The Reading / Listening - Handwashing - Level 1

The spread of COVID-19 is making men wash their hands more often. A survey of 2,000 men found that a third did not wash their hands after using the toilet. However, more men are now washing their hands. People tweeted that last month, it was unusual to see a man using sinks in toilets. Since the outbreak, more men are using them. A man wrote: "For once, there are lines in men's restrooms as coronavirus makes men wash their hands for the first time."



Governments stressed the importance of regular handwashing throughout the day. This is the best way to stop the coronavirus. Doctors have told people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds - or the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. A man said he knew men were washing their hands more when he used toilets on a highway. 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 0 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. A survey of
  2. wash their hands after using
  3. more men are now washing
  4. unusual to see a man
  5. Since
  6. more men are
  7. there are lines in
  8. wash their hands
  1. men's restrooms
  2. the outbreak
  3. the toilet
  4. for the first time
  5. their hands
  6. using sinks
  7. 2,000 men
  8. using them

Paragraph 2

  1. Governments stressed the
  2. regular
  3. throughout
  4. the best way to stop
  5. wash their hands for at
  6. the time it takes to
  7. he used toilets on a
  8. There were eight
  1. the day
  2. sinks
  3. the coronavirus
  4. sing "Happy Birthday"
  5. importance
  6. highway
  7. handwashing
  8. least 20 seconds

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The spread of COVID-19 (1) ___________________ wash their hands more often. A survey of 2,000 men found (2) ___________________ did not wash their hands after (3) ___________________. However, more men are now washing their hands. People tweeted that last month, it was unusual to see a man using (4) ___________________. Since the outbreak, more men are using them. A man wrote: "For once, (5) ___________________ in men's restrooms as coronavirus makes men wash their hands for (6) ___________________."

Governments stressed the (7) ___________________ handwashing throughout the day. This is (8) ___________________ to stop the coronavirus. Doctors have told people to wash their hands (9) ___________________ 20 seconds - or the time (10) ___________________ sing "Happy Birthday" twice. A man said he knew men were washing their hands more (11) ___________________ toilets on a highway. He said: "There were eight sinks and men were washing their hands (12) ___________________ them."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThespreadofCOVID-19ismakingmenwashtheirhandsmoreoften.Asu
rveyof2,000menfoundthatathirddidnotwashtheirhandsafterusingth
etoilet.However,moremenarenowwashingtheirhands.Peopletweete
dthatlastmonth,itwasunusualtoseeamanusingsinksintoilets.Sinceth
eoutbreak,moremenareusingthem.Amanwrote:"Foronce,thereareli
nesinmen'srestroomsascoronavirusmakesmenwashtheirhandsfort
hefirsttime."Governmentsstressedtheimportanceofregularhandwa
shingthroughouttheday.Thisisthebestwaytostopthecoronavirus.Do
ctorshavetoldpeopletowashtheirhandsforatleast20seconds-orthet
imeittakestosing"HappyBirthday"twice.Amansaidheknewmenwere
washingtheirhandsmorewhenheusedtoiletsonahighway.Hesaid:"Th
erewereeightsinksandmenwerewashingtheirhandsinallofthem."

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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