The Reading / Listening - Snakebite - Level 1

Scientists hope to find a cure for snakebite. Snakebite experts around the world are using the same technology used to discover HIV anti-bodies. They are trying to use human anti-bodies to fight against the snake venom. Snakebite is treated using anti-venom made from the snake's venom. A professor said: "We're pursuing what we call the 'next generation' of snakebite therapies, which we hope will be able to treat bites from any snake."



Snakebites kill 140,000 people a year. They kill more people than rabies does. A further 400,000 people get terrible injuries, including loss of arms and legs and stress. About 250 types of snake have a harmful venom. Every venom is very different. This makes finding a cure challenging for scientists. A former UN Secretary-General said snakebite was, "the biggest public health crisis you have likely never heard of". People can survive with the right anti-venom.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Snakebite - Level 0 Snakebite - Level 2   or  Snakebite - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/24/scientists-pursue-universal-snakebite-cure-using-hiv-antibody-techniques
  • https://allafrica.com/stories/201905230131.html
  • https://www.dw.com/en/snakebites-kill-at-least-80000-people-per-year-and-probably-more/a-48836235


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists hope to find a
  2. technology used to
  3. They are trying to use human
  4. anti-venom made from the
  5. the next
  6. snakebite
  7. we hope will be
  8. treat bites from
  1. therapies
  2. able to
  3. snake's venom
  4. any snake
  5. cure for snakebite
  6. discover HIV
  7. generation
  8. anti-bodies

Paragraph 2

  1. They kill more people
  2. people get terrible
  3. 250 types of snake
  4. Every venom
  5. This makes finding a cure
  6. the biggest public
  7. People can
  8. with the right
  1. survive
  2. challenging
  3. injuries
  4. anti-venom
  5. than rabies does
  6. is very different
  7. health crisis
  8. have a harmful venom

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists hope (1) ___________________ cure for snakebite. Snakebite experts (2) ___________________ are using the same technology used to discover HIV anti-bodies. They are trying to use human anti-bodies (3) ___________________ the snake venom. Snakebite (4) ___________________ anti-venom made from the snake's venom. A professor said: "We're pursuing what we call (5) ___________________ of snakebite therapies, which we hope will be able to (6) ___________________ any snake."

Snakebites kill 140,000 people a year. They (7) ___________________ than rabies does. A further 400,000 people get terrible injuries, including (8) ___________________ and legs and stress. About 250 types of snake have (9) ___________________. Every venom is very different. This makes (10) ___________________ challenging for scientists. A former UN Secretary-General said snakebite was, "the biggest (11) ___________________ you have likely never heard of". People can (12) ___________________ right anti-venom.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshopetofindacureforsnakebite.Snakebiteexpertsaroundthe
worldareusingthesametechnologyusedtodiscoverHIVanti-bodies.T
heyaretryingtousehumananti-bodiestofightagainstthesnakevenom
.Snakebiteistreatedusinganti-venommadefromthesnake'svenom.A
professorsaid:"We'repursuingwhatwecallthe'nextgeneration'ofsna
kebitetherapies,whichwehopewillbeabletotreatbitesfromanysnake.
"Snakebiteskill140,000peopleayear.Theykillmorepeoplethanrabies
does.Afurther400,000peoplegetterribleinjuries,includinglossofarm
sandlegsandstress.About250typesofsnakehaveaharmfulvenom.Ev
eryvenomisverydifferent.Thismakesfindingacurechallengingforscie
ntists.AformerUNSecretary-Generalsaidsnakebitewas,"thebig
gestpublichealthcrisisyouhavelikelyneverheardof".Peoplecansurviv
ewiththerightanti-venom.

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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