The Reading / Listening - Hypersonic Missiles - Level 2

The USA is worried about China and Russia developing hypersonic missiles. These can travel up to twenty times the speed of sound. A top U.S. military official said China and Russia having hypersonic missiles could be a security problem for the USA. General John Hyten warned that the USA could not stop Russia or China using these missiles against it. He said the USA needed small nuclear weapons to stop anyone attacking the USA. President Donald Trump plans to "get together in the not-too-distant future" with Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about the arms race.



Russia successfully tested a hypersonic missile this month. China tested its missiles last year. It will soon have its weapons ready for use. President Putin said Russia needed the weapons because of actions other countries have taken against it. He said "unlawful sanctions" have hurt Russia's development. He added: "You have failed to contain Russia." Mr Putin says the missiles can fly anywhere in the world and "strike like a fireball". Tensions increased this week after the UK and USA expelled Russian diplomats because of the poisoning of a Russian spy in England.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hypersonic Missiles - Level 0 Hypersonic Missiles - Level 1   or  Hypersonic Missiles - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cnbc.com/2018/03/20/china-and-russia-aggressively-are-pursuing-hypersonic-weapons-general.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/62082-hypersonic-weapons-defense.html
  • http://thehill.com/policy/defense/380364-china-russia-eclipse-us-in-hypersonic-missiles-prompting-fears


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The USA is worried
  2. travel up to twenty times the speed
  3. A top U.S. military
  4. could be a security problem
  5. the USA could
  6. stop anyone attacking
  7. in the not-too-
  8. talk about the arms
  1. distant future
  2. about China
  3. race
  4. official
  5. the USA
  6. not stop Russia
  7. of sound
  8. for the USA

Paragraph 2

  1. China tested its missiles
  2. It will soon have its weapons
  3. You have failed to
  4. the missiles can fly anywhere
  5. strike like a
  6. Tensions
  7. Russian
  8. the poisoning
  1. diplomats
  2. contain Russia
  3. ready for use
  4. of a Russian spy
  5. increased this week
  6. last year
  7. fireball
  8. in the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA is worried about China and Russia developing hypersonic missiles. These (1) ___________________ to twenty times the speed of sound. A top U.S. (2) ___________________ said China and Russia having hypersonic missiles could be (3) ___________________ for the USA. General John Hyten warned that the USA could not stop Russia or China using these missiles against it. He said the USA (4) ___________________ weapons to stop anyone attacking the USA. President Donald Trump plans to "(5) ___________________ the not-too-distant future" with Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about (6) ___________________.

Russia (1) ___________________ hypersonic missile this month. China tested its missiles last year. It will soon have its weapons (2) ___________________. President Putin said Russia needed the weapons (3) ___________________ other countries have taken against it. He said "unlawful sanctions" have hurt Russia's development. He added: "You have (4) ___________________ Russia." Mr Putin says the missiles can fly anywhere in the world and "strike (5) ___________________". Tensions increased this week after the UK and USA expelled Russian diplomats because of the poisoning of a (6) ___________________ England.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAisworriedaboutChinaandRussiadevelopinghypersonicmissil
es.Thesecantraveluptotwentytimesthespeedofsound.AtopU.S.milit
aryofficialsaidChinaandRussiahavinghypersonicmissilescouldbease
curityproblemfortheUSA.GeneralJohnHytenwarnedthattheUSAcoul
dnotstopRussiaorChinausingthesemissilesagainstit.HesaidtheUSAn
eededsmallnuclearweaponstostopanyoneattackingtheUSA.Preside
ntDonaldTrumpplansto"gettogetherinthenot-too-distantfuture"w
ithRussianPresidentVladimirPutintotalkaboutthearmsrace.Russiasu
ccessfullytestedahypersonicmissilethismonth.Chinatesteditsmissile
slastyear.Itwillsoonhaveitsweaponsreadyforuse.PresidentPutinsaid
Russianeededtheweaponsbecauseofactionsothercountrieshavetake
nagainstit.Hesaid"unlawfulsanctions"havehurtRussia'sdevelopmen
t.Headded:"YouhavefailedtocontainRussia."MrPutinsaysthemissile
scanflyanywhereintheworldand"strikelikeafireball".Tensionsincreas
edthisweekaftertheUKandUSAexpelledRussiandiplomatsbecauseoft
hepoisoningofaRussianspyinEngland.

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.

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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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Answers

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