The Reading / Listening - Wind Turbines - Level 1

There are good things about wind farms. They provide green energy. However, there are also bad things. One is wind-turbine blades kill thousands of birds. They accidentally fly into the blades. Researchers have an answer. Painting one blade black helps birds see the blades. This cut bird deaths by 70 per cent. A researcher said bird deaths was "one of the main environmental concerns related to wind energy". The research is published in a journal.



Researchers looked at making wind-turbine blades safer. They painted one blade of four turbines black. The turbines with one black blade reduced bird deaths. A bird protection group was happy with the black blades. It said wind farms needed to be "in harmony with nature". It added: "Wind turbines are the right technology when we find the right places for them." It said wind farms should not be a risk to wildlife.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wind Turbines - Level 0 Wind Turbines - Level 2   or  Wind Turbines - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53909825
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/10-generators-to-keep-your-lights-on/
  • https://bgr.com/2020/08/26/wind-turbine-birds-death/


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. green
  2. blades kill thousands
  3. They accidentally fly
  4. Researchers have
  5. This cut bird deaths
  6. environmental
  7. wind
  8. The research is published
  1. by 70 per cent
  2. energy
  3. of birds
  4. in a journal
  5. an answer
  6. energy
  7. concerns
  8. into the blades

Paragraph 2

  1. making wind-turbine blades
  2. They painted
  3. bird
  4. The turbines with one
  5. A bird protection
  6. be in harmony
  7. when we find the right
  8. wind farms should not be a risk
  1. group
  2. deaths
  3. to wildlife
  4. safer
  5. places for them
  6. one blade
  7. with nature
  8. black blade

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are (1) ___________________ wind farms. They provide green energy. However, there (2) ___________________ things. One is wind-turbine (3) ___________________ of birds. They accidentally fly (4) ___________________. Researchers have an answer. Painting one blade (5) ___________________ see the blades. This cut bird deaths by 70 per cent. A researcher said bird deaths was "one of the main environmental concerns related to wind energy". The (6) ___________________ in a journal.

Researchers (7) ___________________ wind-turbine blades safer. They painted one (8) ___________________ turbines black. The turbines with one black blade (9) ___________________. A bird protection group was happy with the black blades. It said wind farms needed to be "(10) ___________________ nature". It added: "Wind turbines are the (11) ___________________ we find the right places for them." It said wind farms should not be a (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therearegoodthingsaboutwindfarms.Theyprovidegreenenergy.Ho
wever,therearealsobadthings.Oneiswind-turbinebladeskillthousan
dsofbirds.Theyaccidentallyflyintotheblades.Researchershaveanans
wer.Paintingonebladeblackhelpsbirdsseetheblades.Thiscutbirddeat
hsby70percent.Aresearchersaidbirddeathswas"oneofthemainenvir
onmentalconcernsrelatedtowindenergy".Theresearchispublishedin
ajournal.Researcherslookedatmakingwind-turbinebladessafer.Th
eypaintedonebladeoffourturbinesblack.Theturbineswithoneblackbl
adereducedbirddeaths.Abirdprotectiongroupwashappywiththeblac
kblades.Itsaidwindfarmsneededtobe"inharmonywithnature".Itadd
ed:"Windturbinesaretherighttechnologywhenwefindtherightplacesf
orthem."Itsaidwindfarmsshouldnotbearisktowildlife.

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You