The Reading / Listening - Sepsis - Level 3

Everyone knows the names of big killers like cancer, heart disease and stroke, but few people are aware of one of the biggest killers - sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Doctors say it is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body's response to an infection injures our own organs. Our body normally releases chemicals into the blood to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals. The chemicals overload our organs and damage them. This damage can lead to organ failure and death. Doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning. More than half of the sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children, many of whom are newborn babies.



A study into sepsis was published on January the 16th in the medical journal "The Lancet". Researchers estimated that over 50 million people a year develop sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness. This is more than double the percentage previously estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills more people than cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, 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 said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition is found early.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Sepsis - Level 0 Sepsis - Level 1   or  Sepsis - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SEPSIS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about sepsis. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       big killers / cancer / heart disease / infection / organs / blood poisoning / doctors /
       a study / sepsis / journal / percentage / alarmed / condition / treatable / antibiotics
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NO DISEASE: Students A strongly believe there will be no disease one day; Students B strongly believe disease will always be with us.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HEALTH CONDITIONS: What do you know about these health conditions? What happens when someone experiences each condition? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

What To Do?

Cancer

 

 

Heart Attack

 

 

Stroke

 

 

Tuberculosis

 

 

Epilepsy

 

 

Asthma

 

 

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5. CANCER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "cancer". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PREVENTION: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways of preventing diseases at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Exercise
  • Healthy eating
  • Vitamins
  • Sleep
  • Hand-washing
  • Wear a mask
  • Inoculations
  • Stay at home

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. killer a. A reaction to something.
      2. stroke b. The result of having a disease or illness.
      3. condition c. A person or thing that kills.
      4. response d. Something that can cause illness or death when eaten, breathed in, drunk or injected.
      5. infection e. A sudden attack in the brain caused by too little blood going to the brain. It usually causes unconsciousness and often causes death.
      6. organ f. An illness or other medical problem.
      7. poisoning g. A part of the body that has a specific important function, like the heart, brain, stomach or liver.

    Paragraph 2

      8. estimated h. A medicine (like penicillin) that stops the growth of or destroys bacteria and microorganisms.
      9. develop i. Roughly calculated or judged the value, number, quantity of something.
      10. previously j. Grow or cause to grow and become more mature or advanced.
      11. alarmed k. Able to stop or be avoided.
      12. preventable l. Felt frightened, disturbed, or in danger.
      13. treatable m. At an earlier time; before.
      14. antibiotics n. Able to be healed or cured, especially medically.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said everyone knows the name of a condition called sepsis.     T / F
  2. Sepsis happens when our own body's organs injure an infection.     T / F
  3. Sepsis happens when the body releases too few chemical.     T / F
  4. Most of the cases of sepsis are in children and babies.     T / F
  5. A medical journal said sepsis kills 50 million people a year.     T / F
  6. The number of sepsis deaths is twice that scientists previously thought.   T / F
  7. Sepsis is a bigger killer than cancer.     T / F
  8. Antibiotics are no good for treating sepsis.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. condition
  2. response
  3. damage
  4. cases
  5. occur
  6. published
  7. estimated
  8. alarmed
  9. treatable
  10. found
  1. hurt
  2. happen
  3. curable
  4. calculated
  5. illness
  6. disturbed
  7. issued
  8. instances
  9. discovered
  10. reaction

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. few people are aware
  2. fight an
  3. This damage can lead to organ
  4. blood
  5. many of whom
  6. over 50 million people a
  7. double the percentage previously
  8. sepsis kills more
  9. the condition is both preventable
  10. Doctors can treat sepsis
  1. with antibiotics
  2. people than cancer
  3. are newborn babies
  4. estimated
  5. infection
  6. and treatable
  7. poisoning
  8. failure and death
  9. year develop sepsis
  10. of one of the biggest killers

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
aware
overload
infection
cancer
cases
responsible
organ
blood

Everyone knows the names of big killers like (1) ____________, heart disease and stroke, but few people are (2) ____________ of one of the biggest killers - sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Doctors say it is (3) ____________ for one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body's response to an (4) ____________ injures our own organs. Our body normally releases chemicals into the (5) ____________ to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals. The chemicals (6) ____________ our organs and damage them. This damage can lead to (7) ____________ failure and death. Doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning. More than half of the sepsis (8) ____________ reported worldwide occur in children, many of whom are newborn babies.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
develop
alarmed
antibiotics
published
senior
newborns
double
condition

A study into sepsis was (9) ____________ on January the 16th in the medical journal "The Lancet". Researchers estimated that over 50 million people a year (10) ____________ sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness. This is more than (11) ____________ the percentage previously estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills more people than cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, a (12) ____________ author of the research, said: "We are (13) ____________ to find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously estimated, especially as the (14) ____________ is both preventable and treatable." He said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing (15) ____________. Doctors can treat sepsis with (16) ____________ if the condition is found early.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Everyone knows the names of big killers like cancer, heart ______
     a.  disease and streak
     b.  disease and strike
     c.  disease and stoke
     d.  disease and stroke
2)  Doctors say it is responsible for one ______
     a.  on five deaths
     b.  to five deaths
     c.  in five deaths
     d.  two five deaths
3)  Sepsis happens when our body's response to an infection injures ______
     a.  our down organs
     b.  our own organs
     c.  our frown organs
     d.  our gown organs
4)  This damage can lead to organ ______
     a.  failure and death
     b.  failed and die
     c.  fail your and death
     d.  failure and die
5)  sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children, many of ______ babies
     a.  what are newborn
     b.  when are newborn
     c.  whom are newborn
     d.  whom that newborn

6)  A study into sepsis was published on January the 16th in ______
     a.  the medical journey
     b.  the medical dew nail
     c.  the medical journal
     d.  the medical adjourn
7)  over 50 million people a year develop sepsis and over 20 per cent die ______
     a.  from them illness
     b.  from the illness
     c.  for the illness
     d.  frame the illness
8)  We are alarmed to find sepsis deaths are much higher than ______
     a.  previously esteem ate it
     b.  previously east timid ate
     c.  previously estimated
     d.  previously intimidated
9)  especially as the condition is both preventable ______
     a.  and treat a ball
     b.  and tree table
     c.  end treat table
     d.  and treatable
10)  Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition ______
     a.  is fund ailing
     b.  is found early
     c.  is frond early
     d.  is flounder Lee

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone knows the names of (1) ___________________ cancer, heart disease and stroke, but few people (2) ___________________ one of the biggest killers - sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Doctors say it is responsible (3) ___________________ five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body's response to an infection injures our own organs. Our body normally releases chemicals into the (4) ___________________ an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals. The chemicals overload our organs and damage them. This damage can lead (5) ___________________ and death. Doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning. More (6) ___________________ the sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children, many of whom are newborn babies.

A study into sepsis was published on January the 16th in (7) ___________________ "The Lancet". Researchers estimated that over 50 million people (8) ___________________ sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness. This is (9) ___________________ the percentage previously estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills more people than cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, a (10) ___________________ the research, said: "We are alarmed to find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously estimated, especially as the (11) ___________________ preventable and treatable." He said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What "big killer" was mentioned first in the article?
  2. What kind of condition did the article call sepsis?
  3. What does the body's response to infections injure in our bodies?
  4. What does the body release too much of when we have sepsis?
  5. How many of the reported cases of sepsis are in children and newborns?
  6. What is "The Lancet"?
  7. What percentage of people who get sepsis die from it?
  8. How does a professor feel about sepsis deaths?
  9. What did the professor say sepsis was besides preventable?
  10. What can doctors treat sepsis with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What "big killer" was mentioned first in the article?
a) malaria
b) cancer
c) strokes
d) heart attacks
2) What kind of condition did the article call sepsis?
a) a painful condition
b) a worrying condition
c) a rare condition
d) a life-threatening condition
3) What does the body's response to infections injure in our bodies?
a) the immune system
b) bones
c) organs
d) brain cells
4) What does the body release too much of when we have sepsis?
a) chemicals
b) adrenaline
c) vitamin B12
d) white blood cells
5) How many of the reported cases of sepsis are in children and newborns?
a) 27,829,701
b) over half
c) three million
d) 20 per cent

6) What is "The Lancet"?
a) a medical journal
b) a hospital
c) a drug company
d) a research centre
7) What percentage of people who get sepsis die from it?
a) 25%
b) 30%
c) 20%
d) 35%
8) How does a professor feel about sepsis deaths?
a) alarmed
b) stressed
c) calm
d) terrified
9) What did the professor say sepsis was besides preventable?
a) a lottery
b) deadly
c) worrying
d) treatable

10) What can doctors treat sepsis with?
a) a natural diet
b) creams and ointments
c) antibiotics
d) radiation

Role play

Role  A – Exercise
You think exercise is the best way to keep diseases away. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): healthy eating, hand-washing or staying at home.

Role  B – Healthy Eating
You think healthy eating is the best way to keep diseases away. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): exercise, hand-washing or staying at home.

Role  C – Hand-washing
You think hand-washing is the best way to keep diseases away. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): healthy eating, exercise or staying at home.

Role  D – Staying at Home
You think staying at home is the best way to keep diseases away. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): healthy eating, hand-washing or exercise.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'death'

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  • and 'worldwide'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • killers
    • five
    • normally
    • blood
    • failure
    • whom
    • medical
    • 20
    • double
    • kills
    • both
    • early




    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 - Sepsis

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'sepsis'?
    3. What do you know about sepsis?
    4. What are the world's biggest killers?
    5. Why haven't we found a cure for all the big diseases?
    6. What diseases are you worried about?
    7. How can we keep our bodies strong to fight infections?
    8. What infections have you had?
    9. How healthy are you?
    10. What do the organs in our body do?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'killer'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should we all read medical journals?
    5. Why is it that so few people know about sepsis?
    6. Will you go online to find out more about sepsis?
    7. What one disease would you like to find a cure for?
    8. Should we cure all diseases so we can live to be over 100?
    9. What do you know about antibiotics?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Everyone knows the names of big killers like cancer, heart disease and (1) ____, but few people are aware of one of the biggest (2) ____ - sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Doctors say it is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body's response to an infection (3) ____ our own organs. Our body normally releases chemicals into the (4) ____ to fight an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals. The (5) ____ overload our organs and damage them. This damage can lead to organ failure and death. Doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning. More than half of the sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children, many of (6) ____ are newborn babies.

    A study into sepsis was published (7) ____ January the 16th in the medical journal "The Lancet". Researchers estimated (8) ____ over 50 million people a year develop sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness. This is more than double the percentage (9) ____ estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills more people than cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, a senior author of the research, said: "We are (10) ____ to find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously estimated, especially as the condition is both preventable and (11) ____." He said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition is found (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     strike     (b)     struck     (c)     stroke     (d)     stricken    
    2. (a)     killers     (b)     kills     (c)     killings     (d)     skills    
    3. (a)     injurious     (b)     injures     (c)     injuries     (d)     injustices    
    4. (a)     bloody-minded     (b)     bloody     (c)     blooded     (d)     blood    
    5. (a)     chemical     (b)     chemistry     (c)     chemicals     (d)     chemically    
    6. (a)     what     (b)     whom     (c)     that     (d)     whomsoever    
    7. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     what     (b)     which     (c)     where     (d)     that    
    9. (a)     before     (b)     ago     (c)     previously     (d)     early    
    10. (a)     bell     (b)     siren     (c)     alerted     (d)     alarmed    
    11. (a)     eatable     (b)     treatable     (c)     beatable     (d)     heatable    
    12. (a)     early     (b)     fast     (c)     advance     (d)     prompt

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  infection injures our own organs. Our body normally releases chemicals into the blood to fight
    (...)  aware of one of the biggest killers - sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening condition. Doctors say it is
    (...)  cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, a senior author of the research, said: "We are alarmed to find sepsis deaths are much
    (...)  organs and damage them. This damage can lead to organ failure and death. Doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning. More than
    (...)  higher than previously estimated, especially as the condition is both preventable
    (...)  and treatable." He said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can
    (...)  an infection. Sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals. The chemicals overload our
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    (...)  treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition is found early.
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    (...)  responsible for one in five deaths worldwide. Sepsis happens when our body's response to an
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    (...)  half of the sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children, many of whom are newborn babies.
    (...)  the percentage previously estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills more people than

    Put the words in the right order

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    9. treatable   .   both   condition   The   preventable   and   is
    10. to   newborns   .   needed   sepsis   stop   Research   killing   is

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    A study into sepsis was published on / in January the 16th in the medical journal "The Lancet". Researchers estimation / estimated that over 50 million people a / over year develop sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness. This is more / over than double the percentage previously estimated. The researchers said sepsis kills most / more people than cancer. Professor Mohsen Naghavi, a senior authored / author of the research, said: "We are alarmed / alarms to find sepsis deaths are much higher than previously thinking / estimated, especially as the condition is both preventable and treatable." He said more research is needed / needy to stop sepsis killing newborns. Doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition is found early / fast.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    everyone knows the names of big killers like cancer heart disease and stroke but few people are aware of one of the biggest killers  sepsis sepsis is a lifethreatening condition doctors say it is responsible for one in five deaths worldwide sepsis happens when our bodys response to an infection injures our own organs our body normally releases chemicals into the blood to fight an infection sepsis occurs when the body releases too many of these chemicals the chemicals overload our organs and damage them this damage can lead to organ failure and death doctors have traditionally called this blood poisoning more than half of the sepsis cases reported worldwide occur in children many of whom are newborn babies

    a study into sepsis was published on january the 16th in the medical journal the lancet researchers estimated that over 50 million people a year develop sepsis and over 20 per cent die from the illness this is more than double the percentage previously estimated the researchers said sepsis kills more people than cancer professor mohsen naghavi 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 said more research is needed to stop sepsis killing newborns doctors can treat sepsis with antibiotics if the condition is found early

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Everyoneknowsthenamesofbigkillerslikecancer,heartdiseaseandstr
    oke,butfewpeopleareawareofoneofthebiggestkillers-sepsis.Sepsi
    sisalife-threateningcondition.Doctorssayitisresponsibleforoneinfi
    vedeathsworldwide.Sepsishappenswhenourbody'sresponsetoaninf
    ectioninjuresourownorgans.Ourbodynormallyreleaseschemicalsint
    othebloodtofightaninfection.Sepsisoccurswhenthebodyreleasestoo
    manyofthesechemicals.Thechemicalsoverloadourorgansanddamag
    ethem.Thisdamagecanleadtoorganfailureanddeath.Doctorshavetra
    ditionallycalledthisbloodpoisoning.Morethanhalfofthesepsiscasesre
    portedworldwideoccurinchildren,manyofwhomarenewbornbabies.A
    studyintosepsiswaspublishedonJanuarythe16thinthemedicaljourna
    l"TheLancet".Researchersestimatedthatover50millionpeopleayeard
    evelopsepsisandover20percentdiefromtheillness.Thisismorethando
    ublethepercentagepreviouslyestimated.Theresearcherssaidsepsisk
    illsmorepeoplethancancer.ProfessorMohsenNaghavi,aseniorauthor
    oftheresearch,said:"Wearealarmedtofindsepsisdeathsaremuchhigh
    erthanpreviouslyestimated,especiallyastheconditionisbothprevent
    ableandtreatable."Hesaidmoreresearchisneededtostopsepsiskilling
    newborns.Doctorscantreatsepsiswithantibioticsiftheconditionisfoun
    dearly.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    One day all of the world's diseases will be gone. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SEPSIS: Make a poster about sepsis. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HEALTHCARE: Write a magazine article about governments spending half of their money on healthcare. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on sepsis. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to cut the number of deaths worldwide. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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