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Interactive video lesson plan for: Vocab: world leaders, charity, urgent action, narrow the gap, global elite

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Words in the News (21th January 2015): Are the rich winning?
For vocabulary and exercises: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/features/witn/ep-150121

Transcript

The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

That's what world leaders who are gathering for the start of the World Economic Forum are being told this week.

The charity Oxfam says that by 2015, 50% of the world's wealth will be owned by the richest 1% of the population.

They say urgent action is needed to narrow the gap between the global elite and the other 99%.

Vocabulary

world leaders
presidents, prime ministers and other important people

charity
an organisation that helps people in need

urgent action
serious steps that need to be taken to solve a problem

narrow the gap
to bring two things closer together

global elite
the small group of people with the most power and money around the world

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