The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Doctors have called for a ban on perfumes and aftershaves in hospitals and clinics. They say they contain chemicals that can lead to asthma and allergies. Over half of asthma attacks are caused by strong smells, such as perfumes, aftershaves, cigarette smoke, cleaning fluids and other strong odours. Dr Ken Flegel and Dr James Martin of McGill University wrote about the dangers of smells in hospitals. They said: "Hospital environments free from artificial scents should become a uniform policy, promoting the safety of patients, staff and visitors alike."



Strong smells affect many of us. Around a third of people say they are physically affected by scents. The doctors said this should be a serious concern in all hospitals. They wrote that although artificial scents try to make us more attractive, they may harm people who have weaker bodies. There is more and more evidence that artificial scents make asthma worse. The doctors said this is particularly worrying in hospitals where there are many patients with asthma or skin problems. They warn that perfumes and aftershaves can make a patient's condition worse.

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Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/11912457/Perfumes-and-aftershaves-should-be-banned-from-hospitals.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3260722/Ban-perfume-aftershave-hospitals-Doctors-complain-artificial-fragrances-triggering-patient-asthma-attacks-allergies.html
  • http://www.webmd.boots.com/allergies/news/20151005/call-to-ban-scents-in-hospitals


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Doctors have called

a.

from artificial scents

2.

they contain chemicals that

b.

other strong odours

3.

asthma

c.

for a ban

4.

cleaning fluids and

d.

alike

5.

wrote about the dangers of

e.

can lead to asthma

6.

Hospital environments free

f.

policy

7.

become a uniform

g.

smells in hospitals

8.

the safety of patients, staff and visitors

h.

attacks



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Strong smells affect

a.

attractive

2.

Around a third

b.

worrying in hospitals

3.

physically affected

c.

concern

4.

a serious

d.

by scents

5.

make us more

e.

many of us

6.

harm people who have

f.

condition worse

7.

this is particularly

g.

weaker bodies

8.

make a patient's

h.

of people

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Doctors have (1) ___________________ perfumes and aftershaves in hospitals and clinics. They (2) ___________________ chemicals that can lead to asthma and allergies. (3) ___________________ asthma attacks are caused by strong smells, such as perfumes, aftershaves, cigarette smoke, cleaning fluids and (4) ___________________. Dr Ken Flegel and Dr James Martin of McGill University wrote about the (5) ___________________ in hospitals. They said: "Hospital environments free from artificial scents should become (6) ___________________, promoting the safety of patients, staff and visitors alike."

Strong smells (7) ___________________. Around a third of people say they are physically affected by scents. The doctors said this should be a (8) ___________________ hospitals. They wrote that although artificial scents try to make (9) ___________________, they may harm people who have weaker bodies. There is more (10) ___________________ that artificial scents make asthma worse. The doctors said this is particularly worrying in hospitals (11) ___________________ many patients with asthma or skin problems. They warn that perfumes and aftershaves can make a patient's (12) ___________________.





PERFUME SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about perfume in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about perfume for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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