The Reading / Listening - Green Energy - Level 2

The UK is increasing its use of renewable energy. It is moving from fossil fuels to green energy, such as wind, nuclear and solar energy. New figures show that the UK had its greenest year ever in 2017 for producing electricity. In 2017, the UK had its first coal-free day for over 150 years. The UK broke 13 clean energy records in 2017. In June, wind, nuclear and solar power produced more electricity than gas and coal. It is the first time this has happened. The UK's power system is now the fourth cleanest in Europe and the seventh cleanest in the world.



The UK has been trying to reduce how much coal it uses. Coal now supplies less than 7 per cent of the UK's electricity. The government wants to use less gas to meet its greenhouse gas target. The UK uses too much gas. The charity World Wildlife Fund is pleased that the UK is moving towards greener energy. It said: "We have never been cleaner or greener, and we are on [target] for an even better year in 2018." It added: "Climate change is [damaging] our nature and wildlife, but we are…facing up to the challenge. We are turning our backs on polluting fossil fuels [for a] clean future."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Green Energy - Level 0 Green Energy - Level 1   or  Green Energy - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42495883
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/uk-clean-energy-records-green-britain-2017-climate-change-global-warming-a8130151.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/12/28/record-year-renewable-energy-low-carbon-sources-top-52pc/


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. increasing its use of renewable
  2. moving from fossil
  3. the UK had its greenest
  4. The UK broke 13 clean
  5. wind, nuclear and solar
  6. produced more electricity than
  7. It is the first time this has
  8. the seventh cleanest
  1. energy records
  2. happened
  3. power
  4. in the world
  5. fuels
  6. year ever in 2017
  7. gas and coal
  8. energy

Paragraph 2

  1. reduce how
  2. The government wants
  3. greenhouse
  4. the UK is moving towards
  5. we are on
  6. we are facing up
  7. We are turning
  8. a clean
  1. to the challenge
  2. gas
  3. future
  4. to use less gas
  5. our backs
  6. target
  7. greener energy
  8. much coal it uses

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The UK is (1) ___________________ of renewable energy. It is moving from (2) ___________________ green energy, such as wind, nuclear and solar energy. New figures show that the UK had its greenest (3) ___________________ 2017 for producing electricity. In 2017, the UK had its first coal-free day for over 150 years. The UK broke 13 (4) ___________________ in 2017. In June, wind, nuclear and solar power produced (5) ___________________ gas and coal. It is the first time this has happened. The UK's power system is now the fourth cleanest in Europe and the (6) ___________________ the world.

The UK has been (7) ___________________ how much coal it uses. Coal now supplies less than 7 per cent of the UK's electricity. The government (8) ___________________ less gas to meet its greenhouse gas target. The UK uses (9) ___________________. The charity World Wildlife Fund is pleased that the UK is moving towards greener energy. It said: "We have (10) _________________ or greener, and we are on [target] for an even better year in 2018." It added: "Climate change is (11) ___________________ and wildlife, but we are…facing up to the challenge. We are turning our backs on (12) ___________________ [for a] clean future."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUKisincreasingitsuseofrenewableenergy.Itismovingfromfossilfu
elstogreenenergy,suchaswind,nuclearandsolarenergy.Newfiguress
howthattheUKhaditsgreenestyeareverin2017forproducingelectricit
y.In2017,theUKhaditsfirstcoal-freedayforover150years.TheUKbro
ke13cleanenergyrecordsin2017.InJune,wind,nuclearandsolarpowe
rproducedmoreelectricitythangasandcoal.Itisthefirsttimethishasha
ppened.TheUK'spowersystemisnowthefourthcleanestinEuropeandt
heseventhcleanestintheworld.TheUKhasbeentryingtoreducehowm
uchcoalituses.Coalnowsupplieslessthan7percentoftheUK'selectricit
y.Thegovernmentwantstouselessgastomeetitsgreenhousegastarge
t.TheUKusestoomuchgas.ThecharityWorldWildlifeFundispleasedtha
ttheUKismovingtowardsgreenerenergy.Itsaid:"Wehaveneverbeenc
leanerorgreener,andweareon[target]foranevenbetteryearin2018."
Itadded:"Climatechangeis[damaging]ournatureandwildlife,butwea
re…facinguptothechallenge.Weareturningourbacksonpollutingfossil
fuels[fora]cleanfuture."

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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