The Reading / Listening - Honey - Level 0

Doctors say people with coughs should take honey instead of visiting a doctor. Honey will usually work better than antibiotics. A cough usually gets better on its own in a few weeks. Many of us go to a doctor if we have a cough. Doctors say this can be a waste of time. Antibiotics do little to make a cough go away.



We use antibiotics too much so they are getting weaker against viruses. Medicines are working less. This is creating dangerous superbugs. Honey can help to soothe a sore throat. It is a traditional remedy for coughs. Honey may be good for children - they love honey but don't like medicine or doctors.

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Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45270134
  • https://www.thisisinsider.com/treat-cough-with-honey-before-antibiotics-new-guidelines-2018-8
  • http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/clinical/clinical-specialties/prescribing/gps-should-recommend-honey-and-herbal-medicines-for-coughs-suggests-nice/20037335.article


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. people with coughs should
  2. instead of visiting
  3. Honey will usually work better
  4. A cough usually gets better
  5. in a few
  6. go to a doctor if we
  7. Doctors say this can be a
  8. Antibiotics do little to make a
  1. weeks
  2. waste of time
  3. a doctor
  4. cough go away
  5. on its own
  6. than antibiotics
  7. have a cough
  8. take honey

Paragraph 2

  1. We use antibiotics
  2. they are getting weaker
  3. Medicines are
  4. This is creating dangerous
  5. Honey can help to soothe
  6. It is a traditional
  7. Honey may be good
  8. they love honey but
  1. working less
  2. for children
  3. a sore throat
  4. don't like medicine
  5. against viruses
  6. superbugs
  7. too much
  8. remedy for coughs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors (1) ___________________ coughs should take honey (2) ___________________ a doctor. Honey will usually (3) ___________________ antibiotics. A cough usually gets better on its (4) ___________________ few weeks. Many of us go to a doctor (5) ___________________ a cough. Doctors say this can be a waste of time. Antibiotics do little to make a (6) ___________________.

We use antibiotics (7) ___________________ they are getting (8) ___________________. Medicines are working less. This is creating dangerous superbugs. Honey (9) ___________________ soothe a sore throat. It is a traditional (10) ___________________. Honey (11) ___________________ for children - they love honey (12) ___________________ medicine or doctors.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Doctorssaypeoplewithcoughsshouldtakehoneyinsteadofvisitingado
ctor.Honeywillusuallyworkbetterthanantibiotics.Acoughusuallygets
betteronitsowninafewweeks.Manyofusgotoadoctorifwehaveacough
.Doctorssaythiscanbeawasteoftime.Antibioticsdolittletomakeacoug
hgoaway.Weuseantibioticstoomuchsotheyaregettingweakeragains
tviruses.Medicinesareworkingless.Thisiscreatingdangeroussuperbu
gs.Honeycanhelptosootheasorethroat.Itisatraditionalremedyforcou
ghs.Honeymaybegoodforchildren-theylovehoneybutdon'tlikemedi
cineordoctors.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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