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The French government is giving 18-year-olds €300 to use for cultural activities and purchases. This means they can buy things like books, cinema and museum tickets, video games and music. There are many options for the money, almost anything that is considered cultural is included. To access the money, they have to download an app which will then give them €300 that can be used at approved websites and shops. The money can only be used through the app. This is to make sure that it is only used for the approved purchases. Although the money can only be used in the app, the 18-year-olds have access to a wide variety of options.

The government wants to give young people the money so they can have easier access to cultural events and products. When the pass was announced in 2018, some people criticised the program. They said that Hollywood movies like Star Wars and Marvel movies shouldn’t be part of the pass. This created a discussion about what should and should not be included. The French culture minister then said that they would not exclude anything cultural. Those who agreed said that international movies like Star Wars should be part of the culture pass. The goal of the government is to get young people more interested in French culture. At first, the program was trialled with a small group of people and started by giving €500. However, they changed this to €300 for the final rollout in order to also help younger students.

Now, the pass is open to every 18-year-old in the country and includes nearly every cultural option available. The hope is that young people will be able to use this money now that COVID restrictions are beginning to lift in France. Some exclusions to the program include non-French companies such as Netflix and Spotify but French video and music streaming alternatives are available. French music streaming app Deezer is included, as well as French streaming services which have a mixture of French TV/movies and international TV/movies.

Difficult Words

Variety (n): Many different kinds.

Criticise (v): To speak negatively about something.

Exclude (v): To not include.

Trialled (v): To have a test before the final action.

Rollout (n/v): To release a new program or product.

Alternative (n): A different option.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

 1. VarietyA. Not include.
 2. CriticiseB. Test
 3. ExcludeC. Different
 4. TrialledD. Release
 5. RolloutE. Speak negatively.

True or False?

1. The French Government is planning to give extra money to elderly people. T / F

2. The culture pass gives young people over €100. T / F

3. The culture pass is giving people cash. T / F

4. The new program was not tested before being released. T / F

5. The culture pass does not include Netflix. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

  1. many / There / the / are / money / for / options

2. download / To / the money, / access / to / they / have / an app

3. used / the / through / can / The / money / be / only / app

4. the / The / money / through / can / app / used / only / be

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

Listening and Vocabulary

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

American English Audio:

 

PassStreamingAnnounced
CulturalPurchasesNearly

The French government is giving 18-year-olds €300 to use for (1)____________ activities and purchases. This means they can buy things like books, cinema and museum tickets, video games and music. There are many options for the money, almost anything that is considered cultural is included. To access the money they have to download an app which will then give them €300 that can be used at approved websites and shops. The money can only be used through the app. This is to make sure that it is only used for the approved (2)_______________. Although the money can only be used in the app, the 18-year-olds have access to a wide variety of options.

The government wants to give young people the money so they can have easier access to cultural events and products. When the pass was (3)_______________ in 2018, some people criticised the program. They said that Hollywood movies like Star Wars and Marvel movies shouldn’t be part of the pass. This created a discussion about what should and should not be included. The French culture minister then said that they would not exclude anything cultural. Those who agreed said that international movies like Star Wars should be part of the culture (4)_________. The goal of the government is to get young people more interested in French culture. At first, the program was trialled with a small group of people and started by giving €500. However, they changed this to €300 for the final rollout in order to also help younger students.

Now, the pass is open to every 18-year-old in the country and includes (5)_________ every cultural option available. The hope is that young people will be able to use this money now that COVID restrictions are beginning to lift in France. Some exclusions to the program include non-French companies such as Netflix and Spotify but French video and music (6)_____________ alternatives are available. French music streaming app Deezer is included, as well as French streaming services which have a mixture of French TV/movies and international TV/movies.

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?