The Reading / Listening - Worldwide Internet - Level 5

A company has successfully launched six satellites in a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at making "affordable" Internet accessible to every corner of Earth. The company is called OneWeb. Its six satellites were put into orbit in a launch from French Guiana on board a Russian Soyuz rocket. OneWeb said it is planning a space network of 900 satellites. OneWeb will send more Internet satellites into space at the end of this year. The company plans to launch several rockets every month, each carrying 39 satellites. Only 648 satellites are needed to provide global Internet coverage.



OneWeb's CEO was excited about the launch. He said it would greatly transform the lives of millions of people. He told reporters: "We're going to connect lots of people who are not currently connected. We're going to start by focusing on connecting schools...boats...planes, and...huge swathes of the planet." Not everyone is happy with this network. China is supposedly testing jammers to block the network. North Korea might fear the network could damage its national security. Russia is worried that the network could be used to gather intelligence.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Worldwide Internet - Level 4 or  Worldwide Internet - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47374246
  • https://www.dw.com/en/oneweb-of-900-Internet-satellites-in-space/a-47690785
  • https://onewebsatellites.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. a multi-billion-
  2. accessible to every corner
  3. Its six satellites were
  4. a space network
  5. send more Internet satellites
  6. at the end
  7. launch several rockets
  8. provide global Internet
  1. of this year
  2. put into orbit
  3. coverage
  4. of Earth
  5. of 900 satellites
  6. every month
  7. into space
  8. dollar project

Paragraph 2

  1. excited about
  2. greatly transform the lives
  3. people who are not
  4. huge swathes
  5. China is supposedly
  6. block the
  7. the network could damage its
  8. used to gather
  1. national security
  2. of the planet
  3. intelligence
  4. of millions
  5. network
  6. the launch
  7. currently connected
  8. testing jammers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company has successfully launched (1) ___________________ a multi-billion-dollar project aimed at making "affordable" Internet accessible to (2) ___________________ Earth. The company is called OneWeb. Its six satellites were put (3) ___________________ a launch from French Guiana on board a Russian Soyuz rocket. OneWeb said it is planning a space (4) ___________________ satellites. OneWeb will send more Internet satellites into space at the end of this year. The company (5) ___________________ several rockets every month, each carrying 39 satellites. Only 648 satellites are (6) ___________________ global Internet coverage.

OneWeb's CEO was excited (7) ___________________. He said it would greatly transform the (8) ___________________ of people. He told reporters: "We're going to (9) ___________________ people who are not currently connected. We're going to start by focusing on connecting schools...boats...planes, and... (10) ___________________ the planet." Not everyone is happy with this network. China is supposedly (11) ___________________ block the network. North Korea might fear the network could damage its national security. Russia is worried that the network could be (12) ___________________ intelligence.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acompanyhassuccessfullylaunchedsixsatellitesinamulti-billion-do
llarprojectaimedatmaking"affordable"Internetaccessibletoeverycor
nerofEarth.ThecompanyiscalledOneWeb.Itssixsatelliteswereputint
oorbitinalaunchfromFrenchGuianaonboardaRussianSoyuzrocket.O
neWebsaiditisplanningaspacenetworkof900satellites.OneWebwillse
ndmoreInternetsatellitesintospaceattheendofthisyear.Thecompany
planstolaunchseveralrocketseverymonth,eachcarrying39satellites.
Only648satellitesareneededtoprovideglobalInternetcoverage.One
Web'sCEOwasexcitedaboutthelaunch.Hesaiditwouldgreatlytransfor
mthelivesofmillionsofpeople.Hetoldreporters:"We'regoingtoconnec
tlotsofpeoplewhoarenotcurrentlyconnected.We'regoingtostartbyfo
cusingonconnectingschools...boats...planes,and...hugeswathesoft
heplanet."Noteveryoneishappywiththisnetwork.Chinaissupposedly
testingjammerstoblockthenetwork.NorthKoreamightfearthenetwor
kcoulddamageitsnationalsecurity.Russiaisworriedthatthenetworkc
ouldbeusedtogatherintelligence.

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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