Saturday, September 27, 2014

Panic buying causing food shortages in Venezuela English lesson

The supermarkets are empty in  Venezuela, so when people see something that they know they will need now and in the future, they buy a lot of it.  Something similar happens in Israel as well, because we know how difficult for stores to reorder, it often takes time to get stock from other countries if the items are imported.

Read this article and be prepared to discuss it with your English teacher. 
 http://www.biometricupdate.com/201408/venezuela-government-looking-to-biometrics-to-prevent-food-smuggling

Key Terms
fingerprint scanners 
initiative to
food shortages
biometric identification
overwhelmingly
predominate 
backlash
communist rationing.
smuggling of goods



Questions
Why did the government propose fingerprinting people when they buy goods at the supermarket?
What happened to the system that was in place at government owned shops?
What does the opposition party compare it to?  Why or why not?
What is Venezuela doing now to combat smuggling?
Is this working? 
How do customers feel about the fingerprinting?
How do other countries feel about it? 
Is this a good way to solve the food shortage problem?
What might be a better way to solve the problem?




Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English Teacher

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