The Reading / Listening - Sepsis - Level 0

We know the names of killers like cancer, but not sepsis. This is dangerous. It is one of the world's biggest killers. Sepsis happens when our body puts too many chemicals into our blood to fight disease. The chemicals can damage our organs and kill us. Doctors once called this blood poisoning. Most sepsis cases are in children.



A study in a medical journal said 50 million people a year get sepsis. Twenty per cent of these die. This is double what we thought. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A doctor is "alarmed" because sepsis, "is both preventable and treatable". He wants to stop sepsis killing babies. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sepsis - Level 1 Sepsis - Level 2   or  Sepsis - Level 3

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Health/deaths-caused-disease-heard/story?id=68354737
  • https://www.livescience.com/sepsis-deaths-worldwide.html
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/sepsis-cancer-research-study-nhs-a4336621.html


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. We know the names of killers
  2. This is
  3. one of the world's biggest
  4. puts too many chemicals
  5. fight
  6. damage our organs
  7. blood
  8. Most sepsis cases
  1. poisoning
  2. killers
  3. are in children
  4. dangerous
  5. into our blood
  6. disease
  7. like cancer
  8. and kill us

Paragraph 2

  1. A study in a medical
  2. 50 million people a year
  3. This is double
  4. Sepsis kills more people
  5. A doctor
  6. sepsis is both preventable
  7. He wants to stop sepsis
  8. treat sepsis with
  1. killing babies
  2. what we thought
  3. antibiotics
  4. get sepsis
  5. and treatable
  6. than cancer
  7. journal
  8. is alarmed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We know the (1) ___________________ like cancer, but not sepsis. This is dangerous. It (2) ___________________ the world's biggest killers. Sepsis happens when (3) ___________________ too many chemicals into (4) ___________________ fight disease. The chemicals can damage our (5) ___________________ us. Doctors once called this blood poisoning. Most sepsis (6) ___________________ children.

A study (7) ___________________ journal said 50 million people a year get sepsis. Twenty per cent (8) ___________________. This is double (9) ___________________. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A doctor (10) ___________________ sepsis, "is both preventable and treatable". He (11) ___________________ sepsis killing babies. (12) ___________________ sepsis with antibiotics.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weknowthenamesofkillerslikecancer,butnotsepsis.Thisisdangerous
.Itisoneoftheworld'sbiggestkillers.Sepsishappenswhenourbodyputs
toomanychemicalsintoourbloodtofightdisease.Thechemicalscanda
mageourorgansandkillus.Doctorsoncecalledthisbloodpoisoning.Mo
stsepsiscasesareinchildren.Astudyinamedicaljournalsaid50millionp
eopleayeargetsepsisTwentypercentofthesedie.Thisisdoublewhatwe
thought.Sepsiskillsmorepeoplethancancer.Adoctoris"alarmed"beca
usesepsis,"isbothpreventableandtreatable".Hewantstostopsepsiski
llingbabies.Doctorscantreatsepsiswithantibiotics.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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

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Answers

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