The Reading / Listening - Basic Income - Level 1

The United Nations has a plan for COVID-19. It said the world's poorest people should get a basic income. This could slow down the number of coronavirus cases. The money would let 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries stay at home. This would cut the risk of them spreading the virus. This would cost about $199 billion per month. The UN said the world had to take special action because it is in an unprecedented time not experienced before.



The basic income would go to people and not economies or big businesses. The UN said a basic income would give people in lockdown a financial lifeline, put cash back into local economies and help small businesses. It would also slow the spread of COVID-19. There are many people without insurance and many workers with no contract. There are also many low-paid people. The UN said refugees, migrants, and people with disabilities also need help.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Basic Income - Level 0 Basic Income - Level 2   or  Basic Income - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/news-centre/news/2020/Temporary_Basic_Income_to_protect_the_worlds_poorest_people_slow_COVID19.html
  • https://japantoday.com/category/world/u.n.-report-suggests-temporary-basic-income-to-help-world%27s-poorest-amid-pandemic
  • https://time.com/5870438/basic-income-payments-coronavirus-u-n/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The United Nations has a plan
  2. the world's poorest
  3. get a basic
  4. slow down the number
  5. people in 132 developing
  6. stay at
  7. cut the risk of them spreading
  8. not experienced
  1. before
  2. of coronavirus cases
  3. countries
  4. people
  5. the virus
  6. for COVID-19
  7. home
  8. income

Paragraph 2

  1. The basic income would
  2. big
  3. give people in lockdown
  4. put cash back
  5. help small
  6. There are many people
  7. many workers with
  8. people with disabilities
  1. also need help
  2. into local economies
  3. without insurance
  4. businesses
  5. go to people
  6. no contract
  7. a financial lifeline
  8. businesses

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Nations (1) ___________________ for COVID-19. It said the world's poorest people should (2) ___________________ income. This could (3) ___________________ number of coronavirus cases. The money would let 2.7 billion people in 132 developing countries (4) ___________________. This would cut the risk of them spreading the virus. This would cost about $199 (5) ___________________. The UN said the world had to take special action because it is in an unprecedented (6) ___________________ before.

The basic (7) ___________________ to people and not economies (8) __________________. The UN said a basic income would give people in lockdown (9) ___________________, put cash back into local economies and help small businesses. It would also (9) ___________________ of COVID-19. There are many people without insurance and many workers (10) ___________________. There are also many low-paid people. The UN said refugees, migrants, and (11) ___________________ also need help.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUnitedNationshasaplanforCOVID-19.Itsaidtheworld'spoorestp
eopleshouldgetabasicincome.Thiscouldslowdownthenumberofcoro
naviruscases.Themoneywouldlet2.7billionpeoplein132developingc
ountriesstayathome.Thiswouldcuttheriskofthemspreadingthevirus.
Thiswouldcostabout$199billionpermonth.TheUNsaidtheworldhadto
takespecialactionbecauseitisinanunprecedentedtimenotexperience
dbefore.Thebasicincomewouldgotopeopleandnoteconomiesorbigbu
sinesses.TheUNsaidabasicincomewouldgivepeopleinlockdownafina
nciallifeline,putcashbackintolocaleconomiesandhelpsmallbusinesse
s.ItwouldalsoslowthespreadofCOVID-19.Therearemanypeoplewit
houtinsuranceandmanyworkerswithnocontract.Therearealsomanyl
ow-paidpeople.TheUNsaidrefugees,migrants,andpeoplewithdisabil
itiesalsoneedhelp.

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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