Lockdown During a Pandemic

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 18, 2020 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Nearly every country in the world has been affected by the coronavirus in 2020, and many of those countries have enforced a lockdown forbidding people from leaving their homes except for very specific reasons.

While the vast majority understand and support a lockdown during a pandemic, some are starting to question whether the negative effects of the lockdown are greater than the positive effects.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • lockdown (noun)
  • handle (verb)
  • spread (verb)
  • affect (verb)
  • restriction (noun)
  • enforce (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • What are the positive and negative effects of a lockdown during a pandemic?
  • What reasons do you think people should be allowed out of their homes during a pandemic?
  • What do you think the negative effects of a lockdown are or will be in the coming years?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.