The Reading / Listening - Sepsis - Level 2

We know the names of big killers like cancer and heart disease, but few people know sepsis. This is a life-threatening condition and one of the world's biggest killers. It is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body releases too many chemicals into the blood to fight an infection. The chemicals overload our organs and damage them. This damage can cause organ failure and death. Doctors have always called this blood poisoning. More than half of the sepsis cases worldwide occur in children. Many of these are newborn babies.



A study into sepsis was published in a medical journal. Researchers said over 50 million people a year develop sepsis. Over 20 per cent of these die. This is more than double the percentage previously thought. Sepsis kills more people than cancer. A senior author of the research, 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 more research to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if it is found early.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Sepsis - Level 0 Sepsis - Level 1   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. the names of big killers
  2. This is a life-
  3. responsible for
  4. The chemicals overload
  5. This damage can cause organ
  6. blood
  7. half of the sepsis cases
  8. Many of these are newborn
  1. babies
  2. our organs
  3. poisoning
  4. threatening condition
  5. worldwide
  6. one in five deaths
  7. like cancer
  8. failure and death

Paragraph 2

  1. published in a medical
  2. 50 million people a year
  3. more than double
  4. Sepsis kills more
  5. the condition is both preventable
  6. research to stop sepsis
  7. Doctors can treat sepsis with
  8. if it is found
  1. the percentage
  2. early
  3. and treatable
  4. antibiotics
  5. develop sepsis
  6. journal
  7. people than cancer
  8. killing newborns

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We know (1) ___________________ big killers like cancer and heart disease, but few people know sepsis. This (2) ___________________ condition and one of the world's biggest killers. It (3) ___________________ one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body releases too many chemicals into the blood to (4) ___________________. The chemicals overload our organs and damage them. This damage can cause (5) ___________________ death. Doctors have always called this blood poisoning. More than half of the sepsis cases worldwide (6) ___________________. Many of these are newborn babies.

A study into sepsis (7) ___________________ a medical journal. Researchers said over 50 million people (8) ___________________ sepsis. Over 20 per cent of these die. This is more than double the percentage previously thought. Sepsis kills more (9) ___________________. A senior author of the research, said: "We are alarmed to find sepsis deaths (10) ___________________ than previously estimated, especially as the (12) ___________________ preventable and treatable." He wants more research to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if it (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weknowthenamesofbigkillerslikecancerandheartdisease,butfewpe
opleknowsepsis.Thisisalife-threateningconditionandoneoftheworl
d'sbiggestkillers.Itisresponsibleforoneinfivedeathsworldwide.Sepsi
shappenswhenourbodyreleasestoomanychemicalsintothebloodtofi
ghtaninfection.Thechemicalsoverloadourorgansanddamagethem.T
hisdamagecancauseorganfailureanddeath.Doctorshavealwayscalle
dthisbloodpoisoning.Morethanhalfofthesepsiscasesworldwideoccuri
nchildren.Manyofthesearenewbornbabies.Astudyintosepsiswaspubl
ishedinamedicaljournal.Researcherssaidover50millionpeopleayear
developsepsis.Over20percentofthesedie.Thisismorethandoublethe
percentagepreviouslythought.Sepsiskillsmorepeoplethancancer.As
eniorauthoroftheresearch,said:"Wearealarmedtofindsepsisdeathsa
remuchhigherthanpreviouslyestimated,especiallyastheconditionisb
othpreventableandtreatable."Hewantsmoreresearchtostopsepsiskil
lingnewborns.Doctorscantreatsepsiswithantibioticsifitisfoundearly.

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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