The Reading / Listening - Handwashing - Level 0

Men are washing their hands more often. A survey found that a third of men did not wash their hands after using the toilet. People tweeted that last month, it was unusual to see a man using a sink in toilets. COVID-19 has made more men use them. A man said: "For once, there are lines in men's restrooms."



Doctors said regular handwashing is important to stop the coronavirus. They said people should wash their hands for 20 seconds - the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. A man was surprised when he used a public toilet. He said: "There were eight sinks and men were washing their hands in all of them."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Handwashing - Level 1 Handwashing - Level 2   or  Handwashing - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8078807/Disgusting-Men-started-washing-hands-using-toilet-Twitter-users-claim.html
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-hand-washing-yougov-stats-140920602.html
  • https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/4/21164475/birthday-hands-washing-app-20-seconds-celebrities-cdc-coronavirus


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. washing their hands
  2. a third of men did not
  3. after using
  4. People tweeted that last
  5. it was unusual to
  6. using a sink in
  7. COVID-19 has made more
  8. there are lines
  1. see a man
  2. men use them
  3. wash their hands
  4. in men's restrooms
  5. the toilet
  6. month
  7. more often
  8. toilets

Paragraph 2

  1. regular handwashing
  2. stop the
  3. wash their hands
  4. sing "Happy Birthday"
  5. A man was
  6. he used a public
  7. There were eight
  8. washing their hands
  1. sinks
  2. for 20 seconds
  3. in all of them
  4. surprised
  5. toilet
  6. coronavirus
  7. twice
  8. is important

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Men are washing their (1) ___________________. A survey found that (2) ___________________ men did not wash their hands after (3) ___________________. People tweeted that last month, it was (4) ___________________ a man using a sink in toilets. COVID-19 has (5) ___________________ use them. A man said: "For once, there are (6) ___________________ restrooms."

Doctors (7) ___________________ is important to stop the coronavirus. They said (8) ___________________ their hands for 20 seconds - the (9) ___________________ to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. A (10) ___________________ when he used a public toilet. He said: "There (11) ___________________ and men were washing their hands in (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Menarewashingtheirhandsmoreoften.Asurveyfoundthatathirdofme
ndidnotwashtheirhandsafterusingthetoilet.Peopletweetedthatlastm
onth,itwasunusualtoseeamanusingasinkintoilets.COVID-19hasmad
emoremenusethem.Amansaid:"Foronce,therearelinesinmen'srestr
ooms."Doctorssaidregularhandwashingisimportanttostopthecoron
avirus.Theysaidpeopleshouldwashtheirhandsfor20seconds-thetim
eittakestosing"HappyBirthday"twice.Amanwassurprisedwhenheus
edapublictoilet.Hesaid:"Therewereeightsinksandmenwerewashingt
heirhandsinallofthem."

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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