The Reading / Listening - Malaria Test - Level 4

Scientists made a breathalyzer to test for malaria. It could find the disease faster than other methods and help millions. People with malaria have a special "breath print". The breathalyzer finds chemicals in the breath print. One of the odours the device finds is the same as a smell that attracts malaria-spreading insects. The device is still being developed. The researchers say it could be a new, cheap and easy way to help diagnose malaria.



The breathalyzer looks for six different odours to spot malaria. The researchers tested 35 children. They successfully found that 29 of the children had malaria - an accuracy rate of 83 per cent. The lead researcher said that easy-to-use testing devices could reduce antibiotic use. She said: "This would have a major impact on the control of malaria, because all current [testing] methods require blood sampling." Malaria kills about 430,000 people a year.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Malaria Test - Level 5 or  Malaria Test - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41820346
  • http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/malaria-breathalyzer-test-millions-affected-disease-article-1.3617328
  • http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/malariadetecting-breathalyzer-could-be-an-early-diagnosis-breakthrough/


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. It could find the disease
  2. People with malaria have a special
  3. One of the odours the device
  4. a smell that attracts malaria-
  5. The device is still
  6. The researchers say it
  7. a new, cheap and easy
  8. help diagnose
  1. being developed
  2. faster
  3. malaria
  4. finds
  5. spreading insects
  6. way
  7. "breath print"
  8. could

Paragraph 2

  1. looks for six different
  2. an accuracy rate
  3. easy-to-use
  4. reduce antibiotic
  5. This would have a major
  6. the control
  7. all current testing methods require
  8. Malaria kills about 430,000
  1. of malaria
  2. use
  3. people a year
  4. odours
  5. blood sampling
  6. testing devices
  7. impact
  8. of 83 per cent

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists made a breathalyzer to (1) ___________________. It could find the disease faster than (2) ___________________ help millions. People with malaria (3) ___________________ "breath print". The breathalyzer finds chemicals in the breath print. One of the odours the (4) ___________________ the same (5) ___________________ attracts malaria-spreading insects. The device is still being developed. The researchers say it could be a new, cheap and easy (6) ___________________ diagnose malaria.

The breathalyzer looks for six different (7) ___________________ malaria. The researchers (8) ___________________. They successfully found that 29 of the children had malaria - an (9) ___________________ 83 per cent. The lead researcher said (10) ___________________ testing devices could reduce antibiotic use. She said: "This would have a (11) ___________________ the control of malaria, (12) ___________________ [testing] methods require blood sampling." Malaria kills about 430,000 people a year.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsmadeabreathalyzertotestformalaria.Itcouldfindthediseas
efasterthanothermethodsandhelpmillions.Peoplewithmalariahavea
special"breathprint".Thebreathalyzerfindschemicalsinthebreathpri
nt.Oneoftheodoursthedevicefindsisthesameasasmellthatattractsm
alaria-spreadinginsects.Thedeviceisstillbeingdeveloped.Theresearc
herssayitcouldbeanew,cheapandeasywaytohelpdiagnosemalaria.T
hebreathalyzerlooksforsixdifferentodourstospotmalaria.Theresearc
herstested35children.Theysuccessfullyfoundthat29ofthechildrenha
dmalariaanaccuracyrateof83percent.Theleadresearchersaidthatea
sy-tousetestingdevicescouldreduceantibioticuse.Shesaid:"Thiswo
uldhaveamajorimpactonthecontrolofmalaria,becauseallcurrent[tes
ting]methodsrequirebloodsampling."Malariakillsabout430,000peop
leayear.

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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Answers

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