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This video quiz offers practice with some more advanced grammar points concerning the passive voice, e.g. "to be to + V1" structure, "if it weren't for", prepositions used in passive sentences, etc. To add even more cognitive load to the task, I've also included some phrases that are in active voice but have a passive meaning, e.g. have a lot to do with something = be connected to something.
This VOX video clip explores the relationship between the recent spread of ticks and an outburst in the number of lyme disease infections.
4 minutes 29 seconds
Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Upper-intermediate (B2), Intermediate (B1)
This resource is intended for:Adults, High schoolers
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1. Ask students to suggest infectious diseases that are transmitted by insects. Examples may include: zika, dengue, malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya virus,
2. Ask them to name particular species of insect that are known to transmit diseases. Examples may include: mosquitoes, lice, fleas, bed bugs, ticks.
1. Have you ever found a tick latched onto your body?
2. If yes, how did you react? And how did you remove it?
3. How do you protect yourself against ticks?
4. Why are ticks dangerous?
5. What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
6. What should you do when you observe some of the symptoms of Lyme disease?
7. What contributed to the rise in the number of ticks in the northeast of the US between 2011-2015?
In epidemiology, a disease vector is any agent that carries and transmits an infectious pathogen into another living organism; most agents regarded as vectors are organisms, such as intermediate parasites or microbes, but it could be an inanimate medium of infection such as dust particles.
transmit (a disease) v.
to pass on
a point where two bones meet in the body
a body tissue that can contract and produce movement
bull's eye rash
a round red spot caused by an illness or irritation
a drug that is used to kill harmful bacteria and to cure infections
treat (a disease) v.
to try to cure it
a disease caused by germs that enter the body
keep on living, linger on, refuse to disappear
figure out v.
come to understand
to recognize (a disease, illness, etc.) by examining someone
carry Lyme disease
to have the bacteria within an organism
more and more cases of something
have a lot to do with (expression)
be connected to
venture further v.
be adventurous and go somewhere that is unknown, dangerous, etc.
increase in sg.
a growing number of
to make faster or better
reproductive cycle n.
the time it takes for an organism to produce a next generation of offpsring
deer population n.
the number of deer in a certain area
planting forests in place of farmlands
something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen
the nut of the oak tree
commune with nature v.
to communicate with someone or something in a very personal or spiritual way; here used in a figurative meaning: to spend time experiencing and appreciating nature
a chemical substance that is used to kill insects
insect repellent n.
a substance that is used to keep insects away
long-sleeved shirt n.
a shirt with long "arms"
tuck in v.
to put (something) in a particular place usually to hide it, hold it, or make it safe
in order adj.
appropriate or desirable
a small tool that is made of two narrow pieces of metal which are joined at one end and that is used to hold, move, or pull very small objects, e.g. a splinter from your foot
tick magnet n.
someone who attracts ticks
aware of adj.
knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
in your vicinity
in your neighborhood, nearby
take some preventive actions, e.g. to protect yourself