The Reading / Listening - Level 1

The USA put the most powerful weather satellite into space. It will change how we predict and look at the weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said its $1 billion GOES-R satellite will take weather photos five times faster than other satellites, with four times higher image quality. The NOAA said: "Without a doubt, GOES-R will [change] weather forecasting." It will be like the difference between black and white TV and HD TV.



The new satellite will give real-time images. These will make us safer. Airline pilots will be able to stay away from turbulence. GOES-R will zoom in on weather events to get more detailed pictures. This will help to warn people and save lives and property. People will have better information about hurricanes, flooding, ash clouds, and more. The NOAA said: "It will give the weather as it's looking now rather than [what] happened 15 to 30 minutes ago."

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    Level 0 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/11/20/atlas-5-launches-the-most-advanced-u-s-weather-satellite-in-history/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/high-power-weather-satellite-set-for-launch/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38050916


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the most
  2. It will
  3. predict and look
  4. five times faster than other
  5. four times higher image
  6. Without a
  7. weather
  8. black and white
  1. satellites
  2. quality
  3. forecasting
  4. at the weather
  5. TV
  6. powerful
  7. change
  8. doubt

Paragraph 2

  1. The new satellite will give real-
  2. These will make
  3. Airline
  4. zoom in on weather
  5. get more detailed
  6. save lives
  7. better information
  8. the weather as it's
  1. and property
  2. events
  3. looking now
  4. time images
  5. pilots
  6. pictures
  7. us safer
  8. about hurricanes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA (1) ___________________ powerful weather satellite into space. It will change how (2) ___________________ look at the weather. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (3) ___________________ GOES-R satellite (4) ___________________ photos five times faster than other satellites, with four times (5) ___________________. The NOAA said: "Without a doubt, GOES-R will [change] weather forecasting." It (6) ___________________ difference between black and white TV and HD TV.

The new satellite will (7) ___________________ images. These will make us safer. Airline pilots will (8) ___________________ away from turbulence. GOES-R will zoom in on weather events to get more (9) ___________________. This will help to warn people and save (10) ___________________. People will have better information about hurricanes, flooding, (11) ___________________ more. The NOAA said: "It will give the weather (12) ___________________ now rather than [what] happened 15 to 30 minutes ago."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAputthemostpowerfulweathersatelliteintospace.Itwillchange
howwepredictandlookattheweather.TheNationalOceanicandAtmos
phericAdministration(NOAA)saidits$1billionGOES-Rsatellitewill
takeweatherphotosfivetimesfasterthanothersatellites,withfourtime
shigherimagequality.TheNOAAsaid:"Withoutadoubt,GOES-Rwill[ch
ange]weatherforecasting."Itwillbelikethedifferencebetweenblacka
ndwhiteTVandHDTV.Thenewsatellitewillgivereal-timeimages.Thes
ewillmakeussafer.Airlinepilotswillbeabletostayawayfromturbulence
.GOES-Rwillzoominonweathereventstogetmoredetailedpictures.T
hiswillhelptowarnpeopleandsavelivesandproperty.Peoplewillhaveb
etterinformationabouthurricanes,flooding,ashclouds,andmore.The
NOAAsaid:"Itwillgivetheweatherasit'slookingnowratherthan[what]
happened15to30minutesago."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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