The Reading / Listening - Malaria Test - Level 5

Scientists have made a breathalyzer to test people for malaria. It could help detect the deadly disease earlier than other methods and help millions of people. The researchers say people with malaria give off a special "breath print". The breathalyzer detects the breath print chemicals when someone breathes into the device. One of the odours the device finds is the same as a natural smell that attracts malaria-spreading insects. The device is still in the early stages of development. The researchers say it could be a new, cheap and easy way to help diagnose malaria.



The breathalyzer detects six different odours to spot cases of malaria. The researchers tested 35 children in Malawi. They took breath samples to test the accuracy of the machine. It accurately said 29 of the children had malaria - a success rate of 83 per cent. The lead researcher said that easy-to-use, reliable testing devices could reduce unnecessary antibiotic use. She said: "This would have a major impact on the control of malaria, because all current [testing] methods require blood sampling." Malaria currently kills around 430,000 people a year around the world.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Malaria Test - Level 4 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. Scientists have made a
  2. detect the deadly disease
  3. give off a special
  4. when someone breathes
  5. a natural smell that attracts malaria-
  6. The device is still in the early stages
  7. it could be a new, cheap
  8. help diagnose
  1. spreading insects
  2. and easy way
  3. earlier
  4. malaria
  5. "breath print"
  6. into the device
  7. breathalyzer
  8. of development

Paragraph 2

  1. The breathalyzer detects six
  2. They took breath
  3. test the accuracy of
  4. a success rate
  5. easy-to-use, reliable testing
  6. a major impact on the control
  7. current testing methods require
  8. Malaria currently kills around
  1. devices
  2. blood sampling
  3. different odours
  4. 430,000 people
  5. of 83 per cent
  6. samples
  7. of malaria
  8. the machine

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have made a breathalyzer to (1) ___________________ malaria. It could help detect (2) ___________________ earlier than other methods and help millions of people. The researchers say people with malaria give off a (3) ___________________. The breathalyzer detects the breath print chemicals when someone breathes into the device. One of the odours the device finds is the same (4) ___________________ smell that attracts malaria-spreading insects. The device is still in (5) ___________________ of development. The researchers say it could be a new, cheap (6) ___________________ to help diagnose malaria.

The breathalyzer detects six different odours to (7) ___________________ malaria. The researchers tested 35 children in Malawi. They took breath samples to test (8) ___________________ the machine. It accurately said 29 of the children had malaria - a (9) ___________________ 83 per cent. The lead researcher said that easy-to-use, reliable testing devices could reduce unnecessary (10) ___________________. She said: "This would have a major impact on the (11) ___________________, because all current [testing] methods require blood sampling." Malaria currently kills around 430,000 people a year (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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thprint".Thebreathalyzerdetectsthebreathprintchemicalswhensom
eonebreathesintothedevice.Oneoftheodoursthedevicefindsisthesa
measanaturalsmellthatattractsmalaria-spreadinginsects.Thedev
iceisstillintheearlystagesofdevelopment.Theresearcherssayitcouldb
eanew,cheapandeasywaytohelpdiagnosemalaria.Thebreathalyzerd
etectssixdifferentodourstospotcasesofmalaria.Theresearchersteste
d35childreninMalawi.Theytookbreathsamplestotesttheaccuracyoft
hemachine.Itaccuratelysaid29ofthechildrenhadmalaria-asuccessra
teof83percent.Theleadresearchersaidthateasy-to-use,reliablete
stingdevicescouldreduceunnecessaryantibioticuse.Shesaid:"Thisw
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sting]methodsrequirebloodsampling."Malariacurrentlykillsaround4
30,000peopleayeararoundtheworld.

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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