The Reading / Listening - Cold Cure - Level 1

Scientists may be close to a cure for the common cold. They have looked for a medicine for many years. The problem is that there are hundreds of types of cold viruses. The viruses change very quickly. They fight against new drugs. This means we all have to suffer every year. Scientists have made a discovery that could end colds. Their discovery blocked the viruses that cause colds. It stopped the viruses from working in the body.



Most of us catch a cold a few times a year. We usually take different medicine for things like a sore throat, a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses cause different things. The researchers' discovery could stop these things. It could help to end our suffering. It could also help people with more serious problems. A cold can cause serious problems in people with breathing difficulties. The discovery could help people who have asthma.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cold Cure - Level 0 Cold Cure - Level 2   or  Cold Cure - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20180515/scientists-are-targeting-the-common-cold
  • https://www.medicaldaily.com/new-cure-common-cold-targets-human-protein-instead-virus-424150
  • https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/38879/20180515/common-cold-cure-new-molecule-that-doesnt-even-attack-the-virus-could-hold-the-key.htm


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 may be close to
  2. They have looked
  3. many
  4. there are
  5. types of cold
  6. They fight
  7. Scientists have made
  8. It stopped the viruses
  1. years
  2. from working
  3. viruses
  4. against new drugs
  5. a cure
  6. a discovery
  7. for a medicine
  8. hundreds

Paragraph 2

  1. Most of us catch
  2. a few times
  3. We usually take different
  4. things like a
  5. a runny
  6. It could help to
  7. people with breathing
  8. help people who
  1. nose or a fever
  2. sore throat
  3. difficulties
  4. a cold
  5. medicine
  6. have asthma
  7. a year
  8. end our suffering

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ to a cure for the common cold. They have looked for a medicine (2) ___________________. The problem is that there are hundreds (3) ___________________ cold viruses. The viruses change very quickly. They fight against new drugs. This (4) ___________________ have to suffer every year. Scientists have made a discovery (5) ___________________ colds. Their discovery blocked the viruses that cause colds. It stopped (6) ___________________ working in the body.

Most of us catch a (7) ___________________ times a year. We usually take different medicine (8) ___________________ a sore throat, a runny nose (9) ___________________. Different viruses cause different things. The researchers' discovery could stop these things. It could (10) ___________________ our suffering. It could also help people with more serious problems. (11) ___________________ cause serious problems in people with breathing difficulties. The discovery could help (12) ___________________ asthma.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsmaybeclosetoacureforthecommoncold.Theyhavelookedfo
ramedicineformanyyears.Theproblemisthattherearehundredsoftyp
esofcoldviruses.Theviruseschangeveryquickly.Theyfightagainstne
wdrugs.Thismeansweallhavetosuffereveryyear.Scientistshavemad
eadiscoverythatcouldendcolds.Theirdiscoveryblockedthevirusestha
tcausecolds.Itstoppedthevirusesfromworkinginthebody.Mostofusc
atchacoldafewtimesayear.Weusuallytakedifferentmedicineforthing
slikeasorethroat,arunnynoseorafever.Differentvirusescausediffere
ntthings.Theresearchers'discoverycouldstopthesethings.Itcouldhel
ptoendoursuffering.Itcouldalsohelppeoplewithmoreseriousproblem
s.Acoldcancauseseriousproblemsinpeoplewithbreathingdifficulties.
Thediscoverycouldhelppeoplewhohaveasthma.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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