The Reading / Listening - Lockdown - Level 1

Mayors in Italy are making sure people follow lockdowns. Italy is under lockdown. It is one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. It has over 80,000 infections, and 8,215 deaths - the most of any country in the world. Not everyone in Italy is following the rules. There are videos online of mayors in the streets telling people to go home. Police have fined over 100,000 people for being in the streets without a good reason.



Angry mayors posted messages on social media. One said he was tired of people walking dogs many times a day. He said: "Where are you going with these incontinent dogs? You need to stay home. People are dying." The leader of Italy's worst affected area said: "Too many people are still out and about." Italy's Prime Minister said: "Everyone's efforts are needed." Italians started a worldwide trend of singing from their balcony to cheer people up.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Lockdown - Level 0 Lockdown - Level 2   or  Lockdown - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/italian-mayors-coronavirus-lockdown-videos_n_5e798776c5b6f5b7c54a03c4
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/03/23/world/italian-mayors-scolding-residents-coronavirus-lockdown-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/23/this-is-not-a-film-italian-mayors-rage-coronavirus-lockdown-dodgers


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. Italy is under
  2. one of the countries worst
  3. the most of any country
  4. Not everyone in Italy is
  5. There are videos
  6. telling people to
  7. Police have fined
  8. being in the streets without
  1. go home
  2. following the rules
  3. a good reason
  4. affected
  5. over 100,000 people
  6. lockdown
  7. online
  8. in the world

Paragraph 2

  1. posted messages
  2. incontinent
  3. The leader of Italy's worst
  4. people are still out
  5. Everyone's efforts are
  6. Italians started a worldwide
  7. singing from their
  8. cheer people
  1. up
  2. needed
  3. dogs
  4. balcony
  5. and about
  6. affected area
  7. trend
  8. on social media

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mayors in Italy (1) ___________________ people follow lockdowns. Italy (2) ___________________. It is one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. (3) ___________________ 80,000 infections, and 8,215 deaths - the most of any country in the world. Not everyone in Italy (4) ___________________ rules. There are videos online of mayors in (5) ___________________ people to go home. Police have fined over 100,000 people for being in the streets without (6) ___________________.

Angry mayors (7) ___________________ social media. One said he was tired of people walking dogs (8) ___________________ day. He said: "Where are you going with these incontinent dogs? You (9) ___________________ home. People are dying." The leader of Italy's (10) ___________________ said: "Too many people are still out and about." Italy's Prime Minister said: "Everyone's (11) ___________________." Italians started a worldwide trend of singing from their balcony to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MayorsinItalyaremakingsurepeoplefollowlockdowns.Italyisunderlo
ckdown.ItisoneofthecountriesworstaffectedbyCOVID-19.Ithasove
r80,000infections,and8,215deaths-themostofanycountryintheworl
d.NoteveryoneinItalyisfollowingtherules.Therearevideosonlineofm
ayorsinthestreetstellingpeopletogohome.Policehavefinedover100,0
00peopleforbeinginthestreetswithoutagoodreason.Angrymayorspo
stedmessagesonsocialmedia.Onesaidhewastiredofpeoplewalkingdo
gsmanytimesaday.Hesaid:"Whereareyougoingwiththeseincontinen
tdogs?Youneedtostayhome.Peoplearedying."TheleaderofItaly'swor
staffectedareasaid:"Toomanypeoplearestilloutandabout."Italy'sPri
meMinistersaid:"Everyone'seffortsareneeded."Italiansstartedaworl
dwidetrendofsingingfromtheirbalconytocheerpeopleup.

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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