The Reading / Listening - Honey - Level 2

Doctors have some advice for people with coughs. They are telling people not to visit a doctor but to drink or eat honey or get some medicine from a drugstore instead. Doctors say that in most cases, honey will work and people do not need antibiotics. The doctors added that most of the time, a cough will get better on its own in two to three weeks, even without medicine. Many of us go to see a doctor at a hospital or clinic if we have a cough. Doctors in England say this is usually a waste of time. They say antibiotics do little to make a cough go away.



Doctors say we use antibiotics too much. This can be bad for us. Many viruses are becoming resistant to antibiotics, so medicines are working less. Doctors say this is creating superbugs. These can be dangerous to our health. Doctors say honey can help to soothe a sore throat and make other symptoms disappear. A hot drink with honey is a traditional remedy for coughs. People sometimes add lemon or ginger to it. Honey may be good for children with coughs. Many children do not like medicine but love the taste of honey. Younger children usually do not like visiting a doctor.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Honey - Level 0 Honey - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. advice for people
  2. get some medicine from a
  3. in most cases, honey
  4. a cough will get
  5. see a doctor at a hospital
  6. this is usually a waste
  7. They say antibiotics do
  8. make a cough go
  1. of time
  2. with coughs
  3. away
  4. will work
  5. little
  6. drugstore
  7. or clinic
  8. better on its own

Paragraph 2

  1. Doctors say we use
  2. This can
  3. viruses are becoming resistant
  4. Doctors say this is creating
  5. These can be dangerous
  6. honey can help to soothe
  7. honey is a traditional remedy
  8. love the taste
  1. to antibiotics
  2. of honey
  3. to our health
  4. a sore throat
  5. antibiotics too much
  6. for coughs
  7. be bad for us
  8. superbugs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors (1) ___________________ for people with coughs. They are telling people (2) ___________________ a doctor but to drink or eat honey or get some medicine from (3) ___________________. Doctors say that in most cases, honey will work and people do not need antibiotics. The doctors added (4) ___________________ the time, a cough will get better on its own in two to three weeks, even without medicine. Many (5) ___________________ to see a doctor at a hospital or clinic if we have a cough. Doctors in England say this is usually a (6) ___________________. They say antibiotics do little to make a cough go away.

Doctors (7) ___________________ antibiotics too much. This can be bad for us. Many viruses (8) ___________________ to antibiotics, so medicines are working less. Doctors say this is creating superbugs. These can be dangerous (9) ___________________. Doctors say honey can help to soothe a sore throat and make other symptoms disappear. A hot drink with honey (10) ___________________ remedy for coughs. People sometimes add lemon or ginger to it. Honey (11) ___________________ for children with coughs. Many children do not like medicine but love the taste of honey. Younger children (12) ___________________ like visiting a doctor.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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nottovisitadoctorbuttodrinkoreathoneyorgetsomemedicinefromadr
ugstoreinstead.Doctorssaythatinmostcases,honeywillworkandpeop
ledonotneedantibiotics.Thedoctorsaddedthatmostofthetime,acoug
hwillgetbetteronitsownintwotothreeweeks,evenwithoutmedicine.M
anyofusgotoseeadoctoratahospitalorclinicifwehaveacough.Doctorsi
nEnglandsaythisisusuallyawasteoftime.Theysayantibioticsdolittleto
makeacoughgoaway.Doctorssayweuseantibioticstoomuch.Thiscan
bebadforus.Manyvirusesarebecomingresistanttoantibiotics,somedi
cinesareworkingless.Doctorssaythisiscreatingsuperbugs.Thesecan
bedangeroustoourhealth.Doctorssayhoneycanhelptosootheasoreth
roatandmakeothersymptomsdisappear.Ahotdrinkwithhoneyisatrad
itionalremedyforcoughs.Peoplesometimesaddlemonorgingertoit.H
oneymaybegoodforchildrenwithcoughs.Manychildrendonotlikemedi
cinebutlovethetasteofhoney.Youngerchildrenusuallydonotlikevisiti
ngadoctor.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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