The Reading / Listening - Malnutrition - Level 4

No African country will meet goals to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. The goals were part of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. They were, "to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all". A new report identifies poor child nutrition across 51 African countries. Many African countries are struggling to feed children. A researcher said the goal of ending childhood malnutrition was a hopeful target and, "is very, very far away".



There was some good news. The report highlighted many African nations that improved childhood development since 2000. However, the story in sub-Saharan countries is sad. Malnutrition remained "persistently high" in 14 countries between Senegal in the west and Somalia in the east. Many of these countries have experienced war, famine and mass migration. Investment is needed in health and infrastructure to address "serious inequalities".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Malnutrition - Level 5 or  Malnutrition - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2018/mar/01/no-african-country-will-end-child-malnutrition-by-2030-says-study
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43173614
  • http://www.africanews.com/2018/02/19/millions-of-africans-suffering-from-malnutrition-as-effects-of-climate-change/


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. meet
  2. protect the
  3. ensure prosperity
  4. A new report identifies poor
  5. countries are struggling
  6. the goal of ending childhood
  7. a hopeful
  8. far
  1. to feed children
  2. for all
  3. goals
  4. away
  5. child nutrition
  6. target
  7. planet
  8. malnutrition

Paragraph 2

  1. There was some good
  2. many African
  3. improved childhood
  4. Malnutrition remained persistently
  5. these countries have experienced
  6. mass
  7. Investment is needed in health
  8. to address serious
  1. and infrastructure
  2. high
  3. inequalities
  4. development
  5. migration
  6. news
  7. nations
  8. war

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

No African country (1) ___________________ to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. The goals (2) ___________________ the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. They were, "(3) ___________________, protect the planet and ensure (4) ___________________". A new report identifies poor (5) ___________________ 51 African countries. Many African countries are struggling to feed children. A researcher said the goal of ending childhood malnutrition was (6) ___________________ and, "is very, very far away".

There (7) ___________________ news. The report highlighted many African (8) ___________________ childhood development since 2000. However, the story in sub-Saharan (9) ___________________. Malnutrition remained "persistently high" in 14 countries between Senegal (10) ___________________ and Somalia in the east. Many of these countries have experienced (11) ___________________ mass migration. Investment is needed in health and infrastructure to address "(12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NoAfricancountrywillmeetgoalstoendchildhoodmalnutritionby2030.
ThegoalswerepartoftheUN'sSustainableDevelopmentGoals.Theywe
re,"toendpoverty,protecttheplanetandensureprosperityforall".Ane
wreportidentifiespoorchildnutritionacross51Africancountries.Many
Africancountriesarestrugglingtofeedchildren.Aresearchersaidthego
alofendingchildhoodmalnutritionwasahopefultargetand,"isvery,ver
yfaraway".Therewassomegoodnews.ThereporthighlightedmanyAfri
cannationsthatimprovedchildhooddevelopmentsince2000.However
,thestoryinsub-Saharancountriesissad.Malnutritionremained"per
sistentlyhigh"in14countriesbetweenSenegalinthewestandSomaliai
ntheeast.Manyofthesecountrieshaveexperiencedwar,famineandma
ssmigration.Investmentisneededinhealthandinfrastructuretoaddre
ss"seriousinequalities".

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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