The Reading / Listening - Household Help - Level 0

Two German towns will help workers with the housework. A new project will help people who want to work more. They will get vouchers to get help with the housework. This will support family life and give the government more money. The government will get more money because people will pay more tax.



Women work less than they want to. They do housework and look after the family. If women worked more, they would get a voucher. They could use this to pay for help with the housework. The new system would create jobs. A spokesman said: "With professional help in the home, it is easier to balance work and family life."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Household Help - Level 1 Household Help - Level 2   or  Household Help - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39675081
  • http://www.faz.net/aktuell/beruf-chance/arbeitswelt/modellprojekt-in-wuerttemberg-gutscheine-fuer-die-angemeldete-putzfrau-14981573.html
  • https://www.bmfsfj.de/bmfsfj/aktuelles/presse/pressemitteilungen/projektstart--gutscheine-fuer-haushaltsnahe-dienstleistungen/115886


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. help people who want
  2. help with the
  3. This will support family
  4. people will pay more
  5. The new system would
  6. professional help in
  7. it is
  8. balance work
  1. life
  2. easier
  3. create jobs
  4. and family life
  5. tax
  6. to work more
  7. housework
  8. the home

Paragraph 2

  1. Women work less
  2. look after
  3. If women worked
  4. they would
  5. They could use this
  6. The new system would create
  7. professional help in the
  8. it is easier to balance work
  1. to pay for help
  2. and family life
  3. get a voucher
  4. the family
  5. home
  6. than they want to
  7. more
  8. jobs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Two German towns (1) ___________________ workers with the housework. A (2) ___________________ will help people (3) ___________________ work more. They will get (4) ___________________ help with the housework. This will support family (5) ___________________ the government more money. The government will get more money because people will (6) ___________________.

Women work less (7) ___________________ to. They do housework and (8) ___________________ family. If women worked more, they (9) ___________________ voucher. They could use (10) ___________________ for help with the housework. The new system would (11) ___________________. A spokesman said: "With professional help in the home, it is easier to balance (12) ___________________ life."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TwoGermantownswillhelpworkerswiththehousework.Anewprojectw
illhelppeoplewhowanttoworkmore.Theywillgetvoucherstogethelpwi
ththehousework.Thiswillsupportfamilylifeandgivethegovernmentm
oremoney.Thegovernmentwillgetmoremoneybecausepeoplewillpa
ymoretax.Womenworklessthantheywantto.Theydohouseworkandlo
okafterthefamily.Ifwomenworkedmore,theywouldgetavoucher.The
ycouldusethistopayforhelpwiththehousework.Thenewsystemwould
createjobs.Aspokesmansaid:"Withprofessionalhelpinthehome,itise
asiertobalanceworkandfamilylife."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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