The Reading / Listening - COVID-19 - Level 1

Japan closed its elementary, junior-high and high schools. It wants to protect children from the COVID-19 virus. Schools will stay closed until April the 8th. Parents are worried about the school closures. They have to think about how to look after their children. Grandparents will look after some children while their parents work. Many children have no grandparents or extended family nearby, so parents may have to pay for childcare fees.



Japan's schools shut after a meeting of an anti-virus task force. Japan wants to lower the risk of children getting infected. The next two weeks are important to stop the virus spreading. The government will ask companies to help parents take time off work to look after children. An angry mother said it was not OK to leave children at home alone. She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still [going to work] in packed trains?"

Try the same news story at these levels:

    COVID-19 - Level 0 COVID-19 - Level 2   or  COVID-19 - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13172009
  • https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/02/b341be1ebf20-breaking-news-children-should-stay-home-while-schools-closed-over-virus-japan-govt.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51639488


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. It wants to protect
  2. stay closed until
  3. school
  4. They have to think
  5. look
  6. extended
  7. parents may have to
  8. childcare
  1. after some children
  2. pay
  3. April the 8th
  4. fees
  5. children
  6. about how
  7. family
  8. closures

Paragraph 2

  1. a meeting of an anti-
  2. Japan wants to lower
  3. children getting
  4. stop the virus
  5. take time off
  6. OK to leave children
  7. the point
  8. packed
  1. at home alone
  2. trains
  3. spreading
  4. of closing schools
  5. infected
  6. virus task force
  7. work
  8. the risk

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan (1) ___________________, junior-high and high schools. It wants to protect children from the COVID-19 virus. Schools will (2) ___________________ April the 8th. Parents are worried about the school closures. They have to (3) ___________________ to look after their children. Grandparents will (4) ___________________ children while their parents work. Many children have no grandparents (5) ___________________ nearby, so parents may have to pay (6) ___________________.

Japan's schools shut after a meeting of an anti-(7) ___________________. Japan wants to (8) ___________________ of children getting infected. The next two weeks are important to stop (9) ___________________. The government will ask companies to help parents take time off work (10) ___________________ children. An angry mother said it was not OK to leave children (11) ___________________. She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still [going to work] (12) ___________________?"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japancloseditselementary,junior-highandhighschools.Itwantst
oprotectchildrenfromtheCOVID-19virus.Schoolswillstayclosedunti
lAprilthe8th.Parentsareworriedabouttheschoolclosures.Theyhaveto
thinkabouthowtolookaftertheirchildren.Grandparentswilllookafters
omechildrenwhiletheirparentswork.Manychildrenhavenograndpare
ntsorextendedfamilynearby,soparentsmayhavetopayforchildcarefe
es.Japan'sschoolsshutafterameetingofananti-virustaskforce.Japa
nwantstolowertheriskofchildrengettinginfected.Thenexttwoweeksa
reimportanttostopthevirusspreading.Thegovernmentwillaskcompa
niestohelpparentstaketimeoffworktolookafterchildren.Anangrymot
hersaiditwasnotOKtoleavechildrenathomealone.Sheasked:"What's
thepointofclosingschoolsifparentsarestill[goingtowork]inpackedtrai
ns?"

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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