The Reading / Listening - Level 4

Google is investing $1billion in renewable energy, like solar energy and wind farms. It wants to become totally green. Google's Director of Energy and Sustainability (DES) said: "We've invested over a billion dollars in 15 projects that have the capacity to produce two giga-watts of power." He added: "Investing in…renewable power plants…all make business sense….We rely on power for our business."



Google still has a long way to go before it reaches its goal to be fuelled by renewable energy 100 per cent. Currently, about 34 per cent is from renewables. The DES said: "There are lots of challenges in getting there, not the least of which is operating in many [legal systems in] different parts of the world." The DES added Google's innovative projects may transform energy and provide clean power to businesses and homes around the world.

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Sources
  • http://www.cnbc.com/id/101417698
  • http://rt.com/usa/google-billion-solar-power-457/
  • http://guardianlv.com/2014/02/google-attempts-to-power-all-its-operations-with-renewable-energy/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

solar energy

a.

sense

2.

It wants to become

b.

on power for our business

3.

produce two giga-watts

c.

of power

4.

Investing in renewable power

d.

and wind farms

5.

make business

e.

plants

6.

We rely

f.

totally green



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Google still has a

a.

by renewable energy

2.

be fuelled

b.

power to businesses

3.

about 34 per cent is

c.

projects

4.

There are lots of challenges

d.

from renewables.

5.

Google's innovative

e.

long way to go

6.

provide clean

f.

in getting there





LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Google is investing $1billion (1) ___________________, like solar energy and wind farms. It wants to (2) ___________________. Google's Director of (3) ___________________ (DES) said: "We've invested over a billion dollars in 15 projects that have the (4) ___________________ two giga-watts of power." He added: "Investing in…(5) ___________________…all make business sense….We (6) ___________________ our business."

Google still has (7) ___________________ before it reaches its goal to be (8) ___________________ 100 per cent. Currently, about 34 per cent is from renewables. The DES said: "There are (9) ___________________ in getting there, (10) ___________________ which is operating in many [legal systems in] different parts of the world." The DES added Google's (11) ___________________ may transform energy and provide clean power to businesses (12) ___________________ world.

RENEWABLE ENERGY SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about renewable energy 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

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Q.5.

 

 

 

 

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about renewable energy for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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Answers

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