The Reading / Listening - Teeth Whitening - Level 4

Everyone wants shiny, pearly white teeth. The perfect smile has created a multi-billion-dollar industry, but not all is shiny in this business. The BBC stated that illegal teeth whitening is putting people at risk of health problems, including burnt gums and lips, blisters and lost teeth. The BBC reported a 26 per cent increase in complaints last year from people with problems from teeth whitening. Many of those doing the whitening were unqualified.



The UK's teeth-whitening industry is regulated. Only registered professionals can do it. Two BBC researchers went undercover and found "thousands" of non-qualified teeth-whitening practitioners. They attended a five-hour teeth-whitening course at a London beauty college. The researchers got a certificate and were told they could earn $100 an hour to treat customers. Setting up their own business would be illegal. They would have a criminal record.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Teeth Whitening - Level 5 or  Teeth Whitening - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-51388639
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/10932978/illegal-teeth-whitening-people-burns-missing-teeth/
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/scandal-of-courses-in-teethwhitening-patients-at-risk-a4357981.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. shiny, pearly
  2. The perfect
  3. created a multi-billion-dollar
  4. putting people
  5. burnt gums
  6. The BBC reported a 26 per cent
  7. people with problems from
  8. Many of those doing
  1. teeth whitening
  2. industry
  3. and lips
  4. the whitening
  5. increase
  6. at risk
  7. smile
  8. white teeth

Paragraph 2

  1. The UK's teeth-whitening industry
  2. Only registered professionals
  3. Two BBC researchers went
  4. They attended a five-hour
  5. they could earn
  6. treat
  7. Setting up their own business would
  8. have a criminal
  1. record
  2. undercover
  3. $100 an hour
  4. be illegal
  5. can do it
  6. is regulated
  7. customers
  8. teeth-whitening course

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone (1) ___________________ white teeth. The perfect smile has created a multi-billion-dollar industry, but not all is shiny (2) ___________________. The BBC stated that illegal teeth whitening is putting people (3) ___________________ health problems, including burnt gums and lips, blisters (4) ___________________. The BBC reported a 26 per cent (5) ___________________ last year from people with problems from teeth whitening. Many (6) ___________________ the whitening were unqualified.

The UK's teeth-whitening (7) ___________________. Only registered professionals can do it. Two BBC researchers (8) ___________________ found "thousands" of non-qualified teeth-whitening practitioners. They (9) ___________________ -hour teeth-whitening course at a London beauty college. The researchers (10) ___________________ and were told they could earn $100 an hour (11) ___________________. Setting up their own business would be illegal. They would have (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Everyonewantsshiny,pearlywhiteteeth.Theperfectsmilehascreated
amulti-billion-dollarindustry,butnotallisshinyinthisbusiness.TheBB
Cstatedthatillegalteethwhiteningisputtingpeopleatriskofhealthprobl
ems,includingburntgumsandlips,blistersandlostteeth.TheBBCrepor
teda26percentincreaseincomplaintslastyearfrompeoplewithproble
msfromteethwhitening.Manyofthosedoingthewhiteningwereunqual
ified.TheUK'steeth-whiteningindustryisregulated.Onlyregisteredpr
ofessionalscandoit.TwoBBCresearcherswentundercoverandfound"t
housands"ofnon-qualifiedteeth-whiteningpractitioners.Theyatte
ndedafive-hourteeth-whiteningcourseataLondonbeautycollege.Th
eresearchersgotacertificateandweretoldtheycouldearn$100anhourt
otreatcustomers.Settinguptheirownbusinesswouldbeillegal.Theyw
ouldhaveacriminalrecord.

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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