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dateline: 27 December 2011

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Brazil’s Economy Overtakes UK’s

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • commodity: something that comes from the earth and is in high demand
  • figures: numerical amounts often found in a table
  • prediction: a guess or estimate about the future
  • league table: a chart that ranks teams, organizations, or other groups
  • shift: slight change in position

Brazil’s Economy Overtakes UK’s

According to a of economists, Brazil has overtaken the UK as the world’s sixth largest economy. Brazil is a commodity-producing economy that heavily on its exports to China. Brazil’s population is about three times the size of the UK’s. Figures from the World Economic League Table also that Asian economies are growing while European economies are falling. The shift in economic power from west to east seems to be related to the of commodities such as food and energy. The top five economies in 2011 are the US, China, Japan, Germany and France; however, growth predictions suggest that European countries will have very low growth over the next due to the debt crisis. Russia and India are expected to take France and Germany’s positions of four and five by 2020.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What position does Brazil now hold according to the World Economic League Table?
  2. What shift is mentioned in this report?
  3. What prediction is made for France and Germany?

Discussion Question: Why do you think economies that produce things like food and energy are climbing up the economic league table?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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