The Reading / Listening - Disease X - Level 2

Scientists from the WHO say the world could be at risk from a deadly disease. They do not know its name or what it does. They have called it 'Disease X'. It could come from a virus or micro-organism that scientists don't know about. Disease X could go unnoticed until it is too late, when it is spreading around the world. The WHO says the threat is serious. It is putting a lot of money into research. It is preparing a plan for an outbreak. It said: "Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a [virus] currently unknown."



Disease X could come from various sources. It could come from existing diseases becoming strong enough against our vaccines; it could come from terrorism and bio-weapons; it could also come from DNA-changing technology that makes totally new viruses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: "Scientists estimate that more than 6 out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people are spread from animals." Today, people live closer together in cities. There is more international travel and tourism. These will make it easier for diseases to spread.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Disease X - Level 0 Disease X - Level 1   or  Disease X - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/222770/20180310/disease-x-unknown-pathogen-could-cause-epidemic-that-can-kill-millions-worldwide.htm
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/beware-disease-x-mystery-killer-keeping-scientists-awake-night/
  • https://nypost.com/2018/03/10/disease-x-could-be-the-worlds-worst-nightmare/


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. at risk from
  2. a virus or
  3. until it is too
  4. spreading around
  5. WHO says the threat
  6. putting a lot of money
  7. preparing a plan for
  8. a serious international
  1. the world
  2. an outbreak
  3. a deadly disease
  4. epidemic
  5. late
  6. is serious
  7. micro-organism
  8. into research

Paragraph 2

  1. Disease X could come from
  2. terrorism and
  3. DNA-changing
  4. more than 6
  5. infectious
  6. people live closer
  7. international travel
  8. make it easier for
  1. and tourism
  2. out of every 10
  3. diseases to spread
  4. various sources
  5. bio-weapons
  6. diseases
  7. technology
  8. together in cities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists from the WHO (1) ___________________ could be at risk from a deadly disease. They do not know its (2) ___________________ it does. They have called it 'Disease X'. It could come from a virus (3) ___________________ that scientists don't know about. Disease X could (4) ___________________ it is too late, when it is spreading around the world. The WHO says the (5) ___________________. It is putting a lot of money into research. It is preparing a plan for an outbreak. It said: "Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic (6) ___________________ by a [virus] currently unknown."

Disease X could come (7) ___________________. It could come from existing diseases becoming strong enough against our vaccines; it could come from terrorism (8) ___________________; it could also come from DNA-changing technology (9) ___________________ new viruses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: "Scientists estimate that more than 6 (10) ___________________ 10 known infectious diseases in people are spread from animals." Today, (11) ___________________ together in cities. There is more international travel and tourism. These will make it (12) ___________________ to spread.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsfromtheWHOsaytheworldcouldbeatriskfromadeadlydisea
se.Theydonotknowitsnameorwhatitdoes.Theyhavecalledit'Disease
X'.Itcouldcomefromavirusormicro-organismthatscientistsdon'tk
nowabout.DiseaseXcouldgounnoticeduntilitistoolate,whenitissprea
dingaroundtheworld.TheWHOsaysthethreatisserious.Itisputtingalo
tofmoneyintoresearch.Itispreparingaplanforanoutbreak.Itsaid:"Dis
easeXrepresentstheknowledgethataseriousinternationalepidemicc
ouldbecausedbya[virus]currentlyunknown."DiseaseXcouldcomefro
mvarioussources.Itcouldcomefromexistingdiseasesbecomingstron
genoughagainstourvaccines;itcouldcomefromterrorismandbio-wea
pons;itcouldalsocomefromDNA-changingtechnologythatmakestot
allynewviruses.TheU.S.CentersforDiseaseControlandPreventionsai
d:"Scientistsestimatethatmorethan6outofevery10knowninfectious
diseasesinpeoplearespreadfromanimals."Today,peoplelivecloserto
getherincities.Thereismoreinternationaltravelandtourism.Thesewill
makeiteasierfordiseasestospread.

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) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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