The Reading / Listening - Coal Addiction - Level 2

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told world leaders to end their addiction to coal. He said the addiction "must be overcome". Mr Guterres said the fossil fuel was a "major threat" to climate change. He was in Thailand for the ASEAN Summit. He said: "Countries in these areas are countries that 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."



Mr Guterres said climate change was, "the biggest threat to the planet at the present moment". He added: "We have to put a price on carbon. We need to stop subsidies for fossil fuels." He urged countries to stop building coal-power electricity plants so we can defeat climate change. The UN chief spoke on a day that saw "hazardous" levels of air pollution in Delhi. An Indian health official said air monitors did not have enough digits to record the pollution. He 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 1   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. the addiction must
  3. a major
  4. in Thailand for the
  5. one of the most
  6. Unless we are able to
  7. the research has forecasted
  8. flooded by
  1. that
  2. threat
  3. sea water
  4. be overcome
  5. ASEAN Summit
  6. vulnerable areas
  7. leaders
  8. defeat climate change

Paragraph 2

  1. the biggest threat to
  2. at the present
  3. We have to put a price
  4. We need to stop subsidies
  5. coal-power electricity
  6. hazardous levels of air
  7. in the history
  8. This is a
  1. of the world
  2. pollution
  3. disaster
  4. plants
  5. on carbon
  6. the planet
  7. for fossil fuels
  8. moment

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has told world leaders (1) ___________________ addiction to coal. He said the addiction "(2) ___________________". Mr Guterres said the fossil fuel was (3) ___________________ to climate change. He was in Thailand for the ASEAN Summit. He said: "Countries in these areas are countries that are in one of (4) ___________________ areas to climate change." He added that: "Unless we are able to... (5) ___________________, in 2050, the research has forecasted that 300 million people in the world will be (6) ___________________ water."

Mr Guterres said climate change was, "(7) ___________________ to the planet at (8) ___________________". He added: "We have to put a price on carbon. We need to stop subsidies (9) ___________________." He urged countries to stop building coal-power electricity plants so we can defeat climate change. The UN (10) ___________________ a day that saw "hazardous" levels of air pollution in Delhi. An Indian health official said air monitors did not have enough (11) ___________________ the pollution. He tweeted: "I think we are heading towards Delhi recording the most polluted day in the history of the world!! This (12) ___________________!"

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUnitedNationsSecretary-GeneralAntonioGuterreshastoldworld
leaderstoendtheiraddictiontocoal.Hesaidtheaddiction"mustbeoverc
ome".Guterressaidthefossilfuelwasa"majorthreat"toclimatechan
ge.HewasinThailandfortheASEANSummit.Hesaid:"Countriesinthes
eareasthatarecountriesareinoneofthemostvulnerableareastocli
matechange."Headdedthat:"Unlessweareableto...defeatclimatecha
nge,in2050,theresearchhasforecastedthat300millionpeopleinthew
orldwillbefloodedbyseawater."MyGuterressaidclimatechangewas,"t
hebiggestthreattotheplanetatthepresentmoment".Headded:"Weha
vetoputapriceoncarbon.Weneedtostopsubsidiesforfossilfuels."Heur
gedcountriestostopbuildingcoal-powerelectricityplantssowecande
featclimatechange.TheUNchiefspokeonadaythatsaw"hazardous"lev
elsofairpollutioninDelhi.AnIndianhealthofficialsaidairmonitorsdidnotha
veenoughdigitstorecordthepollution.Hetweeted:"Ithinkweareheadi
ngtowardsDelhirecordingthemostpolluteddayinthehistoryoftheworl
d!!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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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