The Reading / Listening - Lockdown - Level 2

There is a United Kingdom survey about life after lockdown. The market research company YouGov asked 4,343 people about this. The company said people gave some surprising answers. Only nine per cent of Britons want life to return to "normal" after the pandemic is over. This means 91 per cent want life to be different. Over half of people (54%) said they hoped to change how they live their lives. The lead researcher Tom MacMillan said: "This data shows there is a real appetite for change, and for the nation to learn from this crisis."



Most people in the survey noticed big changes because of the lockdown. Just over half (51%) noticed cleaner air, and 27 per cent have seen more wildlife. This may encourage people to use cars less after the lockdown. More people may work from home. Many people (42%) said they value food more, and 38 per cent said they are cooking using recipes and not buying ready-made meals. Over 40 per cent of people said they now talk to people who live near them. Professor MacMillan said: "People are trying new things and noticing differences at home, in their work and in communities."

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Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-only-9-of-britons-want-life-to-return-to-normal-once-lockdown-is-over-11974459
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/just-9-want-things-go-21877899
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-uk-lockdown-end-poll-environment-food-health-fitness-social-community-a9469736.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. market research
  2. people gave some surprising
  3. return
  4. after the pandemic is
  5. 91 per cent want life
  6. change how they live
  7. there is a real appetite
  8. learn from this
  1. their lives
  2. crisis
  3. over
  4. answers
  5. for change
  6. to be different
  7. company
  8. to normal

Paragraph 2

  1. people in the survey
  2. use cars
  3. they are cooking using
  4. buying ready-made
  5. talk to people who live
  6. People are trying new
  7. noticing differences at
  8. in their work and in
  1. near them
  2. recipes
  3. communities
  4. noticed big changes
  5. home
  6. meals
  7. less
  8. things

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a United Kingdom (1) ___________________ after lockdown. The market research company YouGov asked 4,343 (2) ___________________. The company said people gave some surprising answers. Only nine per cent of Britons want (3) ___________________ to "normal" after the pandemic is over. This means 91 per cent want life (4) ___________________. Over half of people (54%) said they hoped to change how they (5) ___________________. The lead researcher Tom MacMillan said: "This data shows there is a (6) ___________________ change, and for the nation to learn from this crisis."

Most people in the survey (7) ___________________ because of the lockdown. Just over half (51%) noticed (8) ___________________ 27 per cent have seen more wildlife. This may encourage people to (9) ___________________ after the lockdown. More people may work from home. Many people (42%) said they value food more, and 38 per cent said they are cooking (10) ___________________ not buying ready-made meals. Over 40 per cent of people said they now talk to people who (11) ___________________. Professor MacMillan said: "People are trying new things and noticing differences at home, in their (12) ___________________ communities."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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esearchcompanyYouGovasked4,343peopleaboutthis.Thecompanys
aidpeoplegavesomesurprisinganswers.OnlyninepercentofBritonsw
antlifetoreturnto"normal"afterthepandemicisover.Thismeans91per
centwantlifetobedifferent.Overhalfofpeople(54%)saidtheyhopedto
changehowtheylivetheirlives.TheleadresearcherTomMacMillansaid:
"Thisdatashowsthereisarealappetiteforchange,andforthenationtole
arnfromthiscrisis."Mostpeopleinthesurveynoticedbigchangesbecau
seofthelockdown.Justoverhalf(51%)noticedcleanerair,and27perce
nthaveseenmorewildlife.Thismayencouragepeopletousecarslessaft
erthelockdown.Morepeoplemayworkfromhome.Manypeople(42%)s
aidtheyvaluefoodmore,and38percentsaidtheyarecookingusingrecip
esandnotbuyingready-mademeals.Over40percentofpeoplesaidthey
nowtalktopeoplewholivenearthem.ProfessorMacMillansaid:"People
aretryingnewthingsandnoticingdifferencesathome,intheirworkandi
ncommunities."

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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