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The Dirtiest Places In The Office (25th May, 2012)

Where do you think the dirtiest place in the office is? The toilet? The kitchen? Wrong. A new report says the place with the most germs and bacteria is the staff room. The place where we go to take a coffee break or have lunch or a chat. The report is from the company Kimberly-Clark. It checked all the rooms in buildings that had more than 3,000 employees. The researchers found that the dirtiest place in most buildings was the handle on the sink tap or faucet. This was where there were most germs.

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Three other staff room areas were in the top five of the most unhygienic things to touch. The others are the water cooler button and the handles on the refrigerator and microwave oven. Also in the top five was the computer keyboard. Dr Charles Gerba told MSN: "The break room is really the center of germ transfer in the office…. Everything is shared in the break room." He added that the sponge many people use to clean their mug may be full of bacteria so they might be passing germs onto their own mug.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A new report

a.

on the sink

2

staff

b.

or a chat

3.

have lunch

c.

most germs

4.

buildings that had more than

d.

says…

5.

the handle

e.

3,000 employees

6.

where there were

f.

room

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the most unhygienic things

a.

of bacteria

2

microwave

b.

to touch

3.

the computer

c.

onto their own mug

4.

the center of germ

d.

oven

5.

full

e.

transfer

6.

passing germs

f.

keyboard


LISTENING GAP FILL

Where do you think the dirtiest place ________________? The toilet? The kitchen? Wrong. A new report ________________ with the most ________________ is the staff room. The place where we go to take a coffee break ________________ a chat. The report is from the company Kimberly-Clark. It checked all the rooms in buildings that had more than ________________. The researchers found that the dirtiest place in most buildings was the handle ________________ or faucet. This was where there were most germs.

Three other staff room areas were ________________ of the most unhygienic things to touch. The others are the water cooler ________________ handles on the refrigerator and microwave oven. Also in the top five was the ________________. Dr Charles Gerba told MSN: "The break room is ________________ of germ transfer in the office…. Everything is shared in the break room." He added that ________________ people use to clean their mug may be full of bacteria so they might be ________________ onto their own mug.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Where do you think the dirtiest place in the office is? The toilet? The kitchen? (1) ____. A new report says the place with the most germs and bacteria is the staff room. The place where we go to take a coffee (2) ____ or have lunch or a (3) ____. The report is from the company Kimberly-Clark. It checked (4) ____ the rooms in buildings that had more than 3,000 employees. The researchers found that the dirtiest place in most buildings was the handle on the (5) ____ tap or faucet. This (6) ____ where there were most germs.

Three other staff room areas were in the (7) ____ five of the most unhygienic things (8) ____ touch. The (9) ____ are the water cooler button and the handles on the refrigerator and microwave oven. Also in the top five was the computer keyboard. Dr Charles Gerba told MSN: "The break room is (10) ____ the center of germ transfer in the office…. Everything is (11) ____ in the break room." He added that the sponge many people use to clean their mug may be full of bacteria so they might be passing germs onto their (12) ____ mug.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

Bad

(b)

Wrong

(c)

Incorrectly

2.

(a)

break

(b)

broken

(c)

breakdown

3.

(a)

chart

(b)

chant

(c)

chat

4.

(a)

whole

(b)

all

(c)

every

5.

(a)

sink

(b)

wink

(c)

rink

6.

(a)

were

(b)

be

(c)

was

7.

(a)

high

(b)

top

(c)

up

8.

(a)

to

(b)

as

(c)

of

9.

(a)

another

(b)

others

(c)

other

10.

(a)

really

(b)

realistic

(c)

real

11.

(a)

shared

(b)

shaved

(c)

shamed

12

(a)

possess

(b)

have

(c)

own


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

the most germs and ibteaarc

2.

coffee rebka

3.

It echdcek all the rooms

4.

more than 3,000 meyoeeslp

5.

the dirtiest place in most dlusbiing

6.

the sink tap or tcafue

 

Paragraph 2

7.

fstaf room

8.

unhygienic things to htcuo

9.

arowmviec oven

10.

computer dboaeykr

11.

Everything is erdsah

12.

psisagn germs onto their own mug


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

chat. The report is from the company Kimberly-Clark. It checked all the rooms in buildings that had more

(    )

oven. Also in the top five was the computer keyboard. Dr Charles Gerba told MSN: "The break room is really

(    )

shared in the break room." He added that the sponge many people use to clean

(    )

than 3,000 employees. The researchers found that the dirtiest place in most

(    )

buildings was the handle on the sink tap or faucet. This was where there were most germs.

(    )

the center of germ transfer in the office…. Everything is

(    )

room. The place where we go to take a coffee break or have lunch or a

1  )

Where do you think the dirtiest place in the office is? The toilet? The kitchen?

(    )

Wrong. A new report says the place with the most germs and bacteria is the staff

(    )

their mug may be full of bacteria so they might be passing germs onto their own mug.

(    )

Three other staff room areas were in the top five of the most unhygienic things to

(    )

touch. The others are the water cooler button and the handles on the refrigerator and microwave


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

and     with     bacteria     the     most     The     germs     place.    

2.

coffee     break     or     have     lunch     or     a     chat     Take     a.    

3.

3,000     Buildings     employees     more     that     than     had.    

4.

faucet     the     sink     The     tap     handle     or     on.    

5.

was     germs     were     where     This     most     there.    

6.

other     staff    room    areas    were    in     the     top     five     Three.    

7.

touch     most     unhygienic     Five     things     of     to     the.    

8.

center     the     of     office     germ     transfer     The     in.    

9.

many     to     mug     sponge     use     their     The     people     clean.    

10.

mug     might     germs     own     They     passing    their     be     onto.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

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 germs 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. GERMS: Search the Internet and find more information about germs. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about germs. Include an imaginary interview with a germ. 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 a germs expert. Ask him/her three questions about germs. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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