The Reading / Listening - Face Masks - Level 1

The USA is encouraging the wearing of face masks. It said face masks could slow down the spread of COVID-19. It wants Americans to make face masks and use scarves. The WHO said people who are not sick do not need masks. Other organisations say face masks can help to slow the virus. They say people in countries like Singapore and South Korea wear masks. In these countries, reported infection rates are lower.



Some experts say masks could cut the risk of spreading the virus and protect those who have not got it. Other officials say we need masks for nurses and doctors. They say masks could make people feel safe and mix with other people. Health experts also worry that homemade masks will not stop people from getting 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 0 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. encouraging the wearing
  2. slow down the spread
  3. It wants Americans to
  4. people who are not
  5. do not need
  6. help to slow
  7. In these
  8. reported infection rates
  1. make face masks
  2. the virus
  3. are lower
  4. masks
  5. countries
  6. of COVID-19
  7. sick
  8. of face masks

Paragraph 2

  1. experts say masks could
  2. spreading
  3. protect those who have
  4. mix with
  5. The most important
  6. social
  7. washing your
  8. not touching
  1. your face
  2. other people
  3. distancing
  4. cut the risk
  5. hands
  6. the virus
  7. thing
  8. not got it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA is encouraging (1) ___________________ face masks. It said face masks could slow (2) ___________________ of COVID-19. It wants Americans to make face masks and use scarves. The WHO said people who are (3) ___________________ not need masks. Other organisations say face (4) ___________________ to slow the virus. They (5) ___________________ countries like Singapore and South Korea wear masks. In these countries, reported infection (6) ___________________.

Some experts say masks could (7) ___________________ of spreading the virus and protect those who have not got it. Other officials (8) ___________________ masks for nurses and doctors. They say masks could make people feel (9) ___________________ with other people. Health experts also worry that homemade masks will not (10) ___________________ getting the virus. The White House said: "The most (11) ___________________ the social distancing, washing your hands and (12) ___________________ face."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAisencouragingthewearingoffacemasks.Itsaidfacemaskscoul
dslowdownthespreadofCOVID-19.ItwantsAmericanstomakefacema
sksandusescarves.TheWHOsaidpeoplewhoarenotsickdonotneedma
sks.Otherorganisationssayfacemaskscanhelptoslowthevirus.Theys
aypeopleincountrieslikeSingaporeandSouthKoreawearmasks.Inthe
secountries,reportedinfectionratesarelower.Someexpertssaymask
scouldcuttheriskofspreadingthevirusandprotectthosewhohavenotg
otit.Otherofficialssayweneedmasksfornursesanddoctors.Theysaym
askscouldmakepeoplefeelsafeandmixwithotherpeople.Healthexper
tsalsoworrythathomemademaskswillnotstoppeoplefromgettingthe
virus.TheWhiteHousesaid:"Themostimportantthingisthesocialdista
ncing,washingyourhandsandnottouchingyourface."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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