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Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Virus  A. Dangerous situation.
 2. Emergency  B. Longer
 3. Threat  C. Keep away.
 4. Extend  D. Disease
 5. Contain  E.  Possibly harmful.


  1. Virus = D. Disease
  2. Emergency = A. Dangerous situation.
  3. Threat = E. Possibly harmful.
  4. Extend = B. Longer
  5. Contain = C. Keep away.

True or False?

1. A new virus has come from Japan. False

2. Not many people have tried to stop the virus. False

3. The virus is a global emergency. True

4. More than 10 counties have the virus.  True

5. Hong Kong has not changed students’ winter vacation. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The coronavirus is a new type of virus.

2. The virus has been spreading.

3. They say it is now in many countries.

4. This number is rising.

5. Some cities in China have closed.

Listening and Vocabulary

Global Threat Type
Vacation Working Spread
  1. Type
  2. Spread
  3. Global
  4. Threat
  5. Vacation
  6. Working


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Lock down  A. Restrain
 2. Contain  B. Amazing
 3. Declare  C. Remove
 4. Evacuate  D. Close
 5. Extraordinary  E. Announce


  1. Lock down = D. Close
  2. Contain = A. Restrain
  3. Declare = E. Announce
  4. Evacuate = C. Remove
  5. Extraordinary = B. Amazing

True or False?

1. The coronavirus started in the U.S. False

2. The Chinese government has told people to stay at home. True

3. The WHO is still waiting to declare the virus a global emergency. False

4. The virus is in less than 10 countries. False

5. Hong Kong extended students’ winter vacation. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The coronavirus is a new type of virus.

2. The Chinese government has been trying to stop the spread.

3. They have told businesses to close.

4. The virus has now spread to 18 countries.

5. In Hong Kong, winter vacation for schools was extended.

Listening and Vocabulary

Virus Discovered Reports
Global Measures Vacation
  1. Discovered
  2. Virus
  3. Global
  4. Reports
  5. Vacation
  6. Measures


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Refrain A. Remove
2. Outbreak B. #
3. Lock down C. Country discrimination.
4. Evacuate D. Hold back
5. Quarantine E. Safety
6. Precaution F. Outburst
7. Xenophobia G. Praise
8. Hashtag H. Place away from others.
9. Commend I. Close


  1. Refrain = D. Hold back.
  2. Outbreak = F. Outburst
  3. Lock down = I. Close
  4. Evacuate = A. Remove
  5. Quarantine = H. Place away from others.
  6. Precaution = E. Safety
  7. Xenophobia = C. Country discrimination.
  8. Hashtag = B. #
  9. Commend = G. Praise

True or False?

1.  The WHO is still waiting to declare the coronavirus a global emergency. False

2.  Less than 10 countries have been confirmed to have the virus. False

3. It is expected more countries will be discovered to have the virus soon. True

4.  The virus originated in South America. False

5. Most countries have quarantined their citizens who visited Wuhan.  True

6. Japan has quarantined all of its citizens who returned from Wuhan. False

7. Hong Kong has decided not to extend schools’ winter vacations. False

8. Xenophobia has sprouted because of misinformation. True

9. Japanese and South Korean people have not been affected by the Chinese xenophobia. False

10. China has been praised for its handling of the virus. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The WHO had refrained from declaring a global emergency.

2. The virus has now been confirmed in 18 countries.

3. They ordered all residents of Wuhan to remain in their homes.

4. The virus originating in China has been the cause of xenophobia.

5. The WHO has meanwhile praised the efforts of the Chinese government.

Listening and Vocabulary

Tourists Foreign Positive
Declared Meanwhile Expectations
Astonishment Misinformation Operations
  1. Declared
  2. Expectations
  3. Foreign
  4. Positive
  5. Operations
  6. Misinformation
  7. Tourists
  8. Meanwhile
  9. Astonishment