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More Blood Donors Needed in Poor Countries (14th June, 2010)

The World Health Organization has asked for more people to donate blood in poorer countries. They say fewer than one per cent of people give blood in 77 of the poorest nations. There is a total of 93 million blood donations worldwide every year. Half of this is donated in developed nations. This means fifty percent of the world’s blood supply goes to help just 16 per cent of the world population. The WHO says this is not enough. Another concern for the WHO is that almost half of the blood collected in developing countries is checked. Dirty or infected blood leads to many diseases.

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It’s a little sad that in the 21st century the WHO has to be worried. Everyone should give blood twice a year. It isn’t painful. Many people think giving blood hurts – they are afraid of the needle. If they try just once, they will know it is totally painless. Donating blood is a very useful thing to do. The blood you give helps other people to live. Hospitals need hundreds of litres of blood every day. I think more blood is needed today than ever before. There are more people and there are more accidents and operations. Please think about giving blood and helping others.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

donate

a.

people give blood

2

fewer than one per cent of

b.

supply

3.

Half of this is donated

c.

to many diseases

4.

fifty percent of the world’s blood

d.

for the WHO

5.

Another concern

e.

blood

6.

infected blood leads

f.

in developed nations

 

Paragraph 2

1.

give blood

a.

painless

2

people think giving blood

b.

twice a year

3.

it is totally

c.

operations

4.

a very useful thing

d.

giving blood

5.

more accidents and

e.

hurts

6.

Please think about

f.

to do


LISTENING GAP FILL

The World Health Organization ___________________ people to donate blood in poorer countries. They ___________________ cent of people give blood in 77 of the poorest nations. There is a total of 93 million blood donations worldwide every year. Half of ___________________ developed nations. This means fifty percent of the world’s blood supply goes ___________________ cent of the world population. The WHO says this is not enough. Another concern for the WHO is that ___________________ blood collected in developing countries is checked. Dirty or infected blood leads ___________________.

___________________ in the 21st century the WHO has to be worried. Everyone should give blood twice a year. It isn’t painful. Many people think ___________________ – they are afraid of the needle. If they try just once, they will ___________________ painless. Donating blood is a very ___________________. The blood you give helps other people to live. Hospitals need hundreds of litres of blood every day. I think more blood is needed today ___________________. There are more people and there are more accidents and operations. Please think about giving blood ___________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The World Health Organization has (1) ____ for more people to donate blood in poorer countries. They say fewer than one per cent of people give blood in 77 of the poorest nations. There is a total (2) ____ 93 million blood donations worldwide every year. Half of this is donated in developed nations. This (3) ____ fifty percent of the world’s blood supply (4) ____ to help just 16 per cent of the world population. The WHO says this is not enough. Another concern for the WHO is that almost half of the blood collected in developing countries is checked. Dirty or (5) ____ blood leads to many diseases.

It’s a little sad that in the 21st century the WHO has to be (6) ____. Everyone should give blood twice a year. It isn’t painful. Many people think giving blood hurts – they are (7) ____ of the needle. If they try just once, they will know it is (8) ____ painless. Donating blood is a very useful thing to do. The blood you give helps other people to live. Hospitals need hundreds of litres of blood every day. I think more blood is needed today than (9) ____ before. There are more people and there are more accidents and operations. Please think about giving blood and helping (10) ____.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

asked

(b)

told

(c)

requested

2.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

from

3.

(a)

meaning

(b)

meant

(c)

means

4.

(a)

comes

(b)

has

(c)

goes

5.

(a)

infected

(b)

infection

(c)

infects

6.

(a)

worry

(b)

worried

(c)

worries

7.

(a)

afraid

(b)

fear

(c)

frightens

8.

(a)

total

(b)

totally

(c)

totals

9.

(a)

never

(b)

even

(c)

ever

10.

(a)

others

(b)

other

(c)

another


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

oporer countries

2.

the poorest nosaitn

3.

blood sodiotann

4.

blood pplsuy

5.

this is not nguoeh

6.

leads to many saeesdis

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the 21st eytnruc

8.

wceti a year

9.

giving blood rutsh

10.

a very flsueu thing

11.

more blood is edened today

12.

helping teorhs


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

just 16 per cent of the world population. The WHO says this is not enough. Another concern for the WHO is that almost

(    )

totally painless. Donating blood is a very useful thing to do. The blood you give helps other people to live. Hospitals need

(    )

half of the blood collected in developing countries is checked. Dirty or infected blood leads to many diseases.

(    )

It’s a little sad that in the 21st century the WHO has to be worried. Everyone should give blood twice a year. It isn’t

(    )

there are more accidents and operations. Please think about giving blood and helping others.

(    )

hundreds of litres of blood every day. I think more blood is needed today than ever before. There are more people and

(    )

every year. Half of this is donated in developed nations. This means fifty percent of the world’s blood supply goes to help

(    )

painful. Many people think giving blood hurts – they are afraid of the needle. If they try just once, they will know it is

1  )

The World Health Organization has asked for more people to donate blood in poorer countries. They say fewer than one

(    )

per cent of people give blood in 77 of the poorest nations. There is a total of 93 million blood donations worldwide


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

blood     cent     Fewer     of     than     people     one     give     per.

2.

million     93     year     every     worldwide     donations     blood.    

3.

developed     this     nations     is     donated     Half     in     of.    

4.

WHO     The     enough     not     is     this     says.    

5.

diseases     infected     many     or     to     Dirty     leads     blood.    

6.

give     should     Everyone     year     a     twice     blood.    

7.

giving     hurts     Many     think     blood     people.    

8.

very     to     Donating     a     thing     is     useful     do     blood.    

9.

needed     today     More     than     blood     ever     is     before.    

10.

others     helping     and     blood     giving     about     Think.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about donating blood for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. DONATING BLOOD: Search the Internet and find more information about donating blood. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about donating blood. Include imaginary an interview with a blood donor and someone who received blood. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the head of the WHO. Ask him/her three questions about donating blood. Give him/her three of your opinions on donating blood. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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