The Reading / Listening - Panic Buying - Level 5

Shoppers are going on panic buying sprees over fears of the coronavirus. People in England, Japan, Singapore and Australia are emptying supermarket shelves of toilet paper, face masks, hand sanitiser and dried food. Governments have told people there is no need to "panic buy". They added that panic buying would reduce the supply of products needed by medical staff, which could exacerbate the problems the COVID-19 virus is causing. Videos of shoppers in Australia fighting over the last pack of toilet roll in a supermarket have gone viral across social media.



A psychologist said panic buying is an "irrational" behaviour. It is part of a condition called FOMO - the fear of missing out. A "herd mentality" sets in during disasters that makes people copy each other. People see items being bought in bulk and immediately rush to the stores to do the same. People are overestimating the risk of dying from the coronavirus. A doctor said "far more" people die in car accidents but we don't panic about this when we go to work. Singapore's prime minister reassured Singaporeans that: "We have ample supplies. There's no need to stock up."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Panic Buying - Level 4 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. panic buying
  2. hand
  3. there is no need
  4. panic buying would
  5. products needed
  6. problems the COVID-19 virus
  7. the last pack
  8. gone viral
  1. of toilet roll
  2. to panic buy
  3. is causing
  4. sanitiser
  5. across social media
  6. reduce the supply
  7. sprees
  8. by medical staff

Paragraph 2

  1. panic buying is an irrational"
  2. a herd
  3. People see items being bought
  4. overestimating the risk
  5. far more people
  6. when we go
  7. We have ample
  8. There's no need
  1. of dying
  2. to stock up
  3. die in car accidents
  4. mentality
  5. supplies
  6. in bulk
  7. behaviour
  8. to work

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Shoppers are (1) ___________________ buying sprees over fears of the coronavirus. People in England, Japan, Singapore and Australia are emptying (2) ___________________ toilet paper, face masks, hand sanitiser and dried food. Governments have told people there (3) ___________________ to "panic buy". They (4) ___________________ buying would reduce the supply of products needed by medical staff, which could exacerbate the problems the COVID-19 (5) ___________________. Videos of shoppers in Australia fighting over the last pack of toilet roll in a supermarket have gone (6) ___________________ media.

A psychologist said panic buying (7) ___________________ behaviour. It is part of a condition called FOMO - the fear (8) ___________________. A "herd mentality" sets in during disasters that (9) ___________________ each other. People see items being bought in bulk and immediately (10) ___________________ stores to do the same. People are overestimating the (11) ___________________ from the coronavirus. A doctor said "far more" people die in car accidents but we don't panic about this when we go to work. Singapore's prime minister reassured Singaporeans that: "We have ample supplies. There's no (12) ___________________ up."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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asupermarkethavegoneviralacrosssocialmedia.Apsychologistsaidp
anicbuyingisan"irrational"behaviour.ItispartofaconditioncalledFOM
O-thefearofmissingout.A"herdmentality"setsinduringdisastersthat
makespeoplecopyeachother.Peopleseeitemsbeingboughtinbulkand
immediatelyrushtothestorestodothesame.Peopleareoverestimating
theriskofdyingfromthecoronavirus.Adoctorsaid"farmore"peoplediei
ncaraccidentsbutwedon'tpanicaboutthiswhenwegotowork.Singapor
e'sprimeministerreassuredSingaporeansthat:"Wehaveamplesuppli
es.There'snoneedtostockup."

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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