The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The USA put the world's most powerful weather satellite into space. Scientists say it will greatly change how we predict the weather and look at weather events. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said its $1 billion satellite, called GOES-R, will take weather photographs five times faster than other satellites, with four times higher image quality. The NOAA said: "Without a doubt, GOES-R will revolutionize weather forecasting." A weather forecaster said the difference in the quality of the satellite's images is like the difference between black and white TVs and HD TVs.



The new satellite will give us powerful, real-time images. These will make the world safer. Airline pilots will get better data to stay away from turbulence. The satellite will zoom in on severe weather events to get much more detailed pictures. This will help emergency services to warn people more quickly and reduce the loss of human life and property. People will have better information about hurricanes, flooding, ash clouds, wildfires, and more. The NOAA said: "It will give the weather as it's looking now rather than the weather that happened 15 to 30 minutes ago."

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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. greatly change how we
  2. its $1 billion
  3. five times faster
  4. Without a
  5. GOES-R will revolutionize weather
  6. weather
  7. the quality of the satellite's
  8. black and white
  1. satellite
  2. images
  3. forecasting
  4. TVs
  5. forecaster
  6. predict the weather
  7. doubt
  8. than other satellites

Paragraph 2

  1. stay away from
  2. zoom in on severe weather
  3. This will help emergency
  4. warn people more
  5. reduce the loss
  6. better information
  7. flooding, ash clouds,
  8. the weather as it's
  1. about hurricanes
  2. quickly
  3. looking now
  4. turbulence
  5. wildfires, and more
  6. events
  7. of human life
  8. services

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA put the world's most powerful weather (1) ___________________. Scientists say it will greatly change how we predict the weather (2) ___________________ weather events. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said its $1 billion satellite, called GOES-R, (3) ___________________ photographs five times faster than other satellites, with four times higher image quality. The NOAA said: "(4) ___________________, GOES-R will revolutionize weather forecasting." A weather forecaster (5) ________________ in the quality of the satellite's images is like the difference between black (6) ___________________ TVs.

The new satellite (7) ___________________ powerful, real-time images. These will make (8) ___________________. Airline pilots will get better data to stay away from turbulence. The satellite will zoom in on severe weather events (9) ___________________ more detailed pictures. This will help emergency services to warn people more quickly and (10) ___________________ of human life and property. People will have better information about hurricanes, flooding, ash clouds, (11) ___________________. The NOAA said: "It will give the weather as it's looking now rather than the weather that happened 15 (12) ___________________ ago."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAputtheworld'smostpowerfulweathersatelliteintospace.Scien
tistssayitwillgreatlychangehowwepredicttheweatherandlookatweat
herevents.TheNationalOceanicandAtmosphericAdministration(NOA
A)saidits$1billionsatellite,calledGOES-R,willtakeweatherphotograp
hsfivetimesfasterthanothersatellites,withfourtimeshigherimagequa
lity.TheNOAAsaid:"Withoutadoubt,GOES-Rwillrevolutionizeweathe
rforecasting."Aweatherforecastersaidthedifferenceinthequalityofth
esatellite'simagesislikethedifferencebetweenblackandwhiteTVsand
HDTVs.Thenewsatellitewillgiveuspowerful,real-timeimages.The
sewillmaketheworldsafer.Airlinepilotswillgetbetterdatatostayawayf
romturbulence.Thesatellitewillzoominonsevereweathereventstoget
muchmoredetailedpictures.Thiswillhelpemergencyservicestowarnp
eoplemorequicklyandreducethelossofhumanlifeandproperty.People
willhavebetterinformationabouthurricanes,flooding,ashclouds,wildf
ires,andmore.TheNOAAsaid:"Itwillgivetheweatherasit'slookingnow
ratherthantheweatherthathappened15to30minutesago."

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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