The Reading / Listening - Farming - Level 0

The UK wants to change farming. It will pay older farmers to retire. It wants more young farmers. Older farmers could get $140,000 if they retire. The UK wants to protect the environment. Older farmers use farming methods that are not so environmentally friendly. The UK thinks younger farmers will use greener methods.

The average age of a UK farmer is 59. Around 40 per cent are over 65. The UK wants to help older farmers to retire. Its plan is popular with older farmers. Around 75 per cent of older farmers like it. A farmers' group wants a fair plan for older farmers. It wants them to have enough time and information to make life-changing decisions.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Farming - Level 1 Farming - Level 2   or  Farming - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thepigsite.com/news/2021/05/uk-government-publishes-consultation-on-paying-older-farmers-to-retire
  • https://www.thecattlesite.com/news/56944/uk-farming-groups-respond-to-lump-sum-exit-payment-consultation/
  • https://www.ft.com/content/4d4bbf25-97c4-498d-9772-80c0b165f52e


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The UK wants to
  2. It will pay older farmers
  3. It wants more young
  4. get $140,000 if
  5. protect
  6. not so environmentally
  7. The UK thinks younger farmers
  8. use greener
  1. will
  2. they retire
  3. to retire
  4. methods
  5. farmers
  6. the environment
  7. friendly
  8. change farming

Paragraph 2

  1. The average age of
  2. Around 40 per cent
  3. The UK wants to help older
  4. Its plan is popular
  5. Around 75 per cent of older
  6. a fair
  7. have enough time
  8. make life-changing
  1. farmers to retire
  2. plan
  3. decisions
  4. are over 65
  5. and information
  6. farmers like it
  7. a UK farmer is 59
  8. with older farmers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK (1) ___________________ farming. It will pay older (2) ___________________. It wants more young farmers. Older farmers could get $140,000 (3) ___________________. The UK wants to protect the environment. Older (4) ___________________ methods that are not so environmentally friendly. The (5) ___________________ farmers will (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ a UK farmer is 59. Around 40 per cent are over 65. The UK (8) ___________________ older farmers to retire. Its (9) ___________________ with older farmers. Around 75 per cent of (10) ___________________ it. A farmers' group wants a fair plan for older farmers. It wants them (11) ___________________ time and information to make (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKwantstochangefarming.Itwillpayolderfarmerstoretire.Itwant
smoreyoungfarmers.Olderfarmerscouldget$140,000iftheyretire.Th
eUKwantstoprotecttheenvironment.Olderfarmersusefarmingmetho
dsthatarenotsoenvironmentallyfriendly.TheUKthinksyoungerfarme
rswillusegreenermethods.TheaverageageofaUKfarmeris59.Around
40percentareover65.TheUKwantstohelpolderfarmerstoretire.Itspla
nispopularwitholderfarmers.Around75percentofolderfarmerslikeit.
Afarmers'groupwantsafairplanforolderfarmers.Itwantsthemtohave
enoughtimeandinformationtomakelife-changingdecisions.

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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