The Reading / Listening - Free Trade Deal - Level 2

Fifteen Asian-Pacific countries have signed the world's biggest free trade deal. It is called the RCEP. The countries include 10 from Southeast Asia, plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. These countries make up 30 per cent of the world economy. The idea for the RCEP started in 2012. Governments have been talking since then. China pushed the deal forward to help economies during the coronavirus pandemic. An economics expert said: "COVID-19 has reminded the region of why trade matters." Governments want to have economic growth.



Government leaders believe the free trade deal will help the Asia-Pacific region. China said: "The fact the RCEP has been signed after eight years of talks brings...hope amid the clouds." It added: "Multi-lateralism is the right way, and represents the right direction of the global economy and humanity's progress." South Korea said the RCEP, "represents an important step forward toward an ideal framework of global trade and investment." It said the deal included, "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 1   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 countries have
  2. The countries include 10
  3. make up 30 per cent of
  4. Governments have been talking
  5. during the coronavirus
  6. An economics
  7. reminded the region of
  8. Governments want to have
  1. expert
  2. signed
  3. economic growth
  4. the world economy
  5. why trade matters
  6. since then
  7. pandemic
  8. from Southeast Asia

Paragraph 2

  1. leaders believe the free trade deal
  2. signed after eight
  3. Multi-lateralism is the
  4. humanity's
  5. an important step
  6. global trade
  7. the deal included a diverse
  8. developing and least developed
  1. right way
  2. mix
  3. progress
  4. economies
  5. will help
  6. forward
  7. years of talks
  8. and investment

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fifteen Asian-Pacific countries (1) ___________________ world's biggest free trade deal. It (2) ___________________ RCEP. The countries include 10 from Southeast Asia, plus China, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. These (3) ___________________ 30 per cent of the world economy. The idea for the RCEP started in 2012. Governments have been (4) ___________________. China pushed the (5) ___________________ help economies during the coronavirus pandemic. An economics expert said: "COVID-19 has reminded (6) ___________________ why trade matters." Governments want to have economic growth.

Government (7) ___________________ free trade deal will help the Asia-Pacific region. China said: "(8) ___________________ RCEP has been signed after eight years of talks brings... (9) ___________________ clouds." It added: "Multi-lateralism is the right way, and represents (10) ___________________ of the global economy and humanity's progress." South Korea said the RCEP, "represents (11) ___________________ forward toward an ideal framework of global trade and investment." It said the deal included, "a diverse mix of developed, developing (12) ___________________ economies".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FifteenAsian-Pacificcountrieshavesignedtheworld'sbiggestfreetra
dedeal.ItiscalledtheRCEP.Thecountriesinclude10fromSoutheastAsi
a,plusChina,Japan,SouthKorea,AustraliaandNewZealand.Thesecou
ntriesmakeup30percentoftheworldeconomy.TheideafortheRCEPsta
rtedin2012.Governmentshavebeentalkingsincethen.Chinapushedt
hedealforwardtohelpeconomiesduringthecoronaviruspandemic.Ane
conomicsexpertsaid:"COVID-19hasremindedtheregionofwhytrad
ematters."Governmentswanttohaveeconomicgrowth.Governmentl
eadersbelievethefreetradedealwillhelptheAsia-Pacificregion.Chinas
aid:"ThefacttheRCEPhasbeensignedaftereightyearsoftalksbrings...
hopeamidtheclouds."Itadded:"Multi-lateralismistherightway,andre
presentstherightdirectionoftheglobaleconomyandhumanity'sprogre
ss."SouthKoreasaidtheRCEP,"representsanimportantstepforwardto
wardanidealframeworkofglobaltradeandinvestment."Itsaidthedeali
ncluded,"adiversemixofdeveloped,developingandleastdevelopedec
onomies".

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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