The Reading / Listening - Acid Attacks - Level 1

Police in London have 1,000 special kits to deal with acid attacks. The number of attacks is increasing. Two weeks ago, there were five different attacks on one night. The criminals wanted to steal the people's motorbikes. The number of crimes involving acid has doubled in London in three years. A plastic surgeon said the number of patients he treats for acid attacks has reached "epidemic" levels. He said there had been an "explosion" of attacks.



The acid attack kits have protective clothing and five-litre bottles of water. The rise in attacks could be because knives and guns are more difficult to get. Gangs are using acid instead because it is easy to buy and hide. A police spokesman spoke about the acid attacks. He said: "These are life-changing injuries." He added that the police are working hard to fight this crime. They are looking for a safer way to find acid on the streets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Acid Attacks - Level 0 Acid Attacks - Level 2   or  Acid Attacks - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/24/london-acid-attacks-police-given-1000-emergency-response-kits
  • http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/plastic-surgeons-facing-epidemic-of-acid-attacks-in-london-expert-says-a3594856.html
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-given-kits-to-tackle-acid-attacks-0wtrjmhn5


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 number of attacks is
  2. five different attacks
  3. The criminals wanted to steal the
  4. The number of crimes involving
  5. plastic
  6. the number of patients
  7. reached "epidemic"
  8. He said there had been an
  1. he treats
  2. increasing
  3. "explosion" of attacks
  4. on one night
  5. levels
  6. acid has doubled
  7. people's motorbikes
  8. surgeon

Paragraph 2

  1. protective
  2. five-litre bottles
  3. The rise
  4. guns are more
  5. Gangs are using
  6. it is easy to buy
  7. These are life-
  8. They are looking for a safer
  1. changing injuries
  2. difficult to get
  3. acid instead
  4. of water
  5. and hide
  6. in attacks
  7. way
  8. clothing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Police in London have 1,000 special (1) ___________________ with acid attacks. The number (2) ___________________ increasing. Two weeks ago, there were five different (3) ___________________ night. The criminals wanted to steal the people's motorbikes. The number of crimes involving acid (4) ___________________ London in three years. A plastic surgeon said the number of patients he (5) _________________ attacks has reached "epidemic" levels. He said there had been an (6) ___________________ attacks.

The acid attack kits have protective (7) ___________________ five-litre bottles of water. The (8) ___________________ could be because knives and (9) ___________________ difficult to get. Gangs are using acid instead because it is easy to buy and hide. A police spokesman (10) ___________________ acid attacks. He said: "(11) ___________________-changing injuries." He added that the police are working hard to fight this crime. They are looking for a safer way to (12) ___________________ the streets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PoliceinLondonhave1,000specialkitstodealwithacidattacks.Thenum
berofattacksisincreasing.Twoweeksago,therewerefivedifferentatta
cksononenight.Thecriminalswantedtostealthepeople'smotorbikes.T
henumberofcrimesinvolvingacidhasdoubledinLondoninthreeyears.
Aplasticsurgeonsaidthenumberofpatientshetreatsforacidattackshas
reached"epidemic"levels.Hesaidtherehadbeenan"explosion"ofattac
ks.Theacidattackkitshaveprotectiveclothingandfive-litrebottlesofw
ater.Theriseinattackscouldbebecauseknivesandgunsaremoredifficu
lttoget.Gangsareusingacidinsteadbecauseitiseasytobuyandhide.Ap
olicespokesmanspokeabouttheacidattacks.Hesaid:"Thesearelife-c
hanginginjuries."Headdedthatthepoliceareworkinghardtofightthiscr
ime.Theyarelookingforasaferwaytofindacidonthestreets.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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