II. While Reading Activities
- epidemic |ˌepəˈdemik| noun a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time: a flu epidemic.
- suspend |səˈspend| verb [with object] 1 temporarily prevent from continuing or being in force or effect: work on the dam was suspended.
- *to steel oneself idiom : to make (oneself) ready for something difficult or unpleasant : to fill (oneself) with determination and courage; Steel yourself—I have bad news.
- tumult |ˈt(y)o͞oˌməlt| noun [usually in singular] a loud, confused noise, especially one caused by a large mass of people: a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out.
- repercussion |ˌrēpərˈkəSHənˌrepərˈkəSHən| noun 1 (usually repercussions) an unintended consequence occurring some time after an event or action, especially an unwelcome one: the move would have grave repercussions for the entire region.
- scrimp |skrimp| verb [no object]be thrifty or parsimonious; economize: I have scrimped and saved to give you a good education.
- venture |ˈven(t)SHər| verb [no object] dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous or unpleasant: she ventured out into the blizzard.
- subsidy |ˈsəbsədē| noun (plural subsidies) a sum of money granted by the government
- disinfection |ˌdisənˈfekSHən| noun the process of cleaning something, especially with a chemical, in order to destroy bacteria: instruments must undergo high-level disinfection before reuse.
- yurt |yərt| noun a circular tent of felt or skins on a collapsible framework, used by nomads in Mongolia, Siberia, and Turkey.
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Some interruptions are unavoidable. Posts on Chinese social media show teachers and students climbing onto rooftops or hovering outside neighbors’ homes in search of a stronger internet signal. One family in Inner Mongolia packed up its yurtand migrated elsewhere in the grasslands for a better web connection, a Chinese magazine reported.
Reading Comprehension: Fill-ins
Ruby Tan, a teacher in Chongqing, a city in southwestern China that suspended school last month, said many grandparents were helping with child care so that the parents can go to work. But the grandparents do not always know the technology. “They don’t have any way of supervising the children’s learning, and instead let them develop bad habits of not being able to focus during study time,” Ms. Tan said.