The Reading / Listening - Blood - Level 1

Scientists in the UK have found a way to mass produce blood. The blood is good enough to give to hospital patients. The old way of making blood in a laboratory was very slow. It was difficult to make a lot of blood and it was very expensive. The new way means scientists can make an "unlimited" amount" of blood. A researcher said: "We have [shown] a [workable] way to sustainably manufacture red cells."



Another researcher told reporters his team now needs the technology to mass produce blood. He said that would be a challenge. He said that at first, his team would produce only rare types of blood. He said these are difficult to find with usual blood donations. He said: "The first…of [our] red cell product is likely to be for patients with rare blood groups, because suitable…red blood cell donations can be difficult to [find]."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Blood - Level 0 Blood - Level 2   or  Blood - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-39354627
  • http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14750
  • http://www.onmedica.com/newsArticle.aspx?id=80fff617-337c-475f-a65d-59c76b4cab0d


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. a way to mass
  2. The blood is good
  3. hospital
  4. making blood in a laboratory
  5. It was difficult to
  6. it was very
  7. make an "unlimited" amount"
  8. sustainably manufacture
  1. make a lot of blood
  2. of blood
  3. enough
  4. red cells
  5. produce blood
  6. was very slow
  7. patients
  8. expensive

Paragraph 2

  1. his team now
  2. mass
  3. He said that would
  4. produce only rare types
  5. blood
  6. likely to be for
  7. rare blood
  8. difficult to
  1. groups
  2. needs the technology
  3. of blood
  4. find
  5. patients
  6. be a challenge
  7. produce blood
  8. donations

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ have found a way to mass produce blood. The (2) ___________________ enough to give to hospital patients. The (3) ___________________ making blood in a laboratory was very slow. It was difficult to make a lot of blood (4) ___________________ very expensive. The new way means scientists (5) ___________________ "unlimited" amount" of blood. A researcher said: "We have [shown] a [workable] way to sustainably (6) ___________________ cells."

Another researcher told reporters (7) ___________________ needs the technology (8) ___________________ produce blood. He said that would be a challenge. He said (9) ___________________, his team would produce only rare types of blood. He said (10) ___________________ to find with usual blood donations. He said: "The first…of [our] red cell product is (11) ___________________ for patients with rare blood groups, because suitable…red blood cell donations (12) ___________________ to [find]."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsintheUKhavefoundawaytomassproduceblood.Thebloodisg
oodenoughtogivetohospitalpatients.Theoldwayofmakingbloodinala
boratorywasveryslow.Itwasdifficulttomakealotofbloodanditwasver
yexpensive.Thenewwaymeansscientistscanmakean"unlimited"amo
unt"ofblood.Aresearchersaid:"Wehave[shown]a[workable]waytos
ustainablymanufactureredcells."Anotherresearchertoldreportershis
teamnowneedsthetechnologytomassproduceblood.Hesaidthatwoul
dbeachallenge.Hesaidthatatfirst,histeamwouldproduceonlyraretyp
esofblood.Hesaidthesearedifficulttofindwithusualblooddonations.H
esaid:"Thefirst…of[our]redcellproductislikelytobeforpatientswithra
rebloodgroups,becausesuitable…redbloodcelldonationscanbedifficu
ltto[find]."

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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