The Reading / Listening - Autobahn Speed - Level 2

Germany may put a speed limit on its autobahn network of highways. The autobahn is 12,996 kilometers long. There is no speed limit on it for many vehicles. There are limits in some areas, like spots that have accidents, or roads that are being repaired. On some parts of the network, there is an advisory speed limit of 130 kph (80 mph). Germany may now put a speed limit on all parts of the autobahn. It has to meet fuel emission targets set by the European Union. It wants to reduce the damage done to the environment by cars that drive fast.



Many drivers are unhappy with a possible speed limit. They do not want the 130kph limit, even if other EU countries have it. Politicians say Germany's government would never pass a speed limit law. One politician said: "I don't think the suggestion of a speed limit is practical." One of Germany's best-selling newspapers 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 face big EU fines if it does not cut its greenhouse gases.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Autobahn Speed - Level 0 Autobahn Speed - Level 1   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. There are limits in
  2. spots that have
  3. roads that are
  4. there is an advisory
  5. on all parts
  6. meet fuel
  7. It wants to reduce
  8. cars that
  1. emission targets
  2. being repaired
  3. drive fast
  4. accidents
  5. the damage
  6. speed limit
  7. of the autobahn
  8. some areas

Paragraph 2

  1. They do not
  2. even if other EU
  3. pass a speed limit
  4. the suggestion
  5. Germany's best-
  6. a symbol of
  7. Germany could face big EU
  8. greenhouse
  1. selling newspapers
  2. fines
  3. countries have it
  4. freedom
  5. gases
  6. want the 130kph limit
  7. of a speed limit
  8. law

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Germany (1) ___________________ speed limit on its autobahn (2) __________________. The autobahn is 12,996 kilometers long. There is no speed (3) ___________________ for many vehicles. There are limits in some areas, like spots that have accidents, or roads that (4) ___________________. On some parts of the network, there is an advisory speed limit of 130 kph (80 mph). Germany may now put a speed limit (5) ___________________ of the autobahn. It has to meet fuel emission targets set by the European Union. It wants to (6) ___________________ done to the environment by cars that drive fast.

Many drivers are unhappy (7) ___________________ speed limit. They do not want the 130kph limit, even if other EU countries have it. Politicians say Germany's government (8) ___________________ a speed limit law. One politician said: "I don't think the suggestion of a speed (9) ___________________." One of Germany's best-selling newspapers (10) ___________________ speed limit. It wrote: "Our autobahn roads are a symbol of freedom. 'Tested on German autobahn' is (11) ___________________. There are enough speed limits." Germany (12) ___________________ EU fines if it does not cut its greenhouse gases.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Germanymayputaspeedlimitonitsautobahnnetworkofhighways.The
autobahnis12,996kilometerslong.Thereisnospeedlimitonitformany
vehicles.Therearelimitsinsomeareas,likespotsthathaveaccidents,or
roadsthatarebeingrepaired.Onsomepartsofthenetwork,thereisanad
visoryspeedlimitof130kph(80mph).Germanymaynowputaspeedlim
itonallpartsoftheautobahn.Ithastomeetfuelemissiontargetssetbyth
eEuropeanUnion.Itwantstoreducethedamagedonetotheenvironme
ntbycarsthatdrivefast.Manydriversareunhappywithapossiblespeedl
imit.Theydonotwantthe130kphlimit,evenifotherEUcountrieshaveit.
PoliticianssayGermany'sgovernmentwouldneverpassaspeedlimitla
w.Onepoliticiansaid:"Idon'tthinkthesuggestionofaspeedlimitispract
ical."OneofGermany'sbest-sellingnewspapersdisagreedwithanysp
eedlimit.Itwrote:"Ourautobahnroadsareasymboloffreedom.'Tested
onGermanautobahn'isaqualityseal.Thereareenoughspeedlimits."G
ermanycouldfacebigEUfinesifitdoesnotcutitsgreenhousegases.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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