The Reading / Listening - Aircraft Carrier - Level 2

China is growing stronger. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built on its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia. Its new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. It was launched at a ceremony in the shipyard. Navy officials followed tradition and broke a bottle of champagne on the carrier's bow. Development of the new carrier started in 2013. The shipyard started building it in 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at sea for three years. It will start operating in 2020. All of the airplanes it needs will be ready then.



A spokesperson said he was, "proud of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and military". He said the new carrier would strengthen China's ability to protect itself. It will also help China to look after its borders, shipping and trade routes. A social media user said the new carrier was, "a symbol of China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports that China will build at least two and maybe four more carriers. The new ones could be as big as the U.S. Navy carriers. They could weigh up to 100,000 tons.

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The first one was
  2. It was launched at a
  3. Navy officials followed
  4. broke a bottle
  5. The shipyard started building
  6. test the new carrier at sea
  7. It will start operating
  8. All of the airplanes it needs will
  1. for three years
  2. tradition
  3. be ready then
  4. ceremony
  5. in 2020
  6. it in 2015
  7. of champagne
  8. built by Russia

Paragraph 2

  1. proud of the great
  2. modernizing the national defense
  3. strengthen China's ability to
  4. help China to look
  5. shipping and trade
  6. the new carrier was
  7. build at least two and maybe
  8. They could weigh up
  1. four more carriers
  2. protect itself
  3. routes
  4. and military
  5. a symbol
  6. achievement
  7. to 100,000 tons
  8. after its borders

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China (1) ___________________. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier (2) ___________________ its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia. Its new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. It was (3) ___________________ ceremony in the shipyard. Navy officials followed tradition and (4) ___________________ champagne on the carrier's bow. Development of the new carrier started in 2013. The shipyard started (5) ___________________ 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at sea for three years. It will start operating in 2020. (6) ___________________ it needs will be ready then.

A spokesperson said he was, "(7) ___________________ achievement made (8) ___________________ modernizing the national defense and military". He said the new carrier would strengthen China's ability (9) ___________________. It will also help China to look after its borders, shipping and trade routes. A social media user said the new carrier (10) ___________________ China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports that China (11) ___________________ two and maybe four more carriers. The new ones could be as big as the U.S. Navy carriers. They could (12) ___________________ 100,000 tons.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisgrowingstronger.OnWednesday,itlauncheditsfirstaircraftcar
rierthatitbuiltonitsown.Chinanowhastwoaircraftcarriers.Thefirstone
wasbuiltbyRussia.Itsnewcarrierweighs50,000tons.Itwaslaunche
dataceremonyintheshipyard.Navyofficialsfollowedtraditionandbrok
eabottleofchampagneonthecarrier'sbow.Developmentofthenewcar
rierstartedin2013.Theshipyardstartedbuildingitin2015.TheChinese
Navywilltestthenewcarrieratseaforthreeyears.Itwillstartoperatingin
2020.Alloftheairplanesitneedswillbereadythen.Aspokespersonsaidh
ewas,"proudofthegreatachievementmadebythecountryinmodernizi
ngthenationaldefenseandmilitary".Hesaidthenewcarrierwouldstren
gthenChina'sabilitytoprotectitself.ItwillalsohelpChinatolookafterits
borders,shippingandtraderoutes.Asocialmediausersaidthenewcarri
erwas,"asymbolofChina'stechnologicalpower,industrialcapabilityan
doverallstrength".TherearereportsthatChinawillbuildatleasttwoand
maybefourmorecarriers.ThenewonescouldbeasbigastheU.S.Navyc
arriers.Theycouldweighupto100,000tons.

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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Answers

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