The Reading / Listening - Panic Buying - Level 4

Shoppers are panic buying over fears of the coronavirus. People worldwide are emptying supermarket shelves of toilet paper, masks, sanitiser and food. Governments told people there is no need to "panic buy". Panic buying reduces the supply of products needed by medical staff. This could worsen the problems caused by COVID-19. Videos of shoppers in Australia fighting over a pack of toilet roll in a supermarket have gone viral across social media.



Panic buying is an "irrational" behaviour. It is part of the FOMO condition - the fear of missing out. There is a "herd mentality" that makes people copy each other. They rush to the stores to do the same as others. People are overestimating the risk of dying from COVID-19. More people die in car accidents but we don't panic about this when we go to work. Singapore's prime minister said: "We have ample supplies. There's no need to stock up."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Panic Buying - Level 5 or  Panic Buying - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-why-are-people-panic-buying-and-why-toilet-paper-11952397
  • https://www.snopes.com/news/2020/03/06/coronavirus-why-people-are-panic-buying-toilet-paper/
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/australians-scrap-toilet-rolls-coronavirus-panic-buying-200308014116516.html


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. Shoppers are
  2. emptying supermarket
  3. there is no need
  4. Panic buying reduces the supply
  5. medical
  6. This could worsen
  7. fighting over a
  8. gone viral
  1. pack of toilet roll
  2. of products
  3. across social media
  4. panic buying
  5. the problems
  6. to "panic buy"
  7. staff
  8. shelves

Paragraph 2

  1. the fear
  2. There is a herd
  3. They rush to
  4. People are overestimating the risk
  5. More people die in
  6. when we go
  7. We have ample
  8. There's no need to
  1. to work
  2. of dying
  3. stock up
  4. mentality
  5. the stores
  6. supplies
  7. car accidents
  8. of missing out

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Shoppers are panic buying (1) ___________________ the coronavirus. People worldwide are emptying supermarket (2) ___________________ paper, masks, sanitiser and food. Governments told (3) _________________ no need to "panic buy". Panic buying (4) ___________________ of products needed by medical staff. This (5) ___________________ problems caused by COVID-19. Videos of shoppers in Australia fighting over a pack of toilet roll in a supermarket have (6) ___________________ social media.

Panic buying (7) ___________________ behaviour. It is part of the FOMO condition - the fear of missing out. There is (8) ___________________ that makes people copy each other. They rush to (9) ___________________ do the same as others. People are overestimating the (10) _________________ from COVID-19. More people die in car accidents but we (11) ___________________ this when we go to work. Singapore's prime minister said: "We have ample supplies. There's no need (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Shoppersarepanicbuyingoverfearsofthecoronavirus.Peopleworldwi
deareemptyingsupermarketshelvesoftoiletpaper,masks,sanitisera
ndfood.Governmentstoldpeoplethereisnoneedto"panicbuy".Panicb
uyingreducesthesupplyofproductsneededbymedicalstaff.Thiscould
worsentheproblemscausedbyCOVID-19.VideosofshoppersinAustra
liafightingoverapackoftoiletrollinasupermarkethavegoneviralacross
socialmedia.Panicbuyingisan"irrational"behaviour.ItispartoftheFO
MOcondition-thefearofmissingout.Thereisa"herdmentality"thatmak
espeoplecopyeachother.Theyrushtothestorestodothesameasothers
.PeopleareoverestimatingtheriskofdyingfromCOVID-19.Morepeop
ledieincaraccidentsbutwedon'tpanicaboutthiswhenwegotowork.Sin
gapore'sprimeministersaid:"Wehaveamplesupplies.There'snoneedt
ostockup."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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