The Reading / Listening - Oxygen Aid - Level 2

Many countries are sending oxygen to India. India currently has a COVID-19 crisis. It is the world's second most populous country, with 1.3 billion people. It is experiencing a big increase in COVID-19 cases. There are over 300,000 new cases every day. India's health system can no longer cope. Hospitals are turning people with the virus away. There are not enough beds. Many hospitals have run out of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen to India. India's government has arranged for Amazon to deliver 100 ventilators.



A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson explained how urgent it was to help India. He said we have all seen in the past year how this pandemic is a global threat. It does not care what country, nationality or race you are from. He said people must work together to support each other. The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond heartbreaking". It is doing everything it can to provide important equipment and supplies, including mobile field hospitals. The WHO said: "The growth that we have seen in case numbers is really, truly astonishing."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Oxygen Aid - Level 0 Oxygen Aid - Level 1   or  Oxygen Aid - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/singapore-sends-oxygen-aid-to-help-india-fight-covid-19-pandemic-14709168
  • https://www.siasat.com/amazon-to-airlift-100-icu-ventilator-units-from-us-to-india-2129701/
  • https://news.yahoo.com/situation-india-beyond-heartbreaking-chief-155946559.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. India currently has
  2. the world's second most
  3. It is experiencing a big
  4. There are over 300,000 new
  5. India's health system can
  6. There are not enough
  7. Many hospitals have run
  8. much-
  1. needed oxygen
  2. increase
  3. no longer cope
  4. populous country
  5. out of oxygen
  6. cases every day
  7. beds
  8. a COVID-19 crisis

Paragraph 2

  1. how urgent it was to
  2. this pandemic is a global
  3. what country, nationality or race
  4. work together to support
  5. It is doing everything it
  6. provide important equipment and
  7. The growth that we have seen
  8. really, truly
  1. you are from
  2. astonishing
  3. can
  4. in case numbers
  5. help India
  6. each other
  7. supplies
  8. threat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many countries (1) ___________________ to India. India currently has a COVID-19 crisis. It is the world's (2) ___________________ country, with 1.3 billion people. It is experiencing a big increase in COVID-19 cases. There are over 300,000 (3) __________________ day. India's health system can no longer cope. Hospitals are turning people with (4) ___________________. There are not enough beds. Many hospitals have (5) ___________________ oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen to India. India's government has arranged for Amazon (6) ___________________ ventilators.

A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson (7) __________________ it was to help India. He said we have all seen in the (8) ___________________ this pandemic is a global threat. It does not care what country, nationality or race you are from. He said people must work (9) ___________________ each other. The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond heartbreaking". It is doing everything it (10) ___________________ important equipment and supplies, (11) ___________________ hospitals. The WHO said: "The growth that we have seen in case numbers is (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ManycountriesaresendingoxygentoIndia.IndiacurrentlyhasaCOVID
-19crisis.Itistheworld'ssecondmostpopulouscountry,with1.3billio
npeople.ItisexperiencingabigincreaseinCOVID-19cases.Thereareo
ver300,000newcaseseveryday.India'shealthsystemcannolongerco
pe.Hospitalsareturningpeoplewiththevirusaway.Therearenotenoug
hbeds.Manyhospitalshaverunoutofoxygen.SingaporeandtheUKhav
esentmuch-neededoxygentoIndia.India'sgovernmenthasarrang
edforAmazontodeliver100ventilators.ASingaporeForeignAffairsspo
kespersonexplainedhowurgentitwastohelpIndia.Hesaidwehaveallse
eninthepastyearhowthispandemicisaglobalthreat.Itdoesnotcarewh
atcountry,nationalityorraceyouarefrom.Hesaidpeoplemustworktog
ethertosupporteachother.TheWHOsaidthesituationinIndiawas"bey
ondheartbreaking".Itisdoingeverythingitcantoprovideimportantequ
ipmentandsupplies,includingmobilefieldhospitals.TheWHOsaid:"Th
egrowththatwehaveseenincasenumbersisreally,trulyastonishing."

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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