The Reading / Listening - Gossip - Level 2

Pope Francis has said gossip is worse than COVID-19 and that it divides communities. He said the devil is the "biggest gossiper," who creates division with his lies. The Pope spoke about the dangers of gossiping during his weekly blessing. He said: "Please brothers and sisters, let's try to not gossip. Gossip is a plague worse than COVID. Let's make a big effort. No gossiping." The Pope regularly speaks about the dangers of gossiping, especially 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 was making his first speech since the pandemic started. It is not the first time he has made remarks on gossip. In 2016, he warned people not to "fuel the terrorism of gossip" and to resist temptation to spread gossip. He said: "If you get an urge...to drop a gossip bomb, bite your tongue. Hard." Two years later he brought the subject of gossip up again. He told worshippers in the Vatican that gossip is deadly "because the tongue kills, like a knife". A visitor to the Vatican agreed. She said: "Gossips are nothing but scandalmongers and busybodies."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Gossip - Level 0 Gossip - Level 1   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. it divides
  2. the devil is the biggest
  3. creates division with
  4. during his
  5. Gossip is a plague
  6. speaks about the dangers
  7. He tells people not to listen
  8. If something goes wrong,
  1. weekly blessing
  2. to Internet trolls
  3. worse than COVID
  4. gossiper
  5. offer prayer
  6. communities
  7. of gossiping
  8. his lies

Paragraph 2

  1. his first speech since the
  2. the first time he has made
  3. fuel the terrorism
  4. resist temptation to
  5. gossip is
  6. the tongue kills, like
  7. A visitor
  8. scandalmongers and
  1. to the Vatican
  2. spread gossip
  3. busybodies
  4. deadly
  5. pandemic started
  6. of gossip
  7. a knife
  8. remarks on gossip

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pope Francis has said (1) ___________________ than COVID-19 and that it divides communities. He said the devil is (2) ___________________ who creates division with his lies. The Pope spoke about the dangers of gossiping (3) ___________________ blessing. He said: "Please brothers and sisters, let's try to not gossip. Gossip (4) ___________________ worse than COVID. Let's make a big effort. No gossiping." The Pope regularly speaks about the dangers of gossiping, (5) ___________________ media. He tells people not to listen to Internet trolls. He said: "If (6) ___________________, offer...prayer...but never gossip."

The Pope was (7) ___________________ speech since the pandemic started. It is not the first time he has made (8) ___________________. In 2016, he warned people not to "fuel the terrorism of gossip" and to (9) ___________________ spread gossip. He said: "If you get an urge...to drop a gossip bomb, (10) ___________________. Hard." Two years later he brought the subject of gossip up again. He told worshippers in the Vatican that gossip is deadly "because the tongue kills, (11) ___________________". A visitor to the Vatican agreed. She said: "Gossips (12) ___________________ scandalmongers and busybodies."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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lmongersandbusybodies."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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