The Reading / Listening - South Asia Floods - Level 4

UNICEF has warned that 16 million children are "in urgent need of life-saving support" after catastrophic flooding that has hit Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Up to a third of Bangladesh is under water. Around 45 million people have been badly affected. UNICEF said the floods have swept away the lives, homes, schools and loved ones of millions of children. It said the worst could still be to come as it rains more and the floods move south.



UNICEF said it was on the ground working with governments. It is increasing its responses to respond to the immediate needs of children and families. It said because of "massive damage to schools," hundreds of thousands of children may miss months of school. UNICEF said children must get back to school to establish, "a sense of stability for children during times of crisis and…a sense of normality when everything else is being turned upside down".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    South Asia Floods - Level 5 or  South Asia Floods - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=57455#.Wau7DIWi4qY
  • https://www.voanews.com/a/unicef-south-asia-floods-children/4012512.html
  • http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/flooding-south-asia-killed-1400-communities-brace/


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. in urgent need of life-
  2. catastrophic
  3. hit
  4. a third of Bangladesh is
  5. 45 million people have been
  6. lives, homes, schools and
  7. the worst could still
  8. the floods move
  1. badly affected
  2. saving support
  3. south
  4. flooding
  5. under water
  6. be to come
  7. Bangladesh
  8. loved ones

Paragraph 2

  1. UNICEF said it was on
  2. It is increasing
  3. respond to the immediate
  4. massive
  5. miss
  6. during times of
  7. a sense of
  8. everything else is being turned
  1. needs of children
  2. damage to schools
  3. upside down
  4. months of school
  5. normality
  6. the ground
  7. crisis
  8. its responses

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UNICEF has warned that 16 million children (1) ___________________ need of life-saving support" after (2) ___________________ that has hit Bangladesh, India and Nepal. (3) ___________________ of Bangladesh is under water. Around 45 million people have been (4) __________________. UNICEF said the floods have (5) ___________________ lives, homes, schools and loved ones of millions of children. It said the worst could still be to come as it rains more and the (6) ___________________.

UNICEF said it was on the (7) ___________________ with governments. It is increasing its responses to respond to the (8) ___________________ children and families. It said because of "(9) ___________________ to schools," (10) ___________________ of children may miss months of school. UNICEF said children must get back to school (11) ___________________ sense of stability for children during times of crisis and…a sense of normality when everything else is being (12) ___________________ ".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UNICEFhaswarnedthat16millionchildrenare"inurgentneedoflife-sav
ingsupport"aftercatastrophicfloodingthathashitBangladesh,Indiaan
dNepal.UptoathirdofBangladeshisunderwater.Around45millionpeop
lehavebeenbadlyaffected.UNICEFsaidthefloodshavesweptawaythel
ives,homes,schoolsandlovedonesofmillionsofchildren.Itsaidthewor
stcouldstillbetocomeasitrainsmoreandthefloodsmovesouth.UNICEF
saiditwasonthegroundworkingwithgovernments.Itisincreasingitsre
sponsestorespondtotheimmediateneedsofchildrenandfamilies.Itsai
dbecauseof"massivedamagetoschools,"hundredsofthousandsofchil
drenmaymissmonthsofschool.UNICEFsaidchildrenmustgetbacktosc
hooltoestablish,"asenseofstabilityforchildrenduringtimesofcrisisan
d…asenseofnormalitywheneverythingelseisbeingturnedupsidedow
n".

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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