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Covid-19 has been difficult for many countries. Countries have had to close shops and restaurants. Many countries have had to tell people to stay at home. In some countries, there has been almost a complete lockdown. This means that everything has been closed and everyone has had to stay at home.

In Europe, many countries have been locked down for months. France has been locked down for two months. Italy has been locked down for almost three months. Almost every country in Europe has had some type of lockdown. There have been lockdowns around the world. Now, countries are starting to end their lockdowns. People want to go outside. They want to go back to normal.

Not everyone thinks people should go back to normal. Many people are worried that ending the lockdowns too soon will bring the coronavirus back. If it comes back, then countries will have to lockdown again. In France, shops are reopening on May 11 but the country still won’t be back to normal. People will have more freedom but things will still be very different. It is the same in many other countries.

Difficult words

Difficult (adj): Very hard.

Lockdown (n): For a place to not let anyone in or out.

Type (n): A kind or choice of something.

Reopening (v): To open again.

Freedom (n): To be free or able to do whatever you want.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Difficult  A. Choice
 2. Lockdown  B. Open
 3. Type  C. Hard
 4. Reopening  D. Free
 5. Freedom  E. Closed

True or False?

1.  Covid-19 has not been so difficult for many countries. T / F

2. Many restaurants have closed. T / F

3. Many countries have been completely locked down. T / F

4. France has been locked down for almost 6 months. T / F

5. People are worried about ending the lockdown too soon. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been difficult / many / Covid-19 / for / countries / has

2. shops / have / close / Countries / to / had

3. for / been / France / two / months / locked down / has

4. have / been / around / There / lockdowns / the world

5. will / freedom / People / have / more

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Starting Many Normal
Complete Ending Locked

Covid-19 has been difficult for (1)___________ countries. Countries have had to close shops and restaurants. Many countries have had to tell people to stay at home. In some countries, there has been almost a (2)_____________ lockdown. This means that everything has been closed and everyone has had to stay at home.

In Europe, many countries have been locked down for months. France has been (3)__________ down for two months. Italy has been locked down for almost three months. Almost every country in Europe has had some type of lockdown. There have been lockdowns around the world. Now, countries are (4)____________ to end their lockdowns. People want to go outside. They want to go back to normal.

Not everyone thinks people should go back to normal. Many people are worried that (5)____________ the lockdowns too soon will bring the coronavirus back. If it comes back, then countries will have to lockdown again. In France, shops are reopening on May 11 but the country still won’t be back to (6)___________. People will have more freedom but things will still be very different. It is the same in many other countries.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Has your country been locked down?
5. If your country has been on lockdown do you know when it will end?
6. How badly has your country been affected by Covid-19?
7. Do you think countries should be reopening so soon?
8. When do you think it will be safe to go back to normal life?
9. What do you think should be allowed to open first?
10. Should people who can work from home continue to do so until there is a vaccine?
11. Should schools stay closed until there is a vaccine?
12. Should over 70s stay at home until there is a vaccine?
13. Do you think some countries will need to lockdown again?
14. Do you think governments should prioritise the economy?
15. Do you think there should be any changes to economic systems when things go back to normal?
16. Should companies receive money from their governments to help them during this time?
17. Should people receive money from their governments to help them during this time?
18. Are people in your country able to get tested for Covid-19 easily?
19. Should everybody get tested regularly if lockdowns are lifted?
20. What do you think the world will think about Covid-19 in 5 years?