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The 2020 U.S. census will ask people if they are American citizens or not. California and New York have blocked this question. They think it will make some people not participate in the census. This is the first time the question has been used since 1950.

President Donald Trump’s team has said this question will help them decide how to spend money. They also said it will help them make laws that stop discrimination. Other’s think this is not right. They think this question is against immigrants.

The U.S. census happens every 10 years. The data helps the government decide how to spend money. Also, it helps create areas for voting.

Some states have many people who are not citizens. These states say this question will make the data wrong. They think this is because many people might not answer the questions. Some people say this question will make immigrants scared.

The final questions will be decided at the end of March.

Difficult words

Census: A list of questions from the government

Participate: To take part in; join in

Discrimination: To not like someone because of looks or where they are from.

Immigrants: A person who lives a country they were not born in.

Data: Facts someone learns

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Census  A. Join in
 2. Participate  B. Unfair
 3. Discrimination  C. Information
 4.  Immigrants  D. Questions
 5. Data  E. Foreigner

True or False?

1.   The U.K. added a new question to their 2020 census. T / F

2.  No states have a problem with the new question. T / F

3.  This question has never been used before. T / F

4. Donald Trump thinks this question is a good idea. T / F

5.  Some people think many people will not want to answer this question.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. it / people / not / think / some / make / will / They / participate

2. has / the / been / the / used / first / time / since / This / is / 1950 / question

3. They / will / also / help / laws / them / it / stop / that / discrimination / make / said

4. voting / for / create / helps / it / areas / Also,

5. will / be / of / The / at / decided / the / final / March / end / questions

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English:

Questions Data Census
Participate Citizens Discrimination

The 2020 U.S. ____________ will ask people if they are American citizens or not. California and New York have blocked this question. They think it will make some people not ________________ in the census. This is the first time the question has been used since 1950.

President Donald Trump’s team has said this question will help them decide how to spend money. They also said it will help them make laws that stop ______________. Other’s think this is not right. They think this question is against immigrants.

The U.S. census happens every 10 years. The ________ helps the government decide how to spend money. Also, it helps create areas for voting.

Some states have many people who are not __________. These states say this question will make the data wrong. They think this is because many people might not answer the questions. Some people say this question will make immigrants scared.

The final ___________ will be decided at the end of March.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. Is immigration a problem in your country?
4. How do people in your country feel towards immigrants?
5. Would you ever move to another country?
6. Do you think the Trump administration is discriminating against immigrants?
7. What is the best way to control immigration?
8. Should more countries have open borders like the EU?
9. What are the benefits to immigration?
10. What are the negatives to immigration?
11. Is it right to ask this kind of question in an official census?
12. Do you think there is another reason that the US government wants to ask this question?
13. Is there a better way for governments to collect information than a census?
14. Is it illegal to not participate in the census in your country?
15. Are there any questions that you wouldn’t want to answer on a census?
16. Do you think all governments can be trusted with census information?
17. Should census information be anonymous?
18. Are there any questions you would add to a census?
19. Is a census still relevant today?
20. Would you like to be in charge of writing the census questions?