The Reading / Listening - Caremongering - Level 5

The coronavirus outbreak has started a new trend. It is called "caremongering" and started after acts of kindness in Canada. It is from the less positive word "scaremongering". It is not yet known whether the word "caremongering" will stay around long enough to get in future editions of dictionaries. "Caremongering" started after Canadians found new ways of helping vulnerable people. Social media is helping to spread the concept across Canada. Within 72 hours of the word trending, over 35 Facebook groups were set up with more than 30,000 members.



The founder of a caremongering group spoke about the meaning of the name. She told the BBC: "Scaremongering is a big problem. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other." She added: "Caremongering has spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at risk." She said: "Anxiety, isolation and lack of hope affects you....This virtual community...is really showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven't lost our hope."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Caremongering - Level 4 or  Caremongering - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/coronavirus-kind-canadians-start-caremongering-trend-a4390076.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51915723
  • https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/coronavirus/you-re-not-alone-in-this-canadians-are-caremongering-through-the-covid-19-pandemic-1.4859369


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 coronavirus outbreak has
  2. acts of
  3. It is from the less positive
  4. stay around long
  5. get in future editions
  6. helping vulnerable
  7. helping to spread the concept
  8. over 35 Facebook groups were
  1. set up
  2. enough
  3. across Canada
  4. word
  5. people
  6. started a new trend
  7. of dictionaries
  8. kindness

Paragraph 2

  1. Scaremongering is a big
  2. get people to connect on a
  3. brought out community
  4. allowed us to
  5. those who are at
  6. virtual
  7. there is still hope for
  8. We haven't lost
  1. risk
  2. and camaraderie
  3. our hope
  4. positive level
  5. humanity
  6. problem
  7. community
  8. tackle the needs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The coronavirus outbreak has started (1) ___________________. It is called "caremongering" and started (2) ___________________ kindness in Canada. It is from the (3) ___________________ "scaremongering". It is not yet known whether the word "caremongering" will stay around long enough to get in (4) ___________________ dictionaries. "Caremongering" started after Canadians found new ways of (5) ___________________. Social media is helping to (6) ___________________ across Canada. Within 72 hours of the word trending, over 35 Facebook groups were set up with more than 30,000 members.

The founder of a caremongering group spoke (7) ___________________ of the name. She told the BBC: "Scaremongering is (8) ___________________. We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect (9) ___________________ level, to connect with each other." She added: "Caremongering has spread the (10) ___________________ in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at risk." She said: "Anxiety, (11) ___________________ of hope affects you....This virtual community...is really showing people there is still (12) ___________________. We haven't lost our hope."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thecoronavirusoutbreakhasstartedanewtrend.Itiscalled"caremong
ering"andstartedafteractsofkindnessinCanada.Itisfromthelesspositi
veword"scaremongering".Itisnotyetknownwhethertheword"carem
ongering"willstayaroundlongenoughtogetinfutureeditionsofdictiona
ries."Caremongering"startedafterCanadiansfoundnewwaysofhelpin
gvulnerablepeople.Socialmediaishelpingtospreadtheconceptacross
Canada.Within72hoursofthewordtrending,over35Facebookgroups
weresetupwithmorethan30,000members.Thefounderofacaremong
eringgroupspokeaboutthemeaningofthename.ShetoldtheBBC:"Sca
remongeringisabigproblem.Wewantedtoswitchthataroundandgetp
eopletoconnectonapositivelevel,toconnectwitheachother."Sheadde
d:"Caremongeringhasspreadtheoppositeofpanicinpeople,broughto
utcommunityandcamaraderie,andallowedustotackletheneedsoftho
sewhoareatrisk."Shesaid:"Anxiety,isolationandlackofhopeaffectsyo
u....Thisvirtualcommunity...isreallyshowingpeoplethereisstillhopef
orhumanity.Wehaven'tlostourhope."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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