Listening .Skills. How to protect yourselves from coronavirus.
Type of the lesson: developing skills. Listening. Speaking.
Materials and equipment:
T: Hello! Nice to see (hear ) you again at our video-conference. I hope that you are fit and sound and you follow the safety measures to protect yourselves from COVID-19. Today we go on with the topic that is very important now: COVID-19.
2 . Warm-up. Speech practice
T: You know, that the introduction of the quarantine was a severe measure, but it was inevitable. Why, can anybody comment?
S1: I will try. We, students, are used to staying on a quarantine. It happens every year. Any class, a school , a town can be sent home to prevent the spread of an infectious disease. But this year’s quarantine is something very different from anything I’ ve experienced in my whole life.
T: The same is true with me. Moreover, even specialists in medical field state that they cannot remember of a pandemic of such a scale in a period of, say, one hundred years.
S2: I would like to add a few words. The longest quarantine I can remember was about two months, but it was in two, so- to -say, sessions. Besides, not all the forms of our school stopped studies at once. The maximum period of the whole school breaking up for the quarantine was about three weeks. Unfortunately, we had to study longer that year, and the vacations were shorter. I didn’t like that.
T: Why? Can you justify your answer?
S2: At first I was glad to stay at home and enjoy my free time, but I couldn’t organize myself without some outer motivation. I did not revise the material. So it was difficult for me to go on with my studies after the quarantine finished.
T: Do you think it was necessary to stay at home?
S1: Yes. It was important not to spread the disease.
S3: Of course, it was. Only few students of our class fell ill with a flu. If we went on attending school, there would be more sick people.
T: But let us stick to the point. Today we are going to practice listening and watching, as well. What is more important, we have to consolidate our knowledge about safety measures to prevent the spread of a terrible disease.
T: We are to watch a short educational video about COVID -19. It is available on YouTube . Its title is Safety Measures For CORONAVIRUS . The episode was designed specially for the children of your age to give you advice on what to do during the quarantine.
Let me introduce some new words. I believe that you know them already. But they can be used in another context or be a part of speech different from the one you have learnt.
To make the task more challenging, I have written down the words and the definitions in two columns, but they are mixed. Try to match the words with their definitions.
<Ss complete the task and present their answers>
< An option for a lesson in class – to work in groups. The group that completes the task the first, wins a bonus>
The keys: 1-G; 2- A; 3- K; 4- D; 5- C; 6 – E; 7- H; 8 – I; 9 – J; 10 – F; 11 – B.
T: Well done. And now let’s do some pre-listening work. You know, that listening is one of the most challenging tasks, as we do not have much live communication with the native speakers. But we can manage successfully, if we are not afraid. We have to set the priorities and read the task attentively. There are different tasks for listening, the most common are:
Some advice for any listening task is to make the outmost of the title of the test and the tasks. As a rule, the questions themselves contain at least 40-50 % of the answer. They are to direct you while listening. So, the perfect strategy before listening is studying the questions and trying to predict the correct answer. Very often we have the variants ( so called ‘distractors’, or True –False questions). Sometimes we can answer the questions even before listening. But be attentive ! Sometimes what is said by the speakers is disputable. But we have to grasp the speaker’s point of view and not to substitute it with the correct information or your personal opinion.
Choose T(true) or F(false)
7. A few simple safety measures will help you defeat Coronavirus…..
8. You don’t need to worry if you have a mild fever, cough and sneeze…..
9. If infected you have to take your medicines on time…
T: These questions are quite easy and the answers can be given using just common sense and your experience. But mind questions #4 and # 13. We have to hear and understand the speaker’s point of view. Some specialists consider COVID to be a terrible disease, the others think that the virus is inside any of us and we can co-exist with it.
<Ss watch for the first time and write down the answers in their leaflets>
T: Now have a look at more challenging task: the multiple choice –questions.
The infected person can have :
17.While coughing or sneezing you should(you can tick 1-2 answers)
D.Use a tissue
22.What was NOT mentioned?
In the video it was said that you must share the information with your….
23..What was NOT mentioned?
The advice for those who want to defeat Coronavirus is:
24.Another name for Coronavirus
( as a disease) is….
25. Choose two answers:
People that….do not pose a risk of infection
26. People have survived the pandemics of all those illnesses except…
T: You have completed the tasks. Congratulations! Well done. What was the most challenging task for you?
S1: Personally for me it was question # 24, as I hadn’t known the difference between the two terms.
S2: AS for me, it was question # 25, as I had been afraid of being in contact with the people who were infected with the virus. Now I know that those who completed the quarantine, are safe to communicate with.
S3: For me it was difficult to remember some details of visit to the doctor: what should be first – call a doctor or stay at home. How could you see a doctor if you experience fever, can’t speak and can’t go to the doctor by public transport?
S4: I am about criticizing the advice of question # 23. “Do not worry”, “Stay calm” would not help much. You should wear a mask, stay at home, wash your hands –that’s much more informative. But I enjoyed learning the biological aspects and the history of the disease. Thanks a lot.
T: thanks for your work. I believe you learnt a lot during today’s lesson. You will get excellent marks.
T: Your home-task will be to make a quiz about another serious disease (5-10 questions) and present it to your classmates at the next lesson.
T: Bye! Take care ! Stay at home!
Safety measures for preventing CORONA VIRUS spread
As we know, the majority of confirmed cases of coronavirus disease - a. k. a. COVID-19 has been reported from Mainland China.
The notorious virus has managed to spread its leg to many other countries and regions around the globe.
While the scientific community is trying their level best to find a cure for this disease, its’ expansion can following specific safety measures by us.
Let us have a look at the steps we need to take to defeat coronavirus and protect ourselves and our loved ones and the world.
We have already learned about that coronavirus outbreak in our previous video. Most people infected by COVID-19 experience mil fever and manage to recover in some time, but it can be more severe for others. And the main concern with this virus is that it is constantly looking for a new host to execute its evil plans. But worry not, my friends. With a few simple steps we can easily defeat this disease and spoil its wicked intentions by doing the following.
First, although that may sound harsh, please try to avoid any close contact with people who are sick, especially those suffering from fever, cough, cold or acute respiratory infection. Or, if you are the one suffering from any of the mentioned sicknesses, make sure to visit your doctor ASAP, and share the information about your recent travel, if any, and, after that, take your medicines on time, and do stay at home until you are completely cured. And in case anyone has been confirmed infected by this virus, please make sure to wear a face mask and prevent the spread of this disease to others.
The next strep you should undertake is while coughing and sneezing cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow like this, or best, it is always advisable to use a tissue. But make sure to discard a used tissue into a closed dustbin so that any virus has no room to escape into the open environment. The next very important thing you must do is wash your hands often with warm and soapy water for at least 40 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing and sneezing, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth after that.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, that is easily available at the market.
And, lastly , help your parents to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. And, if you are still confused about where to start, the easiest thing you can do is by sharing this video with your friends, family and teachers so that together we can fight this terrible disease and bring things back to normal like before.
Did you know viruses, and the diseases they cause often have different names?
Yes, people usually know the name of a disease, but not the name of the virus that causes it.
The official name for the coronavirus disease is COVID-19, and for the virus is severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS- CoV.
Also, the good news is, someone who has been completely quarantined or has been released from isolation , does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
Remember, my friends, humanity has been through a lot of epidemics, since its inception, such as plagues, swine flu, bird flu, etc. But in the end, we have always come together and risen up as a stronger force and managed to beat these diseases. So, even now, all we need to do is help each other by spreading awareness about these small steps , stay calm, do not worry , and , as history has shown , this too shall pass.
Hope you learned a lot from today’s episode.
Until next time!