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Task Description
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.
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Scene summary
This VOX video clip explores the relationship between the recent spread of ticks and an outburst in the number of lyme disease infections.
Video length
4 minutes 29 seconds
Video genre
Lectures (e.g. TED talks)
Language goals
Grammar practice
General topic
Grammar topic
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Upper-intermediate (B2), Intermediate (B1)
Student type
This resource is intended for:Adults, High schoolers
High schoolers
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Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Fill the gap.
Researchers believe that climate change is partlyblame for the spread of ticks.
2. Fill the gap.
Usually, a tick needs to remain latched onto our body for at least 36 hoursthe disease it's carrying to be transmitted.
3. Choose the correct options.
..., the infection can ... to other parts of the body and cause major problems.
If we leave untreated; spread
If left untreating; be spread
If left untreated; spread
If it is left treated; be spread
4. Choose the correct options.
In some cases the disease ... even years after treatment.
can be persisted
can linger on
cannot be figured out
cannot persist
5. Fill the gap.
Lyme disease can be extremely hardbut luckily not all kinds of ticks will make you ill.
6. Choose the correct options.
Lyme-carrying ticks ... on the East Coast between 2011-2015.
reported to spreading
reported to be spreading
were reported to be spread
were reported to be spreading
7. Fill the gap.
Researchers believe that climate change has a lotthe spread of ticks.
8. Fill the gap.
If itfor higher temperatures, the reproduction cycle of ticks would be slower.
9. Choose the correct options.
The spread of ticks ... the abundance of corns.
is also contributed to
also contributes to
is also attributed to
also attributes to
10. Fill the gap.
Within two hours of returning home, you areyour clothes for ticks.
Lesson Plan
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.
Discussion questions
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?
Vocabulary list
vector-borne disease
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
fatigue n.
extreme exhaustion
joint n.
a point where two bones meet in the body
muscle n.
a body tissue that can contract and produce movement
bull's eye rash
a round red spot caused by an illness or irritation
crucial adj.
very important
antibiotics n.
a drug that is used to kill harmful bacteria and to cure infections
treat (a disease) v.
to try to cure it
infection n.
a disease caused by germs that enter the body
persist v.
keep on living, linger on, refuse to disappear
figure out v.
come to understand
diagnose v.
to recognize (a disease, illness, etc.) by examining someone
carry Lyme disease
to have the bacteria within an organism
increasing concentration
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
boost v.
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
reforestation n.
planting forests in place of farmlands
additional adj.
one more
factor n.
something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen
acorn n.
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
insecticide n.
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
tweezers n.
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
gross adj.
My bad!
It's my fault.
aware of adj.
knowing that something (such as a situation, condition, or problem) exists
in your vicinity
in your neighborhood, nearby
take measures
take some preventive actions, e.g. to protect yourself
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