The Reading / Listening - Lockdown - Level 2

Mayors in Italy are taking action to make sure people follow lockdowns. All of Italy is under lockdown. It is one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. Italy has over 80,000 cases of infections. There have also been 8,215 deaths. This is the most of any country in the world. All of Italy is under lockdown but not everyone is following the rules. There are videos online of mayors going into the streets telling people to go home. Over 100,000 people in Italy have been fined for being out without a good reason. Three-quarters of the world is in lockdown.



Some mayors are posting angry 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....You are irresponsible idiots." The president of Italy's worst affected region said: "Too many people are still out and about." Italy's Prime Minister said: "Everyone's efforts are needed as the survival of the social and economic fabric of our country is at stake." Italians started a worldwide trend of singing from their balcony to cheer people up.

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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. taking action to make sure people
  2. Italy has over 80,000 cases
  3. the most of any country
  4. not everyone is following
  5. videos online of mayors going
  6. telling people to
  7. fined for being out without
  8. Three-quarters of the world
  1. go home
  2. the rules
  3. is in lockdown
  4. of infections
  5. a good reason
  6. follow lockdowns
  7. into the streets
  8. in the world

Paragraph 2

  1. posting angry messages
  2. he was tired of people
  3. incontinent
  4. You are irresponsible
  5. Too many people are still
  6. a worldwide trend
  7. from their
  8. cheer
  1. dogs
  2. of singing
  3. idiots
  4. people up
  5. walking dogs
  6. balcony
  7. on social media
  8. out and about

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mayors in Italy (1) ___________________ to make sure people follow lockdowns. All of Italy (2) ___________________. It is one of the countries worst affected by COVID-19. Italy has over 80,000 (3) ___________________. There have also been 8,215 deaths. This is the most of any country in the world. All of Italy is under lockdown but not everyone is (4) ___________________. There are videos online of mayors (5) ___________________ streets telling people to go home. Over 100,000 people in Italy have been fined for being out without a good reason. Three-quarters of the world (6) ___________________.

Some mayors are (7) ___________________ on social media. One said he (8) ___________________ people walking dogs many times a day. He said: "Where are you going with these incontinent dogs? You (9) ___________________ home. People are dying....You are irresponsible idiots." The president of Italy's (10) ___________________ said: "Too many people are still out and about." Italy's Prime Minister said: "Everyone's efforts are needed as the survival of the social and (11) ___________________ our country is at stake." Italians started a worldwide trend of singing from their balcony to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MayorsinItalyaretakingactiontomakesurepeoplefollowlockdowns.Al
lofItalyisunderlockdown.ItisoneofthecountriesworstaffectedbyCOV
ID-19.Italyhasover80,000casesofinfections.Therehavealsobeen8,2
15deaths.Thisisthemostofanycountryintheworld.AllofItalyisunderlo
ckdownbutnoteveryoneisfollowingtherules.Therearevideosonlineof
mayorsgoingintothestreetstellingpeopletogohome.Over100,000pe
opleinItalyhavebeenfinedforbeingoutwithoutagoodreason.Three-q
uartersoftheworldisinlockdown.Somemayorsarepostingangrymess
agesonsocialmedia.Onesaidhewastiredofpeoplewalkingdogsmanyti
mesaday.Hesaid:"Whereareyougoingwiththeseincontinentdogs?Yo
uneedtostayhome.Peoplearedying....Youareirresponsibleidiots."Th
epresidentofItaly'sworstaffectedregionsaid:"Toomanypeoplearestil
loutandabout."Italy'sPrimeMinistersaid:"Everyone'seffortsareneed
edasthesurvivalofthesocialandeconomicfabricofourcountryisatstak
e."Italiansstartedaworldwidetrendofsingingfromtheirbalconytoche
erpeopleup.

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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