The Reading / Listening - Fans - Level 6

Many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever. The rotating blades of fans cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry out and irritate your eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and cramp.



Other sleep experts disagree and say there are no dangers to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, a specialist on the health of the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with circulating air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help us to sleep. He said people should keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing directly at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be preferable to using an air conditioner, which can chill any sweat on our body and possibly cause us to wake up with a cold.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Fans - Level 4  or  Fans - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sleeping-with-a-fan-on-bad-for-your-health/
  • https://thefreshtoast.com/culture/sleeping-with-a-fan-on-is-bad-for-you/
  • http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sleeping-with-a-fan-on-health-problems-warning-1-5626619


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. FANS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about fans. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       sleep / fan / scientists / unwelcome news / hot weather / health / asthma / muscles /
       experts / disagree / respiratory / system / toxic / sweating / distance / air conditioner
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. AIR-CON: Students A strongly believe fans are better than air conditioners; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. KEEPING COOL: What are the pros and cons of these ways of keeping cool? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

Fans

 

 

Air con

 

 

Open windows

 

 

Fewer clothes

 

 

Ice packs

 

 

Ice creams

 

 

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5. SCIENTISTS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "scientists". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SLEEP: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways to get to sleep at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • hot milk
  • music
  • hot bath
  • study English
  • fans
  • exercise
  • count sheep
  • read a book

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. struggling a. Painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strain.
      2. nod off b. Very, very hot.
      3. scorching c. Moving or causing to move continuously or freely through a closed system or area.
      4. detrimental d. Trying really hard to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty or resistance.
      5. circulate e. Cause inflammation or other discomfort in a part of the body.
      6. irritate f. Fall asleep.
      7. cramp g. Tending to cause harm.

    Paragraph 2

      8. experts h. An amount of space between two things or people.
      9. respiratory i. Relating to or affecting respiration or the organs of respiration.
      10. toxic j. An unpleasant feeling of coldness in the body.
      11. distance k. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      12. dust l. Fine, dry powder consisting of tiny particles of earth or waste matter lying on the ground or on surfaces or carried in the air.
      13. preferable m. Poisonous.
      14. chill n. More desirable or suitable.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said many people needed a fan to sleep in hot weather.     T / F
  2. A website said there were many reasons why fans are bad for us.     T / F
  3. Fans are a good way to stop pollen circulating around a room.     T / F
  4. Experts say using fans can lead to muscle cramps.     T / F
  5. A specialist on the respiratory system said fans are toxic.     T / F
  6. The specialist said fans make us sweat more.     T / F
  7. The specialist said air filters are no good at reducing levels of dust.     T / F
  8. Air conditioners can cause colds.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. unwelcome
  2. scorching
  3. detrimental
  4. circulate
  5. cool
  6. specialist
  7. toxic
  8. distance
  9. recommended
  10. preferable
  1. advised
  2. spread
  3. chill
  4. poisonous
  5. extremely hot
  6. space
  7. expert
  8. unwanted
  9. better
  10. harmful

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. those of us struggling to nod
  2. a fan could be detrimental
  3. cause dust and pollen to circulate
  4. circulating air can dry out and
  5. make muscles tense
  6. there are no dangers
  7. There's nothing about a fan
  8. people should keep fans
  9. reduce the levels of
  10. cause us to wake
  1. to health
  2. dust in the room
  3. up and cramp
  4. at a safe distance
  5. to our health
  6. off
  7. up with a cold
  8. irritate your eyes
  9. that's toxic
  10. around the room

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
detrimental
add
without
cramp
scorching
nod
irritate
rotating

Many people cannot sleep (1) ____________ using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of us struggling to (2) ____________ off during the current (3) ____________ hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be (4) ____________ to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever. The (5) ____________ blades of fans cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and (6) ____________ to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry out and (7) ____________ your eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
levels
respiratory
distance
chill
experts
preferable
circulating
directly

Other sleep (9) ____________ disagree and say there are no dangers to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, a specialist on the health of the (10) ____________ system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with (11) ____________ air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help us to sleep. He said people should keep fans at a safe (12) ____________ from their bed and not have them blowing (13) ____________ at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the (14) ____________ of dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be (15) ____________ to using an air conditioner, which can (16) ____________ any sweat on our body and possibly cause us to wake up with a cold.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could ______ us
     a.  be badly four
     b.  been bad for
     c.  be bad for
     d.  be bad four
2)  unwelcome news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current ______ weather
     a.  scorch in hot
     b.  score chin hot
     c.  scorching hot
     d.  scare chin hot
3)  there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be ______ health
     a.  detriment all to our
     b.  detrimental to your
     c.  detrimental too our
     d.  detrimental to our
4)  The rotating blades of fans cause dust and pollen ______
     a.  to circulate
     b.  twos circulate
     c.  two circulate
     d.  too circulate
5)  Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense ______
     a.  up and clamp
     b.  up and cramp
     c.  up and crump
     d.  up and clump

6)  Other sleep experts disagree and say there are no dangers to health from ______
     a.  using air fan
     b.  using a fan
     c.  using of fan
     d.  using off fan
7)  There's nothing about a fan ______
     a.  that's toxicity
     b.  that's a toxic
     c.  that's toxic
     d.  that's all toxic
8)  keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing ______ body
     a.  direct at their
     b.  directs at their
     c.  directly at their
     d.  direction at their
9)  keeping an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of ______ room
     a.  dusting in the
     b.  dusting the
     c.  dust in the
     d.  dusts in the
10)  Sleeping with a fan may be preferable to using an air conditioner, which ______ sweat
     a.  can't chill many
     b.  can't chill any
     c.  can shrill many
     d.  can chill any

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many people cannot sleep (1) ___________________ fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for (2) ___________________ struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to (3) ___________________ the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever. The rotating (4) ___________________ cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry out (5) ___________________ eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles (6) ___________________ cramp.

Other sleep experts disagree and say there (7) ___________________ to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, (8) ___________________ the health of the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's (9) ___________________ circulating air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help us to sleep. He said people (10) ___________________ at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing directly at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to (11) ___________________ of dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be preferable to using an air conditioner, which can chill any sweat on our body and (12) ___________________ to wake up with a cold.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of news did the article say a fan being bad for us was?
  2. Who might have problems with fans?
  3. What does a fan's blades circulate around a room?
  4. What did a website say fans can do to your eyes?
  5. What did a website say fans can make muscles do?
  6. Who is Dr Len Horovitz?
  7. What did a doctor say a fan can stop us doing?
  8. Where should people keep fans in their bedroom?
  9. What did a specialist recommend keeping in a bedroom?
  10. What might you wake up with if you use an air conditioner?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of news did the article say a fan being bad for us was?
a) good news
b) unwelcome news
c) fake news
d) breaking news
2) Who might have problems with fans?
a) old people
b) shopkeepers
c) babies
d) people with asthma
3) What does a fan's blades circulate around a room?
a) sounds
b) humidity
c) pollen and dust
d) bugs
4) What did a website say fans can do to your eyes?
a) irritate them
b) clean them
c) close them
d) make them shine
5) What did a website say fans can make muscles do?
a) sag
b) tense up
c) flex
d) get bigger

6) Who is Dr Len Horovitz?
a) a specialist
b) a fan maker
c) an asthmatic
d) a sun expert
7) What did a doctor say a fan can stop us doing?
a) getting diseases
b) sleeping
c) sweating
d) worrying
8) Where should people keep fans in their bedroom?
a) at a safe distance from our bed
b) on the ceiling
c) on the wall
d) above our bed
9) What did a specialist recommend keeping in a bedroom?
a) a mirror
b) ice
c) water
d) an air filter
10) What might you wake up with if you use an air conditioner?
a) a runny nose
b) a headache
c) a cold
d) hay fever

Role play

Role  A – Fans
You think using a fan is the best way to get to sleep. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): exercise, hot milk or studying English.

Role  B – Exercise
You think exercise is the best way to get to sleep. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): using a fan, hot milk or studying English.

Role  C – Hot Milk
You think hot milk is the best way to get to sleep. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): exercise, using a fan or studying English.

Role  D – Study English
You think studying English is the best way to get to sleep. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): exercise, hot milk or using a fan.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'fan'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'sleep'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • dangers
    • toxic
    • wrong
    • directly
    • levels
    • wake
    • unwelcome
    • reasons
    • hay
    • pollen
    • dry
    • tense




    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 - Sleeping with a fan could be bad for us

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'sleep'?
    3. Do you have problems sleeping?
    4. What do you think of fans?
    5. How do you cope with very hot weather?
    6. Why might fans be bad for us?
    7. What's the best thing to do to get to sleep in hot weather?
    8. How does very hot weather affect you?
    9. What are you like in the morning if you haven't slept well?
    10. How do you feel when you put on a fan in hot weather?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'fan'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Which of the experts do you agree with?
    5. How do you cope with very cold weather?
    6. Should fans be directed at one's body while sleeping?
    7. Do you prefer hot or cold weather?
    8. Are air conditioners healthy?
    9. What are the alternatives to using a fan?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Many people cannot sleep without (1) ____ a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of us (2) ____ to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be (3) ____ to our health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or (4) ____ fever. The rotating blades of fans cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry (5) ____ and irritate your eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense (6) ____ and cramp.

    Other sleep experts disagree and say there are no dangers to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, a (7) ____ on the health of the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with (8) ____ air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help us to sleep. He said people should keep fans at a (9) ____ distance from their bed and not have them blowing directly at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to (10) ____ the levels of dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be (11) ____ to using an air conditioner, which can (12) ____ any sweat on our body and possibly cause us to wake up with a cold.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     usage     (b)     uses     (c)     user     (d)     using    
    2. (a)     struggle     (b)     struggles     (c)     struggled     (d)     struggling    
    3. (a)     determine     (b)     detrimental     (c)     detriment     (d)     determinant    
    4. (a)     grass     (b)     wheat     (c)     hay     (d)     corn    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     over     (c)     out     (d)     under    
    6. (a)     up     (b)     down     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     specialism     (b)     specialist     (c)     specialize     (d)     specials    
    8. (a)     circulating     (b)     circulation     (c)     circulates     (d)     circulate    
    9. (a)     safely     (b)     safe     (c)     safes     (d)     safest    
    10. (a)     retract     (b)     rejoice     (c)     reduce     (d)     redolent    
    11. (a)     prefers     (b)     preference     (c)     preferable     (d)     prefer    
    12. (a)     cooling     (b)     frozen     (c)     cooler     (d)     chill

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. sleep rtspxee
    3. tontagri blades of fans
    4. ciruelact around the room
    5. dry out and irittera your eyes
    6. make uemslsc tense up and cramp

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our
    (...)  with circulating air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help
    (...)  directly at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of
    (...)  news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather. According to sleep
    1  ) Many people cannot sleep without using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome
    (...)  it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and cramp.
    (...)  on the health of the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong
    (...)  health. Fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever. The rotating blades
    (...)  sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry out and irritate your eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes
    (...)  of fans cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's
    (...)  can chill any sweat on our body and possibly cause us to wake up with a cold.
    (...)  dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be preferable to using an air conditioner, which
    (...)  Other sleep experts disagree and say there are no dangers to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, a specialist
    (...)  us to sleep. He said people should keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing

    Put the words in the right order

    1. a   people   without   cannot   using   sleep   Many   fan   .
    2. during   weather   .   off   the   current   scorching-hot   Nod
    3. fan   health   .   our   to   could   detrimental   be   A
    4. and   circulate   .   dust   cause   pollen   to   Fans
    5. air   your   can   eyes   .   and   irritate   dry   Circulating
    6. dangers   a   health   to   No   using   from   fan   .
    7. that's   toxic   .   about   a   fan   nothing   There's
    8. should   at   distance   .   fans   People   a   safe   keep
    9. of   the   levels   the   dust   room   .   in   Reduce
    10. preferable   be   an   may   air-conditioner   .   fan   A   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Many people cannot sleep without usage / using a fan, but scientists say this could be bad for us. This is unwelcome news for those of them / us struggling to nod off during the current scorching / scorcher hot weather. According to sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor, there are many reasons / reason why the use of a fan could be detriment / detrimental to our health. Fans can cause / because problems for people with asthma or hay fever. The rotating blades of fans cause dusty / dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add / addition to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Sleep Advisor says circulating air can dry out and irrigate / irritate your eyes, mouth and sinuses, which also makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and clamp / cramp.

    Other sleep experts disagree and say there are / aren't no dangers to health from using a fan. Dr Len Horovitz, a specialize / specialist on the health of the respiratory / respire system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with circulating / circulate air." He told the Live Science website that if a fan stops us sweating, it will help us / them to sleep. He said people should keep fans at a safely / safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing direct / directly at their body. He also recommended keeping an air filler / filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of dust in the room. Sleeping with a fan may be prefer / preferable to using an air conditioner, which can chill any sweat on our body and possibly / possible cause us to wake up with a cold.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    many people cannot sleep without using a fan but scientists say this could be bad for us this is unwelcome news for those of us struggling to nod off during the current scorching hot weather according to sleep experts at the website sleep advisor there are many reasons why the use of a fan could be detrimental to our health fans can cause problems for people with asthma or hay fever the rotating blades of fans cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatics sleeplessness sleep advisor says circulating air can dry out and irritate your eyes mouth and sinuses which also makes it difficult to sleep fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and cramp

    other sleep experts disagree and say there are no dangers to health from using a fan dr len horovitz a specialist on the health of the respiratory system said theres nothing about a fan thats toxic theres nothing wrong with circulating air he told the live science website that if a fan stops us sweating it will help us to sleep he said people should keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing directly at their body he also recommended keeping an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of dust in the room sleeping with a fan may be preferable to using an air conditioner which can chill any sweat on our body and possibly cause us to wake up with a cold

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    Manypeoplecannotsleepwithoutusingafan,butscientistssaythiscoul
    dbebadforus.Thisisunwelcomenewsforthoseofusstrugglingtonodoff
    duringthecurrentscorchinghotweather.Accordingtosleepexpertsatt
    hewebsiteSleepAdvisor,therearemanyreasonswhytheuseofafancou
    ldbedetrimentaltoourhealth.Fanscancauseproblemsforpeoplewitha
    sthmaorhayfever.Therotatingbladesoffanscausedustandpollentocir
    culatearoundtheroomandaddtoanasthmatic'ssleeplessness.SleepA
    dvisorsayscirculatingaircandryoutandirritateyoureyes,mouthandsi
    nuses,whichalsomakesitdifficulttosleep.Fansalsocooltheairandcan
    makemusclestenseupandcramp.Othersleepexpertsdisagreeandsay
    therearenodangerstohealthfromusingafan.DrLenHorovitz,aspeciali
    stonthehealthoftherespiratorysystem,said:"There'snothingaboutaf
    anthat'stoxic.There'snothingwrongwithcirculatingair."HetoldtheLiv
    eSciencewebsitethatifafanstopsussweating,itwillhelpustosleep.Hes
    aidpeopleshouldkeepfansatasafedistancefromtheirbedandnothavet
    hemblowingdirectlyattheirbody.Healsorecommendedkeepinganairf
    ilterinthebedroomtoreducethelevelsofdustintheroom.Sleepingwith
    afanmaybepreferabletousinganairconditioner,whichcanchillanyswe
    atonourbodyandpossiblycauseustowakeupwithacold.

    Free writing

    Write about fans for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Fans are better than air conditioning. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. FANS: Make a poster about fans. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AIR CON: Write a magazine article about fans being better than air conditioning. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on fans. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on fans. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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