The Reading / Listening - Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 1

The world's longest sea bridge has opened. It links Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. It is 55 kilometres long and took 10 years to build. There are special islands in the river to support the bridge. There is also a 6.7-kilometre tunnel in the middle. This is for ships to sail over. The new bridge is longer than 14 Golden Gate Bridges. The bridge will cut the travel time between mainland China and Macau by two-and-a-half hours.



China's president attended the opening ceremony. He hopes the bridge will connect 68 million people. Up to 29,000 cars will cross the bridge every day. A trade expert said the increase in goods and passengers will benefit China. Tourists can drive across the bridge, but local car owners must have a special permit. Most drivers will take a shuttle bus across the bridge. This will cost about $8-$10 per trip.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 0 Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 2   or  Hong Kong Sea Bridge - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-hong-kong-mega-bridge-20181022-story.html
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-01/17/c_136902782.htm
  • https://abcnews.go.com/International/worlds-longest-sea-bridge-opens-macau-hong-kong/story?id=58662116


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. The world's
  2. mainland
  3. took 10 years
  4. islands in the river to
  5. a 6.7-kilometre tunnel
  6. The new bridge is
  7. cut the travel
  8. by two-and-a-
  1. to build
  2. time
  3. in the middle
  4. half hours
  5. China
  6. longest sea bridge
  7. support the bridge
  8. longer

Paragraph 2

  1. opening
  2. connect
  3. trade
  4. passengers will
  5. Tourists can drive
  6. car owners must have
  7. take a shuttle
  8. This will cost about $8-$10 per
  1. across the bridge
  2. trip
  3. 68 million people
  4. expert
  5. bus
  6. benefit
  7. a special permit
  8. ceremony

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The world's longest sea bridge has opened. It links Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. It is 55 kilometres (1) ___________________ 10 years to build. There are special islands in the river (2) ___________________ bridge. There is also a 6.7-kilometre tunnel (3) ___________________. This is for ships to sail over. The new bridge (4) ___________________ 14 Golden Gate Bridges. The bridge will (5) ___________________ time between mainland China and Macau by two- (6) ___________________ hours.

China's president (7) ___________________ ceremony. He hopes the bridge will (8) ___________________ people. Up to 29,000 cars will cross the bridge every day. A (9) ___________________ the increase in goods and passengers will benefit China. Tourists can drive across the bridge, but (10) ___________________ must have a special permit. Most drivers will take (11) ___________________ across the bridge. This (12) ___________________ $8-$10 per trip.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theworld'slongestseabridgehasopened.ItlinksHongKong,Macauand
mainlandChina.Itis55kilometreslongandtook10yearstobuild.Therea
respecialislandsintherivertosupportthebridge.Thereisalsoa6.7-kil
ometretunnelinthemiddle.Thisisforshipstosailover.Thenewbridgeisl
ongerthan14GoldenGateBridges.Thebridgewillcutthetraveltimebet
weenmainlandChinaandMacaubytwo-and-a-halfhours.China'spre
sidentattendedtheopeningceremony.Hehopesthebridgewillconnect
68millionpeople.Upto29,000carswillcrossthebridgeeveryday.Atrad
eexpertsaidtheincreaseingoodsandpassengerswillbenefitChina.Tou
ristscandriveacrossthebridge,butlocalcarownersmusthaveaspecialp
ermit.Mostdriverswilltakeashuttlebusacrossthebridge.Thiswillcosta
bout$8-$10pertrip.

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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