The Reading / Listening - Basic Income - Level 2

The United Nations has a plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. The UN said the world's poorest people should get a basic income. It said this could slow down the current rise in coronavirus cases. The money would mean about 2.7 billion people could stay at home. This would reduce the risk of them spreading the virus. The UN suggested giving the money to poor people in 132 developing countries. The cost of this would be about $199 billion per month. The UN said: "Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social and economic measures."



The UN said the basic income would mean giving money to people instead of economies. It said: "Bailouts and recovery plans cannot only focus on big markets and big business. A temporary basic income would allow governments to give people in lockdown a financial lifeline, inject cash back into local economies to help keep small businesses afloat, and slow the devastating spread of COVID-19." It said there are many people without insurance and many workers without contracts. There are also many low-paid people. It also said refugees, migrants, and people with disabilities need help.

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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
  2. the world's poorest
  3. slow down the current
  4. coronavirus
  5. 2.7 billion people could stay
  6. This would reduce
  7. poor people in 132
  8. economic
  1. at home
  2. cases
  3. measures
  4. developing countries
  5. plan
  6. people
  7. the risk
  8. rise

Paragraph 2

  1. giving money
  2. Bailouts and recovery
  3. inject cash back into
  4. keep small businesses
  5. slow the devastating spread
  6. many workers without
  7. There are also many low-
  8. people with disabilities
  1. of COVID-19
  2. paid people
  3. to people
  4. need help
  5. plans
  6. afloat
  7. contracts
  8. local economies

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Nations has a (1) ___________________ the spread of COVID-19. The UN said the world's poorest people should get a basic income. It said this could slow down (2) ___________________ in coronavirus cases. The money would mean about 2.7 (3) ___________________ stay at home. This would (4) ___________________ of them spreading the virus. The UN (5) ___________________ money to poor people in 132 developing countries. The () ___________________ would be about $199 billion per month. The UN said: "Unprecedented times call for unprecedented social (6) ___________________."

The UN said the basic income (7) ___________________ money to people instead of economies. It said: "Bailouts and recovery plans cannot (8) ___________________ big markets and big business. A temporary basic income would allow governments to give people in lockdown (9) ___________________, inject cash back into local economies to help keep (10) ___________________, and slow the devastating spread of COVID-19." It said there are many people without insurance and many (11) ___________________. There are also many low-paid people. It also said refugees, migrants, and people with (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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dtheworld'spoorestpeopleshouldgetabasicincome.Itsaidthiscouldsl
owdownthecurrentriseincoronaviruscases.Themoneywouldmeanab
out2.7billionpeoplecouldstayathome.Thiswouldreducetheriskofthe
mspreadingthevirus.TheUNsuggestedgivingthemoneytopoorpeople
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ermonth.TheUNsaid:"Unprecedentedtimescallforunprecedentedsoc
ialandeconomicmeasures."TheUNsaidthebasicincomewouldmeangi
vingmoneytopeopleinsteadofeconomies.Itsaid:"Bailoutsandrecove
ryplanscannotonlyfocusonbigmarketsandbigbusiness.Atemporaryb
asicincomewouldallowgovernmentstogivepeopleinlockdownafinanc
iallifeline,injectcashbackintolocaleconomiestohelpkeepsmallbusine
ssesafloat,andslowthedevastatingspreadofCOVID-19."Itsaidthere
aremanypeoplewithoutinsuranceandmanyworkerswithoutcontracts
.Therearealsomanylow-paidpeople.Italsosaidrefugees,migrants,an
dpeoplewithdisabilitiesneedhelp.

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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