The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A businessman has made something to test drinks that might have been drugged. It is called Test Your Drink and was invented by entrepreneur Gary Bates. It is a kit with six pieces of paper that test for drugs used to spike drinks. Such drugs are also called 'date rape drugs'. They put the drinker into an unconscious state and disrupt their memory. This happens if a person slips drugs into someone's glass. The drinker then loses self-control.



Drink spiking is a global problem. It is very common, especially for young women. Up to 20 per cent of victims are men. Studies show that between 10 and 25 per cent of young women have had a drink spiked. Mr Bates' advice is: "Don't leave your drinks unattended. If you are worried that something might have happened, [the Test Your Drink kit] will give you peace of mind." The product will soon be available to buy for about $1.65 a pack.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3606715/The-real-dangers-drink-spiking-Nearly-10-students-claim-fallen-victim-MEN-risk-too.html
  • http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2016-05-24/drink-spiking-a-problem-on-us-campuses
  • http://testyourdrink.com


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. test drinks that might
  2. a kit with
  3. test for drugs
  4. Such drugs are also called
  5. put the drinker into an unconscious
  6. disrupt
  7. a person slips drugs into
  8. The drinker then loses
  1. state
  2. someone's glass
  3. have been drugged
  4. self-control
  5. six pieces of paper
  6. 'date rape drugs'
  7. used to spike drinks
  8. their memory

Paragraph 2

  1. Drink spiking is a
  2. It is very
  3. especially
  4. Up to 20 per cent of
  5. young women have had
  6. Don't leave your drinks
  7. give you peace
  8. The product will soon
  1. be available to buy
  2. a drink spiked
  3. victims are men
  4. of mind
  5. for young women
  6. global problem
  7. unattended
  8. common

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A businessman has made something to test drinks (1) _________________ been drugged. It is called Test Your Drink and was invented (2) ___________________ Gary Bates. It is a kit with six pieces of (3) ___________________ for drugs used to spike drinks. Such drugs are also called 'date rape drugs'. They put (4) ___________________ an unconscious state and (5) ___________________. This happens if a person slips drugs into someone's glass. The drinker (6) ___________________.

Drink spiking is (7) ___________________. It is very common, especially for young women. Up to 20 per cent (8) ___________________ men. Studies show that between 10 and 25 per cent (9) ___________________ have had a drink spiked. Mr Bates' advice is: "Don't leave your (10) ___________________. If you are worried that something might have happened, [the Test Your Drink kit] will give (11) ___________________." The product will soon (12) ___________________ buy for about $1.65 a pack.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abusinessmanhasmadesomethingtotestdrinksthatmighthavebeend
rugged.ItiscalledTestYourDrinkandwasinventedbyentrepreneurGar
yBates.Itisakitwithsixpiecesofpaperthattestfordrugsusedtospikedri
nks.Suchdrugsarealsocalled'daterapedrugs'.Theyputthedrinkerinto
anunconsciousstateanddisrupttheirmemory.Thishappensifaperson
slipsdrugsintosomeone'sglass.Thedrinkerthenlosesself-control.Dri
nkspikingisaglobalproblem.Itisverycommon,especiallyforyoungwo
men.Upto20percentofvictimsaremen.Studiesshowthatbetween10a
nd25percentofyoungwomenhavehadadrinkspiked.MrBates'adviceis
:"Don'tleaveyourdrinksunattended.Ifyouareworriedthatsomething
mighthavehappened,[theTestYourDrinkkit]willgiveyoupeaceofmin
d."Theproductwillsoonbeavailabletobuyforabout$1.65apack.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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