Unit 1- Great places to be (phần 2)


A- Đọc hiểu bài báo

The happiest country in the world

Children growing up in Costa Rica are surrounded by some of the most beautiful and diverse
landscapes in the world. Preserving tropical rainforests isn’t Costa Rica’s only success, because the government also makes sure everyone has access to health-care and education. So when the New Economics Foundation released its second
Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica came out number one. The index is a ranking of countries based on their impact on the environment and the health and happiness of their citizens.

According to Mariano Rojas, a Costa Rican economics professor, Costa Rica is a mid-income country where citizens have plenty of time for themselves and for their relationships with others. ‘A mid-income level allows most citizens to satisfy their basic needs. The government makes sure that all Costa Ricans have access to education, health and nutrition services.’ Costa Ricans, he believes, are not interested in status or spending money to show how successful they are. 

Created in 2008, the Happy Planet Index examines happiness on a national level and ranks 143 countries according to three measurements: their citizens’ happiness, how long they live (which reflects their health), and how much of the planet’s
resources each country consumes. According to researcher Saamah Abdallah, the Index also measures the outcomes that are most important, and those are happy, healthy lives for everyone.

adapted from Yes! Magazine

B- Trả lời các câu hỏi sau:

1. Who are: Mariano Rojas? Saamah Abdallah?

2. Phần ghi chú bên dưới đề cập tới điều gì? Tìm câu trong bài báo trên giải thích phù hợp với phần ghi chú này. Tìm những từ vựng trong bài đồng nghĩa với từ được in nghiêng.

The Happy Planet Index

Year started: 1_____________
Number of countries it lists: 2_____________
Measures each country’s happiness according to:

  • it’s effect on the 3_____________ (i.e. the quantity of the Earth’s 4_____________ that it uses);
  • the 5_____________ of the population (i.e.how long people live);
  • how happy its 6_____________ are



A: Nghe và trả lời các câu hỏi sau:

  • Can you tell me what you do?
  • Where do you come from?
  • Can you describe your city/village to me?
name OCCUPATION where from where located words USED TO
describe place
Hanan   Muttrah,
  large, ...
Kwan      near Chonju,

B- Nghe và dựa theo phần trả lời của Hanan và Kwan để trả lời 2 câu hỏi sau:

    1. What do you like about the area where you live?
    2. What things in your town/city do you not like?

C- Hãy thử tìm hiểu và trả lời các câu hỏi sau:


  1. Can you tell me what you do? Do you work, or are you a student?
  2. Where do you come from?
  3. Can you describe your town or city to me?
  4. What do you like about the area where you live?
  5. What things in your town or city do you not like?
  6. How is the area changing?
  7. What do people in your area do in their free time?
  8. What do you think visitors to your town or region should see? Why?


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Biên soạn: Ce Phan

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