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Tax justice

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: In the news

  • 85 mins
  • In class
  • Listening
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to part of an authentic video about tax
  • Use a variety of listening strategies effectively

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer questions on the main ideas and details of the video
  • Recognize key language from the video
  • Relate the content of the video to your own opinions and experience

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Activities (11)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

No teacher notes

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the video, filmed in Paris in December 2018, then discuss the questions:
• What do you know about the 'yellow vests' protests?
• Why did the protests happen?
• Why do governments make people pay tax?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of major events linked to tax.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

Why do people pay tax? Many people talk about the four Rs of taxation when they answer this question.
Rearrange the letters into the words for each definition, then discuss why you think they are important. All the words begin with 'R'.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students an understanding of the key justifications for taxation.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the main ideas in a video about tax justice.
Put students into pairs or groups so that they can work together to understand the main ideas of their clip. Once they have watched their clip, have the class discuss their different clips, to build a picture of the main ideas of the whole video.

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Support
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Look at the script lines and match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce key language from the video.
Have students read the script lines and try to infer the meaning of the words from the context.


Variation


 

Practice

Practice

Recommendations

  • 7 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps with the key language to complete the text. You do not need to use all the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise using the key language.
The text contains information which reveals some of the answers in Detail. Depending on your students' answers, you may want to send this activity after they have completed the questions in Detail.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 9 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Watch the video again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific information in the video.


Language notes

Margaret Hodge talks about 'sheer unfairness ...'. Sheer is a word which is used to give emphasis and more intensity to an idea.


 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 13 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions in small groups.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students the opportunity to react to the ideas in the video according to their own opinions.

 

Follow up 1

Follow up 1

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Website


Student instructions

Watch the video filmed at the World Economic Forum and discuss these questions:
• How do the speakers feel about tax avoidance?
• What arguments do they give to defend their views?


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to extend the topic of the lesson to the effects of tax avoidance on poverty and inequality. It helps to prepare students for the Follow up 2 activity.

 

Follow up 2

Follow up 2

Recommendations

  • 20 mins
  • Individual, Group, Class
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to expand on the topic of the lesson and to allow students to express their own opinions on tax avoidance.
Encourage students to choose companies which are large and high-profile, so that there is a lot of media coverage of their tax arrangements.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Support
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No student instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson, and how it is relevant to their own lives.

 
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