The Reading / Listening - Speed Limiters - Level 1

All cars in Europe will soon have technology to limit their speed. The cars will have speed limiter systems from 2022. There are other things that cars will have, like breathalyzers that won't allow driving if the driver has drunk too much. Cars will also have advanced emergency braking, a data recorder, a drowsiness monitor, and reversing sensors. Around 25,000 people die each year on Europe's roads. The new safety systems will cut road deaths.



There has been mixed reaction. Some people agree with the features, others disagree. The EU said: "We can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts [and airbags] were first introduced." The safety features could save up to 10,500 lives by 2030. Many drivers are unhappy. A British driver said he didn't want data recorders in his car because that was like Big Brother was watching him.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Speed Limiters - Level 0 Speed Limiters - Level 2   or  Speed Limiters - Level 3

Sources
  • https://mashable.com/article/eu-cars-speed-limiter-breathalyzer/#9AcBqFuFlPq8
  • http://fortune.com/2019/03/27/speed-limiters-breathalyzers-eu-cars/
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/27/tech/europe-speed-limits-scli/index.html


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. All cars
  2. technology to
  3. There are other things that
  4. breathalyzers that won't allow
  5. if the driver has
  6. advanced emergency
  7. The new safety
  8. cut road
  1. braking
  2. systems
  3. driving
  4. deaths
  5. cars will have
  6. in Europe
  7. drunk too much
  8. limit their speed

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been mixed
  2. Some people
  3. have the same kind
  4. save up
  5. Many drivers are
  6. A British driver
  7. data
  8. Big Brother was
  1. recorders
  2. unhappy
  3. watching him
  4. said he didn't
  5. reaction
  6. to 10,500 lives
  7. agree
  8. of impact

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

All cars in Europe (1) ___________________ technology to limit their speed. The cars (2) ___________________ limiter systems from 2022. There are (3) ___________________ cars will have, like breathalyzers that won't allow driving if the driver (4) ___________________ much. Cars will also have advanced emergency braking, (5) ___________________, a drowsiness monitor, and reversing sensors. Around 25,000 people die each year on Europe's roads. The (6) ___________________ will cut road deaths.

There (7) ___________________ reaction. Some people agree with the features, others disagree. The EU said: "We can (8) ___________________ kind of impact as when safety belts [and airbags] (9) ___________________." The safety features could save up to 10,500 (10) ___________________. Many drivers are unhappy. A British driver said he didn't (11) ___________________ in his car because that was like Big Brother (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AllcarsinEuropewillsoonhavetechnologytolimittheirspeed.Thecarsw
illhavespeedlimitersystemsfrom2022.Thereareotherthingsthatcars
willhave,likebreathalyzersthatwon'tallowdrivingifthedriverhasdrun
ktoomuch.Carswillalsohaveadvancedemergencybraking,adatareco
rder,adrowsinessmonitor,andreversingsensors.Around25,000peop
ledieeachyearonEurope'sroads.Thenewsafetysystemswillcutroadde
aths.Therehasbeenmixedreaction.Somepeopleagreewithfeatures,o
thersdisagree.TheEUsaid:"Wecanhavethesamekindofimpactaswhe
nsafetybelts[andairbags]werefirstintroduced."Thesafetyfeaturesco
uldsaveupto10,500livesby2030.Manydriversareunhappy.ABritishdr
iversaidhedidn'twantdatarecordersinhiscarbecausethatwaslikeBigB
rotherwaswatchinghim.

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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