Level 1 | Level  2 | Level 3 | Answers

The French government is giving 18-year-olds €300. The money is for culture. This means they can buy things like books, cinema and museum tickets, video games and music. To use the money, a smartphone app is needed. The €300 can only be used through the app. It can also only be used at approved websites and shops. This is to make sure that it is only used for approved things.

The government wants to give young people easier access to cultural events and products. When the pass was announced in 2018, some people did not like it. They said that Hollywood movies like Star Wars and Marvel movies should not be part of the pass. This made people talk about what should be included. The French culture minister then said that they would not exclude anything cultural. Those who agreed said that movies like Star Wars should be part of the culture pass.

Now, the pass is open to every 18-year-old in the country. It includes almost every cultural option available. Some exclusions include non-French companies such as Netflix and Spotify. French video and music streaming websites are available though.

Difficult words

Culture (n): The arts created by humans.

Approve (v): To agree something is okay.

Access (v): To be allowed to used something.

Pass (n): A ticket allowing you to do something.

Exclude (v) / Exclusion (n): To not include, or things that are not included.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Culture A. Ticket
 2. Approve B. Not include.
 3. Access C. Agree
 4. Pass D. Arts
 5. Exclude E. Able to use.

True or False?

1. The French Government wants give money to old people. T / F

2. 18-year-olds will get €300. T / F

3. The French government will give young people cash. T / F

4. Everyone loved the idea of the pass in 2018. T / F

5. Not all video and music websites are included with the pass. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. for / is / culture / The / money

2. used / at / It can / approved websites / also / only be

3. about / included / This / should be / talk / made people

4. every / 18-year-old / is / pass / to / Now, / open / the

5. includes / It / every / almost / option / cultural

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

MoviesApprovedGovernment
OptionEasierStreaming

The French (1)________________ is giving 18-year-olds €300. The money is for culture. This means they can buy things like books, cinema and museum tickets, video games and music. To use the money, a smartphone app is needed. The €300 can only be used through the app. It can also only be used at approved websites and shops. This is to make sure that it is only used for (2)______________ things.

The government wants to give young people (3)__________ access to cultural events and products. When the pass was announced in 2018, some people did not like it. They said that Hollywood movies like Star Wars and Marvel movies should not be part of the pass. This made people talk about what should be included. The French culture minister then said that they would not exclude anything cultural. Those who agreed said that (4)___________ like Star Wars should be part of the culture pass.

Now, the pass is open to every 18-year-old in the country. It includes almost every cultural (5)___________ available. Some exclusions include non-French companies such as Netflix and Spotify. French video and music (6)_______________ websites are available though.

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. What do you think of this story?
4. How important is experiencing culture for young people?
5. What do you think of the French government giving young people this money?
6. Does your country have any programs like this?
7. What would you do with the money if you were 18?
8. Do you think different types of culture are more important than others?
9. What’s your favourite cultural thing?
10. Should movies like Star Wars be allowed on the app?
11. How much value do you think this money provides to young people?
12. Should money be given to more than just 18-year-olds and younger?
13. Is it expensive to experience different cultural activities in your country?
14. Do people have time to experience their favourite cultural activities in your country?
15. What do you think about only French businesses being included in the pass?
16. Do teenagers in your country engage in the culture?
17. Is modern music and film as culturally important as works of the past?
18. Do people in your country have the same elitist opinions about culture as in France?
19. How culturally important do you think video games are?
20. Are there any other ways to get young people interested in culture?