The Reading / Listening - Single-use Plastics - Level 4

China has big plans to reduce single-use plastics by 2025. It is fast-tracking measures to cut the production and use of plastics in the next five years. By the end of 2020, non-biodegradable plastic bags will be banned in major cities. Food delivery and takeaway services, which use a lot of plastic, will stop using single-use plastic straws and cutlery. These will be banned nationwide. They will use alternative things, like biodegradable shopping bags.



Single-use plastics are a big source of pollution. They are a part of our daily life and throwaway culture. China wants to reduce overconsumption to reverse our use of plastics. Previous regulations on plastic use, in 2008, cut the production of 67 billion bags. The United Nations said all countries needed similar policies. It said the world cannot cope with the amount of plastic waste we generate, We must rethink how we manufacture, use and manage plastics.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Single-use Plastics - Level 5 or  Single-use Plastics - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3046760/china-unveils-plan-reduce-single-use-plastic-2025
  • http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/19/c_138718276.htm
  • https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2020/01/china-plastics-ban-straws-bags/


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. China has big plans to reduce
  2. It is fast-
  3. non-
  4. banned in
  5. Food delivery and
  6. single-use plastic straws and
  7. These will be banned
  8. biodegradable shopping
  1. takeaway services
  2. bags
  3. cutlery
  4. nationwide
  5. single-use plastics
  6. major cities
  7. tracking measures
  8. biodegradable

Paragraph 2

  1. Single-use plastics are a big
  2. throwaway
  3. reverse our use
  4. Previous regulations
  5. the world
  6. the amount of plastic waste we
  7. We must rethink how
  8. use and manage
  1. we manufacture
  2. on plastic use
  3. plastics
  4. cannot cope
  5. culture
  6. of plastics
  7. source of pollution
  8. generate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China has big (1) ___________________ single-use plastics by 2025. It is fast-tracking (2) ___________________ the production and use of plastics in the next five years. By the end of 2020, non-biodegradable plastic bags will be (3) ___________________ cities. Food delivery (4) ___________________, which use a lot of plastic, will stop using single-use plastic straws and cutlery. These (5) ___________________ nationwide. They will use (6) ___________________ biodegradable shopping bags.

Single-use plastics are a (7) ___________________ pollution. They are a part of our daily life (8) ___________________. China wants to reduce overconsumption to (9) ___________________ of plastics. Previous regulations on plastic use, in 2008, (10) ___________________ of 67 billion bags. The United Nations said all countries needed similar policies. It said the world (11) ___________________ the amount of plastic waste we generate, We must rethink how we manufacture, (12) ___________________ plastics.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinahasbigplanstoreducesingle-useplasticsby2025.Itisfast-tracki
ngmeasurestocuttheproductionanduseofplasticsinthenextfiveyears
.Bytheendof2020,non-biodegradableplasticbagswillbebannedinma
jorcities.Fooddeliveryandtakeawayservices,whichusealotofplastic,
willstopusingsingle-useplasticstrawsandcutlery.Thesewillbebanne
dnationwide.Theywillusealternativethings,likebiodegradableshoppi
ngbags.Single-useplasticsareabigsourceofpollution.Theyareaparto
fourdailylifeandthrowawayculture.Chinawantstoreduceoverconsum
ptiontoreverseouruseofplastics.Previousregulationsonplasticuse,in
2008,cuttheproductionof67billionbags.TheUnitedNationssaidallcou
ntriesneededsimilarpolicies.Itsaidtheworldcannotcopewiththeamou
ntofplasticwastewegenerate,Wemustrethinkhowwemanufacture,us
eandmanageplastics.

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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