Caremongering: positive news video

Posted by Speakeasy News > Monday 23 March 2020 > Webpicks


This video is a positive news story your pupils can study during the current quarantine. This report from Canadian CTV News gives examples of the trend for “caremongering”: using social media to organise, or ask for help during the Covid-19 quarantine.

It’s just two minutes long and can be used from B1 by pupils at home. It gives positive examples of how people are helping each other, from buying groceries or medicine for those who can’t get out or making donations to a distillery that is making hand sanitiser to distribute for free. It ends on an organic vegetable box company that has been inundated with orders, and so decided to pay its staff a special bonus.

The report on the page includes most of the information on the video, if you’d rather have pupils do written comprehension, or as a second step for more detailed comprehension.

You may need to provide pupils with some specific coronavirus vocabulary like "self-isolation" and "social distancing", especially if they're coming across them first orally.