The Reading / Listening - Air Quality - Level 3

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a shocking finding about the air we breathe. It has found that almost everyone on Earth breathes unhealthy air. The WHO made its air quality update ahead of World Health Day on April 7. The update reported that 99 per cent of the world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower- and middle-income countries breathe the poorest-quality air. Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. The WHO said: "After surviving a pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths...due to air pollution."

The WHO said its report highlighted the need to move away from fossil fuels. It asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy concerns highlight the importance of speeding up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high gas prices, energy security, the dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent on fossil fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, "the exclusive use of clean household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly networks".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Air Quality - Level 0 Air Quality - Level 1   or  Air Quality - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.who.int/news/item/04-04-2022-billions-of-people-still-breathe-unhealthy-air-new-who-data
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/99-worlds-population-breathes-poor-quality-air-83860782
  • https://www.ft.com/content/eb93b458-0bb2-4e93-ae5a-4da42e7bfe8d


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 :-)

Warm-ups

1. AIR QUALITY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about air quality. 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?
       WHO / shocking / air / breathe / unhealthy / population / income / pandemic /
       report / fossil fuels / transition / energy / change / cooking / heating / transport
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CLEAN: Students A strongly believe air will be cleaner in 50 years from now; Students B strongly believe it won't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ENERGY: What are the good and bad tings about these kinds of energy? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Natural gas

 

 

Solar

 

 

Wind

 

 

Nuclear

 

 

Biofuel

 

 

Coal

 

 

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5. BREATHE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "breathe". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ENERGY SAVING: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways to save energy at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Walk and cycle more
  • LED lights
  • Warmer clothes in winter
  • Fans, not A/C
  • Eat raw vegetables
  • Electric cars
  • Solar panels
  • Less fast fashion

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. announced a. Able to be stopped from happening.
      2. shocking b. A report or action of giving people the latest information about something.
      3. update c. The money a person or a country gets.
      4. exceed d. Told people about something (important).
      5. income e. Dirty air, water, oceans, etc.
      6. pollution f. Causing a feeling of great surprise.
      7. preventable g. Go above a limit.

    Paragraph 2

      8. fossil fuel h. Do something to make people more aware of it.
      9. reduce i. Totally needing someone or something.
      10. concern j. Inexpensive; reasonably priced.
      11. highlight k. Make smaller or lower.
      12. dependent l. Only about or using that one thing.
      13. exclusive m. A thing that people worry about.
      14. affordable n. A natural energy source, such as coal or gas.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says a WHO report on air quality is shocking.     T / F
  2. The WHO report looked at air quality in 117 cities.     T / F
  3. People who live in richer countries breathe the dirtiest air.     T / F
  4. The WHO said 7 million people die unnecessarily because of air pollution. T / F
  5. The WHO said governments needed to lower their use of fossil fuels.     T / F
  6. The WHO said a move away from fossil fuels would lower gas prices.     T / F
  7. The WHO made one recommendation.     T / F
  8. The WHO wants better places for people to walk and cycle.     T / F

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

  1. finding
  2. exceeds
  3. quality
  4. unacceptable
  5. due to
  6. highlighted
  7. concerns
  8. transition
  9. recommendation
  10. affordable
  1. change
  2. standard
  3. because of
  4. worries
  5. goes over
  6. suggestion
  7. discovery
  8. inexpensive
  9. unsatisfactory
  10. focused on

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

  1. a shocking finding about
  2. air that exceeds
  3. lower- and middle-income
  4. surviving a
  5. 7 million preventable deaths
  6. the need to move
  7. the world must be less dependent
  8. the exclusive use of clean
  9. affordable public
  10. cycle-
  1. WHO air quality limits
  2. transport systems
  3. pandemic
  4. friendly networks
  5. away from fossil fuels
  6. the air we breathe
  7. household energy
  8. due to air pollution
  9. on fossil fuels
  10. countries

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
data
unhealthy
diseases
update
due
breathe
poorest
limits

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a shocking finding about the air we (1) _____________________. It has found that almost everyone on Earth breathes (2) _____________________ air. The WHO made its air quality update ahead of World Health Day on April 7. The (3) _____________________ reported that 99 per cent of the world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality (4) _____________________. It looked at (5) _____________________ from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower- and middle-income countries breathe the (6) _____________________ -quality air. Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-related (7) _____________________. The WHO said: "After surviving a pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths... (8) _____________________ to air pollution."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
security
need
networks
exclusive
reduce
fossil
affordable
speeding

The WHO said its report highlighted the (9) _____________________ to move away from fossil fuels. It asked governments to do more to (10) _____________________ levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy concerns highlight the importance of (11) ___________________ up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high gas prices, energy (12) _____________________, the dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent on (13) _____________________ fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, "the (14) _____________________ use of clean household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and (15) _____________________ public transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly (16) _____________________".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) announced a shocking finding about the ______
     a.  air we breath
     b.  air we bleed
     c.  air we breathe
     d.  air we bathe
2)  99 per cent of the world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO ______
     a.  air qualify limits
     b.  air quality limits
     c.  air quantity limits
     d.  air quality limb its
3)  People living in lower- and middle-income countries breathe the ______
     a.  poor rest-quality air
     b.  poorest-quality year
     c.  poorest-quality tear
     d.  poorest-quality air
4)  Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-______
     a.  relate it diseases
     b.  related disease is
     c.  related diseases
     d.  relayed it diseases
5)  unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths due ______
     a.  two air pollution
     b.  tour pollution
     c.  to air pollution
     d.  tear pollution

6)  The WHO said its report highlighted the need to move away ______
     a.  from fossil fuels
     b.  from fossil feels
     c.  from fossil foals
     d.  from fossil fails
7)  highlight the importance of speeding up the transition to cleaner and ______
     a.  healthy are energy systems
     b.  hell there energy systems
     c.  healthier energy systems
     d.  healthier synergy systems
8)  The WHO report included many ______
     a.  recommendations fort change
     b.  recommendations for change
     c.  recommendations four change
     d.  recommendation for change
9)  Among these were the exclusive use of clean household ______
     a.  energy for cook king
     b.  energy for cook in
     c.  energy for cooking
     d.  energy fork cooking
10) safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and______
     a. cycle-friendly net works
     b. cycle-friend line networks
     c. cycle-friendly networks
     d. cycle-friend lie networks

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The World Health Organization (WHO) has (1) ____________________ finding about the air we breathe. It has found that almost everyone on Earth breathes unhealthy air. The WHO made its air (2) ____________________ of World Health Day on April 7. The update reported that 99 per cent of the world's population breathes (3) ____________________ WHO air quality limits. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower- and (4) ____________________ breathe the poorest-quality air. Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. The WHO said: "After (5) ____________________, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths... (6) ____________________ pollution."

The WHO said its report highlighted the need to move away (7) ____________________. It asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy (8) ____________________ importance of speeding up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that (9) ____________________, energy security, the dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent on fossil fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, "the exclusive (10) ____________________ household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and (11) ____________________ and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and (12) ___________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. Who does the WHO say breathes unhealthy air?
  2. What day is April 7?
  3. How many cities were part of the WHO air quality update?
  4. Where do people breathe the poorest-quality air?
  5. How many people might be alive if there was cleaner air?
  6. What does the WHO say we need to move away from?
  7. What does the WHO say we need to transition to?
  8. How many recommendations for change did the WHO make?
  9. What should clean energy be used for besides cooking and heating?
  10. Who should have friendlier networks besides cyclists?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Who does the WHO say breathes unhealthy air?
a) people who live near factories
b) all of us
c) people in developed countries
d) almost everyone on Earth
2) What day is April 7?
a) World Pollution Day
b) World Health Day
c) World Air Day
d) World Clean Air Day
3) How many cities were part of the WHO air quality update?
a) just under 6,000
b) around 6,000
c) exactly 6,000
d) over 6,000
4) Where do people breathe the poorest-quality air?
a) middle- and higher-income countries
b) middle-to-higher-income countries
c) lower- and middle-income countries
d) the lowest-income countries
5) How many people might be alive if there was cleaner air?
a) five to six million
b) six million
c) six to seven million
d) seven million

6) What does the WHO say we need to move away from?
a) cities
b) factories
c) fossil fuels
d) using 4WD cars
7) What does the WHO say we need to transition to?
a) cleaner energy systems
b) natural gas
c) solar power
d) electric cars
8) How many recommendations for change did the WHO make?
a) 22
b) a few
c) many
d) dozens
9) What should clean energy be used for besides cooking and heating?
a) solar power
b) lighting
c) cars
d) breathing
10) Who should have friendlier networks besides cyclists?
a) pedestrians
b) joggers
c) office workers
d) factory workers

Role play

Role  A – Walk and Cycle More
You think walking and cycling more is the best way to save energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): using fans instead of air conditioners, using solar panels or using electric cars.

Role  B – Use Fans and Not A/C
You think using fans instead of air conditioners is the best way to save energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): walking and cycling more, using solar panels or using electric cars.

Role  C – Solar Panels
You think using solar panels is the best way to save energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): using fans instead of air conditioners, walking and cycling more or using electric cars.

Role  D – Electric Cars
You think using electric cars is the best way to save energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): using fans instead of air conditioners, using solar panels or walking and cycling more.

After reading / listening

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

'air'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'breathe'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • announced
    • April
    • 99
    • 117
    • die
    • still
    • move
    • current
    • high
    • change
    • heating
    • networks

    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 - Air Quality

    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 'air'?
    3. What do you know about the WHO?
    4. What do you think about air?
    5. What's the air quality like where you live?
    6. How worried are you about air pollution?
    7. How does polluted air affect our health?
    8. Who suffers most because of poor air quality?
    9. How can we make our air quality better?
    10. Do you think we will need to buy oxygen one day?

    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 'breathe'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is air quality important?
    5. What do you think of fossil fuels?
    6. What is the best clean energy?
    7. Can you live without using fossil fuels?
    8. What will air quality be like in 25 years from now?
    9. Would you be happy to walk or cycle everywhere?
    10. What would you like to ask your government about air quality?

    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)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a (1) ____ finding about the air we breathe. It has found that almost everyone (2) ____ Earth breathes unhealthy air. The WHO made its air quality (3) ____ ahead of World Health Day on April 7. The update reported that 99 per cent of the world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality (4) ____. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower- and middle-income countries breathe the (5) ____-quality air. Millions of people die in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. The WHO said: "After surviving a pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths... (6) ____ to air pollution."

    The WHO said its report highlighted the (7) ____ to move away from fossil fuels. It asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy (8) ____ highlight the importance of speeding up the (9) ____ to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high gas prices, energy security, the dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent (10) ____ fossil fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, "the exclusive (11) ____ of clean household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-(12) ____ networks".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     shocking     (b)     shocked     (c)     shocker     (d)     shocks    
    2. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     date     (b)     dating     (c)     update     (d)     dated    
    4. (a)     limit     (b)     limitation     (c)     limited     (d)     limits    
    5. (a)     poverty     (b)     needy     (c)     poorest     (d)     faulty    
    6. (a)     because     (b)     due     (c)     for     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     necessary     (b)     need     (c)     needed     (d)     knead    
    8. (a)     worry     (b)     concerns     (c)     anxious     (d)     regarding    
    9. (a)     payment     (b)     social     (c)     transition     (d)     credit    
    10. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     exercise     (b)     manage     (c)     want     (d)     use    
    12. (a)     pal     (b)     happily     (c)     buddy     (d)     friendly

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. middle-neoimc countries
    4. because of pollution-related isesaesd
    5. After surviving a eadpnicm
    6. 7 million abeelperntv deaths

    Paragraph 2

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    3. be less enpedtdne
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    5. the eciveulxs use of clean household energy
    6. dntarepeis and cycle-friendly networks

    Put the text back together

    1  ) The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a shocking finding about the air we breathe. It has found that almost
    (...)  pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths...due to air pollution."
    (...)  limits. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living in lower-
    (...)  of speeding up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high
    (...)  The WHO said its report highlighted the need to move away from fossil fuels. It asked governments to
    (...)  everyone on Earth breathes unhealthy air. The WHO made its air quality update ahead of World Health Day on April 7. The update
    (...)  use of clean household energy for cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and affordable public
    (...)  do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy concerns highlight the importance
    (...)  on fossil fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change. Among these were, "the exclusive
    (...)  gas prices, energy security, the dangers of air pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent
    (...)  in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. The WHO said: "After surviving a
    (...)  and middle-income countries breathe the poorest-quality air. Millions of people die
    (...)  reported that 99 per cent of the world's population breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality
    (...)  transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly networks".

    Put the words in the right order

    1. air   the   breathe   .   finding   we   A   shocking   about
    2. Almost   on   Earth   breathes   unhealthy   air   .   everyone
    3. world's   that   population   exceeds   breathes   air   limits   .   The
    4. of   because   people   of   Millions   diseases   .   pollution-related   die
    5. million   deaths   due   air   pollution   .   to   Seven   preventable
    6. fossil   from   away   to   need   move   The   fuels   .
    7. up   speeding   the   transition   .   importance   Highlight   the   of
    8. must   fuels   .   less   be   We   on   dependent   fossil
    9. energy   clean   use   exclusive   The   cooking   .   for   of
    10. safe   transport   systems   .   Build   and   affordable   public

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has announcing / announced a shocking finding about the air we breath / breathe. It has found that almost everyone on Earth breathes unhealthy air. The WHO made its / fresh air quality update heading / ahead of World Health Day on April 7. The update reported that 99 per cent of the world's population / populated breathes air that exceeds / succeeds WHO air quality limits. It looked at data from over 6,000 cities in 117 countries. People living / lived in lower- and middle-income countries breathe the poorest-quality air. Millions of people dead / die in these countries because of pollution-related diseases. The WHO said: "After surviving / survival a pandemic, it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deaths...due for / to air pollution."

    The WHO said its reported / report highlighted the need to move away from fossil fuels. It asking / asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution. It said: "Current energy concern / concerns highlight the importance of speeding down / up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems." It added that high / increase gas prices, energy security, the dangers of air / aired pollution, and climate change mean the world must be less dependent on / in fossil fuels. The WHO report included many recommendations for change / chance. Among these were, "the exclusive use of clean household energy for / to cooking, heating and lighting," and to "build safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian- and cycle-friendly networks / network".

    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

    the world health organization who has announced a shocking finding about the air we breathe it has found that almost everyone on earth breathes unhealthy air the who made its air quality update ahead of world health day on april 7 the update reported that 99 per cent of the worlds population breathes air that exceeds who air quality limits it looked at data from over 6000 cities in 117 countries people living in lower and middleincome countries breathe the poorestquality air millions of people die in these countries because of pollutionrelated diseases the who said after surviving a pandemic it is unacceptable to still have 7 million preventable deathsdue to air pollution

    the who said its report highlighted the need to move away from fossil fuels it asked governments to do more to reduce levels of air pollution it said current energy concerns highlight the importance of speeding up the transition to cleaner and healthier energy systems it added that high gas prices energy security the dangers of air pollution and climate change mean the world must be less dependent on fossil fuels the who report included many recommendations for change among these were the exclusive use of clean household energy for cooking heating and lighting and to build safe and affordable public transport systems and pedestrian and cyclefriendly networks

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheWorldHealthOrganization(WHO)hasannouncedashockingfindin
    gabouttheairwebreathe.IthasfoundthatalmosteveryoneonEarthbre
    athesunhealthyair.TheWHOmadeitsairqualityupdateaheadofWorld
    HealthDayonApril7.Theupdatereportedthat99percentoftheworld'sp
    opulationbreathesairthatexceedsWHOairqualitylimits.Itlookedatdat
    afromover6,000citiesin117countries.Peoplelivinginlower-andmid
    dle-incomecountriesbreathethepoorest-qualityair.Millionsofpeople
    dieinthesecountriesbecauseofpollution-relateddiseases.TheWHOs
    aid:"Aftersurvivingapandemic,itisunacceptabletostillhave7millionp
    reventabledeaths...duetoairpollution."TheWHOsaiditsreporthighlig
    htedtheneedtomoveawayfromfossilfuels.Itaskedgovernmentstodo
    moretoreducelevelsofairpollution.Itsaid:"Currentenergyconcernshi
    ghlighttheimportanceofspeedingupthetransitiontocleanerandhealt
    hierenergysystems."Itaddedthathighgasprices,energysecurity,the
    dangersofairpollution,andclimatechangemeantheworldmustbeless
    dependentonfossilfuels.TheWHOreportincludedmanyrecommendat
    ionsforchange.Amongthesewere,"theexclusiveuseofcleanhousehol
    denergyforcooking,heatingandlighting,"andto"buildsafeandafforda
    blepublictransportsystemsandpedestrian-andcycle-friendlynetw
    orks".

    Free writing

    Write about air quality for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There is no way we can improve air quality around the world. 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. AIR QUALITY: Make a poster about air quality. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FINES: Write a magazine article about giving huge fines to governments who cannot control their air quality. 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 air quality. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to improve air quality. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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