The Reading / Listening - Gossip - Level 1

Pope Francis said gossip is worse than COVID-19. He said the devil is the "biggest gossiper," who divides communities with his lies. He spoke about the dangers of gossip, saying: "Let's try to not gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Let's make a big effort. No gossiping." The Pope says gossiping is dangerous on social media. He tells people not to listen to Internet trolls. He said: "If something goes wrong, offer...prayer...but never gossip."



The Pope made his first speech since the pandemic started. It is not the first time he talked about gossip. In 2016, he warned people not to "fuel the terrorism of gossip". He said: "If you get an urge...to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue." Two years later he talked about gossip again. He said gossip is deadly "because the tongue kills, like a knife". A visitor to the Vatican agreed. She said gossips were just "scandalmongers and busybodies".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gossip - Level 0 Gossip - Level 2   or  Gossip - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-declares-gossiping-is-a-plague-worse-than-covid/
  • https://www.inforum.com/entertainment/television/6650375-Pope-says-gossiping-is-a-worse-plague-than-coronavirus
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/06/europe/pope-gossip-coronavirus-intl-scli/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. He said the devil is the
  2. divides communities with
  3. He spoke about the dangers
  4. Gossip is a plague
  5. Let's make a big
  6. social
  7. Internet
  8. If something goes wrong,
  1. offer prayer
  2. of gossip
  3. effort
  4. his lies
  5. worse than COVID
  6. trolls
  7. biggest gossiper
  8. media

Paragraph 2

  1. first speech since the
  2. the first time he
  3. fuel the terrorism
  4. bite your
  5. Two years later he talked
  6. He said gossip is
  7. the tongue kills, like
  8. scandalmongers and
  1. deadly
  2. tongue
  3. busybodies
  4. talked about gossip
  5. a knife
  6. about gossip again
  7. of gossip
  8. pandemic started

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pope Francis said (1) ___________________ than COVID-19. He said (2) ___________________ the "biggest gossiper," who divides communities with his lies. He spoke about (3) ___________________ gossip, saying: "Let's try to not gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Let's make (4) ___________________. No gossiping." The Pope says gossiping is dangerous on social media. He tells people (5) ___________________ to Internet trolls. He said: "If something goes wrong, (6) ___________________ never gossip."

The Pope made his (7) ___________________ the pandemic started. It is not (8) ___________________ he talked about gossip. In 2016, he warned people not to "fuel the terrorism of gossip". He said: "If you get an (9) ___________________ a gossip bomb, (10) ___________________." Two years later he talked about gossip again. He said gossip is deadly "because the tongue kills, (11) ___________________ ". A visitor to the Vatican agreed. She (12) ___________________ just "scandalmongers and busybodies".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PopeFrancissaidgossipisworsethanCOVID-19.Hesaidthedevilisth
e"biggestgossiper,"whodividescommunitieswithhislies.Hespokeabo
utthedangersofgossip,saying:"Let'strytonotgossip.Gossipisaplague
worsethanCOVID.Let'smakeabigeffort.Nogossiping."ThePopesaysg
ossipingisdangerousonsocialmedia.HetellspeoplenottolistentoInter
nettrolls.Hesaid:"Ifsomethinggoeswrong,offer...prayer...butnever
gossip."ThePopemadehisfirstspeechsincethepandemicstarted.Itisn
otthefirsttimehetalkedaboutgossip.In2016,hewarnedpeoplenotto"f
ueltheterrorismofgossip".Hesaid:"Ifyougetanurge...todropagossip
bomb,biteyourtongue."Twoyearslaterhetalkedaboutgossipagain.H
esaidgossipisdeadly"becausethetonguekills,likeaknife".Avisitortoth
eVaticanagreed.Shesaidgossipswerejust"scandalmongersandbusy
bodies".

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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