The Reading / Listening - Coal Addiction - Level 1

The United Nations chief has told world leaders to overcome their addiction to coal. He said the fossil fuel was a "major threat" to climate change. He was in Thailand for the ASEAN Summit. The UN chief said countries in Asia are "in one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change". He added that: "Unless we are able to...defeat climate change, in 2050, the research has forecasted that 300 million people in the world will be flooded by sea water."



The UN chief said climate change was, "the biggest threat to the planet at the present moment". He asked countries to stop building coal-power electricity plants. As he spoke, there were dangerous levels of air pollution in Delhi. Air monitors did not have enough digits to record the pollution. A health official tweeted: "I think we are heading towards Delhi recording the most polluted day in the history of the world!! This is a disaster!"

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Coal Addiction - Level 0 Coal Addiction - Level 2   or  Coal Addiction - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/11/1050491
  • https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/article/asia-must-quit-coal-addiction-un-chief/
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-03/united-nations-chief-warns-asia-quit-addiction-to-coal/11667416


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. world
  2. overcome their
  3. a major threat
  4. The UN
  5. one of the most vulnerable
  6. Unless we are able to
  7. 300 million people in
  8. flooded
  1. the world
  2. to climate change
  3. defeat climate change
  4. by sea water
  5. addiction
  6. chief
  7. areas
  8. leaders

Paragraph 2

  1. the biggest threat
  2. at the present
  3. Air monitors did not have
  4. health
  5. we are heading
  6. the most
  7. in the history
  8. This is a
  1. enough digits
  2. of the world
  3. towards Delhi
  4. disaster
  5. to the planet
  6. official
  7. moment
  8. polluted day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Nations chief has (1) ___________________ to overcome their addiction to coal. He said (2) __________________ was a "major threat" (3) ___________________. He was in Thailand for the ASEAN Summit. The UN chief said countries in Asia are "in one of the most (4) ___________________ climate change". He added that: "Unless we (5) ___________________...defeat climate change, in 2050, the research has forecasted that 300 million people in the world will (6) ___________________ sea water."

The UN (7) ___________________ change was, "the biggest threat to the planet at (8) ___________________". He asked countries to stop building coal-power electricity plants. As he spoke, there were dangerous (9) ___________________ pollution in Delhi. Air monitors did not (10) ___________________ to record the pollution. A health official tweeted: "I think we (11) ___________________ Delhi recording the most polluted day in the history of the world!! This (12) ___________________!"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUnitedNationSchiefhastoldworldleaderstoovercometheiraddictio
ntocoal.Hesaidthefossilfuelwasa"majorthreat"toclimatechange.He
wasinThailandfortheASEANSummit.TheUNchiefsaidcountriesinAsia
are"inoneofthemostvulnerableareastoclimatechange".Headdedthat
:"Unlessweareableto...defeatclimatechange,in2050,theresearchha
sforecastedthat300millionpeopleintheworldwillbefloodedbyseawat
er."TheUNchiefsaidclimatechangewas,"thebiggestthreattotheplane
tatthepresentmoment".Heaskedcountriestostopbuildingcoal-pow
erelectricityplants.Ashespoke,thereweredangerouslevelsofairpollut
ioninDelhi.Airmonitorsdidnothaveenoughdigitstorecordthepollution
.Ahealthofficialtweeted:"IthinkweareheadingtowardsDelhirecordin
gthemostpolluteddayinthehistoryoftheworld!!Thisisadisaster!"

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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