The Reading / Listening - Face Masks - Level 0

The USA is advising people to wear face masks. This could slow down the spread of COVID-19. The WHO said people who are not sick do not need masks. Other organisations say people in countries like Singapore and South Korea wear masks. In these countries, infection rates are lower.



Many experts say nurses and doctors need the masks. They say masks could make people feel safe so they mix with other people. Other experts worry that homemade masks will not stop the virus. The White House said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not touching your face."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Face Masks - Level 1 Face Masks - Level 2   or  Face Masks - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/coronavirus-moves-promoting-broader-face-masks-200402214522519.html
  • https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-set-to-urge-americans-to-wear-face-coverings-when-outside/ar-BB125M6I
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/white-house-face-masks-coronavirus


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. advising people to
  2. slow down the spread
  3. The WHO
  4. people who are not
  5. do not need
  6. people
  7. Singapore and
  8. infection rates are
  1. South Korea
  2. lower
  3. in countries
  4. of COVID-19
  5. sick
  6. wear face masks
  7. masks
  8. said

Paragraph 2

  1. nurses and
  2. masks could make people feel
  3. they mix with other
  4. Other experts
  5. homemade
  6. The most important thing is the social
  7. washing your
  8. not touching
  1. people
  2. masks
  3. your face
  4. safe
  5. hands
  6. worry
  7. doctors
  8. distancing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA (1) ___________________ to wear face masks. This could slow (2) ___________________ of COVID-19. The WHO (3) __________________ are not sick do (4) __________________. Other organisations (5) ___________________ countries like Singapore and South Korea wear masks. In these countries, infection (6) ___________________.

Many (7) ___________________ and doctors need the masks. They (8) ___________________ make people feel safe so they mix with other people. Other (9) ___________________ homemade masks will not (10) ___________________. The White House said: "The (11) ___________________ is the social distancing, washing your hands and not (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAisadvisingpeopletowearfacemasks.Thiscouldslowdownthes
preadofCOVID-19.TheWHOsaidpeoplewhoarenotsickdonotneedm
asks.OtherorganisationssaypeopleincountrieslikeSingaporeandSou
thKoreawearmasks.Inthesecountries,infectionratesarelower.Many
expertssaynursesanddoctorsneedthemasks.Theysaymaskscouldm
akepeoplefeelsafesotheymixwithotherpeople.Otherexpertsworryth
athomemademaskswillnotstopthevirus.TheWhiteHousesaid:"Them
ostimportantthingisthesocialdistancing,washingyourhandsandnott
ouchingyourface."

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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