The Reading / Listening - Level 5

A road safety organisation has created a mock-up of the perfect body to survive a car crash. Australia's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has called its creation 'Graham'. Although Graham looks human, he is a little grotesque and resembles a character from a horror movie. The BBC says: "He has a head shaped like a boulder, feet snarled like tree roots and a chest like a wrinkled battering ram." The TAC said Graham was designed to highlight how vulnerable the human body is when involved in a car crash on the roads.



TAC asked celebrated artist Patricia Piccinini to create the artwork for Graham. She worked with a leading trauma surgeon and a road crash investigation expert to get Graham's look and build. She gave him a thick skull, a wide neck, an inflatable chest that acts like airbags, and legs that allow Graham to jump out of dangerous situations. TAC chief executive explained why Graham is an educational tool. He said: "Cars have evolved a lot faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve every aspect of our roads system to protect ourselves."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-36863324
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-have-created-this-creepy-as-hell-spokesperson-to-promote-road-safety
  • http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/motoring/meet-graham-the-graphic-warrior-whos-the-latest-weapon-against-road-deaths/news-story/b5ad267598b212dbc3551a8f9103ae21


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A road safety
  2. created a mock-up
  3. survive a
  4. Although Graham looks human,
  5. resembles a character
  6. feet snarled
  7. highlight how vulnerable the
  8. involved in
  1. human body is
  2. from a horror movie
  3. a car crash
  4. of the perfect body
  5. organisation
  6. car crash
  7. like tree roots
  8. he is a little grotesque

Paragraph 2

  1. celebrated
  2. a leading trauma
  3. a road crash investigation
  4. She gave him a thick
  5. an inflatable
  6. jump out of
  7. Cars have evolved a lot
  8. improve every aspect
  1. chest
  2. expert
  3. dangerous situations
  4. surgeon
  5. faster than humans
  6. artist Patricia Piccinini
  7. of our roads system
  8. skull

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A road safety organisation has (1) ___________________ of the perfect body to survive a car crash. Australia's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has (2) ___________________ 'Graham'. Although Graham looks human, he is a (3) ___________________ resembles a character from a horror movie. The BBC says: "He has a (4) ___________________ a boulder, feet snarled like tree roots and (5) ___________________ wrinkled battering ram." The TAC said Graham was designed to highlight (6) ___________________ human body is when involved in a car crash on the roads.

TAC asked celebrated artist Patricia Piccinini (7) ___________________ for Graham. She worked with a leading (8) ___________________ and a road crash investigation expert to get Graham's look and build. She gave him a thick skull, a wide neck, (9) ___________________ that acts like airbags, and legs that allow Graham to jump out of dangerous situations. TAC chief executive explained why Graham (10) ___________________ tool. He said: "Cars have (11) ___________________ faster than humans and Graham helps us understand why we need to improve (12) ___________________ our roads system to protect ourselves."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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osurviveacarcrash.Australia'sTransportAccidentCommission(TAC)h
ascalleditscreation'Graham'.AlthoughGrahamlookshuman,heisalittl
egrotesqueandresemblesacharacterfromahorrormovie.TheBBCsay
s:"Hehasaheadshapedlikeaboulder,feetsnarledliketreerootsandach
estlikeawrinkledbatteringram."TheTACsaidGrahamwasdesignedtoh
ighlighthowvulnerablethehumanbodyiswheninvolvedinacarcrashon
theroads.TACaskedcelebratedartistPatriciaPiccininitocreatetheartw
orkforGraham.Sheworkedwithaleadingtraumasurgeonandaroadcra
shinvestigationexperttogetGraham'slookandbuild.Shegavehimathi
ckskull,awideneck,aninflatablechestthatactslikeairbags,andlegstha
tallowGrahamtojumpoutofdangeroussituations.TACchiefexecutivee
xplainedwhyGrahamisaneducationaltool.Hesaid:"Carshaveevolved
alotfasterthanhumansandGrahamhelpsusunderstandwhyweneedto
improveeveryaspectofourroadssystemtoprotectourselves."

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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