The Reading / Listening - Suntan Lotion - Level 5

We should use suntan lotion correctly or risk sunburn or skin damage. Much of the northern hemisphere is suffering record-breaking heat and deadly heatwaves. Japan has declared its heatwave a natural disaster. Doctors say people are getting less than half the protection from the sun than they think. We should use lotion with the highest sun protection factor (SPF) possible. An SPF of 15 is insufficient to block the sun's harmful UV rays. Researchers say we need to use SPF 30 or 50 to make sure we are protected.



The doctors highlighted another problem - we do not use enough suntan lotion. We are skimping on how much we put on. A professor said most people put too little on and do not spread it on at-risk areas of the skin. Most people only get 40 per cent of the expected protection from SPF 50 lotion because they apply it too thinly. We need at least six teaspoons to cover our body. We need more than half a teaspoon for our face, neck and ears. Many people forget to put lotion on their ears. These are too often exposed to the sun and can burn easily.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Suntan Lotion - Level 4 or  Suntan Lotion - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44936124
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/news/hawaii-sun-tan-lotion-ban/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44935152


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. use suntan lotion correctly
  2. the northern
  3. suffering record-
  4. deadly
  5. a natural
  6. less than half
  7. we need to
  8. make sure we are
  1. breaking heat
  2. the protection
  3. use SPF 30
  4. disaster
  5. protected
  6. or risk sunburn
  7. heatwaves
  8. hemisphere

Paragraph 2

  1. The doctors highlighted
  2. we do not use
  3. We are skimping on
  4. most people put too
  5. at-risk
  6. they apply it
  7. We need more than half
  8. exposed
  1. a teaspoon
  2. how much we put on
  3. little on
  4. too thinly
  5. another problem
  6. areas
  7. to the sun
  8. enough suntan lotion

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We should use suntan lotion (1) ___________________ sunburn or skin damage. Much (2) ___________________ hemisphere is suffering record-breaking heat and deadly heatwaves. Japan has (3) ___________________ a natural disaster. Doctors say people are getting less than half the protection from (4) ___________________ they think. We should use lotion with the highest sun protection factor (SPF) possible. An SPF of 15 (5) ___________________ block the sun's harmful UV rays. Researchers say we need to use SPF 30 or 50 to (6) ___________________ are protected.

The doctors highlighted another problem - we do (7) ___________________ suntan lotion. We are skimping on how much (8) ___________________. A professor said most people put too little on and do not spread it on at-risk areas (9) ___________________. Most people only get 40 per cent of the expected protection from SPF 50 lotion because they apply (10) ___________________. We need at least six teaspoons to cover our body. We need more than half a teaspoon for (11) ___________________ and ears. Many people forget to put lotion on their ears. These are too often exposed to the sun and (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weshouldusesuntanlotioncorrectlyorrisksunburnorskindamage.Mu
chofthenorthernhemisphereissufferingrecord-breakingheatandd
eadlyheatwaves.Japanhasdeclareditsheatwaveanaturaldisaster.Do
ctorssaypeoplearegettinglessthanhalftheprotectionfromthesunthan
theythink.Weshoulduselotionwiththehighestsunprotectionfactor(S
PF)possible.AnSPFof15isinsufficienttoblockthesun'sharmfulUVrays.
ResearcherssayweneedtouseSPF30or50tomakesureweareprotecte
d.Thedoctorshighlightedanotherproblem-wedonotuseenoughsunt
anlotion.Weareskimpingonhowmuchweputon.Aprofessorsaidmostp
eopleputtoolittleonanddonotspreaditonat-riskareasoftheskin.Mo
stpeopleonlyget40percentoftheexpectedprotectionfromSPF50lotio
nbecausetheyapplyittoothinly.Weneedatleastsixteaspoonstocovero
urbody.Weneedmorethanhalfateaspoonforourface,neckandears.M
anypeopleforgettoputlotionontheirears.Thesearetoooftenexposedt
othesunandcanburneasily.

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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