c)     divide     (d)     cut

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  $208 a month in their pay packet. Doctors who work in the public sector will also get more
    (...)  on Monday with labour unions. The extra cash means that nurses and care workers will get an extra
    (...)  during the coronavirus pandemic. During the outbreak, millions of French people applauded and
    (...)  money. France's Prime Minister said the pay rise was to recognise the efforts of health workers
    (...)  reporters that: "No one can deny that this is a historic moment for our health system."
    (...)  Monday's announcement and signing ceremony was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to
    (...)  to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister
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    (...)  years of delay, for which each and every one of us has their share of responsibility."
    (...)  clapped their nurses and doctors. This caused the government to reward them with a rise in pay. The Prime Minister told
    (...)  asked health workers to stay away from the celebration as a protest. The unions said the government needed
    (...)  honour a turning point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors
    (...)  and carers attended a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions
    (...)  said the government would do more. He said: "It is a way of catching up for

    Put the words in the right order

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    7. stay   workers   asked   unions   health   away   .   Some   to
    8. to   Governments   staff   .   do   needed   protect   to   more
    9. catching   Ways   of   years   up   of   delay   for
    10. us   every   responsibility   .   of   one   and   has   Each

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Monday's announcement and signing / singing ceremony was on the day before Bastille Day on July the 14th. This is a day to honour a turning / turn point in the French Revolution in 1789. It is the national week / day of France. Around 1,400 nurses, doctors and carers attention / attended a ceremony in Paris' Place de la Concorde. However, some unions / onions asked health workers to stay way / away from the celebration as a protect / protest. The unions said the government needed / necessary to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic. The Prime Minister said the government would do more. He said: "It is a way of catching down / up for years of delay, for which each and every one of us has their shave / share of responsibility."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    mondays announcement and signing ceremony was on the day before bastille day on July the 14th this is a day to honour a turning point in the french revolution in 1789 it is the national day of france around 1400 nurses doctors and carers attended a ceremony in paris place de la concorde however some unions asked health workers to stay away from the celebration as a protest the unions said the government needed to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic the prime minister said the government would do more he said it is a way of catching up for years of delay for which each and every one of us has their share of responsibility

    mondays announcement and signing ceremony was on the day before bastille day on July the 14th this is a day to honour a turning point in the french revolution in 1789 it is the national day of france around 1400 nurses doctors and carers attended a ceremony in paris place de la concorde however some unions asked health workers to stay away from the celebration as a protest the unions said the government needed to do more to protect staff and keep them safer during the pandemic the prime minister said the government would do more he said it is a way of catching up for years of delay for which each and every one of us has their share of responsibility

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheFrenchgovernmenthasagreedtogiveapayriseof$9billiontoitsheal
    thworkers.ItagreedthedealonMondaywithlabourunions.Theextraca
    shmeansthatnursesandcareworkerswillgetanextra$208amonthinth
    eirpaypacket.Doctorswhoworkinthepublicsectorwillalsogetmoremo
    ney.France'sPrimeMinistersaidthepayrisewastorecognisetheefforts
    ofhealthworkersduringthecoronaviruspandemic.Duringtheoutbreak
    ,millionsofFrenchpeopleapplaudedandclappedtheirnursesanddocto
    rs.Thiscausedthegovernmenttorewardthemwithariseinpay.ThePrim
    eMinistertoldreportersthat:"Noonecandenythatthisisahistoricmom
    entforourhealthsystem."Monday'sannouncementandsigningcerem
    onywasonthedaybeforeBastilleDayonJulythe14th.Thisisadaytohon
    ouraturningpointintheFrenchRevolutionin1789.Itisthenationaldayo
    fFrance.Around1,400nurses,doctorsandcarersattendedaceremonyi
    nParis'PlacedelaConcorde.However,someunionsaskedhealthworker
    stostayawayfromthecelebrationasaprotest.Theunionssaidthegover
    nmentneededtodomoretoprotectstaffandkeepthemsaferduringthep
    andemic.ThePrimeMinistersaidthegovernmentwoulddomore.Hesai
    d:"Itisawayofcatchingupforyearsofdelay,forwhicheachandeveryone
    ofushastheirshareofresponsibility."

    Free writing

    Write about health workers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Nurses should be among the highest paid workers in any country. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HEALTH WORKERS: Make a poster about health workers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PAY RISE: Write a magazine article about health workers getting a 100% pay rise. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on health workers. Ask him/her three questions about health workers. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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