The Reading / Listening - Boris Johnson - Level 4

The U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, thanked the National Health Service for saving his life. Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for COVID-19 and self-isolated in London. He continued to lead the UK's response to the coronavirus pandemic. However, his condition worsened. He went to hospital for tests and was moved to an intensive care unit. This was a "precautionary move". He remained conscious and could breathe without help from a ventilator.



Mr Johnson said the care he received from nurses was "exemplary". He said: "I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life." He is now recovering and making "very good progress". He is doing puzzles and watching films. His biographer said: "Boris...believed he was strong enough to keep going regardless of any symptoms from which he might be suffering. His strong [tendency] was to overwork, not to put his feet up."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Boris Johnson - Level 5 or  Boris Johnson - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/boris-johnson-i-owe-doctors-and-nurses-my-life-after-coronavirus-treatment-11972103
  • https://www.theguardian.com/focus/2020/apr/11/boris-johnsons-darkest-hour-one-week-that-shook-the-nation
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/11/uk/boris-johnson-brother-max-coronavirus-intl-gbr/index.html


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. Johnson, 55, tested positive
  2. lead the UK's
  3. his condition
  4. He went to hospital
  5. moved to an intensive
  6. This was a precautionary
  7. He remained
  8. breathe without help
  1. from a ventilator
  2. worsened
  3. move
  4. for COVID-19
  5. conscious
  6. response
  7. care unit
  8. for tests

Paragraph 2

  1. the care he received from nurses
  2. I owe them
  3. making very good
  4. doing
  5. strong enough to keep
  6. any symptoms from which he
  7. His strong tendency was
  8. put his
  1. to overwork
  2. progress
  3. going regardless
  4. feet up
  5. my life
  6. was exemplary
  7. might be suffering
  8. puzzles

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.K. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, (1) ___________________ Health Service for saving his life. Mr Johnson, 55, tested positive for COVID-19 (2) ___________________ London. He continued to lead the UK's (3) ___________________ coronavirus pandemic. However, (4) ___________________. He went to hospital for tests and was moved to an (5) ___________________. This was a "precautionary move". He remained conscious and could breathe without help (6) ___________________.

Mr Johnson said the care he received from (7) ___________________. He said: "I can't thank them enough. I (8) ___________________ life." He is now recovering and making "(9) ___________________". He is doing puzzles and watching films. (10) ___________________: "Boris...believed he was strong enough to (11) ___________________ of any symptoms from which he might be suffering. His strong [tendency] was to overwork, not to (12) ___________________ up."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheU.K.PrimeMinister,BorisJohnson,thankedtheNationalHealthSer
viceforsavinghislife.MrJohnson,55,testedpositiveforCOVID-19ands
elf-isolatedinLondon.HecontinuedtoleadtheUK'sresponsetothecoro
naviruspandemic.However,hisconditionworsened.Hewenttohospita
lfortestsandwasmovedtoanintensivecareunit.Thiswasa"precautiona
rymove".Heremainedconsciousandcouldbreathewithouthelpfromav
entilator.MrJohnsonsaidthecarehereceivedfromnurseswas"exempl
ary".Hesaid:"Ican'tthankthemenough.Iowethemmylife."Heisnowre
coveringandmaking"verygoodprogress".Heisdoingpuzzlesandwatc
hingfilms.Hisbiographersaid:"Boris...believedhewasstrongenought
okeepgoingregardlessofanysymptomsfromwhichhemightbesufferin
g.Hisstrong[tendency]wastooverwork,nottoputhisfeetup."

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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