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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Equal Pay Day is an American day of awareness to highlight the fact that American men earn more than women for doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how far into a new year that a woman must work to earn what a man earned in the previous year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women earned on average 77.8 percent of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women did a little better than this. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was lower. This is happening in America today, even though equal pay was passed into law in 1963. Many women see the equality as doubly unfair because statistics also show that American women are better educated than men.

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and hundreds of civil rights and labour organizations take part in fair pay campaigns. They hold events across America demanding a fair wage. A lot of the campaigning is coordinated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women says equal pay is not just a woman’s issue: “If women are only paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their family suffers....Working families lose about $200 billion in income every year because of this pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually wear red ribbons on this day as a symbol of how women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

American men earn

a.

average 77.8 percent

2

women earned on

b.

doubly unfair

3.

Asian American women did a

c.

educated than men

4.

equal pay was passed

d.

more than women

5.

Many women see the equality as

e.

into law in 1963

6.

American women are better

f.

little better than this

 

Paragraph 2

1.

take part in fair

a.

fair wage

2

demanding a

b.

discrimination

3.

equal pay is not just

c.

with their pay

4.

Working families lose

d.

a woman’s issue

5.

pay

e.

pay campaigns

6.

minorities are “in the red”

f.

about $200 billion


LISTENING GAP FILL

Equal Pay Day is an American day of awareness to __________________________ American men earn more than women for doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how far into a new year that a woman __________________________ a man earned in the previous year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women __________________________ percent of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women did a little better than this. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was lower. This is happening in America today, __________________________ was passed into law in 1963. Many women see the equality as __________________________ also show that American women are better educated than men.

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and __________________________ and labour organizations take part in fair pay campaigns. They hold events across America demanding a fair wage. A lot of the __________________________ by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women says equal pay __________________________ issue: “If women are only paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their family suffers....Working families lose about $200 billion in income every year because of this pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually wear red ribbons on this day as __________________________ women and __________________________ with their pay.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Equal Pay Day is an American day of awareness to highlight the __________ that American men earn more than women for doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how __________ into a new year that a woman must work to earn what a man earned in the __________ year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women earned on __________ 77.8 percent of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women __________ a little better than this. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was __________. This is happening in America today, even though equal pay was passed into __________ in 1963. Many women see the equality as __________ unfair because statistics also show that American women are better educated than men.

 

 

 

law
previous
did
fact
doubly
far
average
lower

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and hundreds of __________ rights and labour organizations take part in fair pay __________. They hold events across America demanding a fair wage. A lot of the campaigning is __________ by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women says equal pay is not just a woman’s __________: “If women are only paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their family __________....Working families lose about $200 billion in __________ every year because of this pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually wear red ribbons on this day as a __________ of how women and minorities are “in the __________” with their pay.

 

 

coordinated
 
suffers
civil
symbol
red
issue
campaigns
income


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Equal Pay Day is an American day of / from awareness to highlight the fact that American men earning / earn more than women for doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how far / farther into a new year that a woman must work to earn what a man earned in the previous / before year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women earned on average 77.8 percent for / of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women did a little better/ well than this. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was lower. This is happening / happen in America today, even though equal pay was passed into law in 1963. Many women see the equality as doubly unfair because statistics also show that American women are better education / educated than men.

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and hundreds of civilized / civil rights and labour organizations take part in fair pay campaigns. They holding / hold events across America demanding a fair wage. A lot of the campaigning is / are coordinated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women says / talks equal pay is not just a woman’s issue: “If women are only paying / paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their / her family suffers....Working families lose about $200 billion in income every year because of this paid / pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually wear red ribbons on this day as a symbol of how women and minorities are “in the red / purple” with their pay.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Equal Pay Day is an American day of awareness to highlight the (1) ____ that American men earn more than women for doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how (2) ____ into a new year that a woman must work to earn what a man earned in the previous year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women (3) ____ on average 77.8 percent of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women did a little better than (4) ____. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was lower. This is happening in America today, even though equal pay was (5) ____ into law in 1963. Many women see the equality as doubly unfair because statistics also show that American women are better (6) ____ than men.

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and hundreds of civil (7) ____ and labour organizations take part in fair pay campaigns. They hold events across America demanding a (8) ____ wage. A lot of the campaigning is coordinated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women (9) ____ equal pay is not just a woman’s issue: “If women are only paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their family suffers....Working families (10) ____ about $200 billion in income every year because of this pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually wear red ribbons on this day as a (11) ____ of how women and minorities are “in the (12) ____” with their pay.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

matter of fact

(b)

in fact

(c)

factual

(d)

fact

2.

(a)

far

(b)

by far

(c)

farthest

(d)

as far as

3.

(a)

earnings

(b)

earned

(c)

earner

(d)

earns

4.

(a)

these

(b)

them

(c)

this

(d)

they

5.

(a)

parsed

(b)

past

(c)

psst

(d)

passed

6.

(a)

educational

(b)

educated

(c)

educating

(d)

education

7.

(a)

rights

(b)

right

(c)

right on

(d)

right away

8.

(a)

fare

(b)

fear

(c)

fair

(d)

fire

9.

(a)

tells

(b)

says

(c)

speaks

(d)

voices

10.

(a)

lose

(b)

losing

(c)

loser

(d)

losses

11.

(a)

symbolic

(b)

symbols

(c)

symbol

(d)

cymbal

12.

(a)

blue

(b)

orange

(c)

yellow

(d)

red


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

men arne more than women

2.

in the superoiv year

3.

on aeagver

4.

male leuagleocs

5.

sspeda into law

6.

women are better dauceedt than men

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ebsnsisu and professional women

8.

civil rtshgi

9.

demanding a fair gaew

10.

eulaq pay

11.

Working fsliaemi

12.

$200 billion in ecoinm


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

wear red ribbons on this day as a symbol of how women and minorities are “in the red” with their pay.

(    )

unfair because statistics also show that American women are better educated than men.

(    )

though equal pay was passed into law in 1963. Many women see the equality as doubly

(    )

this. For African American and Hispanic women, the figure was lower. This is happening in America today, even

(    )

what a man earned in the previous year. Statistics released in 2008 showed that women earned on average 77.8

(    )

wage. A lot of the campaigning is coordinated by the National Committee on Pay Equity, which started

(    )

issue: “If women are only paid 77 cents when they should get a dollar, their family suffers....Working families lose

(    )

about $200 billion in income every year because of this pay discrimination,” she said. Campaigners usually

(    )

On Equal Pay Day, thousands of business and professional women and hundreds of civil rights and labour

(    )

organizations take part in fair pay campaigns. They hold events across America demanding a fair

1  )

Equal Pay Day is an American day of awareness to highlight the fact that American men earn more than women for

(    )

percent of their male colleagues’ earnings. Asian American women did a little better than

(    )

Equal Pay Day in 1996. Eula Tate of the Coalition of Labor Union Women says equal pay is not just a woman’s

(    )

doing the same jobs. It is held on April 15 because this is how far into a new year that a woman must work to earn


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

women    the    men    than    doing    jobs    more    for    same    earn

2.

American    better    women    than    did    this    a    Asian    little

3.

1963    in    law    into    passed    was    pay    equal

4.

women    Many    unfair    doubly    as    equality    the    see

5.

educated    men    women    better    than    American    are

6.

take    in    pay    organizations    part    fair    campaigns

7.

fair   across   wage   America   They   demanding   hold   a   events

8.

issue    woman’s    a    just    not    is    pay    equal

9.

in    billion    200    $    about    lose    families    income

10.

day    this    on    ribbons    red    wear    usually    Campaigners


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


THE EQUAL PAY DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Equal Pay Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Equal Pay Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about Equal Pay Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Equal Pay Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Equal Pay Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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