The Reading / Listening - Level 2

A solar airplane has made history by flying 6,500 kilometres from Japan to Hawaii. The plane is called Solar Impulse 2. Solar panels covering the plane convert the sun's rays into power. Maybe all airplanes in the future will fly using solar power. Solar Impulse 2 landed after a 118-hour flight across the Pacific Ocean. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg tweeted about his feelings. He wrote: "Just landed in Hawaii with Solar Impulseā€¦.It's a dream coming true." The flight broke the record for the longest journey made by a solo pilot in an unfuelled plane. The previous record was 76 hours.



Solar Impulse 2 is attempting to fly around the world using only solar power. It started in Abu Dhabi in March. Its next stop will be Arizona in the USA. Then it will fly to New York, before heading to Europe and then back to Abu Dhabi. The journey aims to raise awareness about climate change and renewable energy. The Solar Impulse 2 co-pilot told the USA Today newspaper that: "The most important thing isn't to make world records. It's to show what we can do with clean technologies." This is important because airplanes create around 12% of the CO2 from all sources of transportation.

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Sources
  • http://www.newsweek.com/solar-impulse-2-lands-hawaii-eighth-stop-epic-solar-powered-journey-349974
  • http://news.google.com/news/story?cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&topic=w&ncl=dg2XoDApUzlWv6MKAPOClx38SpL1M
  • http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/03/travel/solar-plane-flight/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

made history by

a.

panels

2.

solar

b.

was 76 hours

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a 118-

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in Hawaii

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Just landed

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by a solo pilot

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The flight broke

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flying 6,500 kilometres

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the longest journey made

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the record

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an unfuelled

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hour flight

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The previous record

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plane



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

attempting to fly

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be Arizona

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using only

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Abu Dhabi in March

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It started in

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change

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Its next stop will

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with clean technologies

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The journey aims to raise

e.

solar power

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climate

f.

energy

7.

renewable

g.

around the world

8.

show what we can do

h.

awareness

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

A solar airplane has made (1) ___________________ 6,500 kilometres from Japan to Hawaii. The plane is called Solar Impulse 2. Solar (2) ___________________ the plane convert the sun's rays into power. Maybe all airplanes in the future (3) ___________________ power. Solar Impulse 2 landed after  (4) ___________________ across the Pacific Ocean. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg tweeted (5) ___________________. He wrote: "Just landed in Hawaii with Solar Impulse….It's a dream coming true." The flight broke the record for the longest journey made by a solo (6) ___________________ plane. The previous record was 76 hours.

Solar Impulse 2 (7) ___________________ fly around the world using only solar power. It started in Abu Dhabi in March. Its next stop will be Arizona in the USA. (8) ___________________ New York, (9) ___________________ Europe and then back to Abu Dhabi. The journey aims to (10) ___________________ about climate change and renewable energy. The Solar Impulse 2 co-pilot told the USA Today newspaper that: "The most important thing isn't to make world records. It's to (11) ___________________ do with clean technologies." This is important because airplanes create around 12% of the CO2 (12) ___________________ transportation.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Asolarairplanehasmadehistorybyflying6,500kilometresfromJapant
oHawaii.TheplaneiscalledSolarImpulse2.Solarpanelscoveringthepla
neconvertthesun'sraysintopower.Maybeallairplanesinthefuturewillf
lyusingsolarpower.SolarImpulse2landedaftera118-hourflightacros
sthePacificOcean.SwisspilotAndreBorschbergtweetedabouthisfeeli
ngs.Hewrote:"JustlandedinHawaiiwithSolarImpulse….It'sadreamco
mingtrue."Theflightbroketherecordforthelongestjourneymadebyas
olopilotinanunfuelledplane.Thepreviousrecordwas76hours.SolarIm
pulse2isattemptingtoflyaroundtheworldusingonlysolarpower.Itstar
tedinAbuDhabiinMarch.ItsnextstopwillbeArizonaintheUSA.Thenitwi
llflytoNewYork,beforeheadingtoEuropeandthenbacktoAbuDhabi.Th
ejourneyaimstoraiseawarenessaboutclimatechangeandrenewablee
nergy.TheSolarImpulse2co-pilottoldtheUSATodaynewspaperthat:"
Themostimportantthingisn'ttomakeworldrecords.It'stoshowwhatw
ecandowithcleantechnologies."Thisisimportantbecauseairplanescre
atearound12%oftheCO2fromallsourcesoftransportation.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

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