You’re going to practise speaking about a current issue in world news. You’ll need a partner or teacher who can do the lesson with you – if you’re at home, you can talk to your partner by videolink.
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1. Create sentences using the following vocabulary, and say these to your partner (n = noun, v = verb).
2. Read the extract from an article (from the NPR website) and find a suitable word to fill in the blanks 1-8.
3. Read the original article from NPR here, and answer the following using the text:
- Why is there a lot of interest in the issue of when to end the lockdowns?
- Which social and economic effects of the virus are mentioned in the text?
- Who in the US is in disagreement with President Trump and the federal government?
- ‘You can’t replace lockdown with nothing’ – what does Dr. Mike Ryan suggest as an alternative?
- ‘We should be ready to change our behaviours’ – who has to change, and how?
4. Discuss these points with your partner:
- Is your country still on lockdown or are things starting to reopen?
- How has the lockdown affected your working environment?
- How has it affected your life outside work?
- Looking again at the WHO’s six conditions, what do governments need to do after the lockdown and what do the public need to do? Be as specific as you can!
- Is it better to reopen businesses and schools as soon as possible or is it better to be cautious?
- Is it fair to suggest that young people should be able to go out to work before older people are allowed to do so?
5. What is the world going to look like in a year’s time? Speak with your partner about the following:
- Working from home
- Music festivals/ other social events
- Anything else…
6. Watch this video up to 02:05. Compare your answers with the report by Angela Cox (from 7News Australia):
7. Listen again and complete these sentences:
- If you’ve been working from home, ____ ____ you may never go back to the office.
- Up to half of all those logging in from the lounge room will stay there, ____ ____ _____.
- Well, _____ _____ _____ teaching will still be the main way your kids get their education.
- We have soap, disinfectant _____ _____ _____ _____.
- Tap and go is now part of our lives, and ______ ______ ______ ______.
- Don’t imaging you’ll be flying overseas ______ ______ ______.
- Music gigs and other social events will be _____ _____.
- It is a _____ _____ ______, but get used to it; there’s no going back.
Which of these phrases are more formal? Which are more informal?
8. Tell your partner:
- What changes are you likely to face at work in the weeks and months ahead because of the result of the virus?
- What changes are your customers or colleagues likely to face?
- Will there be any ‘brave new world’ in your work?
- If you’re studying instead of working, or if you’re between jobs or caring for family members, how will you be affected?
9. Later in the video, there’s a report about a ‘Secret Brains Trust’, who are getting together to try and solve the issues caused by COVID-19. What do you think this Secret Brains Trust could be?
10. Watch this part of the video (from 4:03) and check your answer.
11. Watch again from 4:03 to the end and decide if these sentences are true or false:
- There are 30 to 40 participants in the programme.
- The University of Melbourne worked together with Americans to develop the programme.
- The researchers are completely anonymous during the meetings.
- The researchers are focused on issues which affect only Australia.
12. Ask your partner the following questions:
- Have you ever attended an anonymous meeting?
- Do you know of any other institutions or businesses that do things in this way?
- What would be the advantages and disadvantages of having an anonymous meeting to decide on strategy?
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