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Injections Without Needles Coming Soon (29th May, 2012)

There is welcome news for people who are afraid of needles and hate going to the doctor for an injection. Researchers at America's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a small machine that uses a high-speed jet to shoot medicine through the skin at almost the speed of sound. The doctor (or user) can control how much medicine passes into the body and how deep it goes. The jet injector device uses tiny, powerful magnets and electricity to inject drugs.

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MIT researchers say the new injector has many benefits. Scientist Catherine Hogan said the new device would be very useful for people who hated needles but had to inject themselves every day. She said many people try to avoid their daily injections because of their fear. She also said the injector would reduce the number of accidents in hospitals. One study estimated that nurses and other health workers accidentally pricked themselves with needles 385,000 times a year.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

welcome

a.

sound

2

hate going

b.

the skin

3.

shoot medicine through

c.

into the body

4.

the speed of

d.

news

5.

how much medicine passes

e.

magnets

6.

tiny, powerful

f.

to the doctor

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the new injector has

a.

every day

2

useful for people who

b.

with needles

3.

inject themselves

c.

many benefits

4.

reduce the number of

d.

health workers

5.

nurses and other

e.

accidents in hospitals

6.

accidentally pricked themselves

f.

hated needles


LISTENING GAP FILL

There is _____________________ people who are afraid of needles and _____________________ doctor for an injection. Researchers at America's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) _____________________ small machine that uses a high-speed jet to shoot medicine _____________________ at almost the _____________________. The doctor (or user) can control how much medicine passes into the body and how deep it goes. The jet injector device _____________________ magnets and electricity to inject drugs.

MIT researchers say the new injector _____________________. Scientist Catherine Hogan said the new device would be very useful for people _____________________ but had to inject themselves every day. She said many people _____________________ their daily injections because of their fear. She also said the injector would _____________________ of accidents in hospitals. One _____________________ that nurses and other health workers _____________________ themselves with needles 385,000 times a year.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

There is (1) ____ news for people who are afraid of needles and hate       (2) ____ to the doctor for an injection. Researchers at America's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a small machine that (3) ____ a high-speed jet to shoot medicine (4) ____ the skin at almost the speed of (5) ____. The doctor (or user) can control how much medicine passes into the body and how deep it goes. The jet injector device uses    (6) ____, powerful magnets and electricity to inject drugs.

MIT researchers say the new injector has many (7) ____. Scientist Catherine Hogan said the new device would be very useful for people who hated needles but (8) ____ to inject themselves every day. She said many people try to avoid their daily injections because of their (9) ____. She also said the injector would (10) ____ the number of accidents in hospitals. One study (11) ____ that nurses and other health workers (12) ____ pricked themselves with needles 385,000 times a year.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

unwelcome

(b)

welcome in

(c)

welcome

2.

(a)

went

(b)

going

(c)

goes

3.

(a)

abuses

(b)

fuses

(c)

uses

4.

(a)

via

(b)

through

(c)

over

5.

(a)

sound

(b)

hearing

(c)

listening

6.

(a)

tiny

(b)

tinny

(c)

tin

7.

(a)

pros

(b)

benefits

(c)

goods

8.

(a)

had

(b)

having

(c)

has

9.

(a)

afraid

(b)

frightened

(c)

fear

10.

(a)

upload

(b)

settle

(c)

reduce

11.

(a)

estimated

(b)

cost

(c)

froze

12

(a)

accidents

(b)

accidentally

(c)

accident


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

owmcele news

2.

idaarf of needles

3.

created a small neicham

4.

the speed of ounsd

5.

control how much inimeced

6.

tiny, ewplfour magnets

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the new injector has many isefenbt

8.

ijtecn themselves every day

9.

try to ivaod their daily injections

10.

dcerue the number of accidents

11.

nurses and other tahlhe workers

12.

accidentally pcredik themselves


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

hospitals. One study estimated that nurses and other health workers

(    )

MIT researchers say the new injector has many benefits. Scientist Catherine Hogan said the new device

(    )

the skin at almost the speed of sound. The doctor (or user) can control how

(    )

much medicine passes into the body and how deep it goes. The jet injector

(    )

fear. She also said the injector would reduce the number of accidents in

(    )

to the doctor for an injection. Researchers at America's Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have

(    )

day. She said many people try to avoid their daily injections because of their

1  )

There is welcome news for people who are afraid of needles and hate going

(    )

device uses tiny, powerful magnets and electricity to inject drugs.

(    )

would be very useful for people who hated needles but had to inject themselves every

(    )

accidentally pricked themselves with needles 385,000 times a year.

(    )

created a small machine that uses a high-speed jet to shoot medicine through


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

afraid     needles     People     are     of     who.    

2.

small     machine     that     uses     a     high     -     speed     jet     A.    

3.

skin     medicine     the     Shoot     through.    

4.

medicine     passes     Control     into     how     the     much     body.    

5.

injector     tiny   magnets    jet     uses     powerful     The     device   .

6.

has     benefits     The     injector     many     new.    

7.

hated     who     people     for     useful     Very     needles.    

8.

injections     daily     their     avoid     to     try     People.    

9.

number     the     Reduce     hospitals     in     accidents     of.    

10.

themselves     pricked     accidentally     workers     Health.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about injections and the new device. Include an imaginary interview with someone who is really afraid of injections. 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 an injections expert. Ask him/her three questions about injections. Give him/her three of your opinions on how people can get over their fear of needles. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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