The Reading / Listening - Malnutrition - Level 5

No African country will meet goals set to end childhood malnutrition by 2030. The goals were part of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. They were set, "to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all". A new report, published in the journal Nature, identifies poor child nutrition across 51 African countries. Many African countries are battling to provide children with enough food. Researcher Simon Hay said the goal of ending childhood malnutrition was always an "aspirational" target, which, "is very, very far away".



There was some good news in the report. It highlighted the fact that many African nations have shown signs of improvement in childhood development since the year 2000. However, it is a different story for sub-Saharan countries. The report indicates that 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. The researcher said considerable investment was needed in health and infrastructure in order to address "serious inequalities".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Malnutrition - Level 4 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. set to
  3. protect the
  4. ensure prosperity
  5. poor child
  6. provide children with
  7. the goal of ending childhood
  8. an aspirational
  1. malnutrition
  2. planet
  3. nutrition
  4. target
  5. end
  6. goals
  7. for all
  8. enough food

Paragraph 2

  1. There was some
  2. shown signs of
  3. it is a different story for sub-
  4. Somalia
  5. these countries
  6. mass
  7. investment was needed in health
  8. address serious
  1. and infrastructure
  2. Saharan countries
  3. inequalities
  4. have experienced war
  5. in the east
  6. good news
  7. improvement
  8. migration

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

No African country will meet goals (1) ___________________ childhood malnutrition by 2030. The goals (2) ___________________ the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations in 2015. They were set, "to end poverty, (3) ___________________ and ensure prosperity for all". A new report, published in the journal Nature, identifies (4) ___________________ across 51 African countries. Many African countries are battling to provide children (5) ___________________. Researcher Simon Hay said the goal of ending childhood malnutrition was always (6) ___________________, which, "is very, very far away".

There was (7) ___________________ in the report. It highlighted the fact that many African (8) ___________________ signs of improvement in childhood development since the year 2000. However, it is a different story (9) ___________________ countries. The report indicates that malnutrition remained "persistently high" in 14 countries between Senegal in the west and Somalia (10) ___________________. Many of these countries have experienced war, (11) ___________________ migration. The researcher said considerable investment was needed in health and infrastructure (12) ___________________ address "serious inequalities".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NoAfricancountrywillmeetgoalssettoendchildhoodmalnutritionby20
30.ThegoalswerepartoftheSustainableDevelopmentGoalssetbythe
UnitedNationsin2015.Theywereset,"toendpoverty,protecttheplanet
andensureprosperityforall".Anewreport,publishedinthejournalNatu
re,identifiespoorchildnutritionacross51Africancountries.ManyAfrica
ncountriesarebattlingtoprovidechildrenwithenoughfood.Researcher
SimonHaysaidthegoalofendingchildhoodmalnutritionwasalwaysan"
aspirational"target,which,"isvery,veryfaraway".Therewassomegoo
dnewsinthereport.IthighlightedthefactthatmanyAfricannationshav
eshownsignsofimprovementinchildhooddevelopmentsincetheyear2
000.However,itisadifferentstoryforsub-Saharancountries.Therepo
rtindicatesthatmalnutritionremained"persistentlyhigh"in14countrie
sbetweenSenegalinthewestandSomaliaintheeast.Manyofthesecoun
trieshaveexperiencedwar,famineandmassmigration.Theresearcher
saidconsiderableinvestmentwasneededinhealthandinfrastructurein
ordertoaddress"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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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