The Reading / Listening - Bio-terrorism - Level 4

Bill Gates warned the world could be in danger from bio-terrorism. He said terrorist-made viruses could kill 30 million people in a year. Mr Gates was speaking at a security conference. He said there was a "reasonable" chance of a bio-terrorist attack in the next 15 years. He was surprised that few leaders are aware of this. He wants leaders to be more prepared. He asked for global "health security" to become a big part of government discussions and policies.



Mr Gates said the next epidemic could be made on a computer. A genetically engineered virus was easier to make and would be deadlier than nuclear bombs. He wants governments to prepare for epidemics like they do for war. He said there should be germ games, just like there are war games. He also urged the better monitoring of outbreaks, the development of vaccines within weeks rather than years, and better drugs, antibodies and diagnostics.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Bio-terrorism - Level 5 or  Bio-terrorism - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucelee/2017/02/19/bill-gates-warns-of-epidemic-that-will-kill-over-30-million-people/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/02/18/bill-gates-bioterrorism-could-kill-more-than-nuclear-war-but-no-one-is-ready-to-deal-with-it/
  • http://mashable.com/2017/02/18/bill-gates-bio-terrorism/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the world could
  2. terrorist-
  3. Gates was speaking at
  4. a "reasonable" chance
  5. in the
  6. surprised that few leaders
  7. He wants leaders
  8. global health
  1. a security conference
  2. security
  3. next 15 years
  4. to be more prepared
  5. are aware of this
  6. be in danger
  7. of a bio-terrorist attack
  8. made viruses

Paragraph 2

  1. the next epidemic could be
  2. a genetically
  3. be deadlier
  4. He wants governments to prepare
  5. germ games, just like there
  6. He also urged the better monitoring
  7. the development of vaccines
  8. better drugs, antibodies and
  1. are war games
  2. than nuclear bombs
  3. within weeks
  4. of outbreaks
  5. made on a computer
  6. for epidemics
  7. diagnostics
  8. engineered virus

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Bill Gates warned the world (1) ___________________ danger from bio-terrorism. He said terrorist-made viruses could kill 30 million people in a year. Mr Gates (2) ___________________ a security conference. He said there was a "reasonable" (3) ___________________-terrorist attack in the next 15 years. He was surprised that few leaders                                       (4) __________________. He wants leaders to (5) ___________________. He asked for global "health security" to become (6) ___________________ government discussions and policies.

Mr Gates said (7) ___________________ could be made on a computer. A genetically engineered virus was easier (8) ___________________ deadlier than nuclear bombs. He wants governments (9) ___________________ epidemics like they do for war. He said (10) ___________________ germ games, just like there are war games. He (11) ___________________ better monitoring of outbreaks, the development of vaccines (12) ___________________ than years, and better drugs, antibodies and diagnostics.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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idterrorist-madevirusescouldkill30millionpeopleinayear.MrGateswa
sspeakingatasecurityconference.Hesaidtherewasa"reasonable"cha
nceofabio-terroristattackinthenext15years.Hewassurprisedthatfe
wleadersareawareofthis.Hewantsleaderstobemoreprepared.Heask
edforglobal"healthsecurity"tobecomeabigpartofgovernmentdiscuss
ionsandpolicies.MrGatessaidthenextepidemiccouldbemadeonacom
puterAgeneticallyengineeredviruswaseasiertomakeandwouldbedea
dlierthannuclearbombs.Hewantsgovernmentstoprepareforepidemi
csliketheydoforwar.Hesaidthereshouldbegermgames,justlikethe
rearewargames.Healsourgedthebettermonitoringofoutbreaks,thed
evelopmentofvaccineswithinweeksratherthanyears,andbetterdrugs
,antibodiesanddiagnostics.

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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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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