The Reading / Listening - Courage - Level 1

The UK Queen has given the country's highest award to its National Health Service (NHS) - a George Cross. This is a special medal for heroism. It is for the heroic efforts doctors, nurses and care staff made during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen gave the award "with great pleasure, on behalf of a grateful nation". She added: "In recent times, you have supported the people of our country with courage, compassion and dedication."

Many NHS workers are happy with the award. However, many others want a pay rise. The NHS has been on the front line in the fight against COVID-19, but the government only gave workers a 1% increase. There were protests over the weekend for better pay. A doctor said: "We demand...fair pay." A workers' union leader said: "The best way to show appreciation for health workers who have gone 'above and beyond' is to give them a decent pay rise."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Courage - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the country's highest
  2. a special medal
  3. heroic
  4. doctors, nurses
  5. The Queen gave the award
  6. on behalf
  7. In recent
  8. compassion and
  1. of a grateful nation
  2. dedication
  3. and care staff
  4. times
  5. award
  6. efforts
  7. for heroism
  8. with great pleasure

Paragraph 2

  1. workers are happy
  2. many others want
  3. The NHS has been
  4. the fight
  5. We demand fair
  6. The best way to show
  7. workers who have gone above
  8. give them a decent
  1. appreciation
  2. pay
  3. pay rise
  4. a pay rise
  5. and beyond
  6. against COVID-19
  7. with the award
  8. on the front line

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK Queen (1) ___________________ country's highest award to its National Health Service (NHS) - a George Cross. This is a (2) ___________________ heroism. It is for the heroic efforts doctors, nurses (3) ___________________ made during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen gave the award "(4) ___________________, on behalf of a grateful nation". She added: "(5) ___________________, you have supported the people of our (6) ___________________, compassion and dedication."

Many NHS workers are happy (7) ___________________. However, many others want (8) ___________________. The NHS has been on the (9) ___________________ the fight against COVID-19, but the government only gave workers a 1% increase. There were protests over the weekend (10) ___________________. A doctor said: "We demand...fair pay." A workers' union leader said: "The best (11) ___________________ appreciation for health workers who have gone (12) '___________________' is to give them a decent pay rise."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKQueenhasgiventhecountry'shighestawardtoitsNationalHealt
hService(NHS)-aGeorgeCross.Thisisaspecialmedalforheroism.Itisf
ortheheroiceffortsdoctors,nursesandcarestaffmadeduringthecoron
aviruspandemic.TheQueengavetheaward"withgreatpleasure,onbeh
alfofagratefulnation".Sheadded:"Inrecenttimes,youhavesupported
thepeopleofourcountrywithcourage,compassionanddedication."Ma
nyNHSworkersarehappywiththeaward.However,manyotherswanta
payrise.TheNHShasbeenonthefrontlineinthefightagainstCOVID-1
9,butthegovernmentonlygaveworkersa1%increase.Therewereprot
estsovertheweekendforbetterpay.Adoctorsaid:"Wedemand...fairpa
y."Aworkers'unionleadersaid:"Thebestwaytoshowappreciationforh
ealthworkerswhohavegone'aboveandbeyond'istogivethemadecent
payrise."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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