The Reading / Listening - Face Masks - Level 3

The USA could soon be encouraging Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not face masks are effective in helping slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is set to encourage Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other health organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not need to wear masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the spread of the virus. They point to countries like Singapore and South Korea, where people wear masks and reported infection rates are lower.



Health experts in the USA believe that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and give a little protection to those who have not contracted it. Health officials are worried that if everyone rushes out to buy masks, there may not be enough for nurses, doctors and other key workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel safe wearing one and mix more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about is 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 easier levels:

    Face Masks - Level 0 Face Masks - Level 1   or  Face Masks - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. FACE MASKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about face masks. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       face mask / scarves / effective / government / health / face / spread / virus / infection
       experts / risk / protection / health officials / nurses / doctors / washing hands / mix
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MASKS: Students A strongly believe we should all wear face masks; Students B strongly believe not everyone should wear one.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SAFETY: How effective are these things at keeping us safe during the COVID-19 pandemic? What is your experience of these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Effectiveness

Your Experience

Masks

 

 

Hand washing

 

 

Social distancing

 

 

Online learning

 

 

Hand sanitiser

 

 

Lockdowns

 

 

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5. RISK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "risk". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. WORRIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest worries about COVID-19 at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • No face masks
  • Food shortages
  • Staying at home
  • Bad governments
  • When covid-19 will go
  • Touching things
  • People in public
  • Money

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. encouraging a. Giving someone support or confidence.
      2. effective b. A disease that we catch from others or things.
      3. cloth c. Good or successful in giving a wanted or planned result.
      4. recommended d. Move over a large or increasing area.
      5. spread e. A material made from wool, cotton, or a similar fiber.
      6. infection f. Put forward someone or something as being good or best for a particular purpose or role.
      7. rate g. The speed of something moving, happening, or changing.

    Paragraph 2

      8. experts h. Very, very important.
      9. reduce i. Caught or developed a disease.
      10. protection j. People who have a lot of knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      11. contracted k. Talk to and be with other people.
      12. key l. Make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.
      13. mix m. Staying away from other people by keeping space between them and you.
      14. distancing n. The act of keeping safe from something or keeping people safe from something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The USA will force people to wear masks.     T / F
  2. The USA is asking people to make their own masks.     T / F
  3. The WHO said people who are not sick do not need to wear masks.     T / F
  4. Some organisations say masks can help to slow the spread of the virus.   T / F
  5. Health officials believe there are enough masks for nurses.     T / F
  6. Officials said wearing a mask does not make people feel safer.     T / F
  7. Officials say homemade masks are great at stopping the virus.     T / F
  8. The White House said social distancing was very important.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. encouraging
  2. effective
  3. sick
  4. slow
  5. infection
  6. experts
  7. reduce
  8. enough
  9. prevent
  10. important
  1. ill
  2. specialists
  3. virus
  4. vital
  5. successful
  6. sufficient
  7. urging
  8. stop
  9. hold back
  10. cut

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There has been a
  2. cloth
  3. people who
  4. slow the spread
  5. reported infection
  6. health
  7. reduce the risk of people
  8. everyone rushes
  9. social
  10. not touching
  1. of the virus
  2. experts in the USA
  3. masks
  4. your face
  5. lot of talk
  6. out to buy masks
  7. distancing
  8. rates are lower
  9. are not sick
  10. spreading the virus

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
coverings
cover
whether
lower
encouraging
spread
spread
sick

The USA could soon be (1) ____________ Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about (2) ____________ or not face masks are effective in helping slow down the (3) ____________ of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is set to encourage Americans to use homemade face (4) ____________ like cloth masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other health organisations have recommended that people who are not (5) ____________ do not need to wear masks or (6) ____________ their face. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the (7) ____________ of the virus. They point to countries like Singapore and South Korea, where people wear masks and reported infection rates are (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
experts
safe
catching
rushes
touching
protection
worried
key

Health (9) ____________ in the USA believe that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and give a little (10) ____________ to those who have not contracted it. Health officials are worried that if everyone (11) ____________ out to buy masks, there may not be enough for nurses, doctors and other (12) ____________ workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel (13) ____________ wearing one and mix more with other people. Another thing health experts are (14) ____________ about is that homemade masks are insufficient to prevent people from (15) ____________ the virus. The White House said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not (16) ____________ your face."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  talk about whether or not face masks are effective in helping slow ______
     a.  downs the spread
     b.  downed the spread
     c.  downer the spread
     d.  down the spread
2)  The government is set to encourage Americans to use homemade ______
     a.  face cover in
     b.  face cover rings
     c.  face cover ins
     d.  face coverings
3)  people who are not sick do not need to wear masks or ______
     a.  cover their face
     b.  cover there face
     c.  cover they're face
     d.  cover there face
4)  However, other organisations say face masks can slow the ______ virus
     a.  spread oft the
     b.  spread if the
     c.  spread of the
     d.  spread off the
5)  where people wear masks and reported infection ______
     a.  rates are lowers
     b.  rates are lower
     c.  rate are lower
     d.  grates are lower

6)  Health experts in the USA believe that wearing a mask could ______
     a.  reduce the risk
     b.  deduce the risk
     c.  induce the risk
     d. deuce the risk
7)  give a little protection to those who have ______
     a.  knot contracted it
     b.  not contracted it
     c.  note contracted it
     d.  non contracted it
8)  Health officials are worried that if everyone ______
     a.  rush is out
     b.  lashes out
     c.  brushes out
     d.  rushes out
9)  make the problem worse because people might feel safe wearing one ______
     a.  and mixes much
     b.  and mix more
     c.  and nix more
     d.  and mix many
10)  social distancing, washing your hands and not ______
     a.  touching in your face
     b.  touch in their face
     c.  touching yore face
     d.  touching hour face

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA could (1) ___________________ Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not face masks are effective in helping slow down (2) ___________________ the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is (3) ___________________ Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other health organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not need to wear masks or (4) ___________________. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the spread of the virus. (5) ___________________ countries like Singapore and South Korea, where people wear masks and reported infection (6) ___________________.

Health experts in the USA believe that wearing a mask (7) ___________________ risk of people spreading the virus and give a little (8) ___________________ who have not contracted it. Health officials are worried that if everyone rushes out to buy masks, there may not be enough for nurses, doctors and (9) ___________________. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might (10) ___________________ one and mix more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about is that homemade masks (11) ___________________ prevent people from catching the virus. The White House said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and (12) ___________________ face."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the USA encouraging Americans to wear besides masks?
  2. What kind of masks is the government suggesting people make?
  3. What did the WHO advise for people who are not sick?
  4. What did some organisations say masks can do to the virus' spread?
  5. Where did health officials say infection rates were lower?
  6. What are health officials worried about people rushing out to do?
  7. Who might not have masks if people buy them all?
  8. What might people do if they feel safer?
  9. Who said homemade masks are insufficient to protect against the virus?
  10. What did the White House recommend besides hand washing?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the USA encouraging Americans to wear besides masks?
a) screens
b) scarves
c) skirts
d) coats
2)  What kind of masks is the government suggesting people make?
a) plastic masks
b) silk masks
c) cloth masks
d) airtight masks
3)  What did the WHO advise for people who are not sick?
a) exercise
b) eat well
c) stay away from hospitals
d) to not wear a mask
4)  What did some organisations say masks can do to the virus' spread?
a) make it global
b) slow it
c) make it faster
d) stop it
5)  Where did health officials say infection rates were lower?
a) S. Korea and Singapore
b) Japan and S. Korea
c) Singapore and Taiwan
d) Japan and Taiwan

6)  What are health officials worried about people rushing out to do?
a) buy masks
b) go to malls
c) infect people
d) exercise
7)  Who might not have masks if people buy them all?
a) teachers
b) children
c) old people
d) doctors and nurses
8)  What might people do if they feel safer?
a) stay at home more
b) spend more
c) mix more
d) talk more
9)  Who said homemade masks are insufficient to protect against the virus?
a) doctors
b) mask makers
c) the White House
d) health officials
10)  What did the White House recommend besides hand washing?
a) exercising
b) social distancing
c) sleeping well
d) vitamin C

Role play

Role  A – No Face Masks
You think no face masks is the biggest COVID-19 worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): money, touching things or people in public.

Role  B – Money
You think money is the biggest COVID-19 worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): no face masks, touching things or people in public.

Role  C – Touching Things
You think touching things is the biggest COVID-19 worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): money, no face masks or people in public.

Role  D –People in public
You think people in public is the biggest COVID-19 worry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): money, touching things or no face masks.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'face'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'mask'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • encouraging
    • effective
    • other
    • need
    • point
    • rates
    • risk
    • rushes
    • worse
    • mix
    • insufficient
    • hands




    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 - Face Masks

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'face'?
    3. What do you think of face masks?
    4. Why can't scientists agree on the effectiveness of face masks?
    5. Would you feel safer wearing a face mask?
    6. Would a scarf or bandana help during this crisis?
    7. Should governments spend more money on face masks?
    8. Why do so many people in Asian countries like Japan wear masks?
    9. Should governments order everyone to wear a mask?
    10. What are you doing to stay safe?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'mask'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should we give all masks to hospitals?
    5. When someone wears a mask, do you stay away from them?
    6. What would you use in a homemade mask?
    7. What has your country's leader said about masks?
    8. Should you be washing your hands more often?
    9. How important is keeping your distance from people?
    10. What questions would you like to ask coronavirus experts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The USA could soon be (1) ____ Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about whether or not face masks are effective (2) ____ helping slow down the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is (3) ____ to encourage Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other (4) ____ organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not (5) ____ to wear masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the spread of the virus. They point to countries like Singapore and South Korea, where people wear masks and reported (6) ____ rates are lower.

    Health experts in the USA (7) ____ that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and give a little protection to (8) ____ who have not contracted it. Health officials are worried that if everyone (9) ____ out to buy masks, there may not be enough for nurses, doctors and other key workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might (10) ____ safe wearing one and mix more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about is that homemade masks are insufficient (11) ____ prevent people from catching the virus. The White House said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not (12) ____ your face."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     encouraged     (b)     encouraging     (c)     encourages     (d)     encourage    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    3. (a)     met     (b)     let     (c)     bet     (d)     set    
    4. (a)     healthful     (b)     health     (c)     healthy     (d)     healthier    
    5. (a)     needy     (b)     need     (c)     necessary     (d)     needing    
    6. (a)     injection     (b)     injunction     (c)     infection     (d)     inaction    
    7. (a)     beliefs     (b)     believing     (c)     believe     (d)     believer    
    8. (a)     them     (b)     they     (c)     those     (d)     there    
    9. (a)     leashes     (b)     rashes     (c)     lashes     (d)     rushes    
    10. (a)     feel     (b)     meek     (c)     greed     (d)     seen    
    11. (a)     to     (b)     for     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    12. (a)     touches     (b)     touch     (c)     touching     (d)     touched

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. slow down the rpdase
    3. use deohmema face coverings
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    Paragraph 2

    1. Health extrpse in the USA
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    3. nsruse, doctors and other key workers
    4. masks are uninitefsifc
    5. prevent people from catching the srivu
    6. social nsnticiadg

    Put the text back together

    (...)  worried that if everyone rushes out to buy masks, there may not be enough for nurses, doctors and other key
    1  ) The USA could soon be encouraging Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk
    (...)  spreading the virus and give a little protection to those who have not contracted it. Health officials are
    (...)  who are not sick do not need to wear masks or cover their face. However, other
    (...)  workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel
    (...)  safe wearing one and mix more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about
    (...)  organisations say face masks can slow the spread of the virus. They point to countries like Singapore
    (...)  masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other health organisations have recommended that people
    (...)  is that homemade masks are insufficient to prevent people from catching the virus. The White House
    (...)  and South Korea, where people wear masks and reported infection rates are lower.
    (...)  said: "The most important thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not touching your face."
    (...)  about whether or not face masks are effective in helping slow down the spread of the COVID-19
    (...)  coronavirus. The government is set to encourage Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth
    (...)  Health experts in the USA believe that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people

    Put the words in the right order

    1. not   Whether   are   or   face   masks   effective   .
    2. cloth   like   masks   .   face   coverings   homemade   Use
    3. do   who   People   need   to   .   aren't   not   sick
    4. of   Masks   spread   virus   .   the   slow   the   can
    5. rates   wear   People   masks   and   are   lower   .   infection
    6. virus   .   spreading   people   risk   Reduce   the   the   of
    7. not   nurses   .   There   be   enough   may   for
    8. worse   .   make   mask   A   problem   the   could
    9. people   the   catching   to   prevent   Insufficient   virus   .   from
    10. thing   social   The   is   most   distancing   .   the   important

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The USA could soon be encouraged / encouraging Americans to wear face masks or scarves. There has been a lot of talk about whether nor / or not face masks are effective in helping slow down / along the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The government is set to / for encourage Americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth mask / masks, bandanas and scarves. The WHO and other health / healthy organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not need / needy to wear masks or cover their face. However, other organisations say face masks can slow the spread off / of the virus. They point to countries like Singapore and South Korea, where / wear people wear masks and reported infection rates are lower / lowing.

    Health experts in the USA belief / believe that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and give / take a little protection to those who have not contracted them / it. Health officials are worried that if everyone rushing / rushes out to buy masks, there may not be / been enough for nurses, doctors and other key / lock workers. They also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel safe wearing one and mix / mixture more with other people. Another thing health experts are worried about is that homemade masks are sufficient / insufficient to prevent people from catching the virus. The White House said: "The most important things / thing is the social distancing, washing your hands and not touching / touches your face."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the usa could soon be encouraging americans to wear face masks or scarves there has been a lot of talk about whether or not face masks are effective in helping slow down the spread of the covid19 coronavirus the government is set to encourage americans to use homemade face coverings like cloth masks bandanas and scarves the who and other health organisations have recommended that people who are not sick do not need to wear masks or cover their face however other organisations say face masks can slow the spread of the virus they point to countries like singapore and south korea where people wear masks and reported infection rates are lower

    health experts in the usa believe that wearing a mask could reduce the risk of people spreading the virus and give a little protection to those who have not contracted it health officials are worried that if everyone rushes out to buy masks there may not be enough for nurses doctors and other key workers they also say that a mask could make the problem worse because people might feel safe wearing one and mix more with other people another thing health experts are worried about is 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

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ves.Therehasbeenalotoftalkaboutwhetherornotfacemasksareeffect
    iveinhelpingslowdownthespreadoftheCOVID-19coronavirus.Thego
    vernmentissettoencourageAmericanstousehomemadefacecovering
    slikeclothmasks,bandanasandscarves.TheWHOandotherhealthorga
    nisationshaverecommendedthatpeoplewhoarenotsickdonotneedto
    wearmasksorcovertheirface.However,otherorganisationssayfacem
    askscanslowthespreadofthevirus.TheypointtocountrieslikeSingapor
    eandSouthKorea,wherepeoplewearmasksandreportedinfectionrate
    sarelower.HealthexpertsintheUSAbelievethatwearingamaskcouldre
    ducetheriskofpeoplespreadingthevirusandgivealittleprotectiontoth
    osewhohavenotcontractedit.Healthofficialsareworriedthatifeveryon
    erushesouttobuymasks,theremaynotbeenoughfornurses,doctorsan
    dotherkeyworkers.Theyalsosaythatamaskcouldmaketheproblemw
    orsebecausepeoplemightfeelsafewearingoneandmixmorewithother
    people.Anotherthinghealthexpertsareworriedaboutisthathomemad
    emasksareinsufficienttopreventpeoplefromcatchingthevirus.TheW
    hiteHousesaid:"Themostimportantthingisthesocialdistancing,washi
    ngyourhandsandnottouchingyourface."

    Free writing

    Write about face masks for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should give all face masks to doctors and nurses. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. FACE MASKS: Make a poster about face masks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MEDICAL STAFF: Write a magazine article about giving all face masks to medical staff, who need them more. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on face masks. Ask him/her three questions about face masks. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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