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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

1. Variant A. Hard time.
2. Dangerous B. Changed virus.
3. Struggling C. Give
4. Refusing D. Say no.
5. Offer E. Could get hurt.


  1. Variant = B. Changed virus.
  2. Dangerous = E. Could get hurt.
  3. Struggling = A. Hard time.
  4. Refusing = D. Say no.
  5. Offer = C. Give

True or False?

1. The Delta variant started in China. False

2. The Delta variant spreads slower than regular COVID-19. False

3. Doctors and scientists are worried. True

4. It is difficult for some countries to give vaccines. True

5. You cannot go to a restaurant in France without a vaccine. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. It is called the Delta variant.

2. Doctors and scientists are worried.

3. It is also more dangerous.

4. This problem is happening in other countries.

5. Some people are refusing.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Started
  2. Regular
  3. Drop
  4. Increasing
  5. Money
  6. Worried

Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Variant A. Worry
 2. Strain B. Different form.
 3. Concern C. Cause to believe.
 4. Convince D. Type
 5. Steadily E. Continue


  1. Variant = B. Different form.
  2. Strain = D. Type
  3. Concern = A. Worry
  4. Convince = C. Cause to believe.
  5. Steadily = E. Continue.

True or False?

1. The Delta variant began in India. True

2. The Delta variant does not spread as fast as regular COVID-19. False

3. Less than 60% of the US is fully vaccinated. True

4. The US government has been able to convince most people to get the vaccine. False

5. Unvaccinated people can go to restaurants in France. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. It started in India but it has now spread.

2. Doctors and scientists are worried about this variant.

3. Vaccinations have been going well in many countries.

4. In the US, there has been a big drop in vaccinations.

5. In the US, some places have offered money.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Previous
  2. Struggling
  3. Rising
  4. Offered
  5. Announced
  6. Appearing

Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. MassA. Stop
2. StallB. Infection resistance.
3. CrawlC. People in a place.
4. PopulaceD. Increase
5. HerdE. Uncontrolled
6. ImmunityF. Large amount.
7. RampantG. Mandatory
8. MandatingH. Group
9. SurgeI. Move slowly.


  1. Mass = F. Large amount.
  2. Stall = A. Stop
  3. Crawl = I. Move slowly.
  4. Populace = C. People in a place.
  5. Herd = H. Group
  6. Immunity = B. Infection resistance.
  7. Rampant = E. Uncontrolled
  8. Mandating = G. Mandatory
  9. Surge = D. Increase

True or False?

1. The Delta variant orginated in North America. False

2. The Delta variant is not the dominant strain of COVID in most countries yet. False

3. Vaccines are only slightly less effective against the Delta variant. True

4. It took Isreal less than 6 months to reach a vaccination rate of 55%. True

5. Vaccinations in most countries has slowed dramatically. True

6. It has been easy for most countries to convince people to get vaccinated. False

7. More than 30 countries have reached a vaccination rate of 90%. False

8. In the US, the majority of COVID hospitalisations have been unvaccinated people. True

9. Unvaccinated people can easily go to restaurants in France. False

10. The French government is against making strict rules for vaccinations. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The Delta variant originated in India and has since become the dominant variant.

2. This phenomenon has been observed in many countries.

3. As it stands, only 29 countries have achieved vaccination rates of over 60%.

4. The virus is currently running rampant through the unvaccinated populations.

5. This situation has caused some countries to begin mandating vaccines.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Originated
  2. Contagious
  3. Relatively
  4. Elderly
  5. Convince
  6. Slowdown
  7. Evolve
  8. Announced
  9. Immediate