The Reading / Listening - 3D Printers - Level 4

A roof over your head is a basic human need, but 1.2 billion people don't have one. A new, low-cost use of 3D printers may change this. 3D printers join materials together via a computerized device that creates three-dimensional objects. Two companies will start building affordable homes using 3D printing. Tech company ICON can make a one-floor house out of cement in a day for just $10,000. This is a fraction of the time and cost to build a house.



ICON and the non-profit group New Story will build homes in developing countries. They will build 100 in El Salvador next year. New Story's co-founder said this was just a drop in the ocean. She said: "There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions, in what we call survival mode." She added: "The tech is ready now to print very high-quality, safe homes in the places we're building." She also said 3D-printed houses could be built in richer countries.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    3D Printers - Level 5 or  3D Printers - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/12/17101856/3d-printed-housing-icon-shelter-housing-crisis
  • https://www.wired.com/story/new-story-3-d-printed-house/
  • https://qz.com/1227301/sxsw-2018-affordable-3d-printed-houses-from-icon-and-charity-new-story-debuted-in-austin/


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. A roof over your head is a basic
  2. join materials
  3. via a computerized
  4. that creates three-
  5. start building affordable
  6. make a one-floor house
  7. a fraction of the time
  8. build a
  1. and cost
  2. dimensional objects
  3. together
  4. house
  5. human need
  6. homes
  7. device
  8. out of cement

Paragraph 2

  1. build homes in developing
  2. New Story's co-
  3. just a drop in
  4. 100 million people living in slum
  5. survival
  6. The tech is ready now to
  7. very high-quality,
  8. 3D-printed houses could be built
  1. safe homes
  2. countries
  3. mode
  4. in richer countries
  5. founder
  6. conditions
  7. the ocean
  8. print

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ head is a basic human need, but 1.2 billion people don't have one. A new, (2) ___________________ of 3D printers may change this. 3D printers join materials (3) ___________________ computerized device (4) ___________________-dimensional objects. Two companies will start building affordable homes using 3D printing. Tech company ICON can make a (5) ___________________ out of cement in a day for just $10,000. This is a fraction of the (6) ___________________ to build a house.

ICON and the (7) ___________________ New Story will build homes in developing countries. They will build 100 in El Salvador next year. New Story's co-founder said this was (8) ___________________ in the ocean. She said: "There are over 100 million people (9) ___________________ conditions, in what we (10) ___________________." She added: "The tech is ready now to (11) ___________________-quality, safe homes in the places we're building." She also said 3D-printed houses (12) ___________________ in richer countries.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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veone.Anew,low-costuseof3Dprintersmaychangethis.3Dprintersjoi
nmaterialstogetherviaacomputerizeddevicethatcreatesthree-dime
nsionalobjects.Twocompanieswillstartbuildingaffordablehomesusi
ng3Dprinting.TechcompanyICONcanmakeaone-floorhouseoutofce
mentinadayforjust$10,000.Thisisafractionofthetimeandcosttobuild
ahouse.ICONandthenon-profitgroupNewStorywillbuildhomesindev
elopingcountries.Theywillbuild100inElSalvadornextyear.NewStory'
sco-foundersaidthiswasjustadropintheocean.Shesaid:"Thereareov
er100millionpeoplelivinginslumconditions,inwhatwecallsurvivalmo
de."Sheadded:"Thetechisreadynowtoprintveryhigh-quality,safeho
mesintheplaceswe'rebuilding."Shealsosaid3D-printedhousescoul
dbebuiltinrichercountries.

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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Free writing

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