The Reading / Listening - Aircraft Carrier - Level 0

China is getting stronger. It has the first aircraft carrier it built on its own. The new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. Navy officials broke a bottle of champagne over the carrier at a traditional ceremony. Workers began building the carrier in 2015. The Navy will test it at sea for three years. It will be ready to use in 2020.



A spokesperson was proud of the carrier. It shows China is a modern and strong country. The new carrier will protect China's borders, shipping and trade routes. A social media user said the carrier showed China's "technological power…and strength". China may build four more carriers, like the U.S. Navy carriers.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Aircraft Carrier - Level 1 Aircraft Carrier - Level 2   or  Aircraft Carrier - Level 3

Sources
  • http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/26/c_136237552.htm
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2090723/china-launches-first-domestically-built-aircraft
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-launches-1st-domestically-made-aircraft-carrier/2017/04/25/aea5420a-2a29-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China is getting
  2. The new carrier weighs
  3. broke a bottle
  4. at a traditional
  5. Workers began building the
  6. The Navy will test
  7. at sea
  8. ready to
  1. for three years
  2. ceremony
  3. use in 2020
  4. it
  5. of champagne
  6. stronger
  7. 50,000 tons
  8. carrier in 2015

Paragraph 2

  1. A spokesperson was proud
  2. It shows China is a modern and
  3. protect China's
  4. shipping and trade
  5. social
  6. the carrier showed China's technological
  7. China may build four
  8. like the U.S. Navy
  1. media
  2. borders
  3. routes
  4. more carriers
  5. of the carrier
  6. carriers
  7. power
  8. strong country

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is (1) ___________________. It has the first aircraft carrier it (2) ___________________. The new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. Navy officials (3) ___________________ of champagne over the (4) ___________________ traditional ceremony. Workers began building (5) ___________________ 2015. The Navy will test it at sea for three years. It will be (6) ___________________ 2020.

A spokesperson (7) ___________________ the carrier. It shows China (8) ___________________ and strong country. The new carrier will protect China's borders, (9) ___________________ routes. A (10) ___________________ user said the carrier showed China's "technological (11) ___________________". China may build four more carriers, (12) ___________________ Navy carriers.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisgettingstronger.Ithasthefirstaircraftcarrieritbuiltonitsown.T
henewcarrierweighs50,000-tons.Navyofficialsbrokeabottleofcha
mpagneoverthecarrieratatraditionalceremony.Workersbeganbuildi
ngthecarrierin2015.TheNavywilltestitatseaforthreeyears.Itwillbere
adytousein2020.Aspokespersonwasproudofthecarrier.ItshowsChin
aisamodernandstrongcountry.ThenewcarrierwillprotectChina'sbord
ers,shippingandtraderoutes.Asocialmediausersaidthecarriershowe
dChina's"technologicalpower…andstrength".Chinamaybuildfourmo
recarriers,liketheU.S.Navycarriers.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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