IntroductionHow equal are men and women in your country? What gender differences exist? Have you experienced any discrimination (positive as well as negative) becuase of your gender? (You can answer these questions on the message board at the end of this class.)
1. You’re going to read an article about women’s rights in Spain.
Before you do, look at the first sentence below and decide what word goes in each space.
When you’ve decided, click ‘Answer’ below.
“Spain’s come a long way since the 1)______ days of Gen Francisco Franco when a woman’s role was 2)______ in the home and she needed permission from her husband to…”
2. The sentence finishes with four things women needed permission for from their husbands.
Think of what those things could have been, then click ‘Answer’.
1. The articles goes on to talk about five ways in which women in modern Spain are discriminated against.
Can you think of what any of these could be?
When you’ve finished, quickly read through the article below to indentify them.
2. Now answer the reading comprehension questions below.
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1/8 General Comprehension: Which one of the following statements best describers the overall message of the article?
2/8 General Comprehension: Which option below best reflects the tone and style of the article:
3/8 General Comprehension: Decide if the following statement is, according to the article, true or false:
In many areas of gender inequality, women are standing up to make their voices heard.
4/8 Specific Comprehension: Which paragraph below talks about women protesting by signing a petition?
5/8 Specific Comprehension: Which of the paragraphs mentions tackling a problem with more severe consequences for those found guilty?
6/8 Specific Comprehension: Which paragraph deals with women being discriminated against more than in another mentioned country?
7/8 Language Comprehension: Match the expressions from the article to their synonyms.
- come a long way
- enjoy parity
- male counterparts
- salary gap
- by far the majority
- government coffers
- in leaps and bounds
benefit from equality
difference in earnings
with rapid progress
88 Language Comprehension: write verbs used in the text to complete the following phrases:
a) (bridge) the gender gap.
b) (carry) a 21 percent tax.
c) (take) on the majority of the household chores
d) (prevent) and punish such crimes.e) (make) up 39.42 percent of MPs in Spain’s national parliament
- a) (bridge) the gender gap.
Over to You
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