The Reading / Listening - Free Trade Deal - Level 1

Fifteen Asian-Pacific countries signed the world's biggest free trade deal. There are 10 Southeast Asian nations, plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. They all make up 30 per cent of the world economy. Governments have been talking about the deal since 2012. China supported the deal to help countries during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 shows why trade is important. Countries want their economy to grow.



Leaders think the free trade deal will help the Asia-Pacific region. China said it would bring "hope amid the clouds". It said the deal is "the right way" and "right direction" for the world economy and humanity. South Korea said the deal is, "an important step forward toward an ideal framework of global trade and investment". It said it had, "a diverse mix of developed, developing and least developed economies".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Free Trade Deal - Level 0 Free Trade Deal - Level 2   or  Free Trade Deal - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.yahoo.com/huge-asian-trade-pact-signed-002503549.html
  • http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20201115000235&np=1&mp=1
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-11/15/c_139517711.htm


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Fifteen Asian-Pacific
  2. the world's biggest
  3. There are 10 Southeast
  4. They all make up 30 per cent of
  5. talking about the deal
  6. help countries during the
  7. COVID-19 shows why
  8. Countries want their
  1. since 2012
  2. trade is important
  3. free trade deal
  4. economy to grow
  5. Asian nations
  6. the world economy
  7. coronavirus pandemic
  8. countries

Paragraph 2

  1. Leaders think the free trade deal
  2. the Asia-
  3. China said it would
  4. the right
  5. an ideal
  6. global trade and
  7. a diverse
  8. least developed
  1. way
  2. mix
  3. framework
  4. economies
  5. bring hope
  6. will help
  7. investment
  8. Pacific region

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fifteen Asian-Pacific countries (1) ___________________ biggest free trade deal. There are 10 Southeast (2) ___________________ China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. They all make up 30 per cent of (3) ___________________. Governments have been talking about (4) ___________________ 2012. China supported the deal to help (5) ___________________ coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 shows why trade is important. Countries want their (6) ___________________.

(7) ___________________ free trade deal will help the Asia-Pacific region. China said it would (8) ___________________ the clouds". It said the deal is "the right way" (9) ___________________ for the world economy and humanity. South Korea said the deal is, "an important step forward (10) ___________________ framework (11) ___________________ and investment". It said it had, "a (12) ___________________ developed, developing and least developed economies".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FifteenAsian-Pacificcountriessignedtheworld'sbiggestfreetradede
al.Thereare10SoutheastAsiannations,plusChina,Japan,SouthKorea
,AustraliaandNewZealand.Theyallmakeup30percentoftheworldeco
nomy.Governmentshavebeentalkingaboutthedealsince2012.China
supportedthedealtohelpcountriesduringthecoronaviruspandemic.C
OVID-19showswhytradeisimportant.Countrieswanttheireconomyt
ogrow.LeadersthinkthefreetradedealwillhelptheAsia-Pacificregio
n.Chinasaiditwouldbring"hopeamidtheclouds".Itthedealis"theright
way"and"rightdirection"fortheworldeconomyandhumanity.SouthK
oreasaidthedealis,"animportantstepforwardtowardanidealframewo
rkofglobaltradeandinvestment".Itsaidithad,"adiversemixofdevelop
ed,developingandleastdevelopedeconomies".

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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Answers

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