The Reading / Listening - Sepsis - Level 1

We know the names of big killers like cancer, but few people know sepsis. This is life-threatening and is one of the world's biggest killers. One in five deaths worldwide is because of it. Sepsis happens when our body releases too many chemicals into the blood to fight infections. The chemicals damage our organs and can cause organ failure and death. Doctors once called this blood poisoning. Most sepsis cases are in children and newborn babies.



A study into sepsis was in a medical journal. It said 50 million people a year develop sepsis, and 20 per cent of these die. This is double that we thought before. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A professor said: "We are alarmed to find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously estimated, especially as the condition is both preventable and treatable." He wants to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sepsis - Level 0 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 big
  2. This is life-
  3. One in
  4. releases too many chemicals
  5. organ
  6. blood
  7. Most sepsis cases
  8. newborn
  1. are in children
  2. into the blood
  3. killers like cancer
  4. babies
  5. poisoning
  6. five deaths worldwide
  7. failure
  8. threatening

Paragraph 2

  1. in a medical
  2. 50 million people a year
  3. This is double that we thought
  4. Sepsis kills more
  5. much higher than previously
  6. the condition is both preventable
  7. He wants to stop sepsis killing
  8. Doctors can treat sepsis
  1. people than cancer
  2. and treatable
  3. develop sepsis
  4. with antibiotics
  5. before
  6. estimated
  7. journal
  8. newborns

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We (1) ___________________ of big killers like cancer, but few people know sepsis. This is life-threatening and is one (2) ___________________ biggest killers. One in five deaths worldwide is (3) ___________________. Sepsis happens when our body releases too (4) ___________________ the blood to fight infections. The chemicals damage our organs and can cause (5) ___________________ death. Doctors once called this blood poisoning. Most sepsis cases are in (6) ___________________ babies.

A study into sepsis (7) ___________________ medical journal. It said 50 million people a (8) ___________________, and 20 per cent of these die. This (9) ___________________ we thought before. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A professor said: "We (10) ___________________ find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously estimated, especially (11) ___________________ is both preventable and treatable." He wants to stop sepsis killing newborns. (12) ___________________ sepsis with antibiotics.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weknowthenamesofbigkillerslikecancer,butfewpeopleknowsepsis.
Thisislife-threateningandisoneoftheworld'sbiggestkillers.Oneinfiv
edeathsworldwideisbecauseofit.Sepsishappenswhenourbodyreleas
estoomanychemicalsintothebloodtofightinfections.Thechemicalsda
mageourorgansandcancauseorganfailureanddeath.Doctorsoncecall
edthisbloodpoisoning.Mostsepsiscasesareinchildrenandnewbornba
bies.Astudyintosepsiswasinamedicaljournal.Itsaid50millionpeoplea
yeardevelopsepsis,and20percentofthesedie.Thisisdoublethatwetho
ughtbefore.Sepsiskillsmorepeoplethancancer.Aprofessorsaid:"Wea
realarmedtofindsepsisdeathsaremuchhigherthanpreviouslyestimat
ed,especiallyastheconditionisbothpreventableandtreatable."Hewan
tstostopsepsiskillingnewborns.Doctorscantreatsepsiswithantibiotic
s.

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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