The Reading / Listening - 3D Printers - Level 5

A roof over your head is a basic human need, but 1.2 billion people in the world have no proper housing. A revolutionary, low-cost use of 3D printers may change this. With 3D printing, materials are joined together by using a computer-controlled device to create three-dimensional objects. Two companies have joined to try and ease homelessness by building affordable homes using 3D printing. Tech company ICON has developed a method for printing a one-floor house out of cement in a day for just $10,000. This is a fraction of the time and cost needed to build other houses.



ICON teamed up with the non-profit housing group New Story. They will start building homes in developing countries. They will build 100 new homes in El Salvador next year. New Story's co-founder acknowledged that the 100 homes were 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 said 3D-printed houses could become common in richer countries in years to come. For the moment, she said: "The tech is ready now to print very high-quality, safe homes in the places we're building."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    3D Printers - Level 4 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. using a computer-controlled
  3. create three-
  4. try and ease
  5. building affordable
  6. Tech company ICON has developed
  7. printing a one-floor house
  8. This is a fraction of the time
  1. device
  2. a method
  3. homelessness
  4. and cost needed
  5. human need
  6. out of cement
  7. dimensional objects
  8. homes

Paragraph 2

  1. start building homes in
  2. New Story's co-
  3. 100 homes were just a drop
  4. living in slum
  5. survival
  6. 3D-printed houses could
  7. The tech is ready
  8. safe homes in the places we're
  1. in the ocean
  2. now to print
  3. conditions
  4. founder
  5. become common
  6. mode
  7. building
  8. developing countries

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A roof over your head is a (1) ___________________, but 1.2 billion people in the world have (2) ___________________. A revolutionary, low-cost use of 3D printers may change this. With 3D printing,                                       (3) ___________________ together by using a computer-controlled             (4) ___________________ three-dimensional objects. Two companies have joined to try and ease homelessness by building affordable homes using 3D printing. Tech company ICON has developed a (5) ___________________ a one-floor house out of cement in a day for just $10,000. This is                   (6) ___________________ the time and cost needed to build other houses.

ICON teamed up with the (7) ___________________ group New Story. They will start building homes in developing countries. They will build 100 new homes in El Salvador next year. New Story's (8) ___________________ that the 100 homes were just a drop (9) ___________________. She said: "There are over 100 million people living in slum conditions, in what we      (10) ___________________." She said 3D-printed houses could become common in richer countries in (11) ___________________. For the moment, she said: "The tech is ready now to print very (12) ___________________ homes in the places we're building."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Aroofoveryourheadisabasichumanneed,but1.2billionpeopleinthewo
rldhavenoproperhousing.Arevolutionary,low-costuseof3Dprinters
maychangethis.With3Dprinting,materialsarejoinedtogetherbyusing
acomputer-controlleddevicetocreatethree-dimensionalobjects.Tw
ocompanieshavejoinedtotryandeasehomelessnessbybuildingafford
ablehomesusing3Dprinting.TechcompanyICONhasdevelopedameth
odforprintingaone-floorhouseoutofcementinadayforjust$10,000.T
hisisafractionofthetimeandcostneededtobuildotherhouses.ICONtea
medupwiththenon-profithousinggroupNewStory.Theywillstartbuild
inghomesindevelopingcountries.Theywillbuild100newhomesinElSal
vadornextyear.NewStory'sco-founderacknowledgedthatthe100ho
meswerejustadropintheocean.Shesaid:"Thereareover100millionpe
oplelivinginslumconditions,inwhatwecallsurvivalmode."Shesaid3D-
printedhousescouldbecomecommoninrichercountriesinyearstocom
e.Forthemoment,shesaid:"Thetechisreadynowtoprintveryhigh-qual
ity,safehomesintheplaceswe'rebuilding."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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