The Reading / Listening - Household Help - Level 2

Working families in two towns in Germany will get government help with the housework. The government is testing a new project to help people, especially women, who want to work more. Employees who work extra hours will get vouchers. These are to get help with the housework, such as cleaning, ironing, vacuuming and dusting. The project will help to support family life and to reduce the shadow economy. The shadow economy is when people pay for things in cash but do not pay tax on them. This means the government loses money.



A government spokesman explained that qualified women work fewer hours than they want to because they do housework and look after the family. He said if these women worked five to ten hours more, they would get a government voucher and could then afford to pay someone to help with the housework. He added that the new system would mean more jobs for people in the household-help industry and create more tax for the government. Another 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 0 Household Help - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. help with
  2. Employees who work extra
  3. vacuuming
  4. The project will help to
  5. The shadow
  6. people pay for things in
  7. do not pay
  8. This means the government
  1. cash
  2. and dusting
  3. hours
  4. loses money
  5. support family life
  6. tax
  7. the housework
  8. economy

Paragraph 2

  1. women work fewer
  2. look
  3. they would get a government
  4. afford to
  5. more jobs
  6. create more tax
  7. professional help
  8. easier to balance work
  1. pay someone
  2. in the home
  3. after the family
  4. and family life
  5. voucher
  6. for people
  7. hours than they want to
  8. for the government

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Working (1) ___________________ towns in Germany will get government help with the housework. The government (2) ___________________ new project to help people, especially women, who (3) ___________________ more. Employees who work extra hours will get vouchers. (4) ___________________ help with the housework, such as cleaning, ironing, vacuuming and dusting. The project will (5) ___________________ family life and to reduce the shadow economy. The shadow economy is when people pay for things in cash but (6) ___________________ on them. This means the government loses money.

A government spokesman (7) ___________________ qualified women work fewer hours than (8) ___________________ because they do housework and look after the family. He said if these women worked (9) ___________________ hours more, they would get a government voucher and could then afford to pay someone to help with the housework. (10) ___________________ the new system would mean more jobs for people in the household-help industry and create (11) ___________________ the government. Another spokesman said: "With professional help in the home, it is easier (12) ___________________ and family life."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WorkingfamiliesintwotownsinGermanywillgetgovernmenthelpwitht
hehousework.Thegovernmentistestinganewprojecttohelppeople,es
peciallywomen,whowanttoworkmore.Employeeswhoworkextrahou
rswillgetvouchers.Thesearetogethelpwiththehousework,suchasclea
ning,ironing,vacuuminganddusting.Theprojectwillhelptosupportfa
milylifeandtoreducetheshadoweconomy.Theshadoweconomyiswhe
npeoplepayforthingsincashbutdonotpaytaxonthem.Thismeanstheg
overnmentlosesmoney.Agovernmentspokesmanexplainedthatquali
fiedwomenworkfewerhoursthantheywanttobecausetheydohousewo
rkandlookafterthefamily.Hesaidifthesewomenworkedfivetotenhour
smore,theywouldgetagovernmentvoucherandcouldthenaffordtopa
ysomeonetohelpwiththehousework.Headdedthatthenewsystemwo
uldmeanmorejobsforpeopleinthehousehold-helpindustryandcrea
temoretaxforthegovernment.Anotherspokesmansaid:"Withprofessi
onalhelpinthehome,itiseasiertobalanceworkandfamilylife."

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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