The Reading / Listening - 2019 - Level 5

There was a lot of bad and depressing news on television and the radio and in newspapers and news feeds in 2018. However, the year 2019 will be the best ever. Reporters say it will be a particularly good year for English students. The year will provide many opportunities to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Everybody's New Year's resolution should be to use the many websites that focus on language learning. Studying for just 30 minutes a day will reap great rewards in developing vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.



There are many reasons why 2019 will be great. However, we must work together and treat each other with love and respect. This year will be the year of helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It will be a great year for hobbies. Reporters say the stars in the sky are aligning to send positive energy for our hobbies. Financially, we may need to tighten our belts so we can overcome any money problems. And finally, we will all be healthier. We will take better care of ourselves. Reporters urge us all to exercise more and eat healthier food.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    2019 - Level 4 or  2019 - Level 6

Sources
  • Breaking News English.com


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. depressing
  2. news
  3. it will be a particularly
  4. provide many opportunities
  5. New Year's
  6. focus
  7. reap great
  8. comprehension
  1. on language
  2. good year
  3. rewards
  4. feeds
  5. skills
  6. to improve
  7. resolution
  8. news

Paragraph 2

  1. There are many
  2. treat each other
  3. those who are less fortunate
  4. the stars in the sky
  5. we may need to tighten
  6. overcome any money
  7. We will take better care of
  8. urge us all
  1. with love
  2. ourselves
  3. our belts
  4. to exercise more
  5. reasons why
  6. are aligning
  7. than ourselves
  8. problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ of bad and depressing news on television and the radio and in newspapers and news feeds in 2018. However, the year 2019 will be (2) ___________________. Reporters say it will be a particularly good year for English students. The year (3) ___________________ opportunities to improve listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Everybody's New Year's resolution should (4) ___________________ the many websites (5) ___________________ language learning. Studying for just 30 minutes a day will (6) ___________________ in developing vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills.

There are many reasons why 2019 will be great. However, we must work together and (7) ___________________ with love and respect. This year will be the year of helping those (8) ___________________ fortunate than ourselves. It will be a (9) ___________________ hobbies. Reporters say the stars in the sky (10) ___________________ send positive energy for our hobbies. Financially, we may need (11) ___________________ belts so we can overcome any money problems. And finally, we will all be healthier. We will take better care of ourselves. Reporters (12) ___________________ to exercise more and eat healthier food.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therewasalotofbadanddepressingnewsontelevisionandtheradioand
innewspapersandnewsfeedsin2018.However,theyear2019willbethe
bestever.ReporterssayitwillbeaparticularlygoodyearforEnglishstud
ents.Theyearwillprovidemanyopportunitiestoimprovelistening,spea
king,readingandwritingskills.Everybody'sNewYear'sresolutionshoul
dbetousethemanywebsitesthatfocusonlanguagelearning.Studyingf
orjust30minutesadaywillreapgreatrewardsindevelopingvocabulary,
fluencyandcomprehensionskills.Therearemanyreasonswhy2019will
begreat.However,wemustworktogetherandtreateachotherwithlove
andrespect.Thisyearwillbetheyearofhelpingthosewhoarelessfortun
atethanourselves.Itwillbeagreatyearforhobbies.Reporterssaythest
arsintheskyarealigningtosendpositiveenergyforourhobbies.Financi
ally,wemayneedtotightenourbeltssowecanovercomeanymoneypro
blems.Andfinally,wewillallbehealthier.Wewilltakebettercareofourse
lves.Reportersurgeusalltoexercisemoreandeathealthierfood.

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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