The Reading / Listening - Honey - Level 1

Doctors are advising people with coughs to drink or eat honey or get some medicine from a drugstore instead of visiting a doctor. In most cases, honey will work better than antibiotics. Most of the time, a cough gets better on its own in a few weeks, even without medicine. Many of us go to see a doctor if we have a cough. Doctors in England say this can be a waste of time. They say antibiotics do little to make a cough go away.



We use antibiotics too much. This can be bad because antibiotics are getting weaker against viruses, so medicines are working less. This is creating superbugs, which are dangerous to our health. Honey can help to soothe a sore throat. A hot drink with honey is a traditional remedy for coughs. People sometimes add lemon to it. Honey may be good for children because they dislike medicine but love honey. Also, children do not like visiting a doctor.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Honey - Level 0 Honey - Level 2   or  Honey - Level 3

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. Doctors are
  2. In most
  3. a cough gets better
  4. in a
  5. see a doctor if we have
  6. this can be a waste
  7. They say antibiotics do
  8. make a cough go
  1. a cough
  2. little
  3. advising people
  4. away
  5. few weeks
  6. on its own
  7. cases
  8. of time

Paragraph 2

  1. antibiotics are
  2. This is creating
  3. Honey can help to soothe
  4. honey is a traditional
  5. People sometimes add
  6. Honey may be good
  7. they dislike medicine but
  8. children do not like
  1. remedy for coughs
  2. love honey
  3. superbugs
  4. visiting a doctor
  5. a sore throat
  6. lemon to it
  7. getting weaker
  8. for children

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors (1) ___________________ with coughs to drink or eat honey (2) ___________________ medicine from a drugstore (3) ___________________ a doctor. In most cases, honey will work better than antibiotics. Most of the time, a cough (4) ___________________ its own in a few weeks, even without medicine. Many of us go to see a doctor if we have a cough. Doctors in England say this can be a (5) ___________________. They say antibiotics do little to make a (6) ___________________.

We use antibiotics too much. This (7) ___________________ because antibiotics (8) ___________________ against viruses, so medicines are working less. This is creating superbugs, which are dangerous to our health. Honey can (9) ___________________ a sore throat. A hot drink with honey (10) ___________________ remedy for coughs. People sometimes (11) ___________________ it. Honey may be good for children because they dislike medicine but love honey. Also, children do not (12) ___________________ doctor.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Doctorsareadvisingpeoplewithcoughstodrinkoreathoneyorgetsome
medicinefromadrugstoreinsteadofvisitingadoctor.Inmostcases,hon
eywillworkbetterthanantibiotics.Mostofthetime,acoughgetbetteroni
tsowninafewweeks,evenwithoutmedicine.Manyofusgotoseeadoctor
ifwehaveacough.DoctorsinEnglandsaythiscanbeawasteoftime.They
sayantibioticsdolittletomakeacoughgoaway.Weuseantibioticstoom
uch.Thiscanbebadbecauseantibioticsaregettingweakeragainstvirus
es,somedicinesareworkingless.Thisiscreatingsuperbugs,whichared
angeroustoourhealth.Honeycanhelptosootheasorethroat.Ahotdrink
withhoneyisatraditionalremedyforcoughs.Peoplesometimesaddlem
ontoit.Honeymaybegoodforchildrenbecausetheydislikemedicinebut
lovehoney.Also,childrendonotlikevisitingadoctor.

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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