listening: Can you save the world? computer game teaching children about social distancing

Listen to the extract and, using the information you have heard, fill in the gaps with up to six words (from 1 word to a maximum of 6 words).  You can listen to the extract twice.

Source

Can you Save the World- exercises- pdf

You can read the transcript here. 

If you are curious about it, you can play the game here. 

Further reading:

Listening comprehension: changes to lifestyles due to the coronavirus pandemic

Listen to these three clips. For each question (1-6) choose the best answer (a, b or c). You can listen to each clip twice:

Listening: the impact of COVID-19 on book publishers

Listen to an interview with an executive of a well-known publishing house, where he discusses the impact of bookshop closures on the publishing business.

Before you listen, think about what your answers to these questions would be, off the top of your head:

  • Do publishers rely heavily on physical shops for their book sales, or is the online market more substantial?
  • What book genres are selling well at the moment?
  • Are new books scheduled to be launched in the near future?
  • Is there going to be a new crop of writers emerging from lockdown?

[Your predictions may not be right. However, they can help you spot the right information when it comes up during the interview- you may become more alert to specific data or key words if you are waiting for them to appear to check whether your prediction was right or wrong].

Now, listen to the interview.  Take notes to answer the questions above. You can listen to the extract twice.

You can read the transcript here

Speaking- Environmental concerns and ‘the new normal’

You can find below some speaking activities to discuss environmental issues. One of them is aimed at discussing the extent to which environmental awareness still has a place in the context of the pandemic. How are governments (and citizens) going to juggle the measures taken to curb the impact of climate change and those needed to stop the spread of the virus?

Click on any of the screenshots to download the activity sheets:

How GCSE and A-level grades are going to be awarded in 2020

England has already announced how GCSE and A-level grades are going to be awarded this year. Listen to this report to find out more:

Transcript:

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Glossary:

Further info:

Exam regulator unveils GCSE and A-level plans for coronavirus crisis

Speaking points: 

  • How do you feel about this decision? Can you weigh the pros and cons? 
  • In your view, how are grades going to be awarded in Spain to primary school pupils? To secondary students? 
  • Could these measures be applied to students sitting the EBAU/EVAU exams this year? 

 

Entertainment while under lockdown- Speaking/mediation activities

These days, plenty of world-famous artists are livestreaming impromptu concerts from home through social media; theatres are streaming older productions for free…Is this going to have a long-lasting effect on the way entertainment is produced and consumed?

Here you can find some speaking activities as well as a mediation activity on the subject:

SPEAKING: 

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MEDIATION IN WRITING:

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These are some of the examples mentioned in the activities:

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Mediation: talking about data in graphs and charts- examples

(Updated 4.3.20)

These days lots of figures and data are being used in the media to refer to the scale of the pandemic. If you have to mediate this information for somebody else in English, you may need this vocabulary:

vocabulary to talk about charts, graphs and diagrams

Here are some examples taken from Spanish and British sources:

Download the slides in the video here

You can also read this article:

Click on the screenshot to read the annotated article

Source

Or listen to these clips:

With the number of deaths in the UK rising sharply over the last 24 hours, testing of frontline NHS staff is to start next week. 

  • *frontline staff/workers:
  • *NHS: National Health Service (=Seguridad Social in Spain)
  • *is to start: is going to start
Source

Tests to determine whether frontline NHS staff have coronavirus are expected to begin this weekend, following prolonged criticism from health workers. Staff who are found to be negative will be able to continue working as the number of patients continues to surge

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The Government has set out plans to increase significantly the number of tests for coronavirus. The aim is to carry out 100,000 per day by the end of the month. 

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Transcript

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Two of the most commonly used terms these days are flatten the curve and reach the peak. You have some more information about them here (download the pdf file here).

Remember: