The Reading / Listening - COVID-19 - Level 3

Japan and Hong Kong have closed their elementary, junior-high and high schools until April. Governments say they want to protect children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will remain closed until April the 8th, which is the start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th at the earliest. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working parents have to think about how to care for younger children. Grandparents will look after many children while their parents go to work. However, many children have no grandparents or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay for expensive childcare fees.



Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-virus task force. He said the next two weeks are critical to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to "stem the risk of many children and teachers becoming infected through gathering for long hours every day". The government said it would urge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off work to look after their children. An angry mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home alone for long hours." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in packed trains in which passengers may have COVID-19?"

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    COVID-19 - Level 0 COVID-19 - Level 1   or  COVID-19 - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CORONAVIRUS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about coronavirus. 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?
       elementary school / protect / coronavirus / school / closures / grandparents / fees /
       meeting / virus / task force / spread / public services / angry / mother / commuting
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SELF-QUARANTINE: Students A strongly believe we should all self=quarantine for two weeks; Students B strongly believe this is too much.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HYGIENE: How dangerous could these things be? What can we avoid COVID-19 with these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Dangerous?

What Can We Do?

Taps

 

 

Toilets

 

 

Public transport

 

 

Shops

 

 

The street

 

 

Schools

 

 

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5. PROTECT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "protect". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AVOIDING COVID-19: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to avoid COVID-19 at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • self-quarantine
  • hand-washing
  • wearing a mask
  • avoid people
  • don't touch things
  • alcohol spray
  • don't touch your face
  • listen to WHO advice

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. elementary school a. Keep safe from harmful people or things.
      2. protect b. The action of shutting something for a long time, or forever (like a shop, school, road, etc.).
      3. remain c. Go back to a place or person.
      4. return d. Stay as it is.
      5. closure e. A place where children aged between five and ten go to learn and make friends.
      6. extended family f. Money paid to a professional for advice or services.
      7. fees g. The people you are related to outside of your parents, brothers and sisters.

    Paragraph 2

      8. task force h. Try hard to get someone to do something.
      9. critical i. A group of people that makes decisions about important things, usually in an emergency.
      10. spread j. Affected with a disease-causing organism.
      11. stem k. Very, very, very full and crowded.
      12. infected l. Move to a larger and larger area.
      13. urge m. Stop something from happening.
      14. packed n. Very, very, very, very important for the future of something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Japan, Hong Kong and China have closed their high schools.     T / F
  2. Schools in Hong Kong will stay closed until April the 20th at the earliest.  T / F
  3. Parents are not at all worried about the school closures.     T / F
  4. Japan has said childcare will be free in March for working parents.     T / F
  5. An anti-task virus force met in Japan.     T / F
  6. The next two weeks are important to stop the spread of the virus.     T / F
  7. Japan wants companies to help workers who have children.     T / F
  8. A mother questioned the closures when people use crowded trains.    T / F

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

  1. closed
  2. protect
  3. remain
  4. worried
  5. fees
  6. force
  7. critical
  8. urge
  9. OK
  10. packed
  1. safeguard
  2. acceptable
  3. charges
  4. stay
  5. important
  6. concerned
  7. encourage
  8. shut
  9. crowded
  10. group

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

  1. they want to protect
  2. Schools in Japan will
  3. worried about the school
  4. grandparents or extended
  5. Parents may have to pay for expensive
  6. a meeting of Japan's anti-virus task
  7. control the spread
  8. children and teachers becoming
  9. the point
  10. parents are still commuting
  1. of closing schools
  2. family
  3. children
  4. force
  5. infected
  6. remain closed
  7. in packed trains
  8. closures
  9. childcare fees
  10. of COVID-19

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
remain
care
fees
closed
nearby
earliest
protect
work

Japan and Hong Kong have (1) ____________ their elementary, junior-high and high schools until April. Governments say they want to (2) ____________ children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will (3) ____________ closed until April the 8th, which is the start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th at the (4) ____________. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working parents have to think about how to (5) ____________ for younger children. Grandparents will look after many children while their parents go to (6) ____________. However, many children have no grandparents or extended family who live (7) ____________. Parents may have to pay for expensive childcare (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
gathering
spread
packed
urge
force
alone
risk
angry

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-virus task (9) ____________. He said the next two weeks are critical to control the (10) ____________ of COVID-19. He wants to "stem the (11) ____________ of many children and teachers becoming infected through (12) ____________ for long hours every day". The government said it would (13) ____________ public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off work to look after their children. An (14) ____________ mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home (15) ____________ for long hours." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in (16) ____________ trains in which passengers may have COVID-19?"

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Governments say they want to ______
     a.  protects children
     b.  protect children
     c.  protective children
     d.  protected children
2)  Children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th ______
     a.  at the earlies
     b.  at the earlier
     c.  at the earliest
     d.  at the early
3)  Grandparents will look after many children while ______
     a.  their parents gone
     b.  their parents go
     c.  their parents goer
     d.  their parents goes
4)  many children have no grandparents or extended family ______
     a.  who live nearby
     b.  who live nearly
     c.  who lives nearby
     d.  who live near bye
5)  Parents may have to pay for expensive ______
     a.  childcare flees
     b.  childcare fleas
     c.  childcare frees
     d.  childcare fees

6)  Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-______
     a.  rivals task force
     b.  viral task force
     c.  vines task force
     d.  virus task force
7)  He said the next two weeks are critical to ______
     a.  control the speared
     b.  control the spread
     c.  control the spreads
     d.  control the spade
8)  He wants to "stem the risk of many children and teachers ______
     a.  becoming infect it
     b.  becoming in fact it
     c.  becoming infant it
     d.  becoming infected
9)  urge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take ______
     a.  timed off work
     b.  time off work
     c.  timer off work
     d.  thyme off work
10)  What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting ______
     a.  impact trains
     b.  in pact trains
     c.  in pack trains
     d.  in packed trains

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan and Hong Kong have closed their elementary, junior-high and high schools until April. Governments say they (1) ___________________ children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan (2) ___________________ until April the 8th, which is the start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th (3) ___________________. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working parents have to think about how (4) ___________________ younger children. Grandparents will look after many children while their parents go to work. However, many children have no grandparents or extended family (5) ___________________. Parents may have to pay for (6) ___________________.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-(7) ___________________. He said the next two weeks are critical to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to "(8) ___________________ of many children and teachers becoming infected through gathering for long hours every day". The government said (9) ___________________ public services and private companies to make it easier for people to (10) ___________________ work to look after their children. An angry mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children (11) ___________________ for long hours." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting (12) ___________________ in which passengers may have COVID-19?"

Comprehension questions

  1. How many countries have closed schools?
  2. Until when will schools in Japan stay closed?
  3. What did the article say parents are now worried about?
  4. Who do many children not have living nearby besides grandparents?
  5. What might parents have to pay?
  6. What task force met in Japan?
  7. What are the next two weeks critical to control?
  8. Who should make things easier for workers besides private companies?
  9. What action did a mother question the point of?
  10. What did the mother say people were packed into?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How many countries have closed schools?
a) two
b) three
c) four
d) five
2)  Until when will schools in Japan stay closed?
a) April the 18th
b) April the 20th
c) April the 8th
d) April the 28th
3)  What did the article say parents are now worried about?
a) children being lazy
b) exam grades
c) getting to work
d) school closures
4)  Who do many children not have living nearby besides grandparents?
a) teachers
b) extended family
c) people with the virus
d) friends
5)  What might parents have to pay?
a) childcare fees
b) a heavy price
c) a fee for lunches
d) a high cost

6)  What task force met in Japan?
a) a school task force
b) a home tuition task force
c) a study task force
d) an anti-virus task force
7)  What are the next two weeks critical to control?
a) children studying
b) school closures
c) the spread of COVID-19
d) university exams
8)  Who should make things easier for workers besides private companies?
a) the government
b) public services
c) hospitals
d) doctors
9)  What action did a mother question the point of?
a) face masks
b) the government
c) closing schools
d) the virus
10)  What did the mother say people were packed into?
a) schools
b) trains
c) cities
d) offices

Role play

Role  A – Hand-Washing
You think hand-washing is the best thing to avoid COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): self-quarantine, wearing a mask or alcohol spray.

Role  B – Self-Quarantine
You think self-quarantine is the best thing to avoid COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): hand-washing, wearing a mask or alcohol spray.

Role  C – Wear A Mask
You think wearing a mask is the best thing to avoid COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): self-quarantine, hand-washing or alcohol spray.

Role  D – Alcohol Spray
You think alcohol spray is the best thing to avoid COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least effective of these (and why): self-quarantine, wearing a mask or hand-washing.

After reading / listening

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

'virus'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'pandemic'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • junior
    • remain
    • start
    • closures
    • care
    • pay
    • shut
    • control
    • risk
    • urge
    • wonder
    • still




    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 - COVID-19

    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 'virus'?
    3. What do you know about COVID-19?
    4. What should we do to reduce the risk of catching the virus?
    5. What do you think of the news coverage of COVID-19?
    6. What do you think of the school closures?
    7. What else should governments close?
    8. What is your government doing about COVID-19?
    9. How can students keep up with their studies?
    10. What should parents do if they have to go to work all day?

    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 'pandemic'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How worried are you about the coronavirus?
    5. Have you changed your daily routine because of the coronavirus?
    6. What would you do about COVID-19 if you were your country's leader?
    7. What will the COVID-19 situation be like in a year's time?
    8. Is it right to leave children at home alone?
    9. Is there a point to closing schools if commuters pack trains?
    10. What questions would you like to ask coronavirus scientists?

    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)

    Japan and Hong Kong have (1) ____ their elementary, junior-high and high schools until April. Governments say they want to (2) ____ children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will remain closed (3) ____ April the 8th, which is the start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will return to school on April the 20th at the (4) ____. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working parents have to think about how to care for younger children. Grandparents will look (5) ____ many children while their parents go to work. However, many children have no grandparents or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay for expensive childcare (6) ____.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-virus (7) ____ force. He said the next two weeks are critical to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to "stem the (8) ____ of many children and teachers becoming infected through gathering for long hours every day". The government said it would (9) ____ public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time (10) ____ work to look after their children. An angry mother said: "I wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home (11) ____ for long hours." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in (12) ____ trains in which passengers may have COVID-19?"

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     cloistered     (b)     closeted     (c)     closed     (d)     closured    
    2. (a)     protect     (b)     protective     (c)     protection     (d)     protected    
    3. (a)     until     (b)     since     (c)     as     (d)     up    
    4. (a)     earliest     (b)     earlies     (c)     early     (d)     earl    
    5. (a)     upon     (b)     after     (c)     to     (d)     up to    
    6. (a)     fleas     (b)     flees     (c)     frees     (d)     fees    
    7. (a)     tsk     (b)     tusk     (c)     task     (d)     tacks    
    8. (a)     riskily     (b)     risky     (c)     risqué     (d)     risk    
    9. (a)     urge     (b)     purge     (c)     surge     (d)     merge    
    10. (a)     on     (b)     off     (c)     up     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     along     (b)     alone     (c)     lone     (d)     loneliness    
    12. (a)     sucked     (b)     docked     (c)     packed     (d)     licked

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. mlyteneare, junior-high and high schools
    2. ctrpeot children from the COVID-19 coronavirus
    3. merina closed until April the 8th
    4. worried about the school sseuolcr
    5. grandparents or ntxeeedd family
    6. expensive childcare efse

    Paragraph 2

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    2. laircitc to control the spread
    3. children and teachers becoming nfdeceit
    4. it would uegr public services
    5. parents are still imgomctun in packed trains
    6. asresnegsp may have COVID-19

    Put the text back together

    (...)  parents have to think about how to care for younger children. Grandparents will look
    (...)  "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in packed trains in which passengers may have COVID-19?"
    (...)  return to school on April the 20th at the earliest. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working
    (...)  closed until April the 8th, which is the start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will
    (...)  virus task force. He said the next two weeks are critical to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to "stem the risk
    (...)  of many children and teachers becoming infected through gathering for long hours every
    (...)  if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home alone for long hours." She asked:
    (...)  easier for people to take time off work to look after their children. An angry mother said: "I wonder
    1  ) Japan and Hong Kong have closed their elementary, junior-high and high schools until
    (...)  April. Governments say they want to protect children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will remain
    (...)  after many children while their parents go to work. However, many children have no grandparents
    (...)  day". The government said it would urge public services and private companies to make it
    (...)  or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay for expensive childcare fees.
    (...)  Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-

    Put the words in the right order

    1. to   protect   children   COVID-19   .   Governments   want   from
    2. now   are   about   closures   .   worried   the   Parents   school
    3. care   Think   younger   children   .   how   for   about   to
    4. or   nearby   .   family   extended   Grandparents   live   who
    5. have   expensive   pay   to   may   childcare   fees   .   Parents
    6. a   meeting   task   force   .   After   of   Japan's   anti-virus
    7. control   COVID-19   .   the   to   of   Critical   spread
    8. off   Easier   take   to   people   for   work   .   time
    9. home   leave   children   It's   at   to   alone   .   OK
    10. trains   .   packed   are   still   commuting   in   Parents

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Japan and Hong Kong have closed / closeted their elementary, junior-high and high schools until April. Governments say they want to protective / protect children from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Schools in Japan will remain closure / closed until April the 8th, which is the begin / start of the new school year. Children in Hong Kong will return to / at school on April the 20th at the earliest / early. Parents are now worried about the school closures. Working parents have to think about how / what to care for younger children. Grandparents will look before / after many children while their parents go to work. However, many children have no / none grandparents or extended family who live nearby. Parents may have to pay for expensive childcare fee / fees.

    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shut / shutter the country's schools after a meeting of Japan's anti-virus task farce / force. He said the next two weeks are critical / critically to control the spread of COVID-19. He wants to "stem the risky / risk of many children and teachers becoming infection / infected through gathering for long hours every day". The government said it would urge / purge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off work to look before / after their children. An angry mother said: "I wander / wonder if the government thinks it is OK to leave children at home alone / lone for long hours." She asked: "What's the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting / computing in packed trains in which passengers may have COVID-19?"

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    J_p_n ' s P r_m_ M_n_s t_r S h_n z_ A b_ s h_t t h_ c__ n t r y ' s s c h__ l s _f t_r _ m__ t_n g _f J_p_n ' s _n t_- v_r_s t_s k f_r c_. H_ s__ d t h_ n_x t t w_ w__ k s _r_ c r_t_c_l t_ c_n t r_l t h_ s p r__ d _f C O V I D - 1 9 . H_ w_n t s t_ " s t_m t h_ r_s k _f m_n y c h_l d r_n _n d t__ c h_r s b_c_m_n g _n f_c t_d t h r__ g h g_t h_r_n g f_r l_n g h__ r s _v_r y d_y " . T h_ g_v_r n m_n t s__ d _t w__ l d _r g_ p_b l_c s_r v_c_s _n d p r_v_t_ c_m p_n__ s t_ m_k_ _t __ s__ r f_r p__ p l_ t_ t_k_ t_m_ _f f w_r k t_ l__ k _f t_r t h__ r c h_l d r_n . A n _n g r y m_t h_r s__ d : " I w_n d_r _f t h_ g_v_r n m_n t t h_n k s _t _s O K t_ l__ v_ c h_l d r_n _t h_m_ _l_n_ f_r l_n g h__ r s . " S h_ _s k_d : " W h_t ' s t h_ p__ n t _f c l_s_n g s c h__ l s _f p_r_n t s _r_ s t_l l c_m m_t_n g _n p_c k_d t r__ n s _n w h_c h p_s s_n g_r s m_y h_v_ C O V I D - 1 9 ? "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    japan and hong kong have closed their elementary juniorhigh and high schools until april governments say they want to protect children from the covid19 coronavirus schools in japan will remain closed until april the 8th which is the start of the new school year children in hong kong will return to school on april the 20th at the earliest parents are now worried about the school closures working parents have to think about how to care for younger children grandparents will look after many children while their parents go to work however many children have no grandparents or extended family who live nearby parents may have to pay for expensive childcare fees

    japans prime minister shinzo abe shut the countrys schools after a meeting of japans antivirus task force he said the next two weeks are critical to control the spread of covid19 he wants to stem the risk of many children and teachers becoming infected through gathering for long hours every day the government said it would urge public services and private companies to make it easier for people to take time off work to look after their children an angry mother said i wonder if the government thinks it is ok to leave children at home alone for long hours she asked whats the point of closing schools if parents are still commuting in packed trains in which passengers may have covid19

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    JapanandHongKonghaveclosedtheirelementary,junior-highandhi
    ghschoolsuntilApril.Governmentssaytheywanttoprotectchildrenfro
    mtheCOVID-19coronavirus.SchoolsinJapanwillremainclosedunti
    lAprilthe8th,whichisthestartofthenewschoolyear.ChildreninHongKo
    ngwillreturntoschoolonAprilthe20thattheearliest.Parentsarenowwo
    rriedabouttheschoolclosures.Workingparentshavetothinkabouthow
    tocareforyoungerchildren.Grandparentswilllookaftermanychildren
    whiletheirparentsgotowork.However,manychildrenhavenograndpa
    rentsorextendedfamilywholivenearby.Parentsmayhavetopayforexp
    ensivechildcarefees.Japan'sPrimeMinisterShinzoAbeshutthecountr
    y'sschoolsafterameetingofJapan'santi-virustaskforce.Hesaidthenex
    ttwoweeksarecriticaltocontrolthespreadofCOVID-19.Hewantsto"ste
    mtheriskofmanychildrenandteachersbecominginfectedthroughgath
    eringforlonghourseveryday".Thegovernmentsaiditwouldurgepublic
    servicesandprivatecompaniestomakeiteasierforpeopletotaketimeof
    fworktolookaftertheirchildren.Anangrymothersaid:"Iwonderifthego
    vernmentthinksitisOKtoleavechildrenathomealoneforlonghours."S
    heasked:"What'sthepointofclosingschoolsifparentsarestillcommuti
    nginpackedtrainsinwhichpassengersmayhaveCOVID-19?"

    Free writing

    Write about COVID-19 for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is essential we all self-quarantine to combat COVID-19. 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. CORONAVIRUS: Make a poster about coronavirus. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SELF-QUARANTINE: Write a magazine article about everybody in the world self-quarantining to help combat the COVID-19 coronavirus. 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 coronavirus. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to avoid it. 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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