The Reading / Listening - Income Inequality - Level 2

The world's eight richest men are as rich as half the world. The charity Oxfam said the billionaires have as much money as the 3.6 billion poorest people. Six of the men are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is worth $75 billion. The founders of Amazon and Facebook are both worth around $45 billion. The report is called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been feared." It added that the "super-rich" create income inequality by avoiding tax.



Oxfam said it was shocking for so few people to have so much wealth. One in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality traps hundreds of millions in poverty. Oxfam added that: "Across the world, people are being left behind. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." It said governments only care about big business and a "wealthy elite". An economist said the report was unfair because Oxfam was attacking rich people. He said Oxfam should focus on ways to increase growth instead of complaining about the rich.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Income Inequality - Level 0 Income Inequality - Level 1   or  Income Inequality - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-38613488
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/income-inequality-oxfam_us_58792e6ee4b0b3c7a7b13616
  • https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2017-01-16/just-8-men-own-same-wealth-half-world


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The world's eight
  2. as rich
  3. the 3.6 billion poorest
  4. Microsoft
  5. the gap between
  6. far greater than had
  7. income
  8. avoiding
  1. been feared
  2. people
  3. tax
  4. rich and poor
  5. inequality
  6. as half the world
  7. richest men
  8. founder Bill Gates

Paragraph 2

  1. One in 10 people survive on
  2. Inequality traps hundreds of
  3. people are being left
  4. Their wages are not
  5. corporate bosses take home
  6. big business and a
  7. focus on ways to increase
  8. complaining
  1. "wealthy elite"
  2. behind
  3. about the rich
  4. millions in poverty
  5. growth
  6. going up
  7. less than $2 a day
  8. million-dollar bonuses

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's (1) ___________________ are as rich as half the world. The charity Oxfam said the billionaires (2) ___________________ money as the 3.6 billion poorest people. Six of the men are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, (3) ___________________ $75 billion. The founders of Amazon and Facebook (4) ___________________ around $45 billion. The report is called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich and poor (5) ___________________ than had been feared." It added that the "super-rich" create income inequality (6) ___________________.

Oxfam said it was shocking for so few people (7) ___________________ wealth. One in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality traps hundreds of (8) ___________________. Oxfam added that: "Across the world, people are (9) ___________________. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home (10) ___________________." It said governments only care about big business and (11) ___________________. An economist said the report was unfair because Oxfam was attacking rich people. He said Oxfam should focus on ways to increase (12) ___________________ complaining about the rich.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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msaidthebillionaireshaveasmuchmoneyasthe3.6billionpoorestpeop
le.SixofthemenarefromtheUSA.TherichestisMicrosoftfounderBillGat
es,whoisworth$75billion.ThefoundersofAmazonandFacebookarebo
thwortharound$45billion.Thereportiscalled'AnEconomyforthe99Per
Cent'.Oxfamsaid:"Itshowsthatthegapbetweenrichandpoorisfargrea
terthanhadbeenfeared."Itaddedthatthe"super-rich"createincomei
nequalitybyavoidingtax.Oxfamsaiditwasshockingforsofewpeopleto
havesomuchwealth.Onein10peoplesurviveonlessthan$2aday.Ineq
ualitytrapshundredsofmillionsinpoverty.Oxfamaddedthat:"Acrosst
heworld,peoplearebeingleftbehind.Theirwagesare[notgoingup]yetc
orporatebossestakehomemillion-dollarbonuses."Itsaidgovernmen
tsonlycareaboutbigbusinessanda"wealthyelite".Aneconomistsaidth
ereportwasunfairbecauseOxfamwasattackingrichpeople.HesaidOxf
amshouldfocusonwaystoincreasegrowthinsteadofcomplainingabou
ttherich.

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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