The Reading / Listening - House Dust - Level 3

Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say that people should keep their house clean if they want to avoid putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some research on how dust affects mice. The researchers collected dust samples from 11 different houses and put them in the cells of mice. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create fat in their body. The scientists said that we breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…caused measurable effects."



The dust particles contained chemicals called EDCs. These can change or copy the body's hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire resistant. They are also added to some plastics, to make them bend more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaning products. The researchers said EDCs are everywhere in most houses. They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children are at a higher risk. EDCs also cause other health risks including creating learning disabilities in children. Studies have also shown that EDCs can raise the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess things we make that can make us unhealthy.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    House Dust - Level 0 House Dust - Level 1   or  House Dust - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/12/household-dust-makes-people-fat-groundbreaking-research-indicates/
  • http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/obesity-may-arise-in-part-from-household-dust/81254642
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318379.php


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. HOUSE DUST: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about house dust. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       dust / fat / putting on weight / scientists / samples / hormones / breathe / swallow /
       chemicals / hormones / plastics / cosmetics / packaging / health risks / unhealthy

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. NATURAL: Students A strongly believe we should only use things made from natural materials in our house; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. CLEAN: What is the best way to clean the house and keep it free from dust? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

The best way

Problems with this way

Carpets

 

 

Walls

 

 

Sofas

 

 

Kitchen sinks

 

 

Beds

 

 

Toilets

 

 

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5. WEIGHT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "weight". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. UNHEALTHY HOUSE: Rank these with your partner. Put the most unhealthy things in the house at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • damp
  • bacteria
  • bugs
  • asbestos
  • dust
  • electrical wiring
  • air conditioning
  • bathroom cleaners

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says dust helps keep the house clean.     T / F
  2. Researchers did tests on 11 different mice.     T / F
  3. Dust changed hormones in the mice and that made them fatter.     T / F
  4. A researcher said even 3 micrograms of dust called create effects.     T / F
  5. Dust particles contain chemicals called DECs.     T / F
  6. The article says older people are at greater risk from chemicals in dust.   T / F
  7. The chemicals in dust can help with fertility.     T / F
  8. The researchers said there was no need to assess chemicals in dust.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. avoid
  2. research
  3. affects
  4. create
  5. amounts
  6. contained
  7. cosmetics
  8. disabilities
  9. raise
  10. assess
  1. influences
  2. disorders
  3. quantities
  4. makeup
  5. produce
  6. keep away from
  7. evaluate
  8. increase
  9. tests
  10. included

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. people should keep their
  2. avoid putting
  3. They did some research on
  4. researchers collected dust
  5. we breathe in and swallow
  6. The dust particles contained
  7. make them fire
  8. food
  9. children are at a higher
  10. EDCs can raise the risk
  1. how dust affects mice
  2. risk
  3. samples
  4. chemicals called EDCs
  5. packaging
  6. house clean
  7. of cancer
  8. small amounts
  9. on weight
  10. resistant

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
samples
hormones
avoid
low
keep
breathe
cells
affects

Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say that people should (1) ____________ their house clean if they want to (2) ____________ putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some research on how dust (3) ____________ mice. The researchers collected dust (4) ____________ from 11 different houses and put them in the (5) ____________ of mice. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the (6) ____________ in the mice that create fat in their body. The scientists said that we (7) ____________ in and swallow small amounts of dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of dust as (8) ____________ as three micrograms…caused measurable effects."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bend
copy
risk
higher
unhealthy
chemicals
everywhere
learning

The dust particles contained (9) ____________ called EDCs. These can change or (10) ____________ the body's hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire resistant. They are also added to some plastics, to make them (11) ____________ more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaning products. The researchers said EDCs are (12) ____________ in most houses. They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children are at a (13) ____________ risk. EDCs also cause other health risks including creating (14) ____________ disabilities in children. Studies have also shown that EDCs can raise the (15) ____________ of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess things we make that can make us (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  people should keep their house clean if they want to avoid ______
     a.  putting in weight
     b.  put in on weight
     c.  put it on weight
     d.  putting on weight

2)  researchers collected dust samples from 11 different houses and put them in ______
     a.  the sells of mice
     b.  the cells of mice
     c.  the seals of mice
     d.  the souls of mice

3) scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create ______
     a.  fat in that body
     b.  fat in them body
     c.  fat in they body
     d.  fat in their body

4)  The scientists said that we breathe in and ______
     a.  swallowed small amounts
     b.  shallow small amounts
     c.  shallot small amounts
     d.  swallow small amounts

5)  Amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…caused ______
     a.  measure able effects
     b.  measurer able effects
     c.  measurable effect
     d.  measurable effects

6)  These can change or copy the ______
     a.  bodies hormones
     b.  body's hormone
     c.  bodies hormone
     d.  body's hormones

7)  EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them ______
     a.  fire resistant
     b.  fire resist ant
     c.  fires resistant
     d.  fired resistance

8)  They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children are ______
     a.  at a higher risky
     b.  at a higher risk
     c.  at a higher risked
     d.  at a higher risqué

9)  EDCs also cause other health risks including creating learning ______
     a.  disability in children
     b.  disabilities on children
     c.  disabilities in children's
     d.  disabilities in children

10)  The researchers said there was a "critical need" ______
     a.  to assess things
     b.  to assess thing
     c.  two assesses things
     d.  too assess things

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say house dust (1) ___________________ fat. They say that people should keep their house (2) ___________________ want to avoid putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some (3) ___________________ dust affects mice. The researchers collected dust samples from 11 different houses and put (4) ___________________ of mice. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that (5) ___________________ body. The scientists said that we breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of (6) ___________________ three micrograms…caused measurable effects."

The dust particles contained chemicals called EDCs. These can (7) ___________________ the body's hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire resistant. They (8) ___________________ to some plastics, to (9) ___________________ more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaning products. The researchers said EDCs are (10) ___________________ houses. They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children (11) ___________________ risk. EDCs also cause other health risks including creating learning disabilities in children. Studies have also shown that EDCs can raise the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" (12) ___________________ we make that can make us unhealthy.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did scientists say we should do to our house?
  2. Which university are the scientists from?
  3. From how many different houses did the scientists collect dust?
  4. What did scientists say dust changed in the bodies of mice?
  5. How much dust did the scientists say we breathe in?
  6. What is the name of the chemicals found in the dust?
  7. What do the chemicals allow plastics to do?
  8. Who did the scientists say was higher at risk from the chemicals?
  9. What can EDCs raise the risk of besides infertility?
  10. What kind of need did researchers say there was?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did scientists say we should do to our house?
a) weigh it
b) wash it
c) collect dust
d) keep it clean

2) Which university are the scientists from?
a) Earl
b) Duke
c) Prince
d) Viscount

3) From how many different houses did the scientists collect dust?
a) 9
b) 10
c) 11
d) 12

4) What did scientists say dust changed in the bodies of mice?
a) hormones
b) the heart
c) the legs
d) the lungs

5) How much dust did the scientists say we breathe in?
a) three micrograms
b) a lot
c) small amounts
d) 11

6) What is the name of the chemicals found in the dust?
a) CEDs
b) EDCs
c) DECs
d) ECDs

7) What do the chemicals allow plastics to do?
a) become dusty
b) break it
c) cover it
d) bend it

8) Who did the scientists say was higher at risk from the chemicals?
a) children
b) older people
c) researchers
d) dust experts

9) What can EDCs raise the risk of besides infertility?
a) sleeplessness
b) breathe
c) cancer
d) influenza

10) What kind of need did researchers say there was?
a) a big need
b) a critical need
c) a slight need
d) a healthy need

Role play

Role  A – Dust

You think dust is the unhealthiest thing in a house. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what isn't so bad about their things. Also, tell the others which is the least unhealthy of these (and why): electrical wiring, damp or bacteria.

Role  B – Electrical Wiring

You think electrical wiring is the unhealthiest thing in a house. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what isn't so bad about their things. Also, tell the others which is the least unhealthy of these (and why): dust, damp or bacteria.

Role  C – Damp

You think damp is the unhealthiest thing in a house. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what isn't so bad about their things. Also, tell the others which is the least unhealthy of these (and why): electrical wiring, dust or bacteria.

Role  D – Bacteria

You think bacteria is the unhealthiest thing in a house. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what isn't so bad about their things. Also, tell the others which is the least unhealthy of these (and why):  electrical wiring, damp or dust.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'house'

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  • and 'dust'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • copy
    • fire
    • food
    • health
    • raise
    • need
    • clean
    • how
    • 11
    • nine
    • breathe
    • three




    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 - House dust could make us fat

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'dust'?
    3. What do you think of dust?
    4. What do you do to get rid of dust in your house?
    5. What do you think of dust making you fatter?
    6. Where does dust come from?
    7. Should we wear a mask in the house?
    8. Do you worry about dust?
    9. How can we avoid dust?
    10. Can we develop dust-free houses?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'fat'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of doing the dusting
    5. Are there any good things about dust?
    6. Should we use sofas that don't create dust?
    7. Do we need to change the things we use to make things?
    8. Will you clean your house after reading this article?
    9. What other things in the house are harmful to us?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say that people should (1) ____ their house clean if they want to (2) ____ putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some research on how dust (3) ____ mice. The researchers collected dust samples from 11 different houses and put them in the (4) ____ of mice. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create fat in their body. The scientists said that we (5) ____ in and swallow small amounts of dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…(6) ____ measurable effects."

    The dust particles contained chemicals called EDCs. These can change or copy the body's hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire (7) ____. They are also added to some plastics, to make them (8) ____ more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaning products. The researchers said EDCs are everywhere in most houses. They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children are at a higher (9) ____. EDCs also cause other health risks including creating learning disabilities in children. Studies have also (10) ____ that EDCs can (11) ____ the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess things we make that can make (12) ____ unhealthy.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     kept     (b)     keep     (c)     keeps     (d)     keeping    
    2. (a)     avoiding     (b)     avoidance     (c)     evade     (d)     avoid    
    3. (a)     reflects     (b)     affects     (c)     reflects     (d)     effects    
    4. (a)     cell     (b)     ceiling     (c)     cells     (d)     cellars    
    5. (a)     breathe     (b)     breathy     (c)     breath     (d)     breathless    
    6. (a)     caused     (b)     cause     (c)     causal     (d)     cased    
    7. (a)     reluctance     (b)     resistance     (c)     reticence     (d)     resistant    
    8. (a)     bend     (b)     bind     (c)     band     (d)     bond    
    9. (a)     brisk     (b)     risk     (c)     risqué     (d)     risky    
    10. (a)     showing     (b)     showed     (c)     shown     (d)     shows    
    11. (a)     rise     (b)     arise     (c)     raise     (d)     risen    
    12. (a)     they     (b)     us     (c)     we     (d)     them

     

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )    fat in their body. The scientists said that we breathe in and swallow small amounts

    (    )    research on how dust affects mice. The researchers collected dust samples from 11 different

    (    )    fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create

    (    )    products. The researchers said EDCs are everywhere in most houses. They say the chemicals can affect

    (    )    The dust particles contained chemicals called EDCs. These can change or copy the body's

    (    )    of dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…caused measurable effects."

    (    )    our health, and that children are at a higher risk. EDCs also cause other health

    (    )    houses and put them in the cells of mice. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice

    1  )    Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say that people should keep their house clean

    (    )    if they want to avoid putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some

    (    )    to some plastics, to make them bend more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaning

    (    )     hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire resistant. They are also added

    (    )    cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess things we make that can make us unhealthy.

    (    )    risks including creating learning disabilities in children. Studies have also shown that EDCs can raise the risk of

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. research   mice   on   They   how   did   dust   some   affects   .
    3. 11   from   samples   dust   collected  Researchers   houses   different  .
    4. house  the   the  said  changed   in   Scientists  dust   hormones  mice  .
    5. low   as   dust   of   Amounts   micrograms   three   as   .
    6. dust   contained   called   The   particles   chemicals   EDCs   .
    7. to  added   are   They  more   bend  them   make  to  ,  plastics  some  .
    8. The   everywhere   researchers   in   said   most   EDCs   houses   are   .
    9. in   disabilities  learning   creating   including   risks   Health   children  .
    10. Researchers   was   need  things   there   critical  assess   said   a   to  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists say house dust could make us fat. They say / saying that people should keep their house clean if they want to evade / avoid putting on weight. The scientists are from Duke University in the USA. They did some research in / on how dust affects mice. The researchers collected dust samples / simples from 11 different houses and put them in the calls / cells of mice. Dust from nine of the house / houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create / creative fat in their body. The scientists said that we breathe on / in and swallow small amounts of dusty / dust. Researcher Dr Heather Stapleton said: "Amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…caused measures / measurable effects."

    The dust particles contained chemical / chemicals called EDCs. These can change or copy / copying the body's hormones. EDCs are found in sofas and carpets to / for make them fire resistant. They are also added to some plastics, to make them bend / bendy more, and in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaned / cleaning products. The researchers said EDCs are everywhere in must / most houses. They say the chemicals can affect our health, and that children are at / on a higher risk. EDCs also cause other health risks including / includes creating learning disabilities in children. Studies have also shown that EDCs can rise / raise the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess / recess things we make that can make us unhealthy.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_ d_st p_rt_cl_s c_nt__n_d ch_m_c_ls c_ll_d _DCs. Th_s_ c_n ch_ng_ _r c_py th_ b_dy's h_rm_n_s. _DCs _r_ f__nd _n s_f_s _nd c_rp_ts t_ m_k_ th_m f_r_ r_s_st_nt. Th_y _r_ _ls_ _dd_d t_ s_m_ pl_st_cs, t_ m_k_ th_m b_nd m_r_, _nd _n c_sm_t_cs, f__d p_ck_g_ng, _nd h__s_h_ld cl__n_ng pr_d_cts. Th_ r_s__rch_rs s__d _DCs _r_ _v_rywh_r_ _n m_st h__s_s. Th_y s_y th_ ch_m_c_ls c_n _ff_ct __r h__lth, _nd th_t ch_ldr_n _r_ _t _ h_gh_r r_sk. _DCs _ls_ c__s_ _th_r h__lth r_sks _ncl_d_ng cr__t_ng l__rn_ng d_s_b_l_t__s _n ch_ldr_n. St_d__s h_v_ _ls_ sh_wn th_t _DCs c_n r__s_ th_ r_sk _f c_nc_r _nd _nf_rt_l_ty. Th_ r_s__rch_rs s__d th_r_ w_s _ "cr_t_c_l n__d" t_ _ss_ss th_ngs w_ m_k_ th_t c_n m_k_ _s _nh__lthy.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    scientists say house dust could make us fat they say that people should keep their house clean if they want to avoid putting on weight the scientists are from duke university in the usa they did some research on how dust affects mice the researchers collected dust samples from 11 different houses and put them in the cells of mice dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter the scientists said house dust changed the hormones in the mice that create fat in their body the scientists said that we breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust researcher dr heather stapleton said "amounts of dust as low as three micrograms…caused measurable effects"

    the dust particles contained chemicals called edcs these can change or copy the bodys hormones edcs are found in sofas and carpets to make them fire resistant they are also added to some plastics to make them bend more and in cosmetics food packaging and household cleaning products the researchers said edcs are everywhere in most houses they say the chemicals can affect our health and that children are at a higher risk edcs also cause other health risks including creating learning disabilities in children studies have also shown that edcs can raise the risk of cancer and infertility the researchers said there was a "critical need" to assess things we make that can make us unhealthy

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Scientistssayhousedustcouldmakeusfat.Theysaythatpeopleshouldk
    eeptheirhousecleaniftheywanttoavoidputtingonweight.Thescientist
    sarefromDukeUniversityintheUSA.Theydidsomeresearchonhowdus
    taffectsmice.Theresearcherscollecteddustsamplesfrom11differenth
    ousesandputtheminthecellsofmice.Dustfromnineofthehousesmade
    themicefatter.Thescientistssaidhousedustchangedthehormonesint
    hemicethatcreatefatintheirbody.Thescientistssaidthatwebreathein
    andswallowsmallamountsofdust.ResearcherDrHeatherStapletonsai
    d:"Amountsofdustaslowasthreemicrograms…causedmeasurableeff
    ects."ThedustparticlescontainedchemicalscalledEDCs.Thesecancha
    ngeorcopythebody'shormones.EDCsarefoundinsofasandcarpetsto
    makethemfireresistant.Theyarealsoaddedtosomeplastics,tomakeit
    bendmore,andincosmetics,foodpackaging,andhouseholdcleaningpr
    oducts.TheresearcherssaidEDCsareeverywhereinmosthouses.They
    saythechemicalscanaffectourhealth,andthatchildrenareatahigherri
    sk.EDCsalsocauseotherhealthrisksincludingcreatinglearningdisabili
    tiesinchildren.StudieshavealsoshownthatEDCscanraisetheriskofcan
    cerandinfertility.Theresearcherssaidtherewasa"criticalneed"toasse
    ssthingswemakethatcanmakeusunhealthy.

    Free writing

    Write about house dust for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should only use natural things in our products and houses. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about house dust. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. HOUSE DUST: Make a poster about house dust. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. NATURAL: Write a magazine article about house dust and where it comes from. Write about using only natural products in the house. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on house dust. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on how to reduce dust. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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