The Reading / Listening - South Asia Floods - Level 5

UNICEF has warned that around 16 million children are "in urgent need of life-saving support" after the monsoon rains and catastrophic flooding that have hit Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Up to a third of Bangladesh is under water. A total of 45 million people have been badly affected in the rains. UNICEF said: "Millions of children have seen their lives swept away by these devastating floods. Children have lost their homes, schools and even friends and loved ones." It added: "There is a danger the worst could still be to come as rains continue and flood waters move south."



UNICEF outlined what it is doing. It said: "[We are] on the ground working in close coordination with…governments…in the South Asian countries to scale up [our] responses and respond to the immediate needs of affected children and their families." It added: "Massive damage to schools…and supplies means hundreds of thousands of children may miss weeks or months of school. Getting children back into school is [very important] in establishing a sense of stability for children during times of crisis and provides a sense of normality when everything else is being turned upside down."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    South Asia Floods - Level 4 or  South Asia Floods - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57455#.Wau7DIWi4qY
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/unicef-south-asia-floods-children/4012512.html
  • http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/flooding-south-asia-killed-1400-communities-brace/


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. in urgent need
  2. after the monsoon
  3. catastrophic
  4. Up to a third of Bangladesh
  5. 45 million people have been badly
  6. seen their lives swept
  7. the worst could still
  8. flood waters move
  1. away
  2. is under water
  3. affected
  4. rains
  5. be to come
  6. of life-saving support
  7. south
  8. flooding

Paragraph 2

  1. UNICEF outlined what
  2. We are on
  3. working in close coordination
  4. scale up our
  5. respond to the immediate
  6. during times
  7. provides a sense
  8. being turned
  1. with governments
  2. upside down
  3. needs
  4. of crisis
  5. it is doing
  6. responses
  7. the ground
  8. of normality

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UNICEF has (1) ___________________ 16 million children are "in urgent need of life-saving support" after the (2) ___________________ catastrophic flooding that have hit Bangladesh, India and Nepal. (3) ___________________ Bangladesh is under water. A total of 45 million people have been badly affected in the rains. UNICEF said: "Millions of children have seen their lives (4) ___________________ these devastating floods. Children have lost their homes, schools and even friends and loved ones." It added: "There is a (5) ___________________ could still be to come as rains continue and flood (6) ___________________."

UNICEF (7) ___________________ is doing. It said: "[We are] on the ground working in (8) ___________________ with…governments…in the South Asian countries to scale up [our] responses and respond to the (9) ___________________ affected children and their families." It added: "Massive damage to schools…and supplies means (10) _________________ of children may miss weeks or months of school. Getting children back into school is [very important] in establishing a (11) ___________________ for children during times of crisis and provides a sense of normality when everything else is being (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UNICEFhaswarnedthataround16millionchildrenare"inurgentneedofl
ife-savingsupport"afterthemonsoonrainsandcatastrophicfloodingt
hathavehitBangladesh,IndiaandNepal.UptoathirdofBangladeshisun
derwater.Atotalof45millionpeoplehavebeenbadlyaffectedintherains
.UNICEFsaid:"Millionsofchildrenhaveseentheirlivessweptawaybyth
esedevastatingfloods.Childrenhavelosttheirhomes,schoolsandeven
friendsandlovedones."Itadded:"Thereisadangertheworstcouldstillb
etocomeasrainscontinueandfloodwatersmovesouth."UNICEFoutlin
edwhatitisdoing.Itsaid:"[Weare]onthegroundworkinginclosecoordi
nationwith…governments…intheSouthAsiancountriestoscaleup[our
]responsesandrespondtotheimmediateneedsofaffectedchildrenand
theirfamilies."Itadded:"Massivedamagetoschools…andsuppliesmea
nshundredsofthousandsofchildrenmaymissweeksormonthsofschool
.Gettingchildrenbackintoschoolis[veryimportant]inestablishingase
nseofstabilityforchildrenduringtimesofcrisisandprovidesasenseofno
rmalitywheneverythingelseisbeingturnedupsidedown."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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