29 October 2010 Last updated at 10:43 GMT

Spanish unemployment rate falls
Spain's quarterly unemployment rate has fallen for the first time in more than three years, but remains the highest in Europe, official data has shown. The country's jobless rate declined to 19.8% in the July-September period, said the National Statistics Institute, down from 20% in April-June. Separate data for the 16-nation eurozone said Spanish unemployment totalled 20.8% in September. The rate of unemployment across the eurozone totalled 10.1% in September. Spain is continuing work to reform its labour laws. Such measures being put in place by the Spanish government to make it easier and cheaper for firms to make people redundant. Madrid says the changes will make Spanish firms more willing to take on new staff. Analyst Ben May, of Capital Economics, said it was "too early" to say if the fall in Spanish unemployment meant its economy was now slowly improving. "I suppose it's possible this could represent a turnaround, but we really need to see a more sustained fall to draw that conclusion," he said. "There's a chance Spain will drop back into recession in the next few months, if it hasn't done so already, and that will affect employers and their willingness to hire."



Spanish unemployment rate falls
Introduction: I’m going to talk about a piece of news that was published on www.bbc.co.uk/news on 29 October this year. Main idea of the news: It talks about the economic situation and the unemployment rate in Spain at the moment. Background information: In order to understand this piece of news, we have to clarify the following concepts: First of all, we must bear in mind the world crisis that started in 2008. This crisis is still present, in some countries more than others, and according to the text Spain has one of the worst working situations in Europe. Secondly, the text contrasts the working situation in Spain with the eurozone. The eurozone is the area where the euro is used. This area includes 16 countries. Finally, the text mentions the labour laws in Spain. At the moment the government is changing the labour conditions in order to improve the economic situation. These measures are not very popular, causing a general strike on 29 September. Key vocabulary: This text includes some important vocabulary in relation to economy and work. Unemploment rate Jobless rate Fall, decline labour laws make people redundant willing take on tasa de desempleo tasa de desempleo caer, bajar leyes laborales despedir a la gente deseoso/a contratar improve turnaround draw a conclusion drop back recession hire mejorar giro llegar a una conclusión volver a caer recesión contratar

Here you have a chart with the vocabulary in English and Spanish. (You give it to the teacher). Summary of the news: The text is divided into two main ideas. Firstly, Spain’s unemployment rate has fallen from 20% in the April-June period to 19.8% in July-September. It’s the first time it has fallen in more than 3 years. It’s the

highest unemployment rate in Europe. The rate for the eurozone totalled 10.1% in September. Secondly, the text focuses on the labour laws in Spain, because the government is changing them. With this reform, it’s easier for companies to fire people. Analyst Ben May says it’s too soon to talk about recovery for Spain and he says that Spain could drop back into recession very soon. Conclusion: All in all, it’s good news for the Spanish economy, although the crisis is not finished yet and we have to wait to see if the unemployment rate continues this trend. (2’ 15’’)

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1. Own sentences or copied? 2. Quantitiy: too little, enough, too much? INFORMATION 3. Grammar and vocabulary. 1 point 2 points PRONUNCIATION 3 points 6. Is it understandable? 7. Quality of the pronuntiation 8. Are you reading or just looking at notes? 9. Intonation 2 points 2 points 2 points 2 points 1 point

4. Organisation 2 points 5. Correction in relation to the 3 points 10. Eye contact news TOTAL: 20 POINTS - 2 POINTS FOR THE FINAL MARK (20%)

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