The Reading / Listening - Smartphone Glass - Level 1

Have you worried about the glass after dropping your smartphone? Glass used to make smartphone screens just got stronger. The glass company Corning makes Gorilla Glass. This has been used in smartphones for many years. It has improved the glass to make it more difficult to scratch, crack or smash. It can survive drops of up to two metres without any damage. It is also two times stronger against scratches than any other glass.



A Corning spokesperson spoke about the new product. He said: "Dropped phones can result in broken phones." He said it was important to make glass that could survive higher drops and be more difficult to scratch. He added that instead of focusing on making the glass better for either drops or scratches, it would be better to focus on improving both. The new glass will debut on Samsung products "in the near future".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Smartphone Glass - Level 0 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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

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

Paragraph 2

  1. spoke about the new
  2. Dropped phones can result
  3. glass that could survive
  4. more difficult to
  5. focusing on making
  6. it would be better to focus
  7. The new glass will debut on
  8. in the near
  1. Samsung products
  2. scratch
  3. future
  4. higher drops
  5. on improving both
  6. in broken phones
  7. the glass better
  8. product

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have you worried about the glass (1) ___________________ smartphone? Glass used to make smartphone (2) ___________________ stronger. The glass company Corning makes Gorilla Glass. This has (3) ___________________ smartphones for many years. It has (4) ___________________ to make it more difficult to scratch, crack or smash. It can survive (5) ___________________ to two metres without any damage. It is also (6) ___________________ against scratches than any other glass.

A Corning spokesperson spoke about (7) ___________________. He said: "Dropped phones (8) ___________________ broken phones." He said it (9) ___________________ make glass that could survive higher drops and be more difficult to scratch. He added that instead (01) ___________________ making the glass better (11) ___________________ or scratches, it would be better to focus on improving both. The new glass will debut on Samsung products "in (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Haveyouworriedabouttheglassafterdroppingyoursmartphone?Glas
susedtomakesmartphonescreensjustgotstronger.Theglasscompan
yCorningmakesGorillaGlass.Thishasbeenusedinsmartphonesforma
nyyears.Ithasimprovedtheglasstomakeitmoredifficulttoscratch,cra
ckorsmash.Itcansurvivedropsofuptotwometreswithoutanydamage.
Itisalsotwotimesstrongeragainstscratchesthananyotherglass.ACor
ningspokespersonspokeaboutthenewproduct.Hesaid:"Droppedpho
nescanresultinbrokenphones."Hesaiditwasimportanttomakeglassth
atcouldsurvivehigherdropsandbemoredifficulttoscratch.Headdedth
atinsteadoffocusingonmakingtheglassbetterforeitherdropsorscratc
hes,itwouldbebettertofocusonimprovingboth.Thenewglasswilldebu
tonSamsungproducts"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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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