The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Scientists have found a creative new use for wood. They have made it transparent. This could change how we use and make many things. See-through wood could replace glass in windows, iPhone screens and many other areas of building. Researchers experimented with different ways to remove the colour from wood. They were surprised at how transparent it became. One researcher said the discovery could, "potentially replace glass".



The researchers boiled small blocks of wood in water and chemicals for two hours. The wood lost its colour during this process and it became transparent. The see-through wood is stronger than glass. It is better at protecting against the cold. It is also biodegradable. Research is still in its early stages. Researchers have only used small blocks of wood so far. They will now start testing on bigger pieces of wood.

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Sources
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/158759/20160516/scientists-create-transparent-wood-stronger-more-insulating-glass.htm
  • http://www.engadget.com/2016/05/16/see-through-wood/
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/12/science/see-through-wood.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a creative new
  2. They have made it
  3. see-
  4. many other areas
  5. experimented
  6. remove the colour
  7. surprised at how transparent
  8. potentially replace
  1. with different ways
  2. it became
  3. transparent
  4. through wood
  5. use for wood
  6. glass
  7. of building
  8. from wood

Paragraph 2

  1. small blocks
  2. The wood lost its colour during
  3. stronger
  4. It is better at protecting
  5. It is also
  6. Research is still in its early
  7. Researchers have only used
  8. They will now start
  1. against the cold
  2. stages
  3. testing
  4. than glass
  5. small blocks of wood
  6. of wood
  7. this process
  8. biodegradable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have (1) ___________________ new use for wood. They have (2) ___________________. This could change how we use and make many things. See-through wood (3) ___________________ in windows, iPhone screens and many other (4) ___________________. Researchers experimented with different (5) ___________________ the colour from wood. They were surprised at how transparent it became. One researcher said the discovery (6) ___________________ glass".

The researchers boiled (7) ___________________ wood in water and chemicals for two hours. The wood lost its colour (8) ___________________ and it (9) ___________________. The see-through wood is stronger than glass. It is better (10) ___________________ the cold. It is also biodegradable. Research is still in (11) ___________________. Researchers have only used small blocks (12) ___________________. They will now start testing on bigger pieces of wood.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundacreativenewuseforwood.Theyhavemadeittran
sparent.Thiscouldchangehowweuseandmakemanythings.See-thr
oughwoodcouldreplaceglassinwindows,iPhonescreensandmanyoth
erareasofbuilding.Researchersexperimentedwithdifferentwaystore
movethecolourfromwood.Theyweresurprisedathowtransparentitbe
came.Oneresearchersaidthediscoverycould,"potentiallyreplaceglas
s".Theresearchersboiledsmallblocksofwoodinwaterandchemicalsfor
twohours.Thewoodlostitscolourduringthisprocessanditbecametrans
parent.Thesee-throughwoodisstrongerthanglass.Itisbetteratprote
ctingagainstthecold.Itisalsobiodegradable.Researchisstillinitsearlys
tages.Researchershaveonlyusedsmallblocksofwoodsofar.Theywilln
owstarttestingonbiggerpiecesofwood.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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