The Reading / Listening - Courage - Level 0

The UK Queen gave a special award to Britain's National Health Service. She gave it a George Cross for the heroic efforts made by doctors and nurses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen gave the award "with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation". She said nurses supported people "with courage".

Many health workers are happy with the award. However, many others want a pay rise. The government gave them a 1% pay increase last year. A doctor said: "We demand...fair pay." A workers' union leader said the best way to thank health workers was to give them a pay rise.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Courage - Level 1 Courage - Level 2   or  Courage - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jul/05/queen-awards-george-cross-to-nhs-to-mark-70-years-of-public-service
  • https://uk.style.yahoo.com/queen-gives-courageous-dedicated-nhs-221400461.html
  • https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/health-unions-demand-better-nhs-workers-anniversary


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a special
  2. She gave it a George
  3. heroic
  4. made by doctors and
  5. during the coronavirus
  6. with great
  7. on behalf
  8. nurses supported people
  1. with courage
  2. efforts
  3. pandemic
  4. Cross
  5. of a grateful nation
  6. nurses
  7. award
  8. pleasure

Paragraph 2

  1. health
  2. happy
  3. many others
  4. The government gave them
  5. last
  6. We demand fair
  7. the best way to thank
  8. give them a pay
  1. with the award
  2. pay
  3. rise
  4. year
  5. health workers
  6. workers
  7. want a pay rise
  8. a 1% pay increase

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK Queen (1) ___________________ award to Britain's National Health Service. She (2) ___________________ George Cross for the (3) ___________________ by doctors and nurses during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen (4) ___________________ "with great (5) ___________________ of a grateful nation". She said nurses supported (6) ___________________.

Many health (7) ___________________ with the award. However, (8) ___________________ a pay rise. The government (9) ___________________ 1% pay increase last year. (10) ___________________: "We demand...fair pay." A workers' union leader said (11) ___________________ to thank health workers was to give them (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKQueengaveaspecialawardtoBritain'sNationalHealthService.S
hegaveitaGeorgeCrossfortheheroiceffortsmadebydoctorsandnurse
sduringthecoronaviruspandemic.TheQueengavetheaward"withgrea
tpleasure,onbehalfofagratefulnation".Shesaidnursessupportedpeo
ple"withcourage".Manyhealthworkersarehappywiththeaward.Howe
ver,manyotherswantapayrise.Thegovernmentgavethema1%payin
creaselastyear.Adoctorsaid:"Wedemand...fairpay."Aworkers'union
leadersaidthebestwaytothankhealthworkerswastogivethemapayris
e.

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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