The Reading / Listening - Mutant Virus - Level 3

Forty countries have blocked air, sea and land travel to and from the United Kingdom. Many European countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia are among the countries. The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 that is spreading around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - this means it has changed from the original virus that started spreading at the beginning of the year. Some nations have blocked transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at least two weeks. Many countries say they are reviewing the situation. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from France. A lot of the UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.



The UK government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent more infectious than the original coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is so fast-spreading that it is "out of control". London and many other parts of the country are now in lockdown. The government has issued new rules about mixing with other people. This means most people will only be able to spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to see any other family members or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the last 24 hours has been deeply disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled in the last week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be enough food.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Mutant Virus - Level 0 Mutant Virus - Level 1   or  Mutant Virus - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/world/coronavirus-latest-britain-cut-off-by-30-countries-as-mutant-covid-strain-out-of-control-1.1098247
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55391289
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-britain/wrapup-1-world-closes-borders-to-britain-as-new-coronavirus-strain-breeds-panic-idUSL1N2J10IW


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Warm-ups

1. THE MUTANT VIRUS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the mutant virus. 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?
       air / sea / land / countries / strain / coronavirus / mutant / transport / situation /
       government / infectious / original / out of control / lockdown / travel / family / food
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. OVER: Students A strongly believe the pandemic will be over in 2021; Students B strongly believe it won't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. COVID-19: Why are these ways to reduce the spread of the virus effective? How good are you at doing these? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Why Are They Effective?

How Good Are You?

Hand washing

 

 

Mask wearing

 

 

Using alcohol spray

 

 

Wiping commonly-used areas

 

 

Social distancing

 

 

Avoiding crowds

 

 

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

  • Stop wearing masks
  • Go to restaurants
  • Hug friends
  • Go to events
  • Stop worrying
  • Travel
  • Continue hand washing
  • Party

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. land a. A variety or kind of a particular thing.
      2. strain b. A means of contact, travel, or transport between two points or places.
      3. spreading c. Officially stop people doing something.
      4. links d. Getting larger or bigger over a wider and wider area.
      5. at least e. Looking at something with the possibility or intention of making changes if necessary.
      6. reviewing f. The part of the earth's surface that is not covered by water.
      7. ban g. Not less than.

    Paragraph 2

      8. infectious h. No longer possible to manage.
      9. out of control i. Making people stay in their houses because of an emergency.
      10. lockdown j. Became twice as much or as many.
      11. mixing k. The main political party not in office.
      12. opposition l. Meeting and talking to lots of other people.
      13. disturbing m. Likely to spread a virus, disease, laughter...
      14. doubled n. Causing anxiety; worrying.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says over 40 countries have blocked travel to the UK.     T / F
  2. A new type of COVID-19 is spreading around the United Kingdom.     T / F
  3. Some countries have blocked travel to the UK for two weeks.     T / F
  4. The biggest problem for the UK is a travel ban from Spain.     T / F
  5. The mutant virus is 70% more infectious than before.     T / F
  6. The UK government says it has the mutant virus under control.     T / F
  7. People in the UK can only spend Xmas with people they live with.     T / F
  8. The UK leader said there might not be enough food.     T / F

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

  1. blocked
  2. reason
  3. strain
  4. original
  5. caused
  6. infectious
  7. issued
  8. disturbing
  9. doubled
  10. enough
  1. worrying
  2. first
  3. created
  4. cause
  5. catching
  6. sufficient
  7. variety
  8. multiplied by two
  9. released
  10. barred

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

  1. Forty countries have blocked air,
  2. a new strain of COVID-19 that is spreading
  3. for at
  4. Many countries say they are
  5. A lot of the UK's food comes across
  6. the mutant virus is 70 per cent
  7. so fast-spreading that it is
  8. The government has issued
  9. deeply
  10. The number of coronavirus cases
  1. more infectious
  2. has nearly doubled
  3. the English Channel
  4. new rules
  5. around the UK
  6. sea and land travel
  7. disturbing
  8. "out of control"
  9. reviewing the situation
  10. least two weeks

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
spreading
situation
links
blocked
ban
original
among
few

Forty countries have (1) _____________________ air, sea and land travel to and from the United Kingdom. Many European countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia are (2) _____________________ the countries. The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 that is (3) _____________________ around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - this means it has changed from the (4) _____________________ virus that started spreading at the beginning of the year. Some nations have blocked transport (5) _____________________ to the UK for a (6) _____________________ days; others for at least two weeks. Many countries say they are reviewing the (7) _____________________. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel (8) _____________________ from France. A lot of the UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
members
control
enough
mixing
doubled
infectious
lockdown
deeply

The UK government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent more (9) _____________________ than the original coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is so fast-spreading that it is "out of (10) _____________________". London and many other parts of the country are now in (11) _____________________. The government has issued new rules about (12) _____________________ with other people. This means most people will only be able to spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to see any other family (13) _____________________ or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the last 24 hours has been (14) _____________________ disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly (15) _____________________ in the last week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be (16) _____________________ food.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Forty countries have blocked air, sea ______
     a.  end land travel
     b.  sand land travel
     c.  land and travel
     d.  and land travel
2)  The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 ______
     a.  that is spread in
     b.  that is spread din
     c.  that is spread ding
     d.  that is spreading
3)  blocked transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at ______
     a.  least two weeks
     b.  least two week
     c.  least too week
     d.  least to weeks
4)  Many countries say they are reviewing ______
     a.  the situation
     b.  the situate as on
     c.  the situate shun
     d.  the station
5)  The biggest problems are being caused by ______
     a.  a travels ban
     b.  a travel ban
     c.  a travellers ban
     d.  a travel band

6)  The UK government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent ______
     a.  more infectiously
     b.  more infections
     c.  more infectious
     d.  more infect shuns
7)  the mutant strain is so fast-spreading that it is ______
     a.  out in control
     b.  out on control
     c.  out by control
     d.  out of control
8)  The government has issued new rules ______
     a.  about mix in
     b.  about mixing
     c.  about my sin
     d.  about mix sin
9)  They cannot travel to see any other ______
     a.  family's members
     b.  family member
     c.  family members
     d.  familial members
10)  The number of coronavirus cases has ______
     a.  nearly double
     b.  nearly doubled
     c.  nearly doublet
     d.  nearly doubles

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Forty countries (1) ____________________, sea and land travel to and from the United Kingdom. Many European countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia (2) ____________________ countries. The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 that is spreading around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - (3) ____________________ has changed from the original virus that started spreading at the beginning of the year. Some nations have blocked transport links to the UK                             (4) ____________________ days; others for at least two weeks. Many countries say they are reviewing the situation. The biggest problems              (5) ____________________ by a travel ban from France. A                           (6) ____________________ UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.

The UK government (7) ____________________ virus is 70 per cent more infectious than the original coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is so fast-spreading that it is "(8) ____________________". London and many other parts of the country are (9) ____________________. The government has issued new rules about mixing with other people. This means most people will only be able to spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to (10) ____________________ family members or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the (11) ____________________ has been deeply disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has                       (12) ____________________ the last week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be enough food.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many countries blocked travel to and from the UK?
  2. Where is a new strain of the coronavirus spreading?
  3. What is the longest amount of time countries are blocking the UK?
  4. What are many countries reviewing?
  5. Where does a lot of the UK's food come from?
  6. How much more infectious is the mutant virus?
  7. What did the government say about the spread of the mutant virus?
  8. Who can people in the UK spend Christmas with?
  9. By how much have coronavirus cases increased in the last week?
  10. What did the UK leader say there would be enough of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many countries blocked travel to and from the UK?
a) 39
b) 42
c) 40
d) 41
2) Where is a new strain of the coronavirus spreading?
a) the UK
b) France
c) the World
d) Europe
3) What is the longest amount of time countries are blocking the UK?
a) five days
b) a week
c) a month
d) 2 weeks
4) What are many countries reviewing?
a) the virus
b) the situation
c) hospital beds
d) visas
5) Where does a lot of the UK's food come from?
a) Spain
b) the USA
c) France
d) Australia

6) How much more infectious is the mutant virus?
a) 80%
b) 70%
c) 60%
d) 50%
7) What did the government say about the spread of the mutant virus?
a) it's gradual
b) it's under control
c) not much
d) it's out of control
8) Who can people in the UK spend Christmas with?
a) friends
b) people they live with
c) anyone
d) neighbours
9) By how much have coronavirus cases increased in the last week?
a) they have doubled
b) by half
c) by 70%
d) they trebled
10) What did the UK leader say there would be enough of?
a) vaccines
b) hospital beds
c) trains
d) food

Role play

Role  A – Party
You think the best thing to do after COVID-19 is to party. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you will do last (and why): travel, hug friends or continue hand washing.

Role  B – Travel
You think the best thing to do after COVID-19 is to travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you will do last (and why): party, hug friends or continue hand washing.

Role  C – Hug Friends
You think the best thing to do after COVID-19 is to hug friends. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you will do last (and why): travel, party or continue hand washing.

Role  D – Continue Hand Washing
You think the best thing to do after COVID-19 is to continue hand washing. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these you will do last (and why): travel, hug friends or party.

After reading / listening

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

'mutant'

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  • and 'virus'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • land
    • reason
    • original
    • links
    • ban
    • food
    • 70
    • fast
    • now
    • spend
    • news
    • last




    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 - Mutant Virus

    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 'world'?
    3. What do you think of countries blocking travel to the UK?
    4. How important is travel?
    5. How has coronavirus affected your life?
    6. What do you know about the new strain of coronavirus?
    7. How worried are you about the new strain of coronavirus?
    8. What problems will the travel bans cause the UK?
    9. Would you like to go the UK right now?
    10. Is the world beating the coronavirus?

    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 'virus'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Are you worried the new strain is 70% more infectious?
    5. How worrying is it the mutant virus is out of control?
    6. Should people not travel this Christmas?
    7. How is your country dealing with coronavirus?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. What happens if the UK cannot get enough food?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the UK's leader?

    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)

    Forty countries have blocked air, sea and land travel to and (1) ____ the United Kingdom. Many European countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia are (2) ____ the countries. The reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 (3) ____ is spreading around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - this means it has changed from the original virus that started spreading at the (4) ____ of the year. Some nations have blocked transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at least two weeks. Many countries say they are (5) ____ the situation. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from France. A (6) ____ of the UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.

    The UK government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent more (7) ____ than the original coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is (8) ____ fast-spreading that it is "out of control". London and many other parts of the country are now in lockdown. The government has issued new rules about (9) ____ with other people. This means most people will only be able to spend Christmas with the people they live (10) ____. They cannot travel to see any other family members or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the last 24 hours has been (11) ____ disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled in the last week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be (12) ____ food.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     form     (b)     for     (c)     fro     (d)     from    
    2. (a)     between     (b)     among     (c)     adjacent     (d)     next    
    3. (a)     what     (b)     that     (c)     where     (d)     such    
    4. (a)     begins     (b)     began     (c)     beginning     (d)     beginner    
    5. (a)     reviewing     (b)     reviews     (c)     reviewed     (d)     reviewer    
    6. (a)     lot     (b)     loads     (c)     lots     (d)     allot    
    7. (a)     infect     (b)     infected     (c)     infection     (d)     infectious    
    8. (a)     so     (b)     such     (c)     thus     (d)     though    
    9. (a)     mixer     (b)     mixing     (c)     mixes     (d)     mixed    
    10. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     with     (d)     by    
    11. (a)     deeps     (b)     depth     (c)     deeply     (d)     deepen    
    12. (a)     sure     (b)     enough     (c)     cooking     (d)     freshly

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. gamno the countries
    2. indegspar around the UK
    3. changed from the oinairlg virus
    4. for at telas two weeks
    5. they are reviewing the inatstiuo
    6. being uecasd by a travel ban

    Paragraph 2

    1. more uoisifecnt
    2. out of onortcl
    3. An ptioopsino leader
    4. deeply dibsintrgu
    5. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly beloudd
    6. ssdaeur people that there would be enough

    Put the text back together

    (...)  countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia are among the countries. The reason
    (...)  two weeks. Many countries say they are reviewing the situation. The biggest problems are being caused
    (...)  year. Some nations have blocked transport links to the UK for a few days; others for at least
    (...)  by a travel ban from France. A lot of the UK's food comes across the English Channel from France.
    (...)  able to spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to see any other
    (...)  hours has been deeply disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled in the last
    1  ) Forty countries have blocked air, sea and land travel to and from the United Kingdom. Many European
    (...)  lockdown. The government has issued new rules about mixing with other people. This means most people will only be
    (...)  The UK government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent more infectious than the original coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is so fast-
    (...)  family members or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the last 24
    (...)  is because of a new strain of COVID-19 that is spreading around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - this
    (...)  spreading that it is "out of control". London and many other parts of the country are now in
    (...)  means it has changed from the original virus that started spreading at the beginning of the
    (...)  week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be enough food.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. strain   reason   a   COVID-19   .   new   of   is   The
    2. virus   .   original   from   It   has   changed   the
    3. are   countries   situation   .   say   Many   reviewing   the   they
    4. by   being   a   travel   Problems   ban   .   caused   are
    5. across   English   UK's   Channel   .   comes   the   The   food
    6. cent   mutant   is   virus   per   The   more   infectious   .   70
    7. the   fast-spreading   .   It   said   so   mutant   is   strain
    8. Parts   are   the   now   country   of   in   lockdown   .
    9. They   cannot   family   travel   members   .   see   to   other
    10. cases   number   of   coronavirus   nearly   The   has   doubled   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Forty countries have blocked air, sea and land travel to and fro / from the United Kingdom. Many European countries, Canada, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, India, and Colombia are between / among the countries. The reasons / reason is because of a new strain of COVID-19 that is spreading / spreadable around the UK. The new coronavirus is a mutant - this meaning / means it has changed from the original virus that / what started spreading at the beginning of the year. Some nations have blocked transport link / links to the UK for a few days; others for at least / last two weeks. Many countries say they are reviewing / reviewed the situation. The biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from France. A lot of the UK's food goes / comes across the English Channel from France.

    The UK government says the mutant / militant virus is 70 per cent more infectious than the original / originally coronavirus. It said the mutant strain is so fast-spreading that it is "out / in of control". London and many other parts of the country are now on / in lockdown. The government has issued new rules about mixing with other people. This means much / most people will only be able to purchase / spend Christmas with the people they live with. They cannot travel to see any other family members / membranes or friends. An opposition leader said: "The news over the last 24 hours has been deeply / deep disturbing. The number of coronavirus cases has nearly twice / doubled in the last week." The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson assured people that there would be / do enough food.

    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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    Th_  _K  g_v_rnm_nt  s_ys  th_  m_t_nt  v_r_s  _s  70  p_r  c_nt  m_r_  _nf_ct___s  th_n  th_  _r_g_n_l  c_r_n_v_r_s.  _t  s__d  th_  m_t_nt  str__n  _s  s_  f_st-spr__d_ng  th_t  _t  _s  "__t  _f  c_ntr_l".  L_nd_n  _nd  m_ny  _th_r  p_rts  _f  th_  c__ntry  _r_  n_w  _n  l_ckd_wn.  Th_  g_v_rnm_nt  h_s  _ss__d  n_w  r_l_s  _b__t  m_x_ng  w_th  _th_r  p__pl_.  Th_s  m__ns  m_st  p__pl_  w_ll  _nly  b_  _bl_  t_  sp_nd  Chr_stm_s  w_th  th_  p__pl_  th_y  l_v_  w_th.  Th_y  c_nn_t  tr_v_l  t_  s__  _ny  _th_r  f_m_ly  m_mb_rs  _r  fr__nds.  _n  _pp_s_t__n  l__d_r  s__d:  "Th_  n_ws  _v_r  th_  l_st  24  h__rs  h_s  b__n  d__ply  d_st_rb_ng.  Th_  n_mb_r  _f  c_r_n_v_r_s  c_s_s  h_s  n__rly  d__bl_d  _n  th_  l_st  w__k."  Th_  _K  Pr_m_  M_n_st_r  B_r_s  J_hns_n  _ss_r_d  p__pl_  th_t  th_r_  w__ld  b_  _n__gh  f__d.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    forty countries have blocked air sea and land travel to and from the united kingdom many european countries canada iran saudi arabia russia india and colombia are among the countries the reason is because of a new strain of covid19 that is spreading around the uk the new coronavirus is a mutant  this means it has changed from the original virus that started spreading at the beginning of the year some nations have blocked transport links to the uk for a few days others for at least two weeks many countries say they are reviewing the situation the biggest problems are being caused by a travel ban from france a lot of the uks food comes across the english channel from france

    the uk government says the mutant virus is 70 per cent more infectious than the original coronavirus it said the mutant strain is so fastspreading that it is out of control london and many other parts of the country are now in lockdown the government has issued new rules about mixing with other people this means most people will only be able to spend christmas with the people they live with they cannot travel to see any other family members or friends an opposition leader said the news over the last 24 hours has been deeply disturbing the number of coronavirus cases has nearly doubled in the last week the uk prime minister boris johnson assured people that there would be enough food

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    Fortycountrieshaveblockedair,seaandlandtraveltoandfromtheUnited
    Kingdom.ManyEuropeancountries,Canada,Iran,SaudiArabia,Russia,
    India,andColombiaareamongthecountries.Thereasonisbecauseofan
    ewstrainofCOVID-19thatisspreadingaroundtheUK.Thenewcoronavi
    rusisamutant-thismeansithaschangedfromtheoriginalvirusthatstart
    edspreadingatthebeginningoftheyear.Somenationshaveblockedtran
    sportlinkstotheUKforafewdays;othersforatleasttwoweeks.Manycoun
    triessaytheyarereviewingthesituation.Thebiggestproblemsarebeing
    causedbyatravelbanfromFrance.AlotoftheUK'sfoodcomesacrosstheE
    nglishChannelfromFrance.TheUKgovernmentsaysthemutantvirusis7
    0percentmoreinfectiousthantheoriginalcoronavirus.Itsaidthemutant
    strainissofast-spreadingthatitis"outofcontrol".Londonandmanyothe
    rpartsofthecountryarenowinlockdown.Thegovernmenthasissuedne
    wrulesaboutmixingwithotherpeople.Thismeansmostpeoplewillonlyb
    eabletospendChristmaswiththepeopletheylivewith.Theycannottrave
    ltoseeanyotherfamilymembersorfriends.Anoppositionleadersaid:"T
    henewsoverthelast24hourshasbeendeeplydisturbing.Thenumberofc
    oronaviruscaseshasnearlydoubledinthelastweek."TheUKPrimeMinist
    erBorisJohnsonassuredpeoplethattherewouldbeenoughfood.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The mutant virus means the world needs to go into lockdown for two weeks. 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. THE MUTANT VIRUS: Make a poster about the mutant virus. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. LOCKDOWN: Write a magazine article about putting the world in lockdown for two weeks to slow down the spread of the virus. 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 the mutant virus. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to stop it spreading. 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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