The Reading / Listening - Level 5

July was officially the hottest month on Earth since scientists started recording the planet's temperatures 136 years ago. America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that: "July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began." It beat the previous hottest July, which was in 2011, by 0.11 degrees Celsius. Scientists say this is a serious rise. According to NASA, 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 stated that July could be the hottest month since prehistoric times: "In all likelihood, it was the hottest month since the last interglacial period ended 125,000 years ago." A meteorology 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, Australian politician Malcolm Roberts recently said climate change was a conspiracy theory and accused NASA of corrupting climate change data.

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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. July was officially
  2. recording the planet's
  3. since the instrumental records
  4. It beat the previous
  5. Scientists say this is a serious
  6. July was the tenth
  7. record-
  8. the hottest year
  1. breaking temperatures
  2. rise
  3. temperatures
  4. on record
  5. began
  6. the hottest month
  7. straight month
  8. hottest July

Paragraph 2

  1. the hottest month since
  2. In all
  3. the last interglacial period
  4. a meteorology
  5. It's a little
  6. fossil
  7. a conspiracy
  8. accused NASA of corrupting
  1. ended 125,000 years ago
  2. alarming
  3. fuels
  4. likelihood
  5. theory
  6. prehistoric times
  7. climate change data
  8. expert

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

July was (1) ___________________ month on Earth since scientists started recording the planet's (2) ___________________ years ago. America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) revealed that: "July 2016 (3) ___________________ hottest month since the instrumental records began." It (4) ___________________ hottest July, which was in 2011, by 0.11 degrees Celsius. Scientists say (5) ___________________. According to NASA, July was the (6) ___________________ of record-breaking temperatures. The year 2016 could now become the hottest year on record.

The website gizmodo.com stated that July could be the hottest month since (7) ___________________: "In all likelihood, it was the hottest month since the last (8) ___________________ ended 125,000 years ago." A meteorology expert said: "It's (9) ___________________ …that we're going through these (10) ___________________ this year." The organization Climate Central reported that the record temperatures are (11) ___________________ fuels and El Niño. However, Australian politician Malcolm Roberts recently said climate change was a (12) ___________________ and accused NASA of corrupting climate change data.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

JulywasofficiallythehottestmonthonEarthsincescientistsstartedreco
rdingtheplanet'stemperatures136yearsago.America'sNationalAero
nauticsandSpaceAdministration(NASA)revealedthat:"July2016was
absolutelythehottestmonthsincetheinstrumentalrecordsbegan."Itb
eattheprevioushottestJuly,whichwasin2011,by0.11degreesCelsius.
Scientistssaythisisaseriousrise.AccordingtoNASA,Julywasthetenths
traightmonthofrecord-breakingtemperatures.Theyear2016couldn
owbecomethehottestyearonrecord.Thewebsitegizmodo.comstatedt
hatJulycouldbethehottestmonthsinceprehistorictimes:"Inalllikeliho
od,itwasthehottestmonthsincethelastinterglacialperiodended125,0
00yearsago."Ameteorologyexpertsaid:"It'salittlealarming…thatwe'
regoingthroughtheserecordslikenothingthisyear."TheorganizationC
limateCentralreportedthattherecordtemperaturesarebecauseoffoss
ilfuelsandElNiño.However,AustralianpoliticianMalcolmRobertsrecen
tlysaidclimatechangewasaconspiracytheoryandaccusedNASAofcorr
uptingclimatechangedata.

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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