The Reading / Listening - Nonuplets - Level 5

Most of us are familiar with the terms twins, triplets and quadruplets, but do we know the word for nine babies born at a single birth? The answer is nonuplets. A 25-year-old Malian woman, Halima Cisse, has given birth to nine babies. This is a new world record. The previous record was by an American woman who had eight babies (octuplets). People in Mali avidly followed Ms Cisse's pregnancy and wished her well. They were pleasantly surprised when doctors announced the nonuplets. After having scans, Ms Cisse was told she would have seven babies (septuplets).

Ms Cisse is in good health and her babies (five boys and four girls) were doing well. Mali's health minister congratulated her on the "happy outcome". He praised medical teams in Morocco, where Ms Cisse gave birth. He also thanked Mali's president for his "leadership and generosity" which helped Halima. It was a little touch-and-go in the early stages of the pregnancy. Gynecologists were concerned about Ms Cisse's welfare and the chances of her babies' survival. They asked a hospital in Morocco for help. They believed Ms Cisse would receive better pre- and postnatal care.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nonuplets - Level 4 or  Nonuplets - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56994408
  • https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2021/05/341463/malian-woman-gives-birth-to-nine-children-in-moroccan-hospital/
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/05/05/africa/mali-nine-babies-intl-scli/index.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Most of us are familiar
  2. twins, triplets
  3. nine babies born
  4. This is a new world
  5. eight babies
  6. People in Mali avidly followed
  7. They were pleasantly
  8. have seven babies
  1. record
  2. (septuplets)
  3. Ms Cisse's pregnancy
  4. with the terms
  5. surprised
  6. and quadruplets
  7. (octuplets)
  8. at a single birth

Paragraph 2

  1. Ms Cisse is in
  2. Mali's health
  3. It was a little touch-
  4. in the early stages
  5. concerned about
  6. the chances of her
  7. They asked a hospital
  8. receive better pre-
  1. and-go
  2. in Morocco for help
  3. of the pregnancy
  4. and postnatal care
  5. good health
  6. Ms Cisse's welfare
  7. babies' survival
  8. minister

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most of us (1) ___________________ the terms twins, triplets and quadruplets, but do we know (2) ___________________ nine babies born at a single birth? The answer is nonuplets. A 25-year-old Malian woman, Halima Cisse, has (3) ___________________ nine babies. This is a new world record. The (4) ___________________ by an American woman who had eight babies (octuplets). People in Mali avidly followed Ms Cisse's pregnancy and (5) ___________________. They were pleasantly surprised when doctors announced the nonuplets. After having scans, Ms Cisse was told she (6) ___________________ babies (septuplets).

Ms Cisse is (7) ___________________ and her babies (five boys and four girls) were doing well. Mali's health minister congratulated her on (8) ___________________. He praised medical teams in Morocco, where Ms Cisse gave birth. He also thanked Mali's president (9) ___________________ and generosity" which helped Halima. It was a little (10) ___________________ in the early stages of the pregnancy. Gynecologists were concerned about Ms Cisse's welfare and (11) ___________________ her babies' survival. They asked a hospital in Morocco for help. They believed Ms Cisse would receive better pre- (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Mostofusarefamiliarwiththetermstwins,tripletsandquadruplets,but
doweknowthewordforninebabiesbornatasinglebirth?Theanswerisno
nuplets.A25-year-oldMalianwoman,HalimaCisse,hasgivenbirthto
ninebabies.Thisisanewworldrecord.ThepreviousrecordwasbyanAm
ericanwomanwhohadeightbabies(octuplets).PeopleinMaliavidlyfoll
owedMsCisse'spregnancyandwishedherwell.Theywerepleasantlysu
rprisedwhendoctorsannouncedthenonuplets.Afterhavingsacns,MsC
issewastoldshewouldhavesevenbabies(septuplets).MsCisseisingoo
dhealthandherbabies(fiveboysandfourgirls)weredoingwell.Mali'she
althministercongratulatedheronthe"happyoutcome".Hepraisedmed
icalteamsinMorocco,whereMsCissegavebirth.HealsothankedMali'sp
residentforhis"leadershipandgenerosity"whichhelpedHalima.Itwas
alittletouch-and-gointheearlystagesofthepregnancy.Gynecologist
swereconcernedaboutMsCisse'swelfareandthechancesofherbabies'
survival.TheyaskedahospitalinMoroccoforhelp.TheybelievedMsCiss
ewouldreceivebetterpre-andpostnatalcare.

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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