The Reading / Listening - Level 3

A new report from a British market research company says there is a "wave of micro crime" in the country. Researchers from the organisation YouGov said they were shocked by their findings. Matthew Smith, a data analyst at YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't expect that three in every four people you see are [hiding] a criminal past. Yet that's exactly what is happening as new research…[shows] that as many as 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] at least one very minor or 'micro' crime." The most common crime confessed to by the British public is paying someone cash for services, knowing that the person will not pay tax on it.



YouGov says that men and middle-class people were the most likely to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women committed micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people admitted to committing micro crimes while the figure was closer to 70 per cent for working-class people. The second-most commonly committed crime was illegally downloading or streaming TV shows, movies or music. Slightly fewer than 30 per cent of people said they had done this. Other micro crimes included not paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, lying about your age to get a better deal, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 0 Level 1   or  Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/three-four-brits-admit-commiting-petty-crimes-claim-pollsters-1587803
  • http://news.sky.com/story/three-out-of-four-britons-are-micro-criminals-poll-10629227
  • http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/you-micro-criminal-see-how-12071441


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. CRIME: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about crime. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       report / market / research / shocked / probably / hiding / criminal / micro / tax /
       middle class / working class / figure / illegally / movies / music / plastic bags / age

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. CRIMINALS: Students A strongly believe we are all criminals; Students B strongly believe we aren't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MICRO CRIME: How bad are these micro crimes and why? What should the punishment for them be? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Illegal downloading
  • Not paying a train fare
  • Lying about your age
  • Refilling a drink without paying
  • Eating fruit in a store without paying
  • Speeding
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5. MICRO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "micro". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CRIMES: Rank these with your partner. Put the worst crime at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • bank robbery
  • blackmail
  • cyber-bullying
  • drugs possession
  • corruption
  • slander
  • car theft
  • house burglary

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A report says there is a wave of micro crime in Britain.     T / F
  2. Researchers were not surprised by their findings.     T / F
  3. The report says three in four British people are hiding a criminal past.     T / F
  4. The most common micro crime in Britain is related to tax.     T / F
  5. The middle class commits more micro crimes than the working class.     T / F
  6. Women commit more micro crimes than men.     T / F
  7. The second most common micro crime was not paying for shopping bags.   T / F
  8. Lying about your age to get a better deal is not a micro crime.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. wave
  2. findings
  3. expect
  4. minor
  5. likely
  6. commit
  7. admitted
  8. figure
  9. slightly
  10. deal
  1. owned up to
  2. unimportant
  3. a little
  4. think
  5. do
  6. flood
  7. bargain
  8. probable
  9. number
  10. discovery

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. they were shocked by
  2. three in every four people you see are
  3. having done at least
  4. The most common crime confessed
  5. knowing that the person will not
  6. the most likely to commit
  7. the figure
  8. illegally downloading
  9. lying about your age
  10. eating things in a supermarket
  1. these micro crimes
  2. to by the British public
  3. without paying
  4. or streaming TV shows
  5. one
  6. to get a better deal
  7. their findings
  8. pay tax on it
  9. was closer to 70 per cent
  10. hiding a criminal past

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
expect
research
tax
least
wave
confessed
shocked
past

A new report from a British market (1) ____________ company says there is a "(2) ____________ of micro crime" in the country. Researchers from the organisation YouGov said they were (3) ____________ by their findings. Matthew Smith, a data analyst at YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't (4) ____________ that three in every four people you see are [hiding] a criminal (5) ____________. Yet that's exactly what is happening as new research…[shows] that as many as 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] at (6) ____________ one very minor or 'micro' crime." The most common crime (7) ____________ to by the British public is paying someone cash for services, knowing that the person will not pay (8) ____________ on it.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
admitted
likely
commonly
deal
figure
included
committed
fewer

YouGov says that men and middle-class people were the most (9) ____________ to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women (10) ____________ micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people (11) ____________ to committing micro crimes while the (12) ____________ was closer to 70 per cent for working-class people. The second-most (13) ____________ committed crime was illegally downloading or streaming TV shows, movies or music. Slightly (14) ____________ than 30 per cent of people said they had done this. Other micro crimes (15) ____________ not paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, lying about your age to get a better (16) ____________, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a British market research company says there is a "______ crime"
     a.  weave of micro
     b.  waiver of micro
     c.  wave of micro
     d.  waft of micro

2)  Researchers from the organisation YouGov said they were shocked ______
     a.  by them findings
     b.  by their finding
     c.  buy their findings
     d.  by their findings

3)  a data analyst at YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't ______."
     a.  expect that
     b.  except that
     c.  excerpt that
     d.  expert that

4)  people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] at least one very ______ crime
     a.  minor or 'micro'
     b.  miner or 'micro'
     c.  manor or 'micro'
     d.  mine are or 'micro'

5)  paying someone cash for services, knowing that the person will ______ it
     a.  not pays tax on
     b.  not pay tax on
     c.  not paid tax on
     d.  not payee tax on

6)  YouGov says that men and middle-class people were the most ______ these
     a.  likely to commits
     b.  likely to commit
     c.  likely to committed
     d.  likely to committee

7)  while the figure was closer to 70 per cent for ______ people
     a.  working-class
     b.  walking-class
     c.  weakling-class
     d.  walk-in-class

8)  The second-most commonly committed crime was illegally downloading ______ shows
     a.  or steaming TV
     b.  or stream in TV
     c.  or storming TV
     d.  or stealing TV

9)  Slightly fewer than 30 per cent of people said they ______
     a.  had doing this
     b.  had done these
     c.  had done this
     d.  have done this

10)  lying about your age to get ______
     a.  a better deal
     b.  a better steal
     c.  a better teal
     d.  a better doll

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report from a British market (1) ___________________ says there is a "wave of micro crime" in the country. Researchers from the organisation YouGov said they were (2) ___________________ findings. Matthew Smith, a data analyst at YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't (3) ___________________ in every four people you see are [hiding] a criminal past. Yet that's exactly what (4) ___________________ new research…[shows] that as many as 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] (5) ___________________ very minor or 'micro' crime." The most common crime confessed to by the British public is paying someone cash for services, knowing that the person (6) ___________________ on it.

YouGov says that men and (7) ___________________ were the most likely to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of (8) ___________________ micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people admitted to committing micro crimes while the (9) ___________________ to 70 per cent for working-class people. The second-most commonly committed crime was (10) ___________________ or streaming TV shows, movies or music. Slightly fewer than 30 per cent of people (11) ___________________ done this. Other micro crimes included not paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, lying (12) ___________________ to get a better deal, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of company made the report?
  2. How did the researchers feel about their findings?
  3. What did the researchers say three in four British people were hiding?
  4. How many micro crimes have 74% of British people done?
  5. What will some people not pay when they get cash?
  6. Which class of people were most likely to commit micro crimes?
  7. What percentage of women committed micro crimes?
  8. What is the second most common micro crime?
  9. What percentage of people had illegally downloaded things?
  10. What did people lie about to get a better deal?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of company made the report?
a) a criminal company
b) a countryside company
c) a microwave company
d) a market research company

2) How did the researchers feel about their findings?
a) surprised
b) shocked
c) stunned
d) sad

3) What did the researchers say three in four British people were hiding?
a) people
b) money
c) stolen goods
d) a criminal past

4) How many micro crimes have 74% of British people done?
a) thousands
b) 77
c) at least one
d) countless crimes

5) What will some people not pay when they get cash?
a) the price
b) bills
c) attention
d) tax

6) Which class of people were most likely to commit micro crimes?
a) the working class
b) the upper class
c) the middle class
d) ex-prisoners

7) What percentage of women committed micro crimes?
a) 71%
b) 70%
c) 77%
d) 74%

8) What is the second most common micro crime?
a) stealing plastic bags
b) lying
c) illegally downloading stuff
d) speeding

9) What percentage of people had illegally downloaded things?
a) exactly 30%
b) fewer than 30%
c) greater than 30%
d) about 30%

10) What did people lie about to get a better deal?
a) their age
b) money
c) everything
d) their job

Role play

Role A — Corruption

You think corruption is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others what the punishments for these should be and why: slander, house burglary or drugs possession.

Role B — Slander

You think slander is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others what the punishments for these should be and why: corruption, house burglary or drugs possession.

Role C — House Burglary

You think house burglary is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others what the punishments for these should be and why: slander, corruption or drugs possession.

Role D — Drugs Possession

You think drugs possession is the worst crime. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crimes aren't as bad. Also, tell the others what the punishments for these should be and why: slander, house burglary or corruption.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'micro'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'crime'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 77
    • 80
    • 70
    • second
    • 30
    • age
    • new
    • shocked
    • four
    • 74
    • least
    • pay




    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 - Three-quarters of British people commit micro crimes

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'crime'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of micro crime?
    5. Is micro crime different from crime?
    6. How often do people around you commit micro crimes?
    7. What kind of micro crimes do people commit in your country?
    8. Is speeding a micro crime?
    9. Are you a criminal if you illegally download a song?
    10. How easy is it to follow the law and not commit crimes?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Why do men commit more micro crimes than women?
    3. Why do the middle class commit more crimes than the working class?
    4. Who commits the most crimes in your country?
    5. What crimes do you worry about in your country?
    6. Have you ever committed a crime?
    7. Is lying a crime?
    8. What should the punishment be for micro crimes?
    9. What things would you like to become a crime?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a micro criminal?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A new report from a British market research company says there is a "(1) ____ of micro crime" in the country. Researchers from the organisation YouGov said they were shocked (2) ____ their findings. Matthew Smith, a data analyst at YouGov, said: "Looking around you, you probably wouldn't (3) ____ that three in every four people you see are [hiding] a criminal (4) ____. Yet that's (5) ____ what is happening as new research…[shows] that as many as 74 per cent of British people are 'micro-criminals' – having [done] at least one very minor or 'micro' crime." The most common crime confessed to by the British public is paying someone cash for services, knowing that the person will not (6) ____ tax on it.

    YouGov says that men and middle-class people were the most (7) ____ to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women committed micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people admitted (8) ____ committing micro crimes while the figure was closer to 70 per cent for working-class people. The second-most commonly (9) ____ crime was illegally downloading or streaming TV shows, movies or music. (10) ____ fewer than 30 per cent of people said they had done this. Other micro crimes included (11) ____ paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, lying about your age to get a better (12) ____, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     waif     (b)     weave     (c)     wave     (d)     waft    
    2. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     as    
    3. (a)     expect     (b)     except     (c)     expert     (d)     excerpt    
    4. (a)     past     (b)     passed     (c)     psst     (d)     parsed    
    5. (a)     exact     (b)     exactly     (c)     extract     (d)     exalt    
    6. (a)     pry     (b)     ply     (c)     purr     (d)     pay    
    7. (a)     liked     (b)     likeable     (c)     likely     (d)     liking    
    8. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    9. (a)     committed     (b)     doing     (c)     actioned     (d)     carried    
    10. (a)     Sprightly     (b)     Slightly     (c)     Sleight     (d)     Slight    
    11. (a)     no     (b)     not     (c)     non     (d)     nor    
    12. (a)     finally     (b)     stuff     (c)     deal     (d)     resulting

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    YouGov says that men / man and middle-class people were the most liked / likely to commit these micro crimes. Researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women committed / committing micro crimes. About 80 per cent of middle-class people admitted by / to committing micro crimes while the numeral / figure was closer to 70 per cent for working-class people. The second-most commonly committed crime was illegal / illegally downloading or streaming TV shows, movies or / nor music. Slightly fewest / fewer than 30 per cent of people said they had doing / done this. Other micro crimes included not paying for plastic bags in supermarkets, lying about your age to get a better deal / dealer, and eating things in a supermarket without paying.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

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    yougov says that men and middle-class people were the most likely to commit these micro crimes researchers say 77 per cent of men and 71 per cent of women committed micro crimes about 80 per cent of middle-class people admitted to committing micro crimes while the figure was closer to 70 per cent for working-class people the second-most commonly committed crime was illegally downloading or streaming tv shows movies or music slightly fewer than 30 per cent of people said they had done this other micro crimes included not paying for plastic bags in supermarkets lying about your age to get a better deal and eating things in a supermarket without paying

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    dednotpayingforplasticbagsinsupermarkets,lyingaboutyouragetog
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    Free writing

    Write about micro crimes for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Discuss three ideas about how to reduce crime. How well would your ideas work?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about micro crime. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CRIME: Make a poster about crime. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MICRO CRIME: Write a magazine article about micro crime. Include imaginary interviews with micro criminals and with police officers.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on crime. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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