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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

1. Speech A. Disease
2. Pandemic B. Talking
3. Protest C. Bother
4. Bully D. Mind
5. Mental E. Complain


  1. Speech = B. Talking
  2. Pandemic = A. Disease
  3. Protest = E. Complain
  4. Bully = C. Bother
  5. Mental = D. Mind

True or False?

1. Hate speech has gone down by 20%. False

2. A charity studied people’s conversations. True

3. Hate speech happens during big news events. True

4. People could travel freely during lockdowns. False

5. Bullies usually have bad mental health. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Hate speech has risen by 20%.

2. 50.1 million of the conversations included hate speech.

3. Hate speech was high during these events.

4. Lockdowns hurt many people’s mental health.

5. The charity wants to make a law.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Risen
  2. Included
  3. Events
  4. Stuck
  5. Normal
  6. Dangerous

Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Youth A. Quick rise.
 2. Spike B. Mean person.
 3. Bully C. Judge badly.
 4. Prejudice D. Make busy.
 5. Inundate E. Young person.


  1. Youth = E. Young person.
  2. Spike = A. Quick rise.
  3. Bully = B. Mean person.
  4. Prejuidice = C. Judge badly.
  5. Inundate = D. Make busy.

True or False?

1. Online hate speech decreased by 20% during COVID-19. False

2. A charity studied 263 million online conversations. True

3. The conversations happened over 5 years ago. False

4. Less hate speech happens during big news events. False

5. The charity’s CEO was to educate people about hate speech. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. A new report says online hate speech has risen by 20%.

2. Hate speech was incredibly high during these events.

3. Ditch the Label is an anti-bullying charity that supports young people.

4. He said people who bully others usually have low mental health.

5. We’ve normalised it and that’s part of the problem.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Report
  2. Racist
  3. Declared
  4. Supports
  5. Combined
  6. Force

Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. YouthA. Overwhelm
2. SpikeB. Distress
3. StriveC. Rise
4. InundateD. Disasterous
5. CiteE. Young people.
6. TrollF. Abundant
7. TraumaG. Refer
8. CopiousH. Try
9. DevastatingI. Provoke


  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. Ditch the Label is a company that sells protective gear to young people. False

2. The research was paid for by Ditch the Label. True

3. Online hate speech has risen 20% since COVID-19. True

4. There was a decrease in hate speech during the Black Lives Matter protests. False

5. Liam Hackett said the pandemic has been a very busy time for the charity. True

6. Lockdowns have not affected the amount of online hate speech. False

7. People were able to travel freely during lockdowns which helped mental health. False

8. Bullies usually have low mental health or have suffered trauma. True

9. Lockdowns created the perfect storm for online hate speech. True

10. Ditch the Label said they will not work with the government to solve this issue. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The youth-focused charity commissioned the research which studied 263 million conversations.

2. Some of the cases of abuse have even included death threats.

3. Many people have suffered from poor mental health during lockdowns.

4. Some people used the internet to release their frustrations.

5. The charity has recently been working with the government to introduce a law.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Bullying
  2. Commissioned
  3. Declared
  4. Abuse
  5. Factor
  6. Suffered
  7. Mental
  8. Significant
  9. Suggests