The Reading / Listening - Electricity - Level 3

All villages in India now have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Monday. He said the final village in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the state of Manipur. The village was connected to the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest promises. Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification project. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity."



In 2015, PM Modi promised he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity for the first time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public places (including schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is happy with the progress made, many people say there is a lot more work to be done. The World Bank says 200 million Indians still lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that many villages still lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creates a big problem for the village as it is frequented by elephants."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Electricity - Level 0 Electricity - Level 1   or  Electricity - Level 2

Sources
  • http://indianexpress.com/article/india/every-indian-village-now-has-electricity-claims-pm-narendra-modi-calls-it-historic-day-5156095/
  • https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/pm-modi-claims-all-indian-villages-have-access-to-electricity-india-today-ground-report-says-otherwise-1223078-2018-04-29
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-43946049


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Warm-ups

1. ELECTRICITY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about electricity. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       electricity / announcement / village / connected / promise / historic day / development
       basic / power / schools / health centres / happy / progress / darkness / elephants
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ELECTRIFIED: Students A strongly believe the world will be a better place when every house is electrified; Students B strongly believe it won't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. VILLAGES: How important are these things for villages to have? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How important?

Why?

A health center

 

 

A sports center

 

 

A library

 

 

A bus service

 

 

A police station

 

 

A supermarket

 

 

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5. POWER: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "power". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PROGRESS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most necessary things to progress at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • healthcare
  • technology
  • the Internet
  • respect
  • education
  • human rights
  • electrification
  • democracy

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. announcement a. The state of being joined or linked.
      2. final b. Changed.
      3. remote c. A public and usually formal statement about a fact, event, or plan.
      4. connected d. In a place far from the cities and towns.
      5. grid e. The last one in a series of things or events.
      6. involved f. A network of cables or pipes for distributing power, especially for electricity.
      7. transformed g. Caused (a person or group) to experience or join in an activity or situation.

    Paragraph 2

      8. access h. The simple things you need to start something.
      9. basic i. Anything about the running of a business, organization, etc.
      10. administrative j. There being no light so it's difficult or impossible to see.
      11. progress k. The chance or opportunity to use or benefit from something.
      12. lack l. Visited a place often.
      13. darkness m. Not enough of something.
      14. frequented n. Advances or developments toward being better, more complete, or more modern.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A village in the capital Delhi was the last Indian village to get power.     T / F
  2. Electrification was an election promise from India's government.     T / F
  3. India's leader said April 28 was a historic day for world energy.     T / F
  4. India's leader said he would never he happy.     T / F
  5. India's leader promised to give access to electricity to 18,000 villages.     T / F
  6. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when 10% of buildings have power.    T / F
  7. Around 200 million Indians are still without power.     T / F
  8. A villager said elephants visit his village during daylight hours.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. announcement
  2. final
  3. connected
  4. promises
  5. access to
  6. basic
  7. progress
  8. lacked
  9. creates
  10. frequented
  1. linked
  2. primary
  3. use of
  4. visited
  5. pledges
  6. was/were without
  7. statement
  8. makes
  9. last
  10. advances

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Modi made the
  2. The village was
  3. Mr Modi thanked
  4. We fulfilled
  5. every
  6. access to electricity
  7. basic power
  8. happy with the progress
  9. 200 million Indians still
  10. it is frequented
  1. everyone involved
  2. a commitment
  3. made
  4. connected to the grid
  5. by elephants
  6. announcement on Monday
  7. lack access
  8. lines
  9. single village of India
  10. for the first time

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
final
historic
promises
single
now
state
forever
project

All villages in India (1) ____________ have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Monday. He said the (2) ____________ village in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the (3) ____________ of Manipur. The village was connected to the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest (4) ____________. Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification (5) ____________. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a (6) ____________ day in the development journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed (7) ____________. I am delighted that every (8) ____________ village of India now has access to electricity."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
including
done
frequented
promised
progress
still
basic
lack

In 2015, PM Modi (9) ____________ he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity for the first time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the (10) ____________ power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public places ((11) ____________ schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is happy with the (12) ____________ made, many people say there is a lot more work to be (13) ____________. The World Bank says 200 million Indians still (14) ____________ access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that many villages (15) ____________ lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creates a big problem for the village as it is (16) ____________ by elephants."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  He said the final village in the country to get electricity ______ Leisang village
     a.  was the remotely
     b.  was the demote
     c.  was the remodel
     d.  was the remote
2)  Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the ______
     a.  electrification projection
     b.  electrification project
     c.  electrification projector
     d.  electrification projected
3)  remembered as a historic day in the development ______ India
     a.  journey off
     b.  journey from
     c.  journey if
     d.  journey of
4)  We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be ______
     a.  transformed for never
     b.  transformed for even
     c.  transformed four revere
     d.  transformed forever
5)  I am delighted that every single village of India now ______ electricity
     a.  has access to
     b.  has excess to
     c.  has recess to
     d.  has assess to

6)  Modi promised he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity ______ time
     a.  for the firsts
     b.  for the first
     c.  for the firstly
     d.  for the fast
7)  Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the ______
     a.  basically power lines
     b.  basics power lines
     c.  basic power lines
     d.  bay sick power lines
8) many people say there is a lot more work ______
     a.  to be doing
     b.  to be done
     c.  to be dome
     d.  to be gone
9)  The "India Today" newspaper found that many villages ______ electricity
     a.  still lacked
     b.  still lucked
     c.  still licked
     d.  still locked
10)  The darkness creates a big problem for the village as it ______ elephants
     a.  is frequently by
     b.  is frequent it by
     c.  is frequentcy by
     d.  is frequented by

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

All villages (1) ___________________ have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on Monday. He said (2) ___________________ in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the state of Manipur. The village was connected (3) ___________________ on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest promises. Mr Modi thanked everyone (4) ___________________ electrification project. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a (5) ___________________ the development journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now (6) ___________________ electricity."

In 2015, PM Modi promised he would give 18,000 (7) ___________________ electricity for the first time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the (8) ___________________ and 10 per cent of houses and public places (including schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi (9) ___________________ the progress made, many people say there is (10) ___________________ work to be done. The World Bank says 200 million Indians still lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that (11) ___________________ lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creates a big problem for the village (12) ___________________ frequented by elephants."

Comprehension questions

  1. On what day of the week did Narendra Modi make an announcement?
  2. What was the final village connected to on Sunday?
  3. What was one of the country's biggest promises?
  4. What date did Narendra Modi say would be a historic one for India?
  5. How was Narendra Modi feeling about the electrification?
  6. How many villages did Mr Modi promise to give access to power to?
  7. What basic things did Mr Modi say villages needed?
  8. How many Indians did the World Bank say had no electricity?
  9. Which newspaper wrote about the lack of access to electricity?
  10. What did a villager say visited his village at night?




Multiple choice quiz

1) On what day of the week did Narendra Modi make an announcement?
a) a Tuesday
b) a Sunday
c) a Monday
d) a Friday
2) What was the final village connected to on Sunday?
a) the grid
b) the Internet
c) the world
d) its neighbour
3) What was one of the country's biggest promises?
a) electrification
b) democracy
c) free Internet
d) healthcare
4) What date did Narendra Modi say would be a historic one for India?
a) April 29, 2018
b) April 28, 2018
c) April 30, 2018
d) April 27, 2018
5) How was Narendra Modi feeling about the electrification?
a) unhappy
b) amazed
c) flat
d) delighted

6) How many villages did Mr Modi promise to give access to power to?
a) 88,000
b) 18,000
c) 80,000
d) 8,000
7) What basic things did Mr Modi say villages needed?
a) power lines
b) police
c) money
d) security
8) How many Indians did the World Bank say had no electricity?
a) 20,000,000
b) 2,000,000
c) 200 million
d) 12,000,000
9) Which newspaper wrote about the lack of access to electricity?
a) India Sun
b) India Express
c) India Times
d) India Today
10) What did a villager say visited his village at night?
a) elephants
b) power workers
c) thieves
d) ancient spirits

Role play

Role  A – Education
You think progress in education is the most important aim. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their aims. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): democracy, technology or environmental issues.

Role  B – Democracy
You think democracy is the most important aim. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their aims. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): education, technology or environmental issues.

Role  C – Technology
You think progress in technology is the most important aim. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their aims. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): democracy, education or environmental issues.

Role  D – The Environment
You think progress in environmental issues is the most important aim. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their aims. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why):  democracy, technology or education.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'village'

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  • and 'electricity'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • first
    • basic
    • happy
    • lot
    • 200
    • elephants
    • announcement
    • final
    • grid
    • thanked
    • remembered
    • delighted




    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 - Every Indian village now has electricity

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'electricity'?
    3. How important is electricity?
    4. Why has it taken India so long to give all villages electricity?
    5. What would it be like to live in a remote village?
    6. Does your government always keep its promises?
    7. What historic days has your country had recently?
    8. What has transformed your life?
    9. Would you prefer to live in a village or in a city?
    10. What are the bad things about electricity?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'village'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would we do without electricity?
    5. How is electricity made?
    6. Have you ever experienced a power cut?
    7. What is the most useful electrical appliance?
    8. What would you do if elephants frequently visited your neighbourhood?
    9. What problems can darkness cause?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Narendra Modi?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    All villages in India now have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the (1) ____ on Monday. He said the (2) ____ village in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the state of Manipur. The village was connected (3) ____ the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest promises. Mr Modi (4) ____ everyone involved in the electrification project. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development (5) ____ of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed forever. I am (6) ____ that every single village of India now has access to electricity."

    In 2015, PM Modi promised he would give 18,000 villages (7) ____ to electricity for the first time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public places ((8) ____ schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is happy (9) ____ the progress made, many people say there is a lot more work to be (10) ____. The World Bank says 200 million Indians (11) ____ lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that many villages still lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creates a big problem for the village as it is (12) ____ by elephants."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     announce     (b)     announcement     (c)     announces     (d)     announcing    
    2. (a)     finality     (b)     final     (c)     finals     (d)     finale    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    4. (a)     thanking     (b)     thanked     (c)     thanks     (d)     thank you    
    5. (a)     holiday     (b)     voyage     (c)     trip     (d)     journey    
    6. (a)     delightful     (b)     delight     (c)     delighted     (d)     delights    
    7. (a)     access     (b)     excess     (c)     recess     (d)     assess    
    8. (a)     include     (b)     includes     (c)     including     (d)     included    
    9. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     with    
    10. (a)     done     (b)     gone     (c)     hone     (d)     tone    
    11. (a)     still     (b)     motionless     (c)     calm     (d)     silent    
    12. (a)     frequented     (b)     frequently     (c)     frequents     (d)     frequent

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. cotceennd to the grid
    3. one of the government's biggest orsesmip
    4. remembered as a iisotchr day
    5. transformed orfeerv
    6. every negsil village

    Paragraph 2

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    3. public places, cninlgudi schools
    4. Mr Modi is happy with the pgoserrs
    5. 200 oiilmln Indians
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  that many villages still lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness
    (...)  forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now has access to electricity."
    (...)  project. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development
    1  ) All villages in India now have electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement on
    (...)  In 2015, PM Modi promised he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity for the first
    (...)  Monday. He said the final village in the country to get electricity was the remote Leisang village in the state
    (...)  happy with the progress made, many people say there is a lot more work to be done. The World Bank says 200
    (...)  journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed
    (...)  of the government's biggest promises. Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification
    (...)  time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and
    (...)  public places (including schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is
    (...)  million Indians still lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found
    (...)  of Manipur. The village was connected to the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one
    (...)  creates a big problem for the village as it is frequented by elephants."

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. Modi   thanked   in   involved   the   project   .   Mr   everyone
    3. of   in   A   historic   the   India   .   day   development
    4. Indians   The   of   transformed   lives   will   forever   .   be
    5. India   access   .   Every   single   of   village   now   has
    6. for   to   Access   first   time   .   the   electricity
    7. when   basic   Electrified   it   lines   .   power   has   the
    8. is   the   Mr   Modi   happy   progress   made   .   with
    9. Bank   access   .   million   200   The   World   lack   says
    10. problem   big   village   .   creates   Darkness   for   a   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    All villages in India now have / has electricity. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at / on Monday. He said the final / finally village in the country to get electricity was the remote / demote Leisang village in the state of Manipur. The village was connection / connected to the grid on Sunday. Electrification of all villages in India was one of the government's biggest promise / promises. Mr Modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification project / projector. He tweeted: "April 28, 2018 will be remembered was / as a historic day in the development journey of India....We fulfilled a commitment, due / dew to which, the lives of...Indians will be transformed forever. I am delighted that every single village of India now has access / excess to electricity."

    In 2015, PM Modi permitted / promised he would give 18,000 villages access to electricity for the first timing / time. Mr Modi said a village is electrified when it has the basically / basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public / publicly places (including schools, administrative offices and health centres) have power. While Mr Modi is happy within / with the progress made, many people say there is a lot more working / work to be done. The World Bank says 200 million Indians still slack / lack access to electricity. The "India Today" newspaper found that / what many villages still lacked electricity. One villager told its reporters: "The darkness creative / creates a big problem for the village as it is frequented / frequently by elephants."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    all villages in india now have electricity indias prime minister narendra modi made the announcement on monday he said the final village in the country to get electricity was the remote leisang village in the state of manipur the village was connected to the grid on sunday electrification of all villages in india was one of the governments biggest promises mr modi thanked everyone involved in the electrification project he tweeted april 28 2018 will be remembered as a historic day in the development journey of indiawe fulfilled a commitment due to which the lives of indians will be transformed forever i am delighted that every single village of india now has access to electricity

    in 2015 pm modi promised he would give 18000 villages access to electricity for the first time mr modi said a village is electrified when it has the basic power lines and 10 per cent of houses and public places including schools administrative offices and health centres have power while mr modi is happy with the progress made many people say there is a lot more work to be done the world bank says 200 million indians still lack access to electricity the india today newspaper found that many villages still lacked electricity one villager told its reporters the darkness creates a big problem for the village as it is frequented by elephants"

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    AllvillagesinIndianowhaveelectricity.India'sPrimeMinisterNarendra
    ModimadetheannouncementonMonday.Hesaidthefinalvillageinthec
    ountrytogetelectricitywastheremoteLeisangvillageinthestateofMani
    pur.ThevillagewasconnectedtothegridonSunday.Electrificationofall
    villagesinIndiawasoneofthegovernment'sbiggestpromises.MrModit
    hankedeveryoneinvolvedintheelectrificationproject.Hetweeted:"Ap
    ril28,2018willberememberedasahistoricdayinthedevelopmentjourn
    eyofIndia....Wefulfilledacommitment,duetowhich,thelivesof...India
    nswillbetransformedforever.IamdelightedthateverysinglevillageofI
    ndianowhasaccesstoelectricity."In2015,PMModipromisedhewouldgi
    ve18,000villagesaccesstoelectricityforthefirsttime.MrModisaidavill
    ageiselectrifiedwhenithasthebasicpowerlinesand10percentofhouse
    sandpublicplaces(includingschools,administrativeofficesandhealthc
    entres)havepower.WhileMrModiishappywiththeprogressmade,man
    ypeoplesaythereisalotmoreworktobedone.TheWorldBanksays200m
    illionIndiansstilllackaccesstoelectricity.The"IndiaToday"newspaperf
    oundthatmanyvillagesstilllackedelectricity.Onevillagertolditsreport
    ers:"Thedarknesscreatesabigproblemforthevillageasitisfrequented
    byelephants."

    Free writing

    Write about electricity for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Electricity is the most important thing for a village to have. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ELECTRICITY: Make a poster about electricity. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CONNECTED: Write a magazine article about getting all houses in the world connected to electicity. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on electricity. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on the good and bad things about electricity. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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