The Reading / Listening - Suntans - Level 1

Scientists have made a drug that copies how sunlight affects our skin. It tricks our skin into becoming darker. It gets our body to make melanin. Melanin is what gives our skin its colour. The scientists are from a hospital in the USA. They say their drug could be good for our health. It could stop skin cancer and slow down how old we look. Lots of sun can give us skin cancer. It can also make our skin look old and give us wrinkles.



The drug could give us a suntan without the Sun's harmful UV rays. UV rays damage our skin. They make light-skinned people turn red. Melanin darkens our skin so we look tanned. Melanin is our natural sunblock. It protects the skin from UV rays. A researcher said the drug could help fight skin cancer. This is the most common type of cancer. The researcher said melanin can, "lower [the] risk of all forms of skin cancer".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Suntans - Level 0 Suntans - Level 2   or  Suntans - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40260029
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/could-new-compound-give-you-suntan-without-sun
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/how-prevent-skin-cancer-drug-tans-skin-just-sun-without-risk-uv-damage-419018


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. Scientists have made
  2. how sunlight
  3. It tricks our skin into
  4. It gets our body
  5. Melanin is what gives
  6. slow down how
  7. It can also make
  8. give us
  1. old we look
  2. to make melanin
  3. wrinkles
  4. affects our skin
  5. our skin look old
  6. a drug
  7. our skin its colour
  8. becoming darker

Paragraph 2

  1. The drug could give
  2. without the Sun's
  3. UV rays damage
  4. They make light-skinned
  5. Melanin darkens
  6. Melanin is our natural
  7. This is the most common
  8. lower the risk of all
  1. type of cancer
  2. our skin
  3. our skin
  4. us a suntan
  5. forms of skin cancer
  6. people turn red
  7. harmful UV rays
  8. sunblock

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ drug that copies how sunlight affects our skin. It (2) ___________________ skin into becoming darker. It (3) ___________________ to make melanin. Melanin is what (4) ___________________ its colour. The scientists are from a hospital in the USA. They say their drug could be good (5) ___________________. It could stop skin cancer and slow down how old we look. Lots of sun can give us skin cancer. It can also (6) ___________________ look old and give us wrinkles.

The drug could (7) ___________________ without the Sun's harmful UV rays. UV rays (8) ___________________. They make light-skinned people turn red. Melanin (9) __________________ so we look tanned. Melanin (10) ___________________ sunblock. It protects the skin from UV rays. A researcher said the drug could help fight skin cancer. (11) ___________________ common type of cancer. The researcher said melanin can, "lower [the] risk (12) ___________________ skin cancer".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavemadeadrugthatcopieshowsunlightaffectsourskin.Ittr
icksourskinintobecomingdarker.Itgetsourbodytomakemelanin.Mel
aniniswhatgivesourskinitscolour.Thescientistsarefromahospitalinth
eUSA.Theysaytheirdrugcouldbegoodforourhealth.Itcouldstopskinc
ancerandslowdownhowoldwelook.Lotsofsuncangiveusskincancer.It
canalsomakeourskinlookoldandgiveuswrinkles.Thedrugcouldgiveu
sasuntanwithouttheSun'sharmfulUVrays.UVraysdamageourskin.Th
eymakelight-skinnedpeopleturnred.Melanindarkensourskinsowelo
oktanned.Melaninisournaturalsunblock.ItprotectstheskinfromUVra
ys.Aresearchersaidthedrugcouldhelpfightskincancer.Thisisthemost
commontypeofcancer.Theresearchersaidmelanincan,"lower[the]ris
kofallformsofskincancer".

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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