The Reading / Listening - Courage - Level 2

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

Many NHS workers are happy they have been recognised. However, many others would prefer a pay rise. The NHS has been on the front line in the fight against COVID-19. There has been great public support for a pay rise for nurses, but the government only gave workers a 1% increase. There were over 60 protests over the weekend for better pay. A doctor said: "We demand funding for a safe NHS and 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 1   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. The Queen wrote a personal
  5. on behalf of a grateful
  6. This award recognises
  7. you have supported the people
  8. courage, compassion
  1. all NHS staff
  2. message
  3. and dedication
  4. for heroism
  5. of our country
  6. award
  7. nation
  8. efforts

Paragraph 2

  1. workers are happy they have been
  2. many others would
  3. The NHS has been on the front
  4. the fight
  5. There has been great public support
  6. The best way to show
  7. workers who have gone above
  8. give them a decent
  1. against COVID-19
  2. and beyond
  3. prefer a pay rise
  4. pay rise
  5. appreciation
  6. for a pay rise
  7. recognised
  8. line

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Queen in the UK (1) ___________________ country's highest award to its National Health Service (NHS). The NHS got a George Cross. This is a special (2) ___________________ and bravery. It is for the heroic efforts doctors, nurses and (3) ___________________ during the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen wrote (4) ___________________ to the NHS. She said she gave the award "with great pleasure, on behalf of (5) ___________________". She added: "This award recognises all NHS staff.... In recent times, you have supported the people of our (6) ___________________, compassion and dedication."

Many NHS workers (7) _________________ have been recognised. However, many others would (8) ___________________ rise. The NHS has been on the (9) ___________________ the fight against COVID-19. There has been great public support for a pay (10) ___________________, but the government only gave workers a 1% increase. There were over 60 protests over the weekend for better pay. A doctor said: "We (11) ___________________ a safe NHS and 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 (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheQueenintheUKhasgiventhecountry'shighestawardtoitsNational
HealthService(NHS).TheNHSgotaGeorgeCross.Thisisaspecialmedal
forheroismandbravery.Itisfortheheroiceffortsdoctors,nursesandcar
estaffmadeduringthecoronaviruspandemic.TheQueenwroteaperson
almessagetotheNHS.Shesaidshegavetheaward"withgreatpleasure,
onbehalfofagratefulnation".Sheadded:"ThisawardrecognisesallNHS
staff....Inrecenttimes,youhavesupportedthepeopleofourcountrywit
hcourage,compassionanddedication."ManyNHSworkersarehappyth
eyhavebeenrecognised.However,manyotherswouldpreferapayrise.
TheNHShasbeenonthefrontlineinthefightagainstCOVID-19.Thereha
sbeengreatpublicsupportforapayrisefornurses,butthegovernmento
nlygaveworkersa1%increase.Therewereover60protestsoverthewe
ekendforbetterpay.Adoctorsaid:"WedemandfundingforasafeNHSan
dfairpay."Aworkers'unionleadersaid:"Thebestwaytoshowappreciati
onforhealthworkerswhohavegone'aboveandbeyond'istogivethema
decentpayrise."

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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