The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Many of India's cities are experiencing such hazardous air pollution that it is difficult to believe. The standard measurement for normal air is set at a level of 50 according to the Air Quality Index (AQI). A level of 300 means the air is hazardous. The AQI website says 300 represents a health alert and an emergency. The website says that, "everyone may experience more serious health effects". The city of Chandrapur reached an AQI level of 824, to become India's most polluted city. The capital New Delhi has reached an AQI of 724. Environmentalists say many cities are now full of gas.



A poisonous fog covers India's capital. People are being told to wear masks. Schools closed for three days. New Delhi has many pollution problems due to the nine million vehicles that clog its streets. Most of these do not conform to emissions standards. The situation has been made worse due to a number of factors. Chemical pollution is blowing in from nearby states, farmers are setting fire to straw, and there is a lack of wind. City officials have ordered roads to be watered to stop dust from rising. They have also banned diesel-powered electricity generators for 10 days, except at hospitals.

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Sources
  • http://qz.com/829182/this-one-chart-shows-delhis-apocalyptic-pollution-compared-to-the-rest-of-india/
  • https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2016/11/07/other-indian-cities-join-delhi-air-pollution-emergency/dcNRuzrY9VyJXMZf8uKroM/story.html
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/delhi-air-pollution-most-polluted-city-air-quality-index-aqi-3830971/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Many
  2. it is difficult
  3. The standard
  4. according
  5. health
  6. everyone may experience more
  7. become India's
  8. many cities are now full
  1. to believe
  2. serious health effects
  3. to the Air Quality Index
  4. most polluted city
  5. of gas
  6. alert
  7. of India's cities
  8. measurement

Paragraph 2

  1. A poisonous fog
  2. People are being told
  3. Schools closed
  4. the nine million vehicles that clog
  5. these do not conform to emissions
  6. The situation has been
  7. farmers are setting
  8. ordered roads to be watered to
  1. its streets
  2. for three days
  3. fire to straw
  4. made worse
  5. stop dust from rising
  6. covers India's capital
  7. standards
  8. to wear masks

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many of India's cities are experiencing (1) ___________________ pollution that it is difficult to believe. The standard measurement for normal air is set at a level of 50 (2) ___________________ Air Quality Index (AQI). A level of 300 means the air is hazardous. The AQI website says 300 represents a (3) ___________________ an emergency. The website says that, "everyone may experience more (4) ___________________". The city of Chandrapur reached an AQI level of 824, to become India's (5) ___________________. The capital New Delhi has reached an AQI of 724. Environmentalists say many cities (6) ___________________.

A poisonous fog covers India's capital. People (7) ___________________ wear masks. Schools closed for three days. New Delhi has many pollution problems (8) ___________________ million vehicles that clog its streets. Most of these (9) ___________________ emissions standards. The situation has been made worse due to a number of factors. Chemical pollution is (10) ___________________ nearby states, farmers are setting fire to straw, and there is a lack of wind. City officials have ordered (11) ___________________ to stop dust from rising. They have also banned diesel-powered electricity generators for 10 days, (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ManyofIndia'scitiesareexperiencingsuchhazardousairpollutionthatit
isdifficulttobelieve.Thestandardmeasurementfornormalairissetatal
evelof50accordingtotheAirQualityIndex(AQI).Alevelof300meansth
eairishazardous.TheAQIwebsitesays300representsahealthalertand
anemergency.Thewebsitesaysthat,"everyonemayexperiencemores
erioushealtheffects".ThecityofChandrapurreachedanAQIlevelof824
,tobecomeIndia'smostpollutedcity.ThecapitalNewDelhihasreached
anAQIof724.Environmentalistssaymanycitiesarenowfullofgas.Apois
onousfogcoversIndia'scapital.Peoplearebeingtoldtowearmasks.Sch
oolsclosedforthreedays.NewDelhihasmanypollutionproblemsduetot
heninemillionvehiclesthatclogitsstreets.Mostofthesedonotconformt
oemissionsstandards.Thesituationhasbeenmadeworseduetoanumb
eroffactors.Chemicalpollutionisblowinginfromnearbystates,farmers
aresettingfiretostraw,andthereisalackofwind.Cityofficialshaveorder
edroadstobewateredtostopdustfromrising.Theyhavealsobanneddie
sel-poweredelectricitygeneratorsfor10days,exceptathospitals.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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