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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym! 

1. Afford A. Money from jobs.
 2. Situation B. How things are.
 3. Cost of Living C. An angry group.
 4. Income D. Have money.
 5. Protests E. How much to live.


  1. Afford = D. Have money.
  2. Situation = B. How things are.
  3. Cost of Living = E. How much to live.
  4. Income = A. Money from jobs.
  5. Protests = C. An angry group.

True or False?

1. Young people do not have money to buy a house. True

2.  Houses are much cheaper these days. False

3. In 1998, fewer people lived with their parents. True

4. The cost of living is more these days. True

5. There are no protests in France. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. This is longer than in the past.

2. Houses cost much more now.

3. The problem has gotten very bad.

4. The cost of living has been growing.

5. The yellow vest protests in France.

Listening and Vocabulary


Countries Worse Living
Parents Past Days
  1. Living
  2. Past
  3. Worse
  4. Parents
  5. Countries
  6. Days


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Afford  A. Money needed to live.
 2. Severity  B. Fighting against.
 3. Cost of Living  C. Have enough money.
 4. Income  D. Money from a job.
 5. Protests  E. How bad something is.


  1. Afford = C. Have enough money.
  2. Severity = E. How bad something is.
  3. Cost of Living = A. Money needed to live.
  4. Income = D. Money from a job.
  5. Protests = B. Fighting against.

True or False?

1. People in the UK are leaving home at younger ages.  False

2. Housing in the UK is too expensive. True

3. The level of the problem is the same all around the UK. False

4. The cost of living has been decreasing in most places. False

5. Income has not risen with the cost of living. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. House and rent prices have been increasing.

2. Many young people cannot afford to rent.

3. The cost of living has been increasing.

4. Many peoples’ income has stayed the same.

5. The problem has gotten very bad.

Listening and Vocabulary


Income Parents Situation
Problem Prices Vests
  1. Prices
  2. Parents
  3. Situation
  4. Problem
  5. Income
  6. Vests


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Think Tank A. Connection
2. Correlation B. Insufficient
3. Dramatically C. Relationship between 2 numbers.
4. Household D. Large amount
5. Substantially E. Strong effect
6. Scarce F. Research organisation
7. Ratio G. Rise quickly.
8. Skyrocket H. Turn to a solution
9. Resort I. Home


  1. Think Tank = F. Research organisation.
  2. Correlation = A. Connection
  3. Dramatically = E. Strong effect
  4. Household = I. Home
  5. Substantially = D. Large amount
  6. Scarce = B. Insufficient
  7. Ratio = Relationship between 2 numbers.
  8. Skyrocket = G. Rise quickly.
  9. Resort = H. Turn to a solution.

True or False?

1. The UK’s north has the highest amount of young people living with their parents. False

2. The number of young people living on their own has risen dramatically. False

3. The housing crisis in the UK is not affecting many people.  False

4. There not enough homes for people in the UK. True

5. The UK needs to build less than 1 million homes to fix the crisis. False

6. Older people are struggling the most from the housing crisis. False

7. Rising rent prices are making it difficult for people to leave their parent’s homes. True

8. In 1996, the average rent price was less than half of today’s average rent prices. True

9. There are many fast solutions for young people who need cheap housing now. False

10. France has been decreasing taxes to help people with the cost of living. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The UK has seen a drop in the number of single-person households.

2. There is a housing crisis in the UK.

3. It is estimated that the UK needs to build 3 million more houses.

4. In 1996, house prices cost roughly 3x the average yearly income.

5. Young people are not able to receive the same advantages.

Listening and Vocabulary


Crisis Scarce Institute
Reporting Driven Burden
Rent Increase Sparked
  1. Institute
  2. Reporting
  3. Driven
  4. Increase
  5. Scarce
  6. Crisis
  7. Rent
  8. Sparked
  9. Burden