The Reading / Listening - Zero Emissions - Level 4

Airbus has unveiled big plans for the first zero-emission aircraft. It predicts its hydrogen-powered airplanes could be flying by 2035. Hydrogen is a move away from battery power, which many in the industry believe is the answer for carbon-zero airplanes. Batteries could be problematic for larger airplanes. Airbus said the switch to hydrogen needs "decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and ways of refuelling.



Airbus showed three "ZEROe" designs and will select one of them. It said this was "a historic moment for the aviation sector". It added it would "play a leading role in the most important transition" the industry has ever seen. Hydrogen fuel has the potential to greatly reduce aviation's impact on the climate. Airbus said: "We can rise up to this challenge to scale up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Zero Emissions - Level 5 or  Zero Emissions - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-54242176
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/21/business/airbus-zero-emissions-plane/index.html
  • https://www.flightglobal.com/air-transport/airbus-turns-to-hydrogen-as-energy-promise-of-batteries-fades/140254.article


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. Airbus has
  2. Hydrogen is a move away
  3. which many in the industry believe
  4. Batteries could be
  5. the switch
  6. decisive
  7. the entire aviation
  8. This means redesigned
  1. action
  2. problematic
  3. airports
  4. from battery power
  5. ecosystem
  6. is the answer
  7. unveiled big plans
  8. to hydrogen

Paragraph 2

  1. select
  2. this was a historic
  3. the aviation
  4. it would play
  5. rise up
  6. scale
  7. for the sustainable
  8. the aviation
  1. to this challenge
  2. sector
  3. industry
  4. one of them
  5. future
  6. a leading role
  7. up renewable energy
  8. moment

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Airbus has (1) ___________________ for the first zero-emission aircraft. It predicts its hydrogen-powered airplanes could (2) ___________________ 2035. Hydrogen is a move away from battery power, which many in the (3) ___________________ the answer for carbon-zero airplanes. Batteries could (4) ___________________ larger airplanes. Airbus said the switch to hydrogen (5) ___________________ from the entire aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and (6) ___________________.

Airbus showed three "ZEROe" designs and (7) ___________________ of them. It said this was "a historic moment for (8) ___________________ ". It added it would "(9) ___________________ role in the most important transition" the (10) ___________________ seen. Hydrogen fuel has the potential to greatly reduce aviation's impact on the climate. Airbus said: "We can rise up to this (11) ___________________ up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Airbushasunveiledbigplansforthefirstzero-emissionaircraft.Itpredic
tsitshydrogen-poweredairplanescouldbeflyingby2035.Hydrogenis
amoveawayfrombatterypower,whichmanyintheindustrybelieveisth
eanswerforcarbon-zeroairplanes.Batteriescouldbeproblematicfo
rlargerairplanes.Airbussaidtheswitchtohydrogenneeds"decisiveacti
onfromtheentireaviationecosystem".Thismeansredesignedairports
andwaysofrefuelling.Airbusshowedthree"ZEROe"designsandwillsel
ectoneofthem.Itsaidthiswas"ahistoricmomentfortheaviationsector"
.Itaddeditwould"playaleadingroleinthemostimportanttransition"the
industryhaseverseen.Hydrogenfuelhasthepotentialtogreatlyreduce
aviation'simpactontheclimate.Airbussaid:"Wecanriseuptothischalle
ngetoscaleuprenewableenergyandhydrogenforthesustainablefutur
eoftheaviationindustry."

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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(j) ________________

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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