The Reading / Listening - The 2020s - Level 5

The clock struck twelve to ring in the 2020s and people worldwide felt optimistic and pessimistic at what the new decade has in store for us. Many hope the New Year will improve both their fortunes and the Earth's. The past decade has been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming has put our very existence in peril; wars and conflict continue to rage around the world; millions still lack the basics of clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or extinct. Technology and greater cooperation between nations will hopefully make the 2020s a better decade.



Technology website cnet.com predicted that our lives will advance into the realms of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade...will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas like hooking brains up to computers, and even immortality, become topics of serious conversation." A futurologist wrote about flying cars, bionic suits and unlimited clean energy. He said: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the masses than others....The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together in 2030 and compare notes on how things went.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The 2020s - Level 4 or  The 2020s - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/bijankhosravi/2019/12/22/happy-new-year-happy-new-decade-and-welcome-to-the-2020s/#2c50444a2508
  • https://fortune.com/longform/ideas-shape-2020s-tech-economy-markets-ai-health-work-society/
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/2020s-visions-we-will-get-flying-cars-just-before-becoming-software-based-people/


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 clock struck twelve to
  2. what the new decade has in
  3. put our very existence in
  4. wars and conflict
  5. millions still lack the basics
  6. thousands of species
  7. greater cooperation
  8. make the 2020s
  1. store for us
  2. became endangered
  3. continue to rage
  4. a better decade
  5. ring in the 2020s
  6. between nations
  7. of clean water
  8. peril

Paragraph 2

  1. advance into the realms
  2. far-out
  3. hooking brains
  4. become topics of serious
  5. unlimited clean
  6. take longer to reach
  7. the incredible promises of technology
  8. compare notes on how
  1. conversation
  2. finally happen
  3. ideas
  4. things went
  5. up to computers
  6. of science fiction
  7. the masses
  8. energy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The clock (1) ___________________ ring in the 2020s and people worldwide felt optimistic and pessimistic at what the (2) ___________________ in store for us. Many hope the New Year will improve (3) ___________________ and the Earth's. The past decade has been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming has put our very existence (4) ___________________; wars and conflict continue to rage around the world; millions still (5) ___________________ of clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or extinct. Technology and greater cooperation between nations will hopefully make the 2020s (6) ___________________.

Technology website cnet.com predicted that our lives will advance into (7) ___________________ science fiction. It wrote: "The decade...will take us even further toward a world where (8) ___________________ hooking brains up to computers, (9) ___________________, become topics of serious conversation." A (10) ___________________ flying cars, bionic suits and unlimited clean energy. He said: "Some technologies will take longer to (11) ___________________ than others....The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together in 2030 and compare notes (12) ___________________ went.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theclockstrucktwelvetoringinthe2020sandpeopleworldwidefeltopti
misticandpessimisticatwhatthenewdecadehasinstoreforus.Manyho
petheNewYearwillimproveboththeirfortunesandtheEarth's.Thepast
decadehasbeensomewhattumultuous.Globalwarminghasputourver
yexistenceinperil;warsandconflictcontinuetoragearoundthew
orld;millionsstilllackthebasicsofcleanwaterandeducation;andthous
andsofspeciesbecameendangeredorextinct.Technologyandgreaterc
ooperationbetweennationswillhopefullymakethe2020sabetterdeca
de.Technologywebsitecnet.compredictedthatourliveswilladvancein
totherealmsofsciencefiction.Itwrote:"Thedecade...willtakeusevenf
urthertowardaworldwherefar-outideaslikehookingbrainsuptocom
puters,andevenimmortality,becometopicsofseriousconversation."A
futurologistwroteaboutflyingcars,bionicsuitsandunlimitedcleanener
gy.Hesaid:"Sometechnologieswilltakelongertoreachthemassesthan
others....The2020swillbewhentheincrediblepromisesoftechnologyfi
nallyhappen."Let'sgettogetherin2030andcomparenotesonhowthing
swent.

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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