The Reading / Listening - Pollution - Level 1

Pollution is the world's biggest killer. It caused one in six, or 16 per cent, of all global deaths in 2015. Most of these deaths were from diseases like heart disease, lung cancer and stroke. Researchers said 92 per cent of pollution-related deaths were in poor countries, especially countries with a lot of economic development. Bangladesh and Somalia were the countries most affected. Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of deaths because of pollution.



A researcher said: "Pollution, poverty [and] poor health…are deeply [linked]." He said pollution threatens human rights, such as the right to life and health. Air pollution was the biggest killer. It killed 6.5 million people in 2015. The second biggest killer was water pollution. Next, was pollution in the workplace. A scientist said: "Air pollution is reaching crisis point." People with breathing problems, children and the elderly are hardest hit.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pollution - Level 0 Pollution - Level 2   or  Pollution - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41678533
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/10/20/study-global-pollution-worlds-biggest-killer-and-threat-survival-mankind/783321001/
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/pollution-killed-9-million-people-2015


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 16 per cent of
  2. Most of these deaths were
  3. pollution-related
  4. in poor
  5. a lot of economic
  6. the countries most
  7. Sweden had the lowest
  8. deaths because
  1. numbers
  2. deaths
  3. of pollution
  4. all global deaths
  5. affected
  6. from diseases
  7. development
  8. countries

Paragraph 2

  1. pollution threatens human
  2. the right
  3. Air
  4. The second biggest killer
  5. pollution in the
  6. Air pollution is reaching crisis
  7. People with breathing
  8. the elderly are hardest
  1. problems
  2. was water pollution
  3. rights
  4. hit
  5. point
  6. pollution
  7. workplace
  8. to life

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pollution (1) ___________________ biggest killer. It caused one in six, or 16 per cent, (2) ___________________ deaths in 2015. Most of these deaths were from diseases like heart disease, lung (3) ___________________. Researchers said 92 per cent of pollution-related deaths were in poor countries, especially countries (4) ___________________ of economic development. Bangladesh and Somalia were the countries (5) ___________________. Brunei and Sweden had the lowest numbers of (6) ___________________ pollution.

A researcher said: "Pollution, poverty (7) ___________________ …are deeply [linked]." He said pollution (8) ___________________ rights, such as the right to life and health. (9) ___________________ was the biggest killer. It killed 6.5 million people in 2015. The second biggest killer was water pollution. Next, was pollution (10) ___________________. A scientist said: "Air pollution is reaching (11) ___________________." People with breathing problems, children and the elderly are (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Pollutionistheworld'sbiggestkiller.Itcausedoneinsix,or16percent,of
allglobaldeathsin2015.Mostofthesedeathswerefromdiseaseslikehea
rtdisease,lungcancerandstroke.Researcherssaid92percentofpolluti
onrelateddeathswereinpoorcountries,especiallycountrieswithalotof
economicdevelopment.BangladeshandSomaliawerethecountriesm
ostaffected.BruneiandSwedenhadthelowestnumbersofdeathsbecau
seofpollution.Aresearchersaid:"Pollution,poverty[and]poorhealth…
aredeeply[linked]."Hesaidpollutionthreatenshumanrights,suchasth
erighttolifeandhealth.Airpollutionwasthebiggestkiller.Itkilled6.5mill
ionpeoplein2015.Thesecondbiggestkillerwaswaterpollution.Next,w
aspollutionintheworkplace.Ascientistsaid:"Airpollutionisreachingcri
sispoint."Peoplewithbreathingproblems,childrenandtheelderlyareh
ardesthit.

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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