The Reading / Listening - The 2020s - Level 6

As the clock struck twelve midnight to herald the arrival of the 2020s, people the world over were filled with a mixture of optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in store for us. Many hope the New Year will see an upturn in their fortunes and those of planet Earth. The past decade could be described as having been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming stoked fears of our very existence being in peril; wars and conflict have continued to rage around the world; millions still lack basic things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or extinct. There is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.



The technology website cnet.com predicted that many of us will advance further into the realms of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade beginning in 2020 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." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the prospect of flying cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the masses than others, but they will be at hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and compare notes on how things went.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    The 2020s - Level 4  or  The 2020s - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. THE 2020s: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the 2020s. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       clock / midnight / 2020 / optimism / pessimism / Earth / global warming / hope /
       technology / science fiction / far-out ideas / immortality / flying car / promises / notes
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THIS DECADE: Students A strongly believe this decade will be better than the 2010s; Students B strongly believe it won't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PREDICTIONS: What are your predictions about these things for the 2030s? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Prediction

What Will This Change?

Environment

 

 

World Peace

 

 

Business

 

 

Technology

 

 

Equality

 

 

Health

 

 

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5. MIDNIGHT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "midnight". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SCIENCE FICTION: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that are most likely to come true in 2030 at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • flying cars
  • space travel
  • animal-free diets
  • the end of cancer
  • greater equality
  • a cleaner environment
  • nuclear disarmament
  • redistribution of wealth

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. herald a. Stormy, volatile and full of ups and downs.
      2. pessimism b. Of a species of animal or plant having no living members.
      3. upturn c. Be a sign that something is about to happen.
      4. tumultuous d. An improvement in economic conditions or in someone's fortunes.
      5. peril e. A tendency to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
      6. rage f. Serious and immediate danger.
      7. extinct g. Continue with great force or intensity.

    Paragraph 2

      8. realms h. Unconventional; unusual; out of the ordinary.
      9. far-out i. The ability to live forever; eternal life.
      10. immortality j. The ordinary people.
      11. prospect k. A field or area of activity or interest.
      12. bionic l. Share experiences or opinions with someone about something.
      13. the masses m. Having artificial body parts, especially electromechanical ones.
      14. compare notes n. The possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. People over the world struck the clock of pessimism at twelve.     T / F
  2. The article says the new decade will see more stores closing.     T / F
  3. The article suggested the 2010s were somewhat tumultuous.     T / F
  4. The article says millions of people cannot get a basic education.     T / F
  5. The writer said we are living in science fiction and cannot go further.     T / F
  6. A website said our brains could be connected to computers.     T / F
  7. A futurologist wrote about the prospect of unlimited clean energy.     T / F
  8. The writer asked us to meet in 2030 to discuss the 2020s.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. herald
  2. mixture
  3. upturn
  4. tumultuous
  5. cooperation
  6. predicted
  7. far-out
  8. unlimited
  9. the masses
  10. went
  1. progressed
  2. stormy
  3. collaboration
  4. common people
  5. combination
  6. inexhaustible
  7. forecast
  8. announce
  9. unconventional
  10. improvement

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the clock struck twelve midnight to herald
  2. filled with a mixture of
  3. what the new decade might have in
  4. described as having been somewhat
  5. stoked fears of our very existence
  6. many of us will advance further into the
  7. far-out ideas like hooking brains
  8. take longer to reach
  9. the incredible promises of technology
  10. compare notes on
  1. up to computers
  2. the masses
  3. finally happen
  4. realms of science fiction
  5. optimism and pessimism
  6. how things went
  7. store for us
  8. tumultuous
  9. the arrival of the 2020s
  10. being in peril

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tumultuous
mixture
rage
herald
peril
lack
store
extinct

As the clock struck twelve midnight to (1) ____________ the arrival of the 2020s, people the world over were filled with a (2) ____________ of optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in (3) ____________ for us. Many hope the New Year will see an upturn in their fortunes and those of planet Earth. The past decade could be described as having been somewhat (4) ____________. Global warming stoked fears of our very existence being in (5) ____________; wars and conflict have continued to (6) ____________ around the world; millions still (7) ____________ basic things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or (8) ____________. There is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
prospect
hooking
notes
immortality
masses
realms
predicted
unlimited

The technology website cnet.com (9) ____________ that many of us will advance further into the (10) ____________ of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out ideas like (11) ____________ brains up to computers, and even (12) ____________, become topics of serious conversation." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the (13) ____________ of flying cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and (14) ____________ clean energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the (15) ____________ than others, but they will be at hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and compare (16) ____________ on how things went.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  As the clock struck twelve midnight to ______
     a.  hear old the arrival
     b.  hurry and the arrival
     c.  her old the arrival
     d.  herald the arrival
2)  people the world over were filled with a mixture of optimism ______
     a.  and pessimistic
     b.  and possum is arm
     c.  and pessimism
     d.  aid pessimism
3)  Many hope the New Year will see an ______ fortunes
     a.  up tune in their
     b.  nap turn in their
     c.  upped urn in their
     d.  upturn in their
4)  fears of our very existence being in peril; wars and conflict have ______
     a.  continued to trade
     b.  continued to rage
     c.  continued to rate
     d.  continued to gauge
5)  and thousands of species became ______
     a.  in danger dead extinct
     b.  end danger door extinct
     c.  end and jarred or extinction
     d.  endangered or extinct

6)  many of us will advance further into the ______ fiction
     a.  realms of science
     b.  reams of science
     c.  roams of science
     d.  rooms of science
7)  further toward a world where far-out ideas like ______ to computers
     a.  hooking drains up
     b.  hooking grains up
     c.  hooking cranes up
     d.  hooking brains up
8)  Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the prospect of flying cars, ______
     a.  bio nick exoskeleton suits
     b.  bi tonic exoskeleton suits
     c.  biome mic exoskeleton suits
     d.  bionic exoskeleton suits
9)  Some technologies will take longer to ______
     a.  reach the masses
     b.  reach the mass is
     c.  reach the ma says
     d.  reach the mass sis
10)  Let's get together again in 2030 and ______
     a.  compare motes
     b.  compare moats
     c.  compare notes
     d.  compare nodes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

As the clock struck twelve midnight to (1) ___________________ of the 2020s, people the world over were filled with (2) ___________________ optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in store for us. Many hope the New Year will (3) ___________________ in their fortunes and those of planet Earth. The past decade could be described as having been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming (4) ___________________ our very existence (5) ___________________; wars and conflict have continued to rage around the world; millions still lack basic things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became (6) ___________________. There is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.

The technology website cnet.com predicted that many of us will advance further (7) ___________________ of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world (8) ___________________ like hooking brains up to computers, and even immortality, become (9) ___________________ conversation." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the (10) ___________________ cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to (11) ___________________ than others, but they will be at hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and (12) ___________________ how things went.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did people worldwide herald at the stroke of midnight?
  2. What do people hope there is an upturn in besides their own fortunes?
  3. What stoked our fears about our very existence?
  4. What are millions of people lacking?
  5. Who might cooperate more in the 2020s to make things better?
  6. What did a website say we would advance further into the realms of?
  7. What did the website say ideas about the future were?
  8. What might we talk about besides hooking up brains to computers?
  9. Who will some technology take longer to reach?
  10. When did the writer suggest we meet again to compare notes?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did people worldwide herald at the stroke of midnight?
a) world peace
b) a newspaper
c) the arrival of the 2020s
d) fireworks
2) What do people hope there is an upturn in besides their own fortunes?
a) Earth's fortunes
b) the economy
c) the stock market
d) the weather
3) What stoked our fears about our very existence?
a) nuclear weapons
b) global warming
c) antimicrobial resistance
d) water shortages
4) What are millions of people lacking?
a) friends
b) food
c) fast wifi
d) clean water
5) Who might cooperate more in the 2020s to make things better?
a) people on social media
b) world leaders
c) nations
d) technology companies

6) What did a website say we would advance further into the realms of?
a) fake news and deep fake videos
b) science fiction
c) fantasy
d) the unknown
7) What did the website say ideas about the future were?
a) hand out
b) shout out
c) way out
d) far-out
8) What might we talk about besides hooking up brains to computers?
a) vloggers
b) immortality
c) cashless payments
d) the zeitgeist
9) Who will some technology take longer to reach?
a) the missing
b) the masses
c) the Mrs
d) the messy
10) When did the writer suggest we meet again to compare notes?
a) in 2030
b) next week
c) halfway through the decade
d) after a year

Role play

HERE

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'year'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'decade'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • twelve
    • store
    • somewhat
    • peril
    • rage
    • hope
    • many
    • further
    • prospect
    • longer
    • promises
    • notes




    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 - The 2020s

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'fear'?
    3. How did you celebrate the arrival of the new decade?
    4. What are your hopes for the 2020s?
    5. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the 2020s?
    6. What do you think the 2020s have in store for us?
    7. What were the 2010s like for you?
    8. How worried are you about global warming?
    9. How worried are you about species extinction?
    10. Do you think nations will cooperate in the 2020s?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'decade'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are your predictions for the 2020s?
    5. What parts of the 2020s are like science fiction?
    6. What far-out ideas do you think will come true in the 2020s?
    7. Are you looking forward to traveling in flying cars?
    8. What are your New Year resolutions?
    9. What will we be saying about the 2020s in 2030?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a futurologist?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    As the clock (1) ____ twelve midnight to herald the arrival of the 2020s, people the world over were filled with a mixture of optimism and pessimism (2) ____ what the new decade might have in (3) ____ for us. Many hope the New Year will see an upturn in their fortunes and those of planet Earth. The past decade could be described as (4) ____ been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming stoked fears of our very existence being in peril; wars and conflict have continued to (5) ____ around the world; millions still lack basic things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or extinct. There is (6) ____ that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.

    The technology website cnet.com predicted that many of us will advance further into the (7) ____ of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-(8) ____ ideas like hooking brains up to computers, and even (9) ____, become topics of serious conversation." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the prospect (10) ____ flying cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the (11) ____ than others, but they will be at hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and compare notes on how things (12) ____.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     struck     (b)     striking     (c)     stricken     (d)     stuck    
    2. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    3. (a)     shop     (b)     hoard     (c)     store     (d)     mall    
    4. (a)     haves     (b)     has     (c)     had     (d)     having    
    5. (a)     enrage     (b)     engage     (c)     rage     (d)     gauge    
    6. (a)     hopes     (b)     hope     (c)     hopeful     (d)     hopefully    
    7. (a)     auspices     (b)     realms     (c)     churns     (d)     alms    
    8. (a)     up     (b)     out     (c)     in     (d)     way    
    9. (a)     immortal     (b)     immortalize     (c)     immortality     (d)     mortals    
    10. (a)     up     (b)     to     (c)     by     (d)     of    
    11. (a)     misses     (b)     messes     (c)     Mrs     (d)     masses    
    12. (a)     feared     (b)     came     (c)     gone     (d)     went

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. filled with a mixture of msmtipio
    3. having been somewhat uulotstumu
    4. very existence being in lreip
    5. became endangered or ctxntie
    6. greater rpcoaonitoe between nations

    Paragraph 2

    1. into the meslar of science fiction
    2. ua-tofr ideas
    3. gtutusiorflo Vivek Wadhwa
    4. and even ymlimtotrai
    5. nibico exoskeleton suits
    6. take longer to reach the assmse

    Put the text back together

    1  ) As the clock struck twelve midnight to herald the arrival of the 2020s, people the world over were filled
    (...)  with a mixture of optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in store
    (...)  masses than others, but they will be at hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible
    (...)  out ideas like hooking brains up to computers, and even immortality, become topics of serious
    (...)  described as having been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming stoked fears of our very existence being
    (...)  The technology website cnet.com predicted that many of us will advance further into the realms of science
    (...)  fiction. It wrote: "The decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-
    (...)  in peril; wars and conflict have continued to rage around the world; millions still lack basic
    (...)  things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or
    (...)  conversation." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the prospect of flying cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean
    (...)  promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and compare notes on how things went.
    (...)  for us. Many hope the New Year will see an upturn in their fortunes and those of planet Earth. The past decade could be
    (...)  energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the
    (...)  extinct. There is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. The   to   herald   arrival   .   clock   twelve   struck   the
    2. new   have   What   decade   might   the   store   .   in
    3. being   of   existence   Fears   in   peril   .   very   our
    4. to   the   continued   around   have   world   .   Wars   rage
    5. endangered   became   extinct   .   Thousands   of   species   or
    6. realms   into   fiction   .   the   science   Advance   further   of
    7. brains   computers   .   hooking   to   Far-out   up   like   ideas
    8. masses   to   reach   longer   Take   than   the   others   .
    9. of   happen   .   The   technology   promises   finally   incredible
    10. went   .   notes   things   on   Let's   compare   how

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    As the clock struck / stricken twelve midnight to herald / herbal the arrival of the 2020s, people the world over were filled with a mixture of optimistic / optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in store / shop for us. Many hope the New Year will see an overturn / upturn in their fortunes and those / them of planet Earth. The past decade could be described as having been somewhat tumultuous. Global warming stoked fears of our very existence being in prevail / peril; wars and conflict have continued to rage / gauge around the world; millions still lack basic / basically things like clean water and education; and thousands of species became endangered or extinction / extinct. There is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade.

    The technology website cnet.com predicated / predicted that many of us will advance further into the realms / roams of science fiction. It wrote: "The decade begins / beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where far-out / faraway ideas like hooking brains up to computers, and even immortality / immortal, become topics of serious conversation." Futurologist Vivek Wadhwa wrote about the prospectus / prospect of flying cars, bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean energy. He told cnet.com that: "Some technologies will take longer to reach the mass / masses than others, but they will be at arm / hand. The 2020s will be when the incredible promissory / promises of technology finally happen." Let's get together again in 2030 and compare notes / lines on how things went.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    as the clock struck twelve midnight to herald the arrival of the 2020s people the world over were filled with a mixture of optimism and pessimism at what the new decade might have in store for us many hope the new year will see an upturn in their fortunes and those of planet earth the past decade could be described as having been somewhat tumultuous global warming stoked fears of our very existence being in peril wars and conflict have continued to rage around the world millions still lack basic things like clean water and education and thousands of species became endangered or extinct there is hope that technology and greater cooperation between nations will make the 2020s a better decade

    the technology website cnetcom predicted that many of us will advance further into the realms of science fiction it wrote the decade beginning in 2020 will take us even further toward a world where farout ideas like hooking brains up to computers and even immortality become topics of serious conversation futurologist vivek wadhwa wrote about the prospect of flying cars bionic exoskeleton suits and unlimited clean energy he told cnetcom that some technologies will take longer to reach the masses than others but they will be at hand the 2020s will be when the incredible promises of technology finally happen lets get together again in 2030 and compare notes on how things went

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Astheclockstrucktwelvemidnighttoheraldthearrivalofthe2020s,peo
    pletheworldoverwerefilledwithamixtureofoptimismandpessimismat
    whatthenewdecademighthaveinstoreforus.ManyhopetheNewYearw
    illseeanupturnintheirfortunesandthoseofplanetEarth.Thepastdecad
    ecouldbedescribedashavingbeensomewhattumultuous.Globalwarm
    ingstokedfearsofourveryexistencebeinginperil;warsandconflicthav
    econtinuedtoragearoundtheworld;millionsstilllackbasicthingslikecle
    anwaterandeducation;andthousandsofspeciesbecameendangeredo
    rextinct.Thereishopethattechnologyandgreatercooperationbetwee
    nnationswillmakethe2020sabetterdecade.Thetechnologywebsitecn
    et.compredictedthatmanyofuswilladvancefurtherintotherealmsofsc
    iencefiction.Itwrote:"Thedecadebeginningin2020willtakeusevenfur
    thertowardaworldwherefar-outideaslikehookingbrainsuptocompute
    rs,andevenimmortality,becometopicsofseriousconversation."Futur
    ologistVivekWadhwawroteabouttheprospectofflyingcars,bionicexos
    keletonsuitsandunlimitedcleanenergy.Hetoldcnet.comthat:"Somet
    echnologieswilltakelongertoreachthemassesthanothers,buttheywill
    beathand.The2020swillbewhentheincrediblepromisesoftechnologyf
    inallyhappen."Let'sgettogetheragainin2030andcomparenotesonho
    wthingswent.

    Free writing

    Write about the 2020s for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The 2020s will be infinitely better than the 2010s. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. THE 2020s: Make a poster about the 2020s. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. THE BEST DECADE: Write a magazine article about the 2020s being the best decade ever. Include imaginary interviews with people who believe this is true and with people who do not think the 2020s will be so great.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the 2020s. Ask him/her three questions about the decade. Give him/her three of your predictions for the next 10 years. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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