The Reading / Listening - Level 4

July was the hottest month on Earth since scientists started taking records 136 years ago. NASA said that: "July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began." It beat the previous record, which was July 2011, by 0.11 degrees Celsius. Scientists say this is a big rise. NASA said July was the tenth straight month of record-breaking temperatures. The year 2016 could now become the hottest year on record.



The website gizmodo.com said July could be the hottest month since prehistoric times – the hottest in 125,000 years. A weather expert said: "It's a little alarming…that we're going through these records like nothing this year." The organization Climate Central reported that the record temperatures are because of fossil fuels and El Niño. However, an Australian politician recently said climate change was a conspiracy theory created by NASA.

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Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2016/08/16/july-was-absolutely-earths-hottest-month-ever-recorded/
  • http://gizmodo.com/it-hasnt-been-this-hot-in-a-scary-long-time-1785348404
  • http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/26940/20160816/nasa-july-2016-hottest-month-recorded-history.htm


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. since scientists started taking
  2. absolutely
  3. It beat the previous
  4. 0.11 degrees
  5. Scientists say this is a big
  6. the tenth
  7. record-
  8. the hottest year
  1. record
  2. breaking temperatures
  3. the hottest
  4. on record
  5. records
  6. Celsius
  7. rise
  8. straight month

Paragraph 2

  1. since
  2. the hottest in
  3. A weather
  4. It's a little
  5. record
  6. fossil
  7. a conspiracy
  8. created
  1. temperatures
  2. theory
  3. prehistoric times
  4. by NASA
  5. 125,000 years
  6. expert
  7. alarming
  8. fuels

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

July was the hottest month on Earth (1) ___________________ started taking records 136 years ago. NASA said that: "July 2016 (2) ___________________ hottest month since the instrumental records began."It (3) ___________________ record, which was July 2011, by 0.11 degrees Celsius. Scientists say (4) ___________________. NASA said July was the (5) ___________________ of record-breaking temperatures. The year 2016 could now become the hottest (6) ___________________.

The website gizmodo.com said July (7) ___________________ hottest month since prehistoric times – the hottest (8) ___________________ years. A weather expert said: "It's (9) ___________________…that we're going through these records like (10) ___________________." The organization Climate Central reported that the record temperatures are because (11) ___________________ and El Niño. However, an Australian politician recently said climate change was a (12) ___________________ created by NASA.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

JulywasthehottestmonthonEarthsincescientistsstartedtakingrecord
s136yearsago.NASAsaidthat:"July2016wasabsolutelythehottestmo
nthsincetheinstrumentalrecordsbegan."Itbeatthepreviousrecord,w
hichwasJuly2011,by0.11degreesCelsius.Scientistssaythisisabigrise
.NASAsaidJulywasthetenthstraightmonthofrecord-breakingtem
peratures.Theyear2016couldnowbecomethehottestyearonrecord.T
hewebsitegizmodo.comsaidJulycouldbethehottestmonthsinceprehi
storictimes–thehottestin125,000years.Aweatherexpertsaid:"It'sali
ttlealarming…thatwe'regoingthroughtheserecordslikenothingthisye
ar."TheorganizationClimateCentralreportedthattherecordtemperat
uresarebecauseoffossilfuelsandElNiño.However,anAustralianpolitic
ianrecentlysaidclimatechangewasaconspiracytheorycreatedbyNAS
A.

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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