The Reading / Listening - Cold Cure - Level 2

British researchers may be close to a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked for decades on a medicine to end colds. The biggest problem was finding a drug that could fight hundreds of types of cold viruses. The viruses change very quickly and can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no cure for colds, so we all have to suffer every year. Scientists have developed a molecule that could make colds a thing of the past. They found that the molecule 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. The usual treatment for a cold is to take medicine for the different symptoms. We take different things for a sore throat, a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses cause different symptoms. The researchers say the new molecule could stop all symptoms. Researcher Dr Ed Tate said it could help to end suffering for millions of people. Dr Tate believes it could also help people with more serious problems. He said: "The common cold is an inconvenience for most of us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cold Cure - Level 0 Cold Cure - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. researchers may be close
  2. Scientists have worked
  3. hundreds of types
  4. The viruses change very
  5. we all have to suffer
  6. make colds a thing
  7. the viruses that
  8. It stopped the viruses from
  1. every year
  2. working in the body
  3. cause colds
  4. of cold viruses
  5. to a cure
  6. for decades
  7. quickly
  8. of the past

Paragraph 2

  1. Most of us catch
  2. a few times
  3. The usual treatment
  4. things for a sore
  5. Different viruses cause
  6. end suffering for
  7. it can cause serious
  8. people with conditions
  1. millions of people
  2. like asthma
  3. different symptoms
  4. a year
  5. throat
  6. complications
  7. a cold
  8. for a cold

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

British researchers may (1) ___________________ a cure for the common cold. Scientists have worked (2) ___________________ a medicine to end colds. The biggest problem was finding a drug that could fight hundreds (3) ___________________ cold viruses. The viruses change very quickly and can fight against new drugs. Until now, there has been no cure for colds, so we all (4) ___________________ every year. Scientists have developed a molecule that could make colds a thing (5) ___________________. They found that the molecule blocked the viruses (6) ___________________. It stopped the viruses from working in the body.

Most of us (7) ___________________ a few times a year. The usual treatment for a cold is to take medicine for the different symptoms. We take different things for (8) ___________________, a runny nose or a fever. Different viruses cause different symptoms. The researchers say the new molecule (9) ___________________ symptoms. Researcher Dr Ed Tate said it could (10) ___________________ suffering for millions of people. Dr Tate believes it could also help people (11) ___________________ problems. He said: "The common cold is an inconvenience (12) ___________________ us, but it can cause serious complications in people with conditions like asthma."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Britishresearchersmaybeclosetoacureforthecommoncold.Scientists
haveworkedfordecadesonamedicinetoendcolds.Thebiggestproblem
wasfindingadrugthatcouldfighthundredsoftypesofcoldviruses.Thevi
ruseschangeveryquicklyandcanfightagainstnewdrugs.Untilnow,the
rehasbeennocureforcolds,soweallhavetosuffereveryyear.Scientists
havedevelopedamoleculethatcouldmakecoldsathingofthepast.They
foundthatthemoleculeblockedthevirusesthatcausecolds.Itstoppedt
hevirusesfromworkinginthebody.Mostofuscatchacoldafewtimesaye
ar.Theusualtreatmentforacoldistotakemedicineforthedifferentsymp
toms.Wetakedifferentthingsforasorethroat,arunnynoseorafever.Dif
ferentvirusescausedifferentsymptoms.Theresearcherssaythenewm
oleculecouldstopallsymptoms.ResearcherDrEdTatesaiditcouldhelpt
oendsufferingformillionsofpeople.DrTatebelievesitcouldalsohelppe
oplewithmoreseriousproblems.Hesaid:"Thecommoncoldisaninconv
enienceformostofus,butitcancauseseriouscomplicationsinpeoplewit
hconditionslikeasthma."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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