The Reading / Listening - Nuclear Reactors - Level 4

A company started removing fuel rods from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The plant suffered meltdowns after a huge tsunami hit it in 2011. Workers started removing the hazardous fuel rods five years behind schedule. Work was delayed because of many problems with the devices that were designed for the removal operation. High levels of radiation in the area also caused delays and created a "significant challenge" for engineers.



The company is removing seven unspent nuclear fuel rods. There are a total of 1,573 rods at the plant. The rods will be transferred to safer storage pools. The work should be finished in March 2021. The company said: "Everything is going well so far. We will watch the progress at the site as we put safety first. Our goal is not to rush the process but to carefully proceed." It added: "Safety is our priority. We will carefully continue this work."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nuclear Reactors - Level 5 or  Nuclear Reactors - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/04/15/national/tepco-begins-removing-fuel-rods-unit-3-reactor-pool-crippled-fukushima-nuclear-plant/
  • https://japantoday.com/category/national/removal-of-fuel-in-pool-at-fukushima's-melted-reactor-begins
  • https://news.yahoo.com/nuclear-fuel-removed-crippled-japan-plant-034119163.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. The plant suffered
  2. removing the hazardous
  3. five years
  4. Work was delayed because
  5. designed for the removal
  6. High levels
  7. caused
  8. a significant challenge
  1. delays
  2. behind schedule
  3. for engineers
  4. fuel rods
  5. meltdowns
  6. operation
  7. of many problems
  8. of radiation

Paragraph 2

  1. unspent nuclear
  2. There are a total
  3. transferred to safer storage
  4. Everything is going well
  5. we put safety
  6. Our goal is not to rush the
  7. Safety is our
  8. We will carefully continue
  1. pools
  2. priority
  3. first
  4. this work
  5. of 1,573 rods
  6. fuel rods
  7. process
  8. so far

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A company started (1) ___________________ from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The (2) ___________________ after a huge tsunami hit it in 2011. Workers (3) ___________________ hazardous fuel rods five years behind schedule. Work was delayed because (4) ___________________ with the devices that were designed (5) ___________________ operation. High levels of radiation in the area also (6) ___________________ created a "significant challenge" for engineers.

The company is removing seven unspent (7) ___________________. There are a total of 1,573 rods at the plant. The rods will be transferred to (8) ___________________. The work should be finished in March 2021. The company said: "Everything is going (9) ___________________. We will watch the progress at the site as we (10) ___________________. Our goal is not to rush the process (11) ___________________ proceed." It added: "Safety (12) ___________________. We will carefully continue this work."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AcompanystartedremovingfuelrodsfromJapan'sFukushimanuclearp
owerplant.Theplantsufferedmeltdownsafterahugetsunamihititin20
11.Workersstartedremovingthehazardousfuelrodsfiveyearsbehinds
chedule.Workwasdelayedbecauseofmanyproblemswiththedevicest
hatweredesignedfortheremovaloperation.Highlevelsofradiationinth
eareaalsocauseddelaysandcreateda"significantchallenge"forengine
ers.Thecompanyisremovingsevenunspentnuclearfuelrods.Thereare
atotalof1,573rodsattheplant.Therodswillbetransferredtosaferstora
gepools.TheworkshouldbefinishedinMarch2021.Thecompanysaid:"
Everythingisgoingwellsofar.Wewillwatchtheprogressatthesiteaswe
putsafetyfirst.Ourgoalisnottorushtheprocessbuttocarefullyproceed.
"Itadded:"Safetyisourpriority.Wewillcarefullycontinuethiswork."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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