The Reading / Listening - Nuclear Reactors - Level 5

A Tokyo power company has started removing fuel rods from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The plant was badly damaged and suffered meltdowns after a huge earthquake and tsunami hit it in 2011. Workers started removing the nuclear fuel on Monday, five years behind schedule. The work to move the hazardous rods was delayed because of many malfunctions in the devices that were designed for the removal operation. Another factor causing delays was high levels of radiation in the area. This created a "significant challenge" for engineers.



The company is removing seven unspent nuclear fuel rods from the reactor's pool. There are a total of 1,573 fuel rods at the power plant. These rods will be transferred to safer storage pools. The work should be finished by the end of March 2021. A company spokesman said: "I believe 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." Another spokesman said: "Safety is our priority. We will carefully continue this work." Japan's Prime Minister said the country would do its best to rebuild.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nuclear Reactors - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The plant was badly
  2. suffered meltdowns after
  3. five years behind
  4. move the hazardous
  5. malfunctions
  6. Another factor
  7. high levels of
  8. a "significant challenge"
  1. radiation
  2. schedule
  3. for engineers
  4. a huge earthquake
  5. causing delays
  6. damaged
  7. in the devices
  8. rods

Paragraph 2

  1. There are a total
  2. transferred to safer storage
  3. finished by the
  4. I believe everything is going
  5. We will watch the progress
  6. Our goal is
  7. We will carefully
  8. the country would do
  1. at the site
  2. continue this work
  3. pools
  4. its best to rebuild
  5. end of March
  6. well so far
  7. of 1,573 fuel rods
  8. not to rush the process

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Tokyo power company (1) ___________________ fuel rods from Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant. The (2) ___________________ damaged and suffered meltdowns (3) ___________________ earthquake and tsunami hit it in 2011. Workers started removing the nuclear fuel on Monday, five (4) ___________________. The work to move the hazardous rods was delayed because of many malfunctions (5) ___________________ that were designed for the removal operation. Another (6) ___________________ was high levels of radiation in the area. This created a "significant challenge" for engineers.

The company is removing seven unspent nuclear (7) ___________________ the reactor's pool. There are a total of 1,573 fuel rods at the power plant. These rods will be transferred to (8) ___________________. The work should be finished (9) ___________________ of March 2021. A company spokesman said: "I believe everything is going well so far. We will (10) ___________________ at the site as we put safety first. Our goal is not to rush the (11) ___________________ carefully proceed." Another spokesman said: "Safety is our priority. We will carefully continue this work." Japan's Prime Minister said the country would do its (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ATokyopowercompanyhasstartedremovingfuelrodsfromJapan'sFuk
ushimanuclearpowerplant.Theplantwasbadlydamagedandsuffered
meltdownsafterahugeearthquakeandtsunamihititin2011.Workersst
artedremovingthenuclearfuelonMonday,fiveyearsbehindschedule.T
heworktomovethehazardousrodswasdelayedbecauseofmanymalfu
nctionsinthedevicesthatweredesignedfortheremovaloperation.Anot
herfactorcausingdelayswashighlevelsofradiationinthearea.Thiscrea
teda"significantchallenge"forengineers.Thecompanyisremovingsev
enunspentnuclearfuelrodsfromthereactor'spool.Thereareatotalof1,
573fuelrodsatthepowerplant.Theserodswillbetransferredtosafersto
ragepools.TheworkshouldbefinishedbytheendofMarch2021.Acomp
anyspokesmansaid:"Ibelieveeverythingisgoingwellsofar.Wewillwat
chtheprogressatthesiteasweputsafetyfirst.Ourgoalisnottorushthepr
ocessbuttocarefullyproceed."Anotherspokesmansaid:"Safetyisourp
riority.Wewillcarefullycontinuethiswork."Japan'sPrimeMinisterthec
ountrywoulddoitsbesttorebuild.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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