The Reading / Listening - Face Masks - Level 2

The USA is encouraging Americans to wear face masks. There is talk about whether or not face masks are effective to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The government is encouraging Americans to use homemade things like face masks and scarves. The WHO has recommended that people who are not sick do not need to wear masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can help to slow the virus. They say people in countries like Singapore and South Korea wear masks and reported infection rates are lower.



Some health experts believe that masks could cut the risk of people spreading the virus and protect those who have not contracted it. Other health officials worry that if everyone buys masks, there may not be enough for nurses and doctors. They say masks could make people feel safe and mix more with other people. Health experts also worry that homemade masks are insufficient to prevent people from catching 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 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. whether or not face masks are
  2. slow down the spread
  3. use homemade things
  4. people who are not
  5. wear masks or cover
  6. help to slow
  7. people in countries
  8. reported infection rates
  1. their face
  2. like face masks
  3. like Singapore
  4. are lower
  5. effective
  6. sick
  7. of COVID-19
  8. the virus

Paragraph 2

  1. health
  2. masks could cut
  3. spreading
  4. Other health officials
  5. make people feel
  6. social
  7. washing your
  8. not touching
  1. distancing
  2. your face
  3. safe
  4. hands
  5. worry
  6. experts
  7. the virus
  8. the risk

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA is encouraging Americans (1) ___________________ masks. There is talk about whether or not face masks are effective to slow (2) ___________________ of COVID-19. The government is encouraging Americans to (3) ___________________ like face masks and scarves. The WHO has recommended that people who are not sick do not (4) ___________________ masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can help to slow the virus. They say (5) ___________________ like Singapore and South Korea wear masks and reported (6) ___________________ lower.

Some (7) ___________________ that masks could cut the risk of people spreading the virus and (8) ___________________ have not contracted it. Other health officials worry that if everyone buys masks, there may (9) ___________________ for nurses and doctors. They say masks could make people feel safe and mix more with other people. Health (10) ___________________ that homemade masks are insufficient to prevent people (11) ___________________ virus. The White House said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAisencouragingAmericanstowearfacemasks.Thereistalkabou
twhetherornotfacemasksareeffectivetoslowdownthespreadofCOVI
D-19.ThegovernmentisencouragingAmericanstousehomemadethi
ngslikefacemasksandscarves.TheWHOhasrecommendedthatpeople
whoarenotsickdonotneedtowearmasksorcovertheirface.However,o
therorganisationssayfacemaskscanhelptoslowthevirus.Theysaypeo
pleincountrieslikeSingaporeandSouthKoreawearmasksandreported
infectionratesarelower.Somehealthexpertsbelievethatmaskscouldc
uttheriskofpeoplespreadingthevirusandprotectthosewhohavenotco
ntractedit.Otherhealthofficialsworrythatifeveryonebuysmasks,ther
emaynotbeenoughfornursesanddoctors.Theysaymaskscouldmakep
eoplefeelsafeandmixmorewithotherpeople.Healthexpertsalsoworry
thathomemademasksareinsufficienttopreventpeoplefromcatchingt
hevirus.TheWhiteHousesaid:"Themostimportantthingisthesocialdis
tancing,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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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