The Reading / Listening - COVID-19 - Level 2

Japan and Hong Kong closed their elementary, junior-high and high schools. Governments want to protect children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will stay closed until April the 8th; children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th at the earliest. Parents are worried about the school closures. Parents have to think about how to care for children. Grandparents will look after some children while their parents go to work. Many children have no grandparents or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay for childcare fees.



Japan's Prime Minister shut the schools after meeting Japan's anti-virus task force. The next two weeks are important to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to lower the risk of children and teachers getting infected through gathering together. The government will ask companies to make it easier for parents to take time off work to look after children. An angry mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home alone." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in packed trains?"

Try the same news story at these levels:

    COVID-19 - Level 0 COVID-19 - Level 1   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. protect
  2. stay closed until
  3. return to school
  4. worried about
  5. how to care
  6. while their parents go
  7. extended
  8. pay for childcare
  1. to work
  2. the school closures
  3. fees
  4. children
  5. family
  6. for children
  7. April
  8. on April the 20th

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan's anti-virus
  2. The next two weeks
  3. control the spread
  4. lower the
  5. getting
  6. take time
  7. leave children at home
  8. commuting in
  1. of COVID-19
  2. packed trains
  3. off work
  4. infected
  5. task force
  6. alone
  7. are important
  8. risk

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan and Hong Kong (1) ___________________, junior-high and high schools. Governments (2) ___________________ children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will stay closed until April the 8th; children in Hong Kong (3) ___________________ school on April the 20th at the earliest. Parents are worried about (4) ___________________. Parents have to think about how to care for children. Grandparents will (5) ___________________ children while their parents go to work. Many children have no grandparents or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay (6) ___________________.

Japan's Prime Minister (7) ___________________ after meeting Japan's anti-(8) ___________________. The next two weeks are important to (9) ___________________ of COVID-19. He wants to lower the risk of children and (10) ___________________ through gathering together. The government will ask companies to make it easier for parents to (11) ___________________ work to look after children. An angry mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home alone." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still (12) ___________________ trains?"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

JapanandHongKongclosedtheirelementary,junior-highandhighsc
hools.GovernmentswanttoprotectchildrenfromtheCOVID-19coro
navirus.SchoolsinJapanwillstaycloseduntilAprilthe8th;childreninHo
ngKongwillreturntoschoolonAprilthe20thattheearliest.Parentsarew
orriedabouttheschoolclosures.Parentshavetothinkabouthowtocaref
orchildren.Grandparentswilllookaftersomechildrenwhiletheirparent
sgotowork.Manychildrenhavenograndparentsorextendedfamilywho
livenearby.Parentsmayhavetopayforchildcarefees.Japan'sPrimeMin
istershuttheschoolsaftermeetingJapan'santi-virustaskforce.Thene
xttwoweeksareimportanttocontrolthespreadofCOVID-19.Hewantst
olowertheriskofchildrenandteachersgettinginfectedthroughgatheri
ngtogether.Thegovernmentwillaskcompaniestomakeiteasierforpar
entstotaketimeoffworktolookafterchildren.Anangrymothersaid:"Iw
onderifthegovernmentthinksitisOKtoleavechildrenathomealone."S
heasked:"What'sthepointofclosingschoolsifparentsarestillcommuti
nginpackedtrains?"

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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