The Reading / Listening - Disinfectant - Level 6

Doctors around the world have issued strong warnings for people not to use disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their plea follows suggestions on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially be used to treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?...It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his comments had been made "sarcastically". The White House press secretary said the media took the comments out of context and ran "with negative headlines".

Disinfectants are hazardous and toxic substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and have fatal consequences. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its product should "under no circumstance" be injected or ingested. The president of the American Medical Association also joined in the chorus of concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It is unfortunate that I have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject bleach or disinfectant." She added: "Rest assured, when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19, it will not be in the cleaning supplies aisle."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Disinfectant - Level 4  or  Disinfectant - Level 5

Sources
  • https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-health-coronavirus-trump-disinfectant-idUKKCN2261O5
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52399464
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/coronavirus-scientists-warning-trump-comments-134711945.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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. DISINFECTANT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about disinfectant. 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?
       doctors / warnings / disinfectant / injection / cleaning / lungs / sarcastic / headlines /
       hazardous / toxic / fatal / injected / chorus / circumstances / treatment / vaccine
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HEALTH OFFICIALS: Students A strongly believe only health officials should make announcements about health and not national leaders; Students B strongly believe national leaders should make health announcements.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. COVID-19: How effective are these things at keeping COVID-19 at bay? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Effective

Not Effective

Hand washing

 

 

Hand sanitizer

 

 

Gloves

 

 

Masks

 

 

Self-quarantine

 

 

Garlic and lemon

 

 

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

  • Social distancing
  • Shopping
  • Money
  • Lockdown
  • Other people
  • Boredom
  • No end in sight
  • Health advice

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. issued a. With the capacity to develop or happen in the future.
      2. plea b. In a joking that is meant to mock people.
      3. potentially c. Formally sent out or made known to people.
      4. injection d. A request made in an urgent and emotional manner.
      5. tremendous e. The action of putting a liquid, drug or vaccine into a person's body via a needle.
      6. sarcastically f. Very great in amount, scale, or intensity.
      7. context g. The setting for an event, statement, or idea and how it can be fully understood.

    Paragraph 2

      8. hazardous h. Something said at the same time by many people..
      9. toxic i. Risky; dangerous.
      10. fatal j. Taken food, drink, or another substance into the body by swallowing or absorbing it.
      11. ingested k. An event or fact that causes or helps to cause something to happen, typically something undesirable.
      12. chorus l. Poisonous.
      13. circumstances m. A passage between rows of seats in a building such as a church or theater, an airplane, or a train.
      14. aisle n. Causing death.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said doctors in the USA have issued warnings.     T / F
  2. President Trump said disinfectant was an effective COVID-19 cure.     T / F
  3. President Trump said he has a tremendous number of lungs.     T / F
  4. The White House said the media's headlines were negative.     T / F
  5. Ingesting disinfectants can be fatal.     T / F
  6. A disinfectant maker warned people not to inject disinfectant.     T / F
  7. The American Medical Association (AMA) president sang in a chorus.     T / F
  8. The AMA president said vaccines would not be in cleaning supply aisles.   T / F

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

  1. issued
  2. plea
  3. treat
  4. tremendous
  5. media
  6. ingested
  7. circumstance
  8. concern
  9. assured
  10. aisle
  1. satisfied
  2. deal with
  3. swallowed
  4. press
  5. anxiety
  6. sent out
  7. passageway
  8. huge
  9. appeal
  10. situation

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

  1. not to use disinfectant to treat
  2. disinfectant could potentially be
  3. It gets in
  4. the media took the comments
  5. ran with negative
  6. Disinfectants are hazardous
  7. maker of the best-
  8. joined in the chorus
  9. It is unfortunate that I have to
  10. it will not be in the cleaning
  1. out of context
  2. comment on this
  3. headlines
  4. selling disinfectant
  5. used to treat COVID-19
  6. the lungs
  7. of concern
  8. coronavirus
  9. supplies aisle
  10. and toxic substances

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
plea
lungs
negative
treat
press
knocks
issued
comments

Doctors around the world have (1) ____________ strong warnings for people not to use disinfectant to (2) ____________ coronavirus. Their (3) ____________ follows suggestions on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially be used to treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it (4) ____________ [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?...It gets in the (5) ____________ and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his (6) ____________ had been made "sarcastically". The White House (7) ____________ secretary said the media took the comments out of context and ran "with (8) ____________ headlines".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
comment
hazardous
bleach
aisle
product
consequences
vaccine
chorus

Disinfectants are (9) ____________ and toxic substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and have fatal (10) ____________. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its (11) ____________ should "under no circumstance" be injected or ingested. The president of the American Medical Association also joined in the (12) ____________ of concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It is unfortunate that I have to (13) ____________ on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject (14) ____________ or disinfectant." She added: "Rest assured, when we eventually find a treatment for or (15) ____________ against COVID-19, it will not be in the cleaning supplies (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  issued strong warnings for people not to use disinfectant ______
     a.  too threat coronavirus
     b.  to treaty coronavirus
     c.  to treat coronavirus
     d.  toot treat coronavirus
2)  Is there a way we can do something like ______
     a.  that by injection
     b.  that buy injection
     c.  that bile injection
     d.  that buying jet shun
3)  It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number ______
     a.  on the lungs
     b.  on the lungs
     c.  on the lungs
     d.  on the lungs
4)  On Friday, Mr Trump said his comments had been ______
     a.  made "sardonically"
     b.  made "sarcastically"
     c.  made "so caustically"
     d.  made "so cautiously"
5)  The White House press secretary said the media took the comments ______
     a.  out of context
     b.  out off context
     c.  outer context
     d.  out off con text

6)  They can be poisonous if ingested and have ______
     a.  fatal consequence
     b.  fatal consequential
     c.  fatal consequences
     d.  fatal cons sequences
7)  its product should "under no circumstance" be ______
     a.  injected or ingested
     b.  inject it or ingest it
     c.  injection or ingestion
     d.  inject or ingest
8)  It is unfortunate that I have to ______
     a.  comment on these
     b.  comment on this
     c.  comments on this
     d.  comment ton this
9)  Rest assured when we eventually find a treatment ______
     a.  form or vaccine
     b.  for or vaccine
     c.  for nor vaccine
     d.  for or vacuum
10)  She said the cure would "not be in the cleaning ______
     a.  supplies path
     b.  supplies lane
     c.  supplies track
     d.  supplies aisle

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors around the world have (1) ___________________ for people not to use disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their (2) ___________________ on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially be (3) ___________________ COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that (4) ___________________ or almost a cleaning?...It gets in the lungs and it does (5) ___________________ on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his comments had been made "sarcastically". The White House press secretary said the media took the comments (6) ___________________ and ran "with negative headlines".

Disinfectants are (7) ___________________ substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and (8) ___________________. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its product should "under no circumstance" be (9) ___________________. The president of the American Medical Association also joined in the chorus of concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It (10) ___________________ I have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject (11) ___________________." She added: "Rest assured, when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19, it will not be in the (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. Which doctors issued strong warnings against using disinfectant?
  2. How long did Mr Trump say disinfectant took to kill the virus?
  3. What did Mr Trump say disinfectant does "a tremendous number on"?
  4. What did Mr Trump say about his comments?
  5. What did the White House say the media wrote?
  6. What kind of consequences can disinfectants have?
  7. What is the name of the best-selling disinfectant mentioned?
  8. What did the American Medical Association (AMA) president join?
  9. What did the AMA president warn not to ingest or inject?
  10. Where did the AMA president say a vaccine would not be found?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Which doctors issued strong warnings against using disinfectant?
a) American doctors
b) virologists
c) doctors around the world
d) epidemiologists
2) How long did Mr Trump say disinfectant took to kill the virus?
a) one minute
b) one second
c) a fraction of a second
d) a few seconds
3) What did Mr Trump say disinfectant does "a tremendous number on"?
a) toilet seats
b) kitchen counters
c) germs
d) two lungs
4) What did Mr Trump say about his comments?
a) they were accurate
b) they were sarcastic
c) they were regrettable
d) they were sardonic
5) What did the White House say the media wrote?
a) fake news
b) lies
c) negative headlines
d) the truth

6) What kind of consequences can disinfectants have?
a) negative consequences
b) fatal consequences
c) multiple consequences
d) varied consequences
7) What is the name of the best-selling disinfectant mentioned?
a) Bleacho
b) Dettol
c) Domestos
d) Lysol
8) What did the American Medical Association (AMA) president join?
a) a protest
b) a chorus of concern
c) a doctors' group
d) a Zoom meeting
9) What did the AMA president warn not to ingest or inject?
a) bleach or disinfectant
b) COVID-19
c) vaccines
d) drugs
10) Where did the AMA president say a vaccine would not be found?
a) the White House
b) a pharmacy
c) under a microscope
d) the cleaning supplies aisle

Role play

Role  A – Shopping
You think shopping is the biggest worry about COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): boredom, social distancing or money.

Role  B – Money
You think money is the biggest worry about COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): boredom, social distancing or shopping.

Role  C – Social Distancing
You think social distancing is the biggest worry about COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): shopping, boredom or money.

Role  D – Boredom
You think boredom is the biggest worry about COVID-19. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as worrying. Also, tell the others which is the least worrying of these (and why): shopping, money or social distancing.

After reading / listening

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

'doctor'

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  • and 'disinfection'.

  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • strong
    • plea
    • knocks
    • inside
    • number
    • ran
    • substances
    • maker
    • chorus
    • comment
    • rest
    • cure

    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 - Disinfectant

    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 'disinfectant'?
    3. What do you know about disinfectant?
    4. Do you think disinfectant has any health benefits?
    5. How serious do you think Donald Trump was?
    6. What have doctors being saying about Donald Trump's words?
    7. What would happen if disinfectant got inside the body?
    8. How has Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic been?
    9. Do you think the press took Mr Trump's words out of context?
    10. What advice do you have for Donald Trump?

    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 'poison'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What different ways is disinfectant used?
    5. What do you think of disinfectant makers having to issue warnings?
    6. What do you think of Donald Trump's words?
    7. When do you think we will find a cure or vaccine?
    8. How will you react if we find a vaccine?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Donald Trump?

    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)

    Doctors around the world have issued (1) ____ warnings for people not to use disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their (2) ____ follows suggestions on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially be used to (3) ____ COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] (4) ____ in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?...It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his comments had been made "(5) ____". The White House press secretary said the media took the comments out of context and (6) ____ "with negative headlines".

    Disinfectants are hazardous and toxic substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and have (7) ____ consequences. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its product should "under (8) ____ circumstance" be injected or ingested. The president of the American Medical Association also joined in the (9) ____ of concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It is unfortunate that I have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject (10) ____ or disinfectant." She added: "Rest (11) ____ when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19". She said the cure would "not be in the cleaning supplies (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     strengthen     (b)     strongly     (c)     strength     (d)     strong    
    2. (a)     thanks     (b)     thank     (c)     please     (d)     plea    
    3. (a)     threaten     (b)     treat     (c)     treats     (d)     treaty    
    4. (a)     under     (b)     to     (c)     out     (d)     up    
    5. (a)     sarcastically     (b)     sarcasm     (c)     sarcastic     (d)     scarcely    
    6. (a)     ran     (b)     paced     (c)     walked     (d)     jogged    
    7. (a)     metal     (b)     natal     (c)     vital     (d)     fatal    
    8. (a)     no     (b)     never     (c)     non     (d)     nor    
    9. (a)     choir     (b)     chorus     (c)     song     (d)     ode    
    10. (a)     batch     (b)     botch     (c)     bleach     (d)     breach    
    11. (a)     insured     (b)     cured     (c)     assured     (d)     skewed    
    12. (a)     alley     (b)     aisle     (c)     track     (d)     trail

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. it does a emerondtus number
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  coronavirus. Their plea follows suggestions on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially
    (...)  be used to treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus]
    (...)  comments had been made "sarcastically". The White House press secretary said
    (...)  for or vaccine against COVID-19, it will not be in the cleaning supplies aisle."
    (...)  the media took the comments out of context and ran "with negative headlines".
    (...)  bleach or disinfectant." She added: "Rest assured, when we eventually find a treatment
    (...)  the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his
    (...)  out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning?...It gets in
    1  ) Doctors around the world have issued strong warnings for people not to use disinfectant to treat
    (...)  no circumstance" be injected or ingested. The president of the American Medical Association also
    (...)  consequences. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its product should "under
    (...)  joined in the chorus of concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It is unfortunate that I
    (...)  Disinfectants are hazardous and toxic substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and have fatal
    (...)  have to comment on this, but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject

    Put the words in the right order

    1. world   Doctors   the   strong   have   around   issued   warnings   .
    2. could   potentially   COVID-19   .   treat   be   Disinfectant   to   used
    3. that   We   something   do   like   by   can   injection   .
    4. made   had   comments   Trump   said   his   sarcastically   .   been
    5. media   took   The   comments   out   context   .   the   of
    6. if   ingested   consequences   .   fatal   and   have   Poisonous
    7. product   under   no   be   Its   injected   .   circumstance   should
    8. unfortunate   to   have   on   comment   I   this   .   It's
    9. for   eventually   find   a   COVID-19   .   we   treatment   When
    10. the cleaning Cures in aisle . won't supplies be

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Doctors around the world have issued strong waning / warnings for people not to use disinfectant to treat coronavirus. Their plea / please follows suggestions on Thursday by US President Donald Trump that disinfectant could potentially be used to threaten / treat COVID-19. President Trump said: "I see the disinfected / disinfectant, where it knocks [the virus] out in one minute....Is there a way we can do something such / like that by injection inside / inners or almost a cleaning?...It gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous letter / number on the lungs." On Friday, Mr Trump said his comments had been made "sarcastically / sarcastic". The White House press / iron secretary said the media took the comments out of context and ran / walked "with negative headlines".

    Disinfectants are hazard / hazardous and toxic substances. They can be poisonous if ingested and have fatally / fatal consequences. Reckitt Benckiser, maker of the best-selling disinfectant Lysol, warned that its product should "under / over no circumstance" be injected or ingested. The president of the American Medical Association also joined on / in the chorus of / at concern regarding President Trump's comments. She said: "It is unfortunate that I have to comment on / in this, but people should under no / never circumstances ingest or inject bleach or disinfectant." She added: "Rest assurance / assured when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against COVID-19". She said the cure / card would "not be in the cleaning supplies aisle / window".

    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

    doctors around the world have issued strong warnings for people not to use disinfectant to treat coronavirus their plea follows suggestions on thursday by us president donald trump that disinfectant could potentially be used to treat covid19 president trump said i see the disinfectant where it knocks the virus out in one minute is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside or almost a cleaning it gets in the lungs and it does a tremendous number on the lungs on friday mr trump said his comments had been made sarcastically the white house press secretary said the media took the comments out of context and ran with negative headlines

    disinfectants are hazardous and toxic substances they can be poisonous if ingested and have fatal consequences reckitt benckiser maker of the bestselling disinfectant lysol warned that its product should under no circumstance be injected or ingested the president of the american medical association also joined in the chorus of concern regarding president trumps comments she said it is unfortunate that i have to comment on this but people should under no circumstances ingest or inject bleach or disinfectant she added rest assured when we eventually find a treatment for or vaccine against covid19 she said the cure would not be in the cleaning supplies aisle

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    Doctorsaroundtheworldhaveissuedstrongwarningsforpeoplenottou
    sedisinfectanttotreatcoronavirus.TheirpleafollowssuggestionsonTh
    ursdaybyUSPresidentDonaldTrumpthatdisinfectantcouldpotentially
    beusedtotreatCOVID-19.PresidentTrumpsaid:"Iseethedisinfectan
    t,whereitknocks[thevirus]outinoneminute....Isthereawaywecandos
    omethinglikethatbyinjectioninsideoralmostacleaning?...Itgetsinthe
    lungsanditdoesatremendousnumberonthelungs."OnFriday,MrTrum
    psaidhiscommentshadbeenmade"sarcastically".TheWhiteHousepre
    sssecretarysaidthemediatookthecommentsoutofcontextandran"wit
    hnegativeheadlines".Disinfectantsarehazardousandtoxicsubstance
    s.Theycanbepoisonousifingestedandhavefatalconsequences.Reckit
    tBenckiser,makerofthebest-sellingdisinfectantLysol,warnedthatits
    productshould"undernocircumstance"beinjectedoringested.Thepre
    sidentoftheAmericanMedicalAssociationalsojoinedinthechorusofcon
    cernregardingPresidentTrump'scomments.Shesaid:"Itisunfortunat
    ethatIhavetocommentonthis,butpeopleshouldundernocircumstanc
    esingestorinjectbleachordisinfectant."Sheadded:"Restassured,whe
    nweeventuallyfindatreatmentfororvaccineagainstCOVID-19,itwill
    notbeinthecleaningsuppliesaisle."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Social distancing should be in effect for the rest of this year. 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. DISINFECTANT: Make a poster about disinfectant. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SOCIAL DISTANCING: Write a magazine article about social distancing being in effect for the rest of this year. 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 disinfectant. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce the risk of getting the coronavirus. 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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