The Reading / Listening - Suntans - Level 0

Scientists made a drug that copies sunlight. It tricks our skin into making melanin. Melanin gives our skin its colour. The scientists say the drug is good for our health. It could stop skin cancer. It could also keep us younger looking. Lots of sun can give us skin cancer. It also makes our skin look old and it gives us wrinkles.



The drug could give us a suntan. We get a suntan from the Sun, but the Sun has harmful UV rays. These damage our skin. They make some skin turn red. Melanin is our natural sunblock. It protects the skin from the Sun. The drug could help fight skin cancer. This is the most common type of cancer.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Suntans - Level 1 Suntans - Level 2   or  Suntans - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40260029
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/could-new-compound-give-you-suntan-without-sun
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-prevent-skin-cancer-drug-tans-skin-just-sun-without-risk-uv-damage-419018


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. Scientists made a drug
  2. It tricks our skin into
  3. Melanin gives our
  4. the drug is good
  5. It could stop skin
  6. It could also keep us younger
  7. Lots of sun can give
  8. it gives
  1. looking
  2. skin its colour
  3. cancer
  4. us skin cancer
  5. that copies sunlight
  6. us wrinkles
  7. making melanin
  8. for our health

Paragraph 2

  1. The drug could give us a
  2. We get a suntan
  3. the Sun has harmful
  4. These damage
  5. They make some skin
  6. Melanin is our natural
  7. The drug could help
  8. the most common
  1. UV rays
  2. type of cancer
  3. from the Sun
  4. turn red
  5. suntan
  6. fight skin cancer
  7. our skin
  8. sunblock

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ that copies sunlight. It tricks (2) ___________________ making melanin. Melanin gives our (3) ___________________. The scientists say the drug (4) ___________________ health. It could stop skin cancer. It could also keep us younger looking. (5) ___________________ can give us skin cancer. It also makes our skin look old (6) ___________________ wrinkles.

The drug could (7) ___________________ suntan. We get a (8) ___________________ Sun, but the Sun has harmful UV rays. These (9) ___________________. They make some skin turn red. Melanin (10) ___________________ sunblock. It protects the skin from the Sun. The drug could (11) ___________________ cancer. This is the most common (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsmadeadrugthatcopiessunlight.Ittricksourskinintomaking
melanin.Melaningivesourskinitscolour.Thescientistssaythedrugisgo
odforourhealth.Itcouldstopskincancer.Itcouldalsokeepusyoungerlo
oking.Lotsofsuncangiveusskincancer.Italsomakesourskinlookoldan
ditgivesuswrinkles.Thedrugcouldgiveusasuntan.Wegetasuntanfro
mtheSun,buttheSunhasharmfulUVrays.Thesedamageourskin.They
makesomeskinturnred.Melaninisournaturalsunblock.Itprotectsthes
kinfromtheSun.Thedrugcouldhelpfightskincancer.Thisisthemostco
mmontypeofcancer.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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

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Answers

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