The Reading / Listening - Teeth Whitening - Level 5

Everyone wants a gleaming set of pearly white teeth. The perfect Hollywood smile has created a multi-billion-dollar global industry. However, not all is shiny and bright behind this business. A report from the BBC states that illegal teeth whitening is putting people at risk of serious health problems. These include burnt gums and lips, blisters and lost teeth. The UK's General Dental Council reported a 26 per cent increase in complaints last year from people who had suffered problems after teeth whitening. In many cases, those performing the teeth whitening were untrained and unqualified.



The UK's teeth-whitening industry is regulated. Only professionals who have registered with the General Dental Council can do it. The BBC went undercover and unearthed "thousands" of ill-qualified teeth-whitening practitioners. Two researchers paid nearly $400 each to attend a five-hour teeth-whitening course at a London beauty college. The researchers received a certificate and were told they could earn $100 an hour to treat customers. Anyone attending these courses and setting up their own businesses are doing so illegally. They could end up with a criminal record.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Teeth Whitening - Level 4 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. a gleaming set of pearly
  2. The perfect Hollywood
  3. created a multi-billion-dollar
  4. putting people at risk of serious
  5. burnt gums
  6. a 26 per cent increase
  7. people who had suffered
  8. untrained and
  1. health problems
  2. problems
  3. unqualified
  4. in complaints
  5. global industry
  6. white teeth
  7. and lips
  8. smile

Paragraph 2

  1. The BBC went
  2. ill-qualified teeth-whitening
  3. attend a five-hour teeth-whitening
  4. The researchers received
  5. they could earn
  6. Anyone attending these
  7. setting up their
  8. end up with a
  1. own businesses
  2. undercover
  3. criminal record
  4. $100 an hour
  5. course
  6. a certificate
  7. courses
  8. practitioners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone wants a gleaming (1) ___________________ white teeth. The perfect Hollywood smile has created a multi-billion- (2) ___________________. However, not all is shiny and bright behind this business. A report from the BBC states that illegal teeth whitening is putting people (3) ___________________ serious health problems. These include burnt (4) ___________________, blisters and lost teeth. The UK's General Dental Council reported a 26 per cent increase in complaints last year from people who (5) ___________________ after teeth whitening. In many cases, those performing the teeth whitening were (6) ___________________.

The UK's teeth-whitening (7) ___________________. Only professionals who have registered with the General Dental Council can do it. The BBC went undercover (8) ___________________ of ill-qualified teeth-whitening practitioners. Two (9) ___________________ $400 each to attend a five-hour teeth-whitening course at a (10) ___________________. The researchers received a certificate and were told they could earn $100 an (11) ___________________ customers. Anyone attending these courses and setting up their own businesses are doing so illegally. They could end up with (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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odsmilehascreatedamulti-billion-dollarglobalindustry.However,not
allisshinyandbrightbehindthisbusiness.AreportfromtheBBCstatesth
atillegalteethwhiteningisputtingpeopleatriskofserioushealthproble
ms.Theseincludeburntgumsandlips,blistersandlostteeth.TheUK'sG
eneralDentalCouncilreporteda26percentincreaseincomplaintslasty
earfrompeoplewhohadsufferedproblemsafterteethwhitening.Inma
nycases,thoseperformingtheteethwhiteningwereuntrainedandunqu
alified.TheUK'steeth-whiteningindustryisregulated.Onlyprofession
alswhohaveregisteredwiththeGeneralDentalCouncilcandoit.TheBB
Cwentundercoverandunearthed"thousands"ofill-qualifiedteeth-wh
iteningpractitioners.Tworesearcherspaidnearly$400eachtoattendaf
ive-hourteeth-whiteningcourseataLondonbeautycollege.Theresear
chersreceivedacertificateandweretoldtheycouldearn$100anhourtot
reatcustomers.Anyoneattendingthesecoursesandsettinguptheirow
nbusinessesaredoingsoillegally.Theycouldendupwithacriminalrecor
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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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