The Reading / Listening - Handwashing - Level 2

The spread of COVID-19 has made men wash their hands more often, especially after using the toilet. A survey of 2,000 men found that 32 per cent of them did not wash their hands after using the toilet. Social media is now reporting that more men are washing their hands since the outbreak of COVID-19. People tweeted that a month ago, it was unusual to see a man using sinks in public toilets. Since the outbreak, more men are washing their hands in public toilets. A writer wrote: "For once, there are lines in men's restrooms as coronavirus makes men wash their hands for the first time."



Governments have stressed the importance of regular handwashing - not just after using the bathroom but also during the day. Regular handwashing is the best way to stop the coronavirus. Doctors in the UK and USA have told people to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds - or the time it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice. A radio station caller said he realised 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." He said the men were spending a long time washing their hands.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Handwashing - Level 0 Handwashing - Level 1   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. The spread
  2. especially after
  3. A survey of
  4. 32 per cent of them did
  5. since the
  6. unusual to see a man using
  7. public
  8. there are lines
  1. not wash their hands
  2. sinks
  3. in men's restrooms
  4. using the toilet
  5. toilets
  6. 2,000 men
  7. outbreak
  8. of COVID-19

Paragraph 2

  1. Governments have stressed the
  2. regular
  3. during
  4. the best way to stop
  5. wash their hands for at
  6. the time it takes to
  7. washing their hands in
  8. spending
  1. the coronavirus
  2. a long time
  3. sing "Happy Birthday"
  4. handwashing
  5. all of them
  6. least 20 seconds
  7. importance
  8. the day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ COVID-19 has made men wash their hands more often, (2) ___________________ the toilet. A survey of 2,000 men found that 32 per cent of them did not wash their hands after using the toilet. Social media (3) ___________________ that more men are washing their hands since the outbreak of COVID-19. People tweeted that a month ago, (4) ___________________ to see a man using sinks in public toilets. (5) ___________________, more men are washing their hands in public toilets. A writer wrote: "For once, there (6) ___________________ men's restrooms as coronavirus makes men wash their hands for the first time."

Governments (7) ___________________ importance of regular handwashing - not just after using the bathroom (8) ___________________ the day. Regular handwashing is the best way to stop the coronavirus. Doctors in the UK and USA have told (9) ___________________ their hands for at least 20 seconds - or the time it (10) ___________________ "Happy Birthday" twice. A radio station caller said he realised men were washing their hands more when he used toilets (11) ___________________. He said: "There were eight sinks and men were washing their hands in all of them." He said the men were spending (12) ___________________ washing their hands.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThespreadofCOVID-19hasmademenwashtheirhandsmoreoften,esp
eciallyafterusingthetoilet.Asurveyof2,000menfoundthat32percento
fthemdidnotwashtheirhandsafterusingthetoilet.Socialmediaisnowr
eportingthatmoremenarewashingtheirhandssincetheoutbreakofCO
VID-19.Peopletweetedthatamonthago,itwasunusualtoseeamanusi
ngsinksinpublictoilets.Sincetheoutbreak,moremenarewashingtheir
handsinpublictoilets.Awriterwrote:"Foronce,therearelinesinmen'sr
estroomsascoronavirusmakesmenwashtheirhandsforthefirsttime."
Governmentshavestressedtheimportanceofregularhandwashing-
notjustafterusingthebathroombutalsoduringtheday.Regularhandw
ashingisthebestwaytostopthecoronavirus.DoctorsintheUKandUSAh
avetoldpeopletowashtheirhandsforatleast20seconds-orthetimeit
takestosing"HappyBirthday"twice.Aradiostationcallersaidherealise
dmenwerewashingtheirhandsmorewhenheusedtoiletsonahighway.
Hesaid:"Therewereeightsinksandmenwerewashingtheirhandsinallo
fthem."Hesaidthemenwerespendingalongtimewashingtheirhands.

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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