The Reading / Listening - Income Inequality - Level 3

The world's eight richest men have as much money as half the world. A new report from the charity Oxfam said eight billionaires are as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world. Six of the world's richest people are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is worth $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have wealth estimated to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's 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 businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality by avoiding tax and paying low wages.



Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty." She added that: "Across the world, people are being left behind. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments only care about big business and a "wealthy elite". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report as being unfair. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be strangely [obsessed] with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth instead of complaining about the rich.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Income Inequality - Level 0 Income Inequality - Level 1   or  Income Inequality - Level 2

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


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. WEALTH: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about wealth. 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?

       richest / money / billionaire / Microsoft / wealth / report / poor / businesses / tax /
       obscene / survive / inequality / poverty / wages / bonuses / unfair / growth / charity

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

3. PAY: Students A strongly believe everyone should get the same pay, whatever job they do; Students B strongly believe this is wrong.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. BILLIONAIRE: How would your life change if you were a billionaire? How much happier would you be? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

 

Changes

How much happier

Friends

 

 

Hobbies

 

 

House

 

 

Travel

 

 

Health

 

 

Food

 

 

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5. CHARITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "charity". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. POVERTY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to get people out of poverty at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • micro-loans
  • migration
  • healthcare
  • jobs
  • education
  • aid
  • community projects
  • the Internet

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The world's eight richest people are men.     T / F
  2. Six of the world's eight richest people are from the USA.     T / F
  3. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is the richest person in the world.     T / F
  4. A charity said the gap between rich and poor is closing.     T / F
  5. Ten per cent of the world population has less than $2 a day to live on.     T / F
  6. Oxfam said people's wages around the world were not increasing.     T / F
  7. An economist said it was fair for the charity to attack the rich.   T / F
  8. The economist said the charity should complain more about the rich.     T / F

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

  1. richest
  2. report
  3. worth
  4. gap
  5. avoiding
  6. obscene
  7. survive
  8. going up
  9. bosses
  10. boost
  1. shocking
  2. difference
  3. increasing
  4. article
  5. executives
  6. value
  7. wealthiest
  8. increase
  9. live
  10. keeping away from

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

  1. as rich as the 3.6 billion
  2. Microsoft
  3. the gap between
  4. creating greater income
  5. avoiding
  6. so much wealth to be held in the
  7. 1 in 10 people survive
  8. people are being left
  9. a wealthy
  10. focus on ways to boost
  1. rich and poor
  2. growth
  3. tax
  4. hands of so few
  5. poorest people
  6. behind
  7. inequality
  8. elite
  9. on less than $2 a day
  10. founder

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
founder
gap
much
tax
worth
report
wages
wealth

The world's eight richest men have as (1) ____________ money as half the world. A new (2) ____________ from the charity Oxfam said eight billionaires are as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world. Six of the world's richest people are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft (3) ____________ Bill Gates, who is (4) ____________ $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have (5) ____________ estimated to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's report is called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the (6) ____________ between rich and poor is far greater than had been feared." It added that businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality by avoiding (7) ____________ and paying low (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
poverty
obscene
elite
bosses
boost
survive
strangely
care

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is (9) ____________ for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people (10) ____________ on less than $2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in (11) ____________." She added that: "Across the world, people are being left behind. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate (12) ____________ take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments only (13) ____________ about big business and a "wealthy (14) ____________ ". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report as being unfair. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be (15) ____________ [obsessed] with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on ways to (16) ____________ growth instead of complaining about the rich.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The world's eight richest men have as much money ______
     a.  as halve the world
     b.  as half a world
     c.  has half the world
     d.  as half the world

2)  The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is ______
     a.  worth $75 billion
     b.  worse $75 billion
     c.  was $75 billion
     d.  with $75 billion

3)  both have wealth estimated to be ______
     a.  around $405 billion
     b.  around $4.5 billion
     c.  around $45 billion
     d.  around $14.5 billion

4)  the gap between rich and poor is far greater than ______
     a.  had been afraid
     b.  had been frayed
     c.  had been ford
     d.  had been feared

5)  creating greater income inequality by avoiding tax and ______
     a.  pay in low wage
     b.  paying in low wages
     c.  paying lowly wages
     d.  paying low wages

6)  It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands ______
     a.  of so few
     b.  of so flew
     c.  of so phew
     d.  of so for you

7)  Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions ______
     a.  on poverty
     b.  in poverty
     c.  at poverty
     d.  by poverty

8)  wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home million-______
     a.  dollar donuts is
     b.  dollar bow noses
     c.  dollar bones as
     d.  dollar bonuses

9)  She said governments only care about big business and a "______"
     a.  wealthy elite
     b.  wealthy alight
     c.  wealthy a light
     d.  wealthy a lead

10)  He said Oxfam should focus on ways to boost ______
     a.  growing instead
     b.  growth in stead
     c.  grown inns Ted
     d.  growth instead

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's eight richest men (1) ___________________ money as half the world. A new report from the charity Oxfam said eight billionaires (2) ___________________ the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world. Six of the world's richest people are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, (3) ___________________ $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have wealth estimated to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's (4) ___________________ 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich and poor is far greater than (5) ___________________." It added that businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality by avoiding tax and (6) ___________________.

Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is obscene (7) ___________________ wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive (8) ___________________ $2 a day. Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty." She added that: "Across the world, people are (9) ___________________. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments (10) ___________________ big business and a "wealthy elite". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report (11) ___________________. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be strangely [obsessed] with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth (12) ___________________ complaining about the rich.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many poor people are the billionaires as rich as?
  2. Who is the richest person in the world?
  3. How much is Mark Zuckerberg worth?
  4. What gap is greater than had been feared?
  5. What did Oxfam say the "super-rich" avoid paying?
  6. Who is Winnie Byanyima?
  7. How much do 1 in 10 people have each day to live on?
  8. What did Oxfam say is not going up?
  9. What did an economist say Oxfam was "strangely obsessed" with?
  10. What did an economist say Oxfam should focus on?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many poor people are the billionaires as rich as?
a) 3.6 billion
b) 6.3 billion
c) 36 billion
d) 36,000,000

2) Who is the richest person in the world?
a) Mark Zuckerberg
b) the Queen of England
c) Bill Gates
d) Donald Trump

3) How much is Mark Zuckerberg worth?
a) Just less than $45 billion
b) About $45 billion
c) Over $45 billion
d) Exactly $45 billion

4) What gap is greater than had been feared?
a) mind the gap
b) the age gap
c) the Internet gap
d) the gap between rich and poor

5) What did Oxfam say the "super-rich" avoid paying?
a) tax
b) workers
c) bills
d) in kind

6) Who is Winnie Byanyima?
a) the report's writer
b) the world's richest woman
c) an economist
d) an Oxfam executive

7) How much do 1 in 10 people have each day to live on?
a) 99 cents
b) less than $2
c) just over one dollar
d) $4.5

8) What did Oxfam say is not going up?
a) the wealthy elite
b) bosses bonuses
c) the population
d) wages

9) What did an economist say Oxfam was "strangely obsessed" with?
a) poverty
b) business
c) the rich
d) economists

10) What did an economist say Oxfam should focus on?
a) complaining
b) ways to boost growth
c) its website
d) opening more stores

Role play

Role A — Education

You think education is the best thing to get people out of poverty. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): aid, the Internet or micro-loans.

Role B — Aid

You think aid is the best thing to get people out of poverty. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): education, the Internet or micro-loans.

Role C — The Internet

You think the Internet is the best thing to get people out of poverty. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): aid, education or micro-loans.

Role D — Micro-loans

You think micro-loans the best things to get people out of poverty. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): aid, the Internet or education.

After reading / listening

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

'rich'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'poor'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • hands
    • 10
    • across
    • home
    • unfair
    • ways
    • half
    • poorest
    • 75
    • 99
    • super
    • tax




    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 - Eight billionaires as rich as half the world

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'billionaire'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would life be like if you were a billionaire?
    5. Should billionaires give lots of money to poor people?
    6. How do you become a billionaire?
    7. What do you know about the three rich men mentioned in the article?
    8. What does the title of Oxfam's report mean?
    9. What problems are there because of income inequality?
    10. Should everyone get the same pay, whatever their job?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'charity'?
    3. Is it obscene that some people are so rich?
    4. What would it be like to have just $2 a day?
    5. Why are there very poor people in very rich countries?
    6. What would you like to ask Bill Gates?
    7. Should company bosses get million-dollar bonuses?
    8. Why do governments only care about the 'wealthy elite'?
    9. How can governments help poor people?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Oxfam?

    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)

    The world's eight richest men have as much money as (1) ____ the world. A new report from the charity Oxfam said eight billionaires are as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world. Six of the world's richest people are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft (2) ____ Bill Gates, who is worth $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have wealth (3) ____ to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's report is (4) ____ 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich and poor is (5) ____ greater than had been feared." It added that businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality (6) ____ avoiding tax and paying low wages.

    Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is obscene for so much wealth to be (7) ____ in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day. Inequality is (8) ____ hundreds of millions in poverty." She added that: "Across the world, people are being (9) ____ behind. Their wages are [not going up] (10) ____ corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments only care about big business and a "wealthy elite". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report (11) ____ being unfair. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be strangely [obsessed] with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth (12) ____ of complaining about the rich.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     huff     (b)     half     (c)     halved     (d)     halve    
    2. (a)     funder     (b)     founder     (c)     finder     (d)     flounder    
    3. (a)     estranged     (b)     ultimatums     (c)     esteemed     (d)     estimated    
    4. (a)     cold     (b)     called     (c)     culled     (d)     scold    
    5. (a)     for     (b)     far     (c)     fir     (d)     fire    
    6. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     to    
    7. (a)     holding     (b)     hold     (c)     held     (d)     holds    
    8. (a)     trap     (b)     trapped     (c)     trapping     (d)     trapper    
    9. (a)     back     (b)     right     (c)     front     (d)     left    
    10. (a)     yet     (b)     bet     (c)     let     (d)     set    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     is     (c)     was     (d)     has    
    12. (a)     prefer     (b)     rather     (c)     instead     (d)     liking

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  )     The world's eight richest men have as much money as half the world. A new report from the

    (    )     charity Oxfam said eight billionaires are as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in the world. Six of the world's richest

    (    )     poverty." She added that: "Across the world, people are being left behind. Their wages are [not going

    (    )     rich" are creating greater income inequality by avoiding tax and paying low wages.

    (    )     founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have wealth estimated to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's report is called

    (    )     Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the

    (    )     people are from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who is worth $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook

    (    )     and poor is far greater than had been feared." It added that businesses and the "super-

    (    )     'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the gap between rich

    (    )     care about big business and a "wealthy elite". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report as being

    (    )     up] yet corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments only

    (    )     hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day.  Inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in

    (    )     with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth instead of complaining about the rich.

    (    )     unfair. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be strangely [obsessed]

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. Six   world's   are   USA   the   people   the   of   richest   from   .
    3. $45   have   to   Both   estimated   around   billion   wealth   be   .
    4. rich   greater   and   The   poor   gap   is   between   far   .
    5. Creating   income   by   tax   greater   inequality   avoiding   .
    6. than   less   on   survive   people   ten   in   One   day   a   $2   .
    7. poverty   in   millions   of   hundreds   trapping   is   Inequality   .
    8. -   million   home   take   bosses   Corporate   bonuses   dollar   .
    9. seems   with   to   the   be   rich   strangely   Oxfam   obsessed   .
    10. boost   Focus   growth   on   instead   ways   of   to   complaining   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The world's eight richest men have as many / much money as half the world. A new report from the charity Oxfam said eight billionaires are was / as rich as the 3.6 billion poorest people in / on the world. Six of the world's richest people are for / from the USA. The richest is Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who / that is worth $75 billion. Amazon and Facebook founders Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg both have wealth estimated / esteemed to be around $45 billion. Oxfam's report is name / called 'An Economy for the 99 Per Cent'. Oxfam said: "It shows that the lap / gap between rich and poor is far greater than had been afraid / feared." It added that businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality by / at avoiding tax and paying low wages.

    Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, said: "It is scene / obscene for so much wealth to be held in the feet / hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive in / on less than $2 a daily / day.  Inequality is trapping / trapped hundreds of millions in poverty." She added that: "Across the world, people are being left ahead / behind. Their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses / boss take home million-dollar bonuses." She said governments only care about big business and a "wealthy elite". Economist Mark Littlewood attacked the report as being unfairly / unfair. He said: "As an 'anti-poverty' charity, Oxfam seems to be / have strangely [obsessed] with the rich." He said Oxfam should focus on weighs / ways to boost growth instead of complaining about the rich.

    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

    the world's eight richest men have as much money as half the world a new report from the charity oxfam said eight billionaires are as rich as the 36 billion poorest people in the world six of the world's richest people are from the usa the richest is microsoft founder bill gates who is worth $75 billion amazon and facebook founders jeff bezos and mark zuckerberg both have wealth estimated to be around $45 billion oxfam's 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 businesses and the "super-rich" are creating greater income inequality by avoiding tax and paying low wages

    winnie byanyima executive director of oxfam international said "it is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day  inequality is trapping hundreds of millions in poverty" she added that "across the world people are being left behind their wages are [not going up] yet corporate bosses take home million-dollar bonuses" she said governments only care about big business and a "wealthy elite" economist mark littlewood attacked the report as being unfair he said "as an 'anti-poverty' charity oxfam seems to be strangely [obsessed] with the rich" he said oxfam should focus on ways to boost growth instead of complaining about the rich

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Theworld'seightrichestmenhaveasmuchmoneyashalftheworld.Ane
    wreportfromthecharityOxfamsaideightbillionairesareasrichasthe3.
    6billionpoorestpeopleintheworld.Sixoftheworld'srichestpeoplearefr
    omtheUSA.TherichestisMicrosoftfounderBillGates,whoisworth$75bi
    llion.AmazonandFacebookfoundersJeffBezosandMarkZuckerbergbo
    thhavewealthestimatedtobearound$45billion.Oxfam'sreportiscalle
    d'AnEconomyforthe99PerCent'.Oxfamsaid:"Itshowsthatthegapbet
    weenrichandpoorisfargreaterthanhadbeenfeared."Itaddedthatbusi
    nessesandthe"super-rich"arecreatinggreaterincomeinequalitybyav
    oidingtaxandpayinglowwages.WinnieByanyima,ExecutiveDirectoro
    fOxfamInternational,said:"Itisobsceneforsomuchwealthtobeheldint
    hehandsofsofewwhen1in10peoplesurviveonlessthan$2aday.Inequ
    alityistrappinghundredsofmillionsinpoverty."Sheaddedthat:"Across
    theworld,peoplearebeingleftbehind.Theirwagesare[notgoingup]yet
    corporatebossestakehomemillion-dollarbonuses."Shesaidgovernm
    entsonlycareaboutbigbusinessanda"wealthyelite".EconomistMarkLi
    ttlewoodattackedthereportasbeingunfair.Hesaid:"Asan'anti-pover
    ty'charity,Oxfamseemstobestrangely[obsessed]withtherich."Hesai
    dOxfamshouldfocusonwaystoboostgrowthinsteadofcomplainingabo
    uttherich.

    Free writing

    Write about income inequality for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Everyone should get the same pay, whatever job they do. Discuss.

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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 this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. SAME PAY: Write a magazine article about everyone getting the same pay, whatever job they do. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    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 wealth. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how you can become richer. 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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