Task 2D: Young people speaking out

Introduce the issue you have chosen

The final question asks you to create a text about a current issue in an English-speaking country and how young people are raising their voice to address the issue. Texts 1 A-G, 3, 4, and 5 may be useful for this task.

Based on the suggested texts from the preparation material, some of the issues you could talk about in your text are:

  • Environmental issues (Texts 1A and C, Text 3) - refer to the negative consequences of human activity on the natural environment. Such issues include air pollution, climate change, extinction of species, or exploitation of natural resources.
  • Discrimination (Texts 1C and 1D, Text 4, and Text 5)  - refers to treating people unjustly based on which group or class they belong to. The most dominant forms of discrimination are based on ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation. The groups that are discriminated against are often a minority in a given country or society such as African Americans, immigrants, gay people, indigenous peoples, etc.
  • Poverty and access to education (Text 1G) - are issues that most developing countries are confronted with. Poverty affects people’s living conditions and can be a result of lack of education but also of the general economic situation in a society. Access to education is often a problem for poor people. Other reasons for lack of access to education include discrimination, cultural practices, and poor infrastructure (such as school being hard to reach from isolated regions).
  • Gun violence (Text 1E, Text 4, and Text 5) - is an issue in countries that have relaxed gun ownership rules, such as the US. 
  • Consumerism (Texts 1A and Text 5) - refers to people being encouraged to buy goods and services in great amounts, often far beyond what they actually need to survive and thrive. Consumerism is criticised because it relies on mass production which requires the use of many resources, while also resulting in the creation of a lot of waste.

Note that you may also be able to select other issues than these, depending on what you have covered ...

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