Reading Comprehension Answer the following questions: 1. How is Grameen Bank different from Equity Bank? a. Grameen is based in Africa, Equity is in India b. Grameen relies on donations, Equity is a commercial operation c. Grameen finances the middle class, Equity services the upper class d. Grameen has branches around the world, while Equity only services Nigeria 2. Which of the following is NOT true about Professor Muhammad Yunus? a. he is from Bangladesh b. the world does not need a regulatory structure to oversee the financial system c. his bank has lent more than US$7 billion d. he won the Booker Prize Word Power Match the following words with their meanings below: 1. small scale 2. free market 3. microloans 4. improbable 5. commercial a. prices are determined by supply and demand b. unlikely c. to describe a small operation or business d. small loans and financial options offered to the poor e. with the purpose of making money Language Focus Since, as or because? Many people think 'since', 'as' and 'because' can be easily substituted. Although they have similar meanings, you can improve your writing by knowing the fine difference. Use 'because' when the reason is not previously known, and thus the most important part of the sentence. eg. She skipped class because she suddenly felt sick. Use 'since' or 'as' when the reason is already known. They can be usually substituted for each other. eg. As Jane's birthday is on Saturday, we are treating her to dinner that night. eg. Since it was sunny this morning, I thought it would be warm enough to wear shorts. Fill in the blanks with 'because', 'as' or 'since'. 1. We are going shopping for shoes ________ Lunar New Year is coming up. 2. _______ the weather has turned very cold, I need a thicker blanket. 3. She hardly eats red meat anymore _________ her doctor advised her to watch her blood pressure. 4. I want to go to Macau _________ my favourite singer is performing there. Answers Reading Comprehension: 1. b, 2. b Word Power: 1. c, 2. a, 3. d, 4. b, 5. e Language Focus: 1. as/since; 2. as/since; 3. because; 4. because Think About 1. How has globalisation affected the world's poorest? 2. What are the possible risks of lending money to the poor?