The Reading / Listening - Speed Limiters - Level 2

All new cars in Europe will have technology to limit their speed. The European Union will require cars to have "speed assistance" systems from 2022 as standard equipment. There are other things that cars will have, like breathalyzers that won't allow driving if the driver has had too much alcohol. Cars must also have advanced emergency braking, a built-in data recorder, drowsiness monitoring, and sensors to help when reversing. Around 25,000 people die each year on Europe's roads. Most accidents are caused by human error. The new safety systems will cut road deaths.



There has been mixed reaction to the safety features. Some people agree with them, others disagree. The EU said the features would increase safety. It 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 and avoid up to 60,000 injuries by the year 2030. Many drivers are unhappy with the technology. They say it could make driving more dangerous. 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 1   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. have technology to
  2. as standard
  3. if the driver has had too
  4. have advanced emergency
  5. sensors to
  6. die each year
  7. Most accidents are caused by human
  8. The new safety systems will cut
  1. much alcohol
  2. error
  3. help when reversing
  4. road deaths
  5. equipment
  6. braking
  7. limit their speed
  8. on Europe's roads

Paragraph 2

  1. There has been mixed
  2. have the same
  3. The safety features could save
  4. avoid up
  5. Many drivers are unhappy
  6. make driving more
  7. he didn't want data
  8. like Big Brother was
  1. to 60,000 injuries
  2. watching him
  3. kind of impact
  4. dangerous
  5. recorders in his car
  6. up to 10,500 lives
  7. reaction
  8. with the technology

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

All new cars in Europe will have technology (1) ___________________ speed. The European Union will require cars to have "speed assistance" (2) ___________________ as standard equipment. There are other (3) ___________________ will have, like breathalyzers that won't allow driving if the driver has had too much alcohol. Cars (4) ___________________ advanced emergency braking, a built-in data recorder, drowsiness monitoring, and (5) ___________________ when reversing. Around 25,000 people die each year on Europe's roads. Most accidents are caused by human error. The new safety systems will (6) ___________________.

There has (7) ___________________ to the safety features. Some people agree with them, others disagree. The EU said the features (8) ___________________. It said: "We can have the same kind of impact as when safety belts (9) ___________________ first introduced." The safety features could save up to 10,500 lives and (10) ___________________ 60,000 injuries by the year 2030. Many drivers are unhappy with the technology. They say it could make (11) ___________________. A British driver said he didn't want data recorders in his car because that was like Big Brother (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AllnewcarsinEuropewillhavetechnologytolimittheirspeed.TheEurop
eanUnionwillrequirecarstohave"speedassistance"systemsfrom202
2asstandardequipment.Thereareotherthingsthatcarswillhave,likebr
eathalyzersthatwon'tallowdrivingifthedriverhashadtoomuchalcohol
.Carsmustalsohaveadvancedemergencybraking,abuilt-indatarecor
der,drowsinessmonitoring,andsensorstohelpwhenreversing.Aroun
d25,000peopledieeachyearonEurope'sroads.Mostaccidentsarecaus
edbyhumanerror.Thenewsafetysystemswillcutroaddeaths.Thereha
sbeenmixedreactiontothesafetyfeatures.Somepeopleagreewiththe
m,othersdisagree.TheEUsaidthefeatureswouldincreasesafety.Itsai
d:"Wecanhavethesamekindofimpactaswhensafetybelts[andairbags
]werefirstintroduced."Thesafetyfeaturescouldsaveupto10,500lives
andavoidupto60,000injuriesbytheyear2030.Manydriversareunhap
pywiththetechnology.Theysayitcouldmakedrivingmoredangerous.A
Britishdriversaidhedidn'twantdatarecordersinhiscarbecausethatwa
slikeBigBrotherwaswatchinghim.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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