The Reading / Listening - Autobahn Speed - Level 1

Germany may put a speed limit on its autobahn highways. The autobahn is 12,996 kilometers long. There is no speed limit for many cars. Some areas like spots that have accidents or roads that are being repaired have a limit. On some parts, there is a suggested speed of 130kph. Germany may put this limit on all parts of the autobahn. It has to meet fuel emission targets set by the EU. It has to cut environmental damage caused by cars that drive fast.



Many drivers are unhappy with a speed limit. They do not want one, even if other countries have one. Politicians say a speed limit will never become law. One politician said a speed limit was not practical. A German newspaper disagreed with any speed limit. It wrote: "Our autobahn roads are a symbol of freedom. 'Tested on German autobahn' is a quality seal. There are enough speed limits." Germany could get fined if it does not cut greenhouse gases.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Autobahn Speed - Level 0 Autobahn Speed - Level 2   or  Autobahn Speed - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.dw.com/en/will-germany-use-autobahn-speed-limits-to-cut-carbon-emissions/a-47144296
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/18/climate-rules-could-put-brakes-germany-no-limit-autobahns
  • http://www.thedrive.com/news/26065/germany-considers-putting-speed-limits-on-the-entire-autobahn


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 autobahn is 12,996 kilometers
  2. There is no speed limit
  3. roads that are being
  4. a suggested speed
  5. on all parts
  6. meet fuel emission
  7. environmental
  8. cars that drive
  1. of the autobahn
  2. repaired
  3. fast
  4. for many cars
  5. damage
  6. of 130kph
  7. targets
  8. long

Paragraph 2

  1. Many drivers are unhappy
  2. They do not want
  3. even if other countries
  4. a speed limit will never
  5. A German newspaper
  6. a symbol
  7. a quality
  8. cut greenhouse
  1. of freedom
  2. become law
  3. seal
  4. one
  5. gases
  6. have one
  7. disagreed
  8. with a speed limit

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Germany (1) ___________________ speed limit on its autobahn highways. The autobahn is 12,996 kilometers long. There is no speed (2) ___________________ cars. Some areas like spots that have accidents or roads that (3) ___________________ have a limit. On some parts, there (4) ___________________ speed of 130kph. Germany may put this limit (5) ___________________ of the autobahn. It has to meet fuel emission targets set by the EU. It has to cut environmental (6) ___________________ cars that drive fast.

Many drivers are (7) ___________________ speed limit. They do not want one, (8) ___________________ countries have one. Politicians say a speed limit will never become law. One politician said a speed limit (9) ___________________. A German newspaper disagreed with any speed limit. It wrote: "Our autobahn roads are a (10) ___________________. 'Tested on German autobahn' is (11) ___________________. There are enough speed limits." Germany could (12) ___________________ it does not cut greenhouse gases.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Germanymayputaspeedlimitonitsautobahnhighways.Theautobahni
s12,996kilometerslong.Thereisnospeedlimitformanycars.Someare
aslikespotsthathaveaccidentsorroadsthatarebeingrepairedhaveali
mit.Onsomeparts,thereisasuggestedspeedof130kph.Germanymay
putthislimitonallpartsoftheautobahn.Ithastomeetfuelemissiontarge
tssetbytheEU.Ithastocutenvironmentaldamagecausedbycarsthatdr
ivefast.Manydriversareunhappywithaspeedlimit.Theydonotwantthe
,evenifothercountrieshaveone.Politicianssayaspeedlimitwillnev
erbecomelaw.Onepoliticiansaidaspeedlimitwasnotpractical.AGerm
annewspaperdisagreedwithanyspeedlimit.Itwrote:"Ourautobahnro
adsareasymboloffreedom.'TestedonGermanautobahn'isaqualitysea
l.Thereareenoughspeedlimits."Germanycouldgetfinedifitdoesnotcu
tgreenhousegases.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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