The Reading / Listening - Aircraft Carrier - Level 3

China's navy is growing stronger and stronger. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built completely on its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia and came into service in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched at a ceremony in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. 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 late 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at sea for the next three years. It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it needs are ready.



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

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Aircraft Carrier - Level 0 Aircraft Carrier - Level 1   or  Aircraft Carrier - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about aircraft carriers. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       navy / aircraft carrier / developed / ceremony / tradition / champagne / airplanes /
       proud / achievement / ability / protect / trade routes / symbol / industrial / weigh

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. CHINA: Students A strongly believe China must take a strong role in keeping world peace; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MILITARY: What do these people do? How important are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Their duties

Their importance

Navy sailor

 

 

Soldier

 

 

Air pilot

 

 

Army general

 

 

Commando

 

 

Marine

 

 

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5. NAVY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "navy". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. MILITARY HARDWARE: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important military hardware at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • jeep
  • fighter jet
  • personnel carrier
  • battleship
  • aircraft carrier
  • tank
  • helicopter
  • submarine

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said China is now the strongest country in the world.     T / F
  2. China now has two aircraft carriers.     T / F
  3. Officials broke a bottle of champagne over the new aircraft carrier.     T / F
  4. The carrier will go into service when its airplanes are ready.     T / F
  5. A spokesperson said he was proud of China's modernization.     T / F
  6. The spokesman said China needed more carriers to protect its borders.    T / F
  7. A report said China would build another 10 aircraft carriers.     T / F
  8. China will soon build a carrier that weighs 1,000,000 tons.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. growing
  2. completely
  3. tradition
  4. building
  5. ready
  6. modernizing
  7. strengthen
  8. routes
  9. symbol
  10. biggest
  1. custom
  2. emblem
  3. prepared
  4. boost
  5. totally
  6. getting
  7. passages
  8. constructing
  9. largest
  10. updating

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. China's navy is growing stronger
  2. completely on
  3. came into service
  4. the first to be developed and
  5. for the next
  6. proud of the great
  7. strengthen China's ability to
  8. protect its shipping and trade
  9. China is planning to build at
  10. The new carriers could be
  1. protect itself
  2. in 2012
  3. built by China
  4. achievement
  5. least two
  6. and stronger
  7. routes
  8. as big
  9. its own
  10. three years

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
completely
late
needs
ceremony
stronger
sea
service
tradition

China's navy is growing stronger and (1) ____________. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built (2) ____________ on its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia and came into (3) ____________ in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched at a (4) ____________ in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. Navy officials followed (5) ____________ 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 (6) ____________ 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at (7) ____________ for the next three years. It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it (8) ____________ are ready.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
routes
overall
ability
weigh
proud
military
least
symbol

A spokesperson for the Chinese said he was, "(9) ____________ of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and (10) ____________". He added that the aircraft carrier would help to strengthen China's (11) ____________ to protect itself. He also said China could now look after its borders and protect its shipping and trade (12) ____________. A social media user on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) said the new carrier was, "a (13) ____________ of China's technological power, industrial capability and (14) ____________ strength". There are reports that China is planning to build at (15) ____________ two and possibly up to four more carriers. The new carriers could be as big as the biggest U.S. Navy carriers. They could (16) ____________ as much as 100,000 tons.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  China's navy is growing stronger ______
     a.  and stranger
     b.  and stronger
     c.  and strong
     d.  and strongest

2)  it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built ______
     a.  completely in its own
     b.  completely on this own
     c.  completely on its own
     d.  complete on this own

3)  The first one was built by Russia and came into ______
     a.  services in 2012
     b.  serviced in 2012
     c.  servicing 2012
     d.  service in 2012

4)  The shipyard started building it ______
     a.  on late 2015
     b.  in later 2015
     c.  in late 2015
     d.  in lately 2015

5)  It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it ______
     a.  needs are readied
     b.  knees already
     c.  knees are ready
     d.  needs are ready

6)  A spokesperson for the Chinese said he was proud of the ______
     a.  great achievement
     b.  greats achievement
     c.  great achievements
     d.  greats achievements

7)  made by the country in modernizing the national ______
     a.  defense and militarily
     b.  defends and military
     c.  defensive and military
     d.  defense and military

8)  help to strengthen China's ability ______
     a.  too protects itself
     b.  to protect sit self
     c.  to protect itself
     d.  too protect itself

9)  China's technological power, industrial capability and ______
     a.  overall strengthen
     b.  overall strength
     c.  overalls strengthen
     d.  overalls strength

10)  China is planning to build at least two and possibly ______
     a.  up two four more
     b.  up for four more
     c.  up to four more
     d.  up by four more

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China's navy (1) ___________________ and stronger. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier (2) ___________________ completely on its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia and (3) ___________________ in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched at a ceremony in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. 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 the next three years. It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes (6) ___________________.

A spokesperson for the Chinese said he (7) ___________________ great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and military". He added that the aircraft carrier would (8) ___________________ China's ability to protect itself. He also said China could now look after its borders and (9) ___________________ and trade routes. A social media user on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) said the new carrier was, "(10) ___________________ China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports that China is planning to (11) ___________________ two and possibly up to four more carriers. The new carriers could be as big as the biggest U.S. Navy carriers. They could weigh (12) ___________________ 100,000 tons.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is growing stronger and stronger?
  2. Who built China's first aircraft carrier?
  3. What did officials break across the aircraft carrier's bow?
  4. When did the shipyard start building the carrier?
  5. When will the new carrier go into service?
  6. Who said he was proud of China's modernization?
  7. What kind of routes would the aircraft carrier help to protect?
  8. How many more aircraft carriers might China make?
  9. What could a new Chinese aircraft carrier be as big as?
  10. How heavy could a new Chinese aircraft carrier be?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is growing stronger and stronger?
a) launches
b) China
c) aircraft carriers
d) Russia

2) Who built China's first aircraft carrier?
a) France
b) USA
c) Japan
d) Russia

3) What did officials break across the aircraft carrier's bow?
a) a bottle of champagne
b) a rice cracker
c) a drum
d) a string

4) When did the shipyard start building the carrier?
a) 2013
b) 2012
c) 2015
d) 2014

5) When will the new carrier go into service?
a) 2018
b) 2020
c) 2030
d) 2022

6) Who said he was proud of China's modernization?
a) a spokesperson
b) a leader
c) a sailor
d) a construction worker

7) What kind of routes would the aircraft carrier help to protect?
a) highway routes
b) mountain routes
c) trade routes
d) Internet routes

8) How many more aircraft carriers might China make?
a) two to four
b) five
c) seven
d) up to ten

9) What could a new Chinese aircraft carrier be as big as?
a) the biggest U.S. Navy carriers
b) the world's tallest building
c) five blue whales
d) a small island

10) How heavy could a new Chinese aircraft carrier be?
a) as much as 400,000
b) as much as 300,000
c) as much as 200,000
d) as much as 100,000

Role play

Role  A – Aircraft Carrier

You think an aircraft carrier is the most important thing for a country's military to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as necessary. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): helicopter, a tank or a submarine.

Role  B – Helicopter

You think a helicopter is the most important thing for a country's military to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as necessary. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): aircraft carrier, a tank or a submarine.

Role  C – Tank

You think a tank is the most important thing for a country's military to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as necessary. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): helicopter, aircraft carrier or a submarine.

Role  D – Submarine

You think a submarine is the most important thing for a country's military to have. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as necessary. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): helicopter, a tank or aircraft carrier.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'air'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'craft'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • proud
    • added
    • borders
    • symbol
    • least
    • weigh
    • completely
    • Russia
    • 50,000
    • tradition
    • 2013
    • 2020




    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 - China launches first Chinese-made aircraft carrier

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'aircraft'?
    3. How important is it for a country to have a strong navy or army?
    4. How strong is your country's military?
    5. What do you think it's like to live and work on an aircraft carrier?
    6. What is the job of an aircraft carrier?
    7. What do you think of the tradition used to launch ships?
    8. What can you do on an aircraft carrier?
    9. Would you like to be in the navy?
    10. What kind of tests do you think the navy will do on the carrier?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'navy'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How proud are you of your country's military?
    5. How well can your country defend its borders?
    6. What are symbols of your country's strength?
    7. How many aircraft carriers does a country need?
    8. What does the rest of the world think about China's new carrier?
    9. How can China help to keep the world safe?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the head of China's navy?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    China's navy is growing stronger and (1) ____. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built completely (2) ____ its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia and came (3) ____ service in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched at a (4) ____ in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. Navy officials (5) ____ 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 late 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at sea for the next three years. It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it needs are (6) ____.

    A spokesperson for the Chinese said he was, "proud of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and (7) ____ ". He added that the aircraft carrier would help to strengthen China's ability to protect itself. He also said China could now look after its (8) ____ and protect its shipping and trade (9) ____. A social media user on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) said the new carrier was, "a (10) ____ of China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports that China is planning to build at (11) ____ two and possibly up to four more carriers. The new carriers could be as big as the biggest U.S. Navy carriers. They could (12) ____ as much as 100,000 tons.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     stronger     (b)     strengthen     (c)     strongest     (d)     strongly    
    2. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     by     (c)     into     (d)     so    
    4. (a)     cerebrum     (b)     ceremonial     (c)     ceremonies     (d)     ceremony    
    5. (a)     followed     (b)     chased     (c)     pursued     (d)     tailed    
    6. (a)     readily     (b)     ready     (c)     already     (d)     read    
    7. (a)     militant     (b)     militarize     (c)     militia     (d)     military    
    8. (a)     bordered     (b)     borders     (c)     bordering     (d)     borderline    
    9. (a)     roots     (b)     loots     (c)     routes     (d)     louts    
    10. (a)     symbolism     (b)     symbol     (c)     symbolic     (d)     symbolically    
    11. (a)     lest     (b)     lost     (c)     last     (d)     least    
    12. (a)     weight     (b)     weigh     (c)     weighs     (d)     weighty

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched

    (    )     A spokesperson for the Chinese said he was, "proud of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing

    (    )     its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built by Russia and came into service

    (    )     it in late 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier at sea for the next three years. It will go into

    (    )     routes. A social media user on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) said the new carrier was, "a symbol

    (    )     service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it needs are ready.

    (    )     the national defense and military". He added that the aircraft carrier would help to strengthen China's

    1  )     China's navy is growing stronger and stronger. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built completely on

    (    )     planning to build at least two and possibly up to four more carriers. The new carriers could

    (    )     at a ceremony in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. Navy officials followed tradition and broke

    (    )     of China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports that China is

    (    )     be as big as the biggest U.S. Navy carriers. They could weigh as much as 100,000 tons.

    (    )     a bottle of champagne on the carrier's bow. Development of the new carrier started in 2013. The shipyard started building

    (    )     ability to protect itself. He also said China could now look after its borders and protect its shipping and trade

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. be   carrier   50,000   to  ton   new   first   -   The  the   developed  is   .
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    6. Help   itself   protect   to   ability   China's   strengthen   to   .
    7. its  shipping  China  could   now  look  after  its   borders  and  protect  .
    8. to   four   more   carriers   Build   at   least   two   and   possibly   up   .
    9. US  biggest  the  as   big   as  be  could  carriers  New   carriers  Navy  .
    10. much   They   as   100,000   tons   weigh   as   could   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    China's navy is growing stronger and strengthen / stronger. On Wednesday, it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built / build completely on its own. China now has two aircraft carriers. The first one was built at / by Russia and came onto / into service in 2012. The new 50,000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by China. It was launched / lunched at a ceremony in the shipyard of the China Shipbuilding Corporation. Navy official / officials followed tradition and broke a bottle of / for champagne on the carrier's bow. Development of the newly / new carrier started in 2013. The shipyard started building it in late 2015. The Chinese Navy will test the new carrier on / at sea for the next three years. It will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it needs are ready / already.

    A spokesperson for the Chinese said he was, "proudly / proud of the great achievement made by the country in / on modernizing the national defense and military". He subtracted / added that the aircraft carrier would help to strengthen China's ability to protect itself / self. He also said China could now look after / before its borders and protect its shipping and trade routes. A social media user on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) said the new carrier was, "a symbolic / symbol of China's technological power, industrial capability and overall strength". There are reports / repeats that China is planning to build at least two and possibly / possible up to four more carriers. The new carriers could be that / as big as the biggest U.S. Navy carriers. They could weigh / weight as much as 100,000 tons.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    china's navy is growing stronger and stronger on wednesday it launched its first aircraft carrier that it built completely on its own china now has two aircraft carriers the first one was built by russia and came into service in 2012 the new 50000-ton carrier is the first to be developed and built by china it was launched at a ceremony in the shipyard of the china shipbuilding corporation 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 late 2015 the chinese navy will test the new carrier at sea for the next three years it will go into service in 2020 after all of the airplanes it needs are ready

    a spokesperson for the chinese said he was "proud of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and military" he added that the aircraft carrier would help to strengthen china's ability to protect itself he also said china could now look after its borders and protect its shipping and trade routes a social media user on weibo (the chinese twitter) said the new carrier was "a symbol of china's technological power industrial capability and overall strength" there are reports that china is planning to build at least two and possibly up to four more carriers the new carriers could be as big as the biggest us navy carriers they could weigh as much as 100000 tons

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ofchampagneonthecarrier'sbow.Developmentofthenewcarrierstart
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    in2020afteralloftheairplanesitneedsareready.Aspokespersonforthe
    Chinesesaidhewas,"proudofthegreatachievementmadebythecountr
    yinmodernizingthenationaldefenseandmilitary".Headdedthattheair
    craftcarrierwouldhelptostrengthenChina'sabilitytoprotectitself.Heal
    sosaidChinacouldnowlookafteritsbordersandprotectitsshippingandt
    raderoutes.AsocialmediauseronWeibo(theChineseTwitter)saidthen
    ewcarrierwas,"asymbolofChina'stechnologicalpower,industrialcapa
    bilityandoverallstrength".TherearereportsthatChinaisplanningtobui
    ldatleasttwoandpossiblyuptofourmorecarriers.Thenewcarrierscould
    beasbigasthebiggestU.S.Navycarriers.Theycouldweighasmuchas10
    0,000tons.

    Free writing

    Write about aircraft carrier for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Countries do not need navies and armies. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the news about this aircraft carrier. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. AIRCRAFT CARRIERS: Make a poster about aircraft carriers. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MILITARY: Write a magazine article about the idea of countries having no need for armies, navies and air forces. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on aircraft carriers. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on how useful aircraft carriers are. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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