The Reading / Listening - Oxygen Aid - Level 3

Many countries around the world are sending oxygen to India. This is because of India's current COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most populous country, with over 1.3 billion people. It is currently struggling to cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic. There are over 300,000 new cases every day - the largest number of daily cases ever experienced by any country. India's health system can no longer cope. There are not enough beds, and hospitals are turning away people with the virus. They have also run out of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders to India. India's government has also arranged for Amazon to deliver 100 ventilators.



A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained how urgent it was to help India. He said: "We have all witnessed in the past year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary threat. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or race. This is exactly why we must work collectively to support each other." The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond heartbreaking". It said: "The WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies." It added: "The growth that we have seen in case numbers is really, truly astonishing."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Oxygen Aid - Level 0 Oxygen Aid - Level 1   or  Oxygen Aid - Level 2

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


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. INDIA : Students walk around the class and talk to other students about India. 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?
       countries / oxygen / billion / struggling / health system / hospitals / virus / India /
       urgent / the past year / pandemic / nationality / heartbreaking / equipment / growth
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LOCKDOWN: Students A strongly believe the whole world should lock down for a month; Students B strongly believe this isn't necessary. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PANDEMIC: How good or bad are these ways of keeping safe in a pandemic? What do you do? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good? / Bad?

What You Do

Hand washing

 

 

Mask wearing

 

 

Social distancing

 

 

Not touching shared surfaces

 

 

Ventilation

 

 

Not talking in public

 

 

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5. CRISIS: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "crisis". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important equipment needed in a pandemic at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Syringes
  • Alcohol
  • Masks
  • Soap
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Vaccines
  • Oxygen
  • Radios

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. current a. A sudden large increase.
      2. populous b. Trying very hard to get something in the face of difficulty.
      3. struggling c. Having a large number of people living somewhere.
      4. cope d. A machine to help people breathe.
      5. surge e. Happening or being used or done now.
      6. cylinder f. Deal effectively with something difficult.
      7. ventilator g. A container for gas under pressure.

    Paragraph 2

      8. urgent h. Saw or experienced something.
      9. witnessed i. Giving negative comments or judgments.
      10. regard j. Extremely surprising or impressive; amazing.
      11. collectively k. Attention to or concern for something.
      12. critical l. Ready to move quickly to any place it is needed.
      13. mobile m. As a group; as a whole.
      14. astonishing n. Of a state or situation requiring immediate action or attention.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Every country is sending oxygen to India.     T / F
  2. More than 1.3 billion people live in India.     T / F
  3. India has the second largest number of daily cases of any country.     T / F
  4. Hospitals are turning people away despite having enough beds.     T / F
  5. A government spokesperson said the virus was a cross-border threat.     T / F
  6. The spokesperson said we must all act together.     T / F
  7. The WHO said it was doing all it could.     T / F
  8. The WHO said the rise in case numbers wasn't true.     T / F

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

  1. world
  2. current
  3. surge
  4. cope
  5. arranged
  6. witnessed
  7. threat
  8. collectively
  9. critical
  10. truly
  1. together
  2. increase
  3. organized
  4. danger
  5. manage
  6. honestly
  7. present
  8. important
  9. seen
  10. globe

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

  1. India is the world's second most
  2. It is currently struggling to cope
  3. There are over 300,000 new
  4. India's health system can no
  5. hospitals are turning
  6. this pandemic is a trans-
  7. we must work collectively
  8. the situation in India was
  9. providing critical equipment
  10. The growth that we have seen in
  1. cases every day
  2. "beyond heartbreaking"
  3. away people with the virus
  4. and supplies
  5. populous country
  6. case numbers
  7. with its latest surge
  8. boundary threat
  9. longer cope
  10. to support each other

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
run
pandemic
cope
deliver
sending
turning
populous
daily

Many countries around the world are (1) _____________________ oxygen to India. This is because of India's current COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most (2) _____________________ country, with over 1.3 billion people. It is currently struggling to cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus (3) _____________________. There are over 300,000 new cases every day - the largest number of (4) _____________________ cases ever experienced by any country. India's health system can no longer (5) _____________________. There are not enough beds, and hospitals are (6) _____________________ away people with the virus. They have also (7) _____________________ out of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders to India. India's government has also arranged for Amazon to (8) _____________________ 100 ventilators.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
race
laboratory
urgent
beyond
growth
past
equipment
support

A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained how (9) _____________________ it was to help India. He said: "We have all witnessed in the (10) _____________________ year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary threat. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or (11) _____________________. This is exactly why we must work collectively to (12) _____________________ each other." The WHO said the situation in India was "(13) _____________________ heartbreaking". It said: "The WHO is doing everything we can, providing critical (14) _____________________ and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospitals and (15) _____________________ supplies." It added: "The (16) _____________________ that we have seen in case numbers is really, truly astonishing."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) This is because of India's current ______
     a.  COVID-19 cry sis
     b.  COVID-19 cries is
     c.  COVID-19 crisis
     d.  COVID-19 cries sis
2)  India is the world's second most ______
     a.  pop alas country
     b.  popular alas country
     c.  population country
     d.  populous country
3)  It is currently struggling to cope with ______
     a.  its latest sarge
     b.  its latest surge
     c.  its latest splurge
     d.  its latest urge
4)  India's health system can ______
     a.  no longer cope
     b.  no longer mope
     c.  no longer nope
     d.  no longer rope
5)  India's government has also arranged for Amazon to ______
     a.  deliver 100 vent elates
     b.  deliver 100 ventilation
     c.  deliver 100 ventilator
     d.  deliver 100 ventilators

6)  We have all witnessed in the past year how this pandemic is a ______
     a.  trans-bonding threat
     b.  trans-boundary treat
     c.  trans-boundary threat
     d.  trans-bound airy threat
7)  It gives no regard for country, ______
     a.  nationality, of race
     b.  nationality, on race
     c.  nationality, or race
     d.  nationality, all race
8)  The WHO said the situation in India was ______
     a.  behind heartbreaking
     b.  beyond heartbreaking
     c.  be yonder heartbreaking
     d.  be bond heartbreaking
9)  doing everything we can, providing critical ______
     a.  equipment and suppliers
     b.  equip meant and supplies
     c.  equip mint and supplies
     d.  equipment and supplies
10)  The growth that we have seen in case numbers is ______
     a.  really, truly astonishing
     b.  real, truly astonishing
     c.  really, true astonishing
     d.  real, true astonishing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many countries around the world (1) ____________________ to India. This is because of India's current COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most populous country, with over 1.3 billion people. It (2) ____________________ to cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic. There are over 300,000 new cases every day - the largest (3) ____________________ cases ever experienced by any country. India's health system can no longer cope. There are (4) ____________________, and hospitals are turning away people with the virus. They have also (5) ____________________ oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders to India. India's government has also arranged for Amazon (6) ____________________ ventilators.

A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained how (7) ____________________ to help India. He said: "We have all witnessed in the past year how this pandemic (8) ____________________ threat. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or race. This (9) ____________________ we must work collectively to support each other." The WHO said the situation in India (10) ____________________. It said: "The WHO is doing everything we can, (11) ____________________ and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies." It added: "The growth that we have seen (12) ____________________ is really, truly astonishing."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where on the list of most populous countries is India?
  2. How many people are there in India?
  3. How many daily cases of COVID-19 is India having?
  4. What does the article say there are not enough of?
  5. Which two countries sent oxygen cylinders to India?
  6. Which country's spokesperson spoke the urgency to help India?
  7. What did the WHO say the situation was beyond?
  8. What kind of equipment is the WHO providing?
  9. What kind of hospitals is the WHO providing?
  10. What did the WHO call the growth in case numbers?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Where on the list of most-populous countries is India?
a) first
b) second
c) third
d) fourth
2)  How many people are there in India?
a) around 1.3 billion
b) fewer than 1.3 billion
c) more than 1.3 billion
d) exactly 1.3 billion
3)  How many daily cases of COVID-19 is India having?
a) more than 30,000,000
b) over three million
c) about 30,000
d) over 300,000
4)  What does the article say there are not enough of?
a) vaccines
b) hospital beds
c) doctors
d) syringes
5)  Which two countries sent oxygen cylinders to India?
a) Singapore and the UK
b) Singapore and the USA
c) the USA and the UK
d) China and Ecuador

6)  Which country's spokesperson spoke the urgency to help India?
a) Singapore
b) Ecuador
c) the UK
d)  China
7)  What did the WHO say the situation was beyond?
a) help
b) time
c) vaccines
d) heartbreaking
8)  What kind of equipment is the WHO providing?
a) technical equipment
b) second-hand equipment
c) critical equipment
d) useful equipment
9)  What kind of hospitals is the WHO providing?
a) A&E hospitals
b) army hospitals
c) city hospitals
d) mobile field hospitals

10)  What did the WHO call the growth in case numbers?
a) really worrying
b) truly astonishing
c) highly disturbing
d) extremely concerning

Role play

Role  A – Syringes
You think syringes are the most important things in a pandemic. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): masks, radios or hand sanitizer.

Role  B – Masks
You think masks are the most important things in a pandemic. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): syringes, radios or hand sanitizer.

Role  C – Radios
You think radios are the most important things in a pandemic. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): masks, syringes or hand sanitizer.

Role  D – Hand Sanitizer
You think hand sanitizer is the most important thing in a pandemic. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): masks, radios or syringes.

After reading / listening

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

'oxygen'

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  • and 'aid'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • urgent
    • past
    • exactly
    • race
    • can
    • growth
    • current
    • second
    • latest
    • any
    • enough
    • much




    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 - Oxygen Aid

    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 'oxygen'?
    3. What do you know of the crisis in India?
    4. How can the world help India?
    5. How is your country dealing with the COVID crisis?
    6. What happens when a health system can no longer cope?
    7. What advice do you have for India's leaders?
    8. What is the best way to deal with a surge in coronavirus cases?
    9. How useful are lockdowns during a pandemic?
    10. When do you think the pandemic will be over?

    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 ''?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How has coronavirus changed the world?
    5. How has coronavirus changed your life?
    6. How can we support each other better?
    7. What is the best thing Indians can do in the next few weeks?
    8. What can you do to help the people of India?
    9. What do you think the headlines will be in India in two weeks?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a COVID doctor?

    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)

    Many countries around the world are sending oxygen to India. This is because of India's (1) ____ COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most (2) ____ country, with over 1.3 billion people. It is currently struggling to cope with its latest (3) ____ in the coronavirus pandemic. There are over 300,000 new cases every day - the largest number of daily cases ever experienced by any country. India's health system can no (4) ____ cope. There are not enough beds, and hospitals are turning away people with the virus. They have also run (5) ____ of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders to India. India's government has also arranged (6) ____ Amazon to deliver 100 ventilators.

    A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained (7) ____ urgent it was to help India. He said: "We have all witnessed (8) ____ the past year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary threat. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or race. This is (9) ____ why we must work collectively to support each other." The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond heartbreaking". It said: "The WHO is doing (10) ____ we can, providing critical equipment and supplies, including thousands (11) ____ oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies." It added: "The growth that we have seen in case numbers is really, (12) ____ astonishing."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     presently     (b)     current     (c)     currant     (d)     presence    
    2. (a)     population     (b)     populous     (c)     populate     (d)     poplar    
    3. (a)     sarge     (b)     sage     (c)     saga     (d)     surge    
    4. (a)     lengthen     (b)     longer     (c)     longing     (d)     longs    
    5. (a)     up     (b)     in     (c)     down     (d)     out    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     for     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     how     (b)     that     (c)     which     (d)     thus    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     down    
    9. (a)     accurate     (b)     thorough     (c)     precise     (d)     exactly    
    10. (a)     everything     (b)     nothing     (c)     something     (d)     thing    
    11. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     up    
    12. (a)     truly     (b)     truth     (c)     true     (d)     truer

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. India's current COVID-19 isicrs
    2. India is the world's second most puoospul country
    3. It is currently glutgsring to cope
    4. its latest sgure in the coronavirus pandemic
    5. much-needed oxygen cedlrsiyn
    6. deliver 100 oanrietlvts

    Paragraph 2

    1. A Singapore Foreign Affairs peksporeossn
    2. explained how grnute it was to help India
    3. no regard for country, aitontaniyl, or race
    4. we must work toleiclclyev
    5. the situation in India was beyond gbrnrahkitaee
    6. field hospitals and laboratory lssppuie

    Put the text back together

    (...)  hospitals and laboratory supplies." It added: "The growth that we have
    (...)  A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained how urgent it was to
    (...)  struggling to cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic. There are over 300,000 new
    1  ) Many countries around the world are sending oxygen to India. This is because of India's current
    (...)  COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most populous country, with over 1.3 billion people. It is currently
    (...)  other." The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond heartbreaking". It said: "The WHO is doing everything we
    (...)  cases every day - the largest number of daily cases ever experienced by any country. India's health
    (...)  can, providing critical equipment and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field
    (...)  help India. He said: "We have all witnessed in the past year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary
    (...)  system can no longer cope. There are not enough beds, and hospitals are turning
    (...)  needed oxygen cylinders to India. India's government has also arranged for Amazon to deliver 100 ventilators.
    (...)  seen in case numbers is really, truly astonishing."
    (...)  away people with the virus. They have also run out of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-
    (...)  threat. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or race. This is exactly why we must work collectively to support each

    Put the words in the right order

    1. India   oxygen   .   world   the   sending   are   Countries   around
    2. second   is   most   world's   India   country   .   populous   the
    3. struggling   latest   its   to   surge   .   It's   with   cope
    4. ever   number   experienced   .   The   of   cases   largest   daily
    5. the   people   virus   .   with   away   turning   Hospitals   are
    6. explained   help   .   it   how   to   urgent   was   Osman
    7. the   past   in   We've   witnessed   this   year   .   all
    8. is   exactly   work   must   we   why   collectively   .   This
    9. beyond   was   heartbreaking   .   The   India   in   situation
    10. growth   in   cases   .   that   we   seen   The   have

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Many countries around the world are sending oxygen to India. This is because of India's current / currant COVID-19 crisis. India is the world's second most population / populous country, with over 1.3 billion people. It is currently struggling to coup / cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic. There are over 300,000 new cases every day / daily - the largest number of daily cases ever experienced by any / many country. India's health system can no longer cope. There are not plenty / enough beds, and hospitals are turning / tuning away people with the virus. They have also run out off / of oxygen. Singapore and the UK have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders at / to India. India's government has also arranged for Amazon to deliver / delivery 100 ventilators.

    A Singapore Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Dr Maliki Osman, explained why / how urgent it was to help India. He said: "We have all witness / witnessed in the past year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary threat / threaten. It gives no regard for country, nationality, or grace / race. This is exactly why we must work collectively to support each another / other." The WHO said the situation in India was "beyond / yonder heartbreaking". It said: "The WHO is doing everything we can, providing critique / critical equipment and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field / pitch hospitals and laboratory replies / supplies." It added: "The growth that we have seen in / on case numbers is really, truly astonishing."

    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

    many countries around the world are sending oxygen to india. this is because of india's current covid-19 crisis. india is the world's second most populous country, with over 1.3 billion people. it is currently struggling to cope with its latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic. there are over 300,000 new cases every day - the largest number of daily cases ever experienced by any country. india's health system can no longer cope. there are not enough beds, and hospitals are turning away people with the virus. they have also run out of oxygen. singapore and the uk have sent much-needed oxygen cylinders to india. india's government has also arranged for amazon to deliver 100 ventilators.

    a singapore foreign affairs spokesperson, dr maliki osman, explained how urgent it was to help india. he said: "we have all witnessed in the past year how this pandemic is a trans-boundary threat. it gives no regard for country, nationality, or race. this is exactly why we must work collectively to support each other." the who said the situation in india was "beyond heartbreaking". it said: "the who is doing everything we can, providing critical equipment and supplies, including thousands of oxygen concentrators, mobile field hospitals and laboratory supplies." it added: "the growth that we have seen in case numbers is really, truly astonishing."

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    ManycountriesaroundtheworldaresendingoxygentoIndia.Thisisbec
    auseofIndia'scurrentCOVID-19crisis.Indiaistheworld'ssecondmo
    stpopulouscountry,withover1.3billionpeople.Itiscurrentlystruggling
    tocopewithitslatestsurgeinthecoronaviruspandemic.Thereareover3
    00,000newcaseseveryday-thelargestnumberofdailycaseseverexpe
    riencedbyanycountry.India'shealthsystemcannolongercope.Therea
    renotenoughbeds,andhospitalsareturningawaypeoplewiththevirus.
    Theyhavealsorunoutofoxygen.SingaporeandtheUKhavesentmuch-
    neededoxygencylinderstoIndia.India'sgovernmenthasalsoarranged
    forAmazontodeliver100ventilators.ASingaporeForeignAffairsspoke
    sperson,DrMalikiOsman,explainedhowurgentitwastohelpIndia.Hes
    aid:"Wehaveallwitnessedinthepastyearhowthispandemicisatrans-
    boundarythreat.Itgivesnoregardforcountry,nationality,orrace.Thisi
    sexactlywhywemustworkcollectivelytosupporteachother."TheWHO
    saidthesituationinIndiawas"beyondheartbreaking".Itsaid:"TheWH
    Oisdoingeverythingwecan,providingcriticalequipmentandsupplies,i
    ncludingthousandsofoxygenconcentrators,mobilefieldhospitalsandl
    aboratorysupplies."Itadded:"Thegrowththatwehaveseenincasenu
    mbersisreally,trulyastonishing."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    The whole world needs to go on a serious month-long lockdown. 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. INDIA: Make a poster about India. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. LOCKDOWN: Write a magazine article about having a month-long global lockdown to rid the world of COVID-19. 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 India. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can help India during its COVID crisis. 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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