The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Glass - Level 0

Do you worry about dropping your smartphone? Glass used to make smartphone screens just got stronger. The glass is called Gorilla Glass. It has been used in smartphones for many years. It is now more difficult to scratch, crack or smash. It can also survive drops of up to two metres without any damage.



A company spokesperson said: "Dropped phones can result in broken phones." He said the company wanted to make the new glass stronger for both drops and scratches. It usually focused on making the glass better just for drops or just for scratches. The new glass will debut on Samsung products "in the near future".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smartphone Glass - Level 1 Smartphone Glass - Level 2   or  Smartphone Glass - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.pcmag.com/news/corning-launches-toughest-gorilla-glass-yet
  • https://techcrunch.com/2020/07/23/gorilla-glass-victus-can-survive-a-two-meter-drop-and-is-set-to-arrive-on-a-to-samsung-device-soon/
  • https://www.wired.com/story/gorilla-glass-victus/


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. worry about dropping
  2. screens just got
  3. It has been used in
  4. for many
  5. difficult to scratch, crack
  6. It can also
  7. up to
  8. without any
  1. or smash
  2. years
  3. damage
  4. survive drops
  5. two metres
  6. stronger
  7. your smartphone
  8. smartphones

Paragraph 2

  1. A company
  2. Dropped phones can result
  3. make the new glass
  4. for both drops
  5. It usually focused on making
  6. just for drops or
  7. The new glass will debut on
  8. in the near
  1. Samsung products
  2. the glass better
  3. future
  4. in broken phones
  5. and scratches
  6. spokesperson
  7. just for scratches
  8. stronger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Do you (1) ___________________ your smartphone? Glass used to make smartphone screens (2) ___________________. The glass is called Gorilla Glass. It (3) ___________________ in smartphones (4) ___________________. It is now more difficult to scratch, (5) ___________________. It can also survive drops of up to two metres (6) ___________________.

A company spokesperson said: "Dropped (7) ___________________ in broken phones." He said the company (8) ___________________ the new glass stronger (9) ___________________ and scratches. It usually (10) ___________________ the glass better just for drops (11) ___________________ scratches. The new glass will debut on Samsung products "in (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Doyouworryaboutdroppingyoursmartphone?Glassusedtomakesma
rtphonescreensjustgotstronger.TheglassiscalledGorillaGlass.Ithasb
eenusedinsmartphonesformanyyears.Itisnowmoredifficulttoscratc
h,crackorsmash.Itcanalsosurvivedropsofuptotwometreswithoutan
ydamage.Acompanyspokespersonsaid:"Droppedphonescanresultin
brokenphones."Hesaidthecompanywantedtomakethenewglassstro
ngerforbothdropsandscratches.Itusuallyfocusedonmakingtheglass
betterjustfordropsorjustforscratches.ThenewglasswilldebutonSam
sungproducts"inthenearfuture".

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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