The Reading / Listening - Zero Emissions - Level 6

The airline manufacturer Airbus has unveiled ambitious plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The aerospace giant predicts its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes could be in service by 2035. The concept revealed by company engineers shows a shift away from battery power. Many in the industry believe batteries are the way forward for carbon-zero airplanes. However, Airbus says batteries could prove impractical for large airliners and have opted for hydrogen propulsion. A company spokesperson said the transition to hydrogen would require "decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and significantly different refuelling infrastructure.



Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company has three possible designs, one of which will be adopted as a business enterprise. He said the three "ZEROe" designs represented "a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole". Mr Faury said: "We intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that the use of hydrogen as a fuel had "the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". Faury was upbeat about the future, saying: "With the support from government and industrial partners, 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 easier levels:

    Zero Emissions - Level 4  or  Zero Emissions - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ZERO-EMISSION AIRPLANES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about zero-emission airplanes. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       airline / manufacturer / zero emission / commercial / batteries / hydrogen / aviation /
       company / enterprise / historic / transition / industry / climate / partners / future
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TAX: Students A strongly believe flights on airplanes should have a high emissions tax; Students B strongly believe not. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AIRPLANES: What do you think of the services on airplanes? How can they be improved? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What You Think

Improvements

Seats

 

 

Cabin crew

 

 

Cleanliness

 

 

In-flight entertainment

 

 

Airplane food

 

 

The decor

 

 

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5. ZERO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "zero". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. EMISSIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the easiest things to reduce emissions for at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Airplanes
  • Homes
  • Cars
  • Factories
  • Farming
  • Electricity production
  • Ships
  • Tourism

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. manufacturer a. Showed or announced publicly for the first time.
      2. unveiled b. Say or estimate that a specified thing will happen in the future.
      3. ambitious c. The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities (e.g. buildings, roads, power supplies) needed for a country or business to operate.
      4. predict d. Having or showing a strong desire and determination to succeed.
      5. prove e. The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
      6. transition f. A person or company that makes goods for sale.
      7. infrastructure g. Show or demonstrate the truth or existence of something by evidence or argument.

    Paragraph 2

      8. adopted h. A project or undertaking, usually one that is difficult or requires effort.
      9. enterprise i. The flying or operating of aircraft.
      10. aviation j. Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources.
      11. sector k. Have a course of action as one's purpose or objective; plan.
      12. intend l. A part of a nation's economy or society or of an area of activity such as education, tourism, health, aviation, etc.
      13. upbeat m. Taken up or started to use or follow an idea, method, or course of action.
      14. sustainable n. Optimistic.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The airline maker Airbus has veiled plans for a zero-emission aircraft.     T / F
  2. Airbus said it hopes all planes worldwide will be zero-emission by 2035.   T / F
  3. Many in the aviation industry think airplanes should run on batteries.     T / F
  4. Hydrogen-fuelled planes would require redesigned airports.     T / F
  5. Airbus will choose one of four designs for its new aircraft.     T / F
  6. Airbus said the designs signified a historic moment in aviation history.     T / F
  7. The Airbus CEO was somewhat downbeat about the future.     T / F
  8. The CEO said Airbus could meet the future sustainability challenge.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. manufacturer
  2. predicts
  3. concept
  4. impractical
  5. decisive
  6. adopted
  7. sector
  8. transition
  9. upbeat
  10. scale up
  1. settled on
  2. idea
  3. expand
  4. firm
  5. field
  6. maker
  7. change
  8. optimistic
  9. anticipates
  10. unfeasible

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The airline manufacturer Airbus has unveiled
  2. could be in
  3. a shift away
  4. hydrogen
  5. decisive
  6. three possible
  7. the commercial aviation
  8. We intend to play a
  9. reduce aviation's climate
  10. renewable
  1. impact
  2. from battery power
  3. action
  4. sector
  5. service by 2035
  6. leading role
  7. ambitious plans
  8. energy
  9. designs
  10. propulsion

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
concept
significantly
unveiled
prove
entire
predicts
way
propulsion

The airline manufacturer Airbus has (1) _____________________ ambitious plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The aerospace giant (2) _____________________ its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes could be in service by 2035. The (3) _____________________ revealed by company engineers shows a shift away from battery power. Many in the industry believe batteries are the (4) _____________________ forward for carbon-zero airplanes. However, Airbus says batteries could (5) _____________________ impractical for large airliners and have opted for hydrogen (6) _____________________. A company spokesperson said the transition to hydrogen would require "decisive action from the (7) _____________________ aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and (8) _____________________ different refuelling infrastructure.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sustainable
historic
role
upbeat
adopted
fuel
scale
partners

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company has three possible designs, one of which will be (9) _____________________ as a business enterprise. He said the three "ZEROe" designs represented "a (10) _____________________ moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole". Mr Faury said: "We intend to play a leading (11) _____________________ in the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that the use of hydrogen as a (12) _____________________ had "the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". Faury was (13) _____________________ about the future, saying: "With the support from government and industrial (14) _____________________, we can rise up to this challenge to (15) _____________________ up renewable energy and hydrogen for the (16) _____________________ future of the aviation industry."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The airline manufacturer Airbus has unveiled ______
     a.  ambitious planes
     b.  ambitious plants
     c.  ambitious spans
     d.  ambitious plans
2)  The concept revealed by company engineers ______
     a.  shows a sift
     b.  shows a shaft
     c.  shows a shift
     d.  shows a sniff
3)  prove impractical for large airliners and have opted ______
     a.  for hydrogen compulsion
     b.  for hydrogen propulsion
     c.  for hydrogen pre-pulse shun
     d.  for hydrogen propellers
4)  hydrogen would require decisive action from the entire ______
     a.  aviator's ecosystem
     b.  aviating ecosystem
     c.  a violation ecosystem
     d.  aviation ecosystem
5)  This means redesigned airports and significantly different ______
     a.  reef Yule in infrastructure
     b.  refuse long infrastructure
     c.  reef you in infrastructure
     d.  refuelling infrastructure

6)  Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company has ______
     a.  three possible designs
     b.  three possibly designs
     c.  three possible design
     d.  three possibly design
7)  represented a historic moment for the commercial ______
     a.  aviation section
     b.  aviation nectar
     c.  aviation hector
     d.  aviation sector
8)  We intend to play a leading role in the ______
     a.  most importance transition
     b.  most important transit shun
     c.  most important transition
     d.  mostly importantly transition
9)  had the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact. ______
     a.  Faury was upbeat
     b.  Faury was downbeat
     c.  Faury was on the beat
     d.  Faury was beat
10)  from government and industrial partners, we can rise up to this challenge ______
     a.  two scale up
     b.  twos kale up
     c.  tooth kale up
     d.  to scale up

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The airline manufacturer Airbus (1) ____________________ plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The aerospace giant predicts its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes could (2) ____________________ by 2035. The concept revealed by company engineers shows a shift away from battery power. Many (3) ____________________ believe batteries are the way forward for carbon-zero airplanes. However, Airbus says batteries (4) ____________________ for large airliners and have opted for hydrogen propulsion. A company spokesperson said (5) ____________________ hydrogen would require "decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem". This means (6) ____________________ significantly different refuelling infrastructure.

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company has (7) ____________________, one of which will be adopted as a business enterprise. He said the three "ZEROe" designs represented "a (8) ____________________ the commercial aviation sector as a whole". Mr Faury said: "We intend to play a (9) ____________________ the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that the use of hydrogen as a fuel had "(10) ____________________ significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". Faury was upbeat about the future, saying: "With the support from government and industrial partners, we can rise up to this challenge to (11) ____________________ energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say Airbus had unveiled?
  2. By when does Airbus hope to have zero-emission planes in the air?
  3. What do many in the industry believe airplanes should run on?
  4. From whom would the transition require decisive action?
  5. What kind of redesigned infrastructure might be needed?
  6. How many designs does Airbus have for its new plane?
  7. What did Airbus say the designs were a historic moment for?
  8. What does Airbus want to play in the transition to zero emissions?
  9. What will the zero-emission planes reduce?
  10. What kind of future did the Airbus CEO talk about?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the article say Airbus had unveiled?
a) a statue
b) ambitious plans
c) a new kind of engine
d) new cabin crew uniform
2)  By when does Airbus hope to have zero-emission planes in the air?
a) 2050
b) 2040
c) 2030
d) 2035
3) What do many in the industry believe airplanes should run on?
a) batteries
b) oxygen
c) methane
d) biofuels
4) From whom would the transition require decisive action?
a) all pilots
b) all aviation schools
c) the entire aviation ecosystem
d) petrochemical engineers
5) What kind of redesigned infrastructure might be needed?
a) roads
b) refuelling
c) runways
d) departure lounges

6) How many designs does Airbus have for its new plane?
a) three
b) four
c) two
d) six
7) What did Airbus say the designs were a historic moment for?
a) flying
b) the company
c) the commercial aviation sector
d) European airplane manufacturers
8) What does Airbus want to play in the transition to zero emissions?
a) a leading role
b) a game
c) a huge part
d) second fiddle
9) What will the zero-emission planes reduce?
a) aviation's climate impact
b) the number of passengers
c) legroom
d) the prices of flights
10) What kind of future did the Airbus CEO talk about?
a) a rosy future
b) a space-age future
c) a future without frontiers
d) a sustainable future

Role play

Role  A – Airplanes
You think airplanes are the easiest things to reduce emissions for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as easy. Also, tell the others which is the most difficult of these (and why): homes, farming or electricity production.

Role  B – Homes
You think homes are the easiest things to reduce emissions for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as easy. Also, tell the others which is the most difficult of these (and why): airplanes, farming or electricity production.

Role  C – Farming
You think farming is the easiest thing to reduce emissions for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as easy. Also, tell the others which is the most difficult of these (and why): homes, airplanes or electricity production.

Role  D – Electricity Production
You think electricity production is the easiest thing to reduce emissions for. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as easy. Also, tell the others which is the most difficult of these (and why): homes, farming or airplanes.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'zero'

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  • and 'emission'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • ambitious
    • service
    • forward
    • prove
    • require
    • different
    • possible
    • historic
    • play
    • use
    • upbeat
    • scale




    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 - Zero Emissions

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'emissions'?
    3. What do you know about Airbus?
    4. How important is the aircraft manufacturing industry?
    5. How important are zero-emission airplanes?
    6. What do you think of air travel?
    7. What do you know about hydrogen power?
    8. Why do we travel around the world so much?
    9. How else can aviation reduce its carbon footprint?
    10. What advice do you have for Airbus?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'airplane'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What would life as Airbus' CEO be like?
    5. What historic moments have there been in aviation history?
    6. How can air travel be improved?
    7. What would life be like without airplanes?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this news?
    9. What renewable energies show the most promise?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Airbus CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The airline manufacturer Airbus has unveiled (1) ____ plans for the world's first zero-emission aircraft. The aerospace (2) ____ predicts its hydrogen-powered commercial airplanes could be (3) ____ service by 2035. The concept revealed by company engineers shows a shift away from battery power. Many in the industry believe batteries are the way forward for carbon-zero airplanes. However, Airbus says batteries could (4) ____ impractical for large airliners and have opted for hydrogen propulsion. A company spokesperson said the (5) ____ to hydrogen would require "decisive action from the (6) ____ aviation ecosystem". This means redesigned airports and significantly different refuelling infrastructure.

    Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said the company has three possible designs, one of (7) ____ will be adopted as a business enterprise. He said the three "ZEROe" designs represented "a historic moment for the commercial aviation (8) ____ as a whole". Mr Faury said: "We (9) ____ to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen." He added that the use of hydrogen as a fuel had "the potential to significantly reduce aviation's climate impact". Faury was (10) ____ about the future, saying: "With the support from government and industrial partners, we can (11) ____ up to this challenge to (12) ____ up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     ambition     (b)     ambitious     (c)     ambitions     (d)     ambitiously    
    2. (a)     monster     (b)     giant     (c)     ogre     (d)     jumbo    
    3. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    4. (a)     improve     (b)     prove     (c)     proof     (d)     probe    
    5. (a)     persistence     (b)     material     (c)     viable     (d)     transition    
    6. (a)     all     (b)     partial     (c)     entire     (d)     utter    
    7. (a)     which     (b)     what     (c)     whole     (d)     all    
    8. (a)     portion     (b)     sector     (c)     serving     (d)     fraction    
    9. (a)     inferred     (b)     interred     (c)     intense     (d)     intend    
    10. (a)     upbeat     (b)     tempo     (c)     cadence     (d)     pulse    
    11. (a)     rise     (b)     arise     (c)     raise     (d)     rose    
    12. (a)     scale     (b)     limit     (c)     flake     (d)     deposit

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. industry   .   sustainable   future   of   The   the   aviation

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the airline manufacturer airbus has unveiled ambitious plans for the worlds first zeroemission aircraft the aerospace giant predicts its hydrogenpowered commercial airplanes could be in service by 2035 the concept revealed by company engineers shows a shift away from battery power many in the industry believe batteries are the way forward for carbonzero airplanes however airbus says batteries could prove impractical for large airliners and have opted for hydrogen propulsion a company spokesperson said the transition to hydrogen would require decisive action from the entire aviation ecosystem this means redesigned airports and significantly different refuelling infrastructure

    airbus ceo guillaume faury said the company has three possible designs one of which will be adopted as a business enterprise he said the three zeroe designs represented a historic moment for the commercial aviation sector as a whole mr faury said we intend to play a leading role in the most important transition this industry has ever seen he added that the use of hydrogen as a fuel had the potential to significantly reduce aviations climate impact faury was upbeat about the future saying with the support from government and industrial partners we can rise up to this challenge to scale up renewable energy and hydrogen for the sustainable future of the aviation industry

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheairlinemanufacturerAirbushasunveiledambitiousplansforthewor
    ld'sfirstzero-emissionaircraft.Theaerospacegiantpredictsitshydrog
    en-poweredcommercialairplanescouldbeinserviceby2035.Theconc
    eptrevealedbycompanyengineersshowsashiftawayfrombatterypow
    er.Manyintheindustrybelievebatteriesarethewayforwardforcarbon-
    zeroairplanes.However,Airbussaysbatteriescouldproveimpracticalf
    orlargeairlinersandhaveoptedforhydrogenpropulsion.Acompanyspo
    kespersonsaidthetransitiontohydrogenwouldrequire"decisiveaction
    fromtheentireaviationecosystem".Thismeansredesignedairportsan
    dsignificantlydifferentrefuellinginfrastructure.AirbusCEOGuillaume
    Faurysaidthecompanyhasthreepossibledesigns,oneofwhichwillbead
    optedasabusinessenterprise.Hesaidthethree"ZEROe"designsrepres
    ented"ahistoricmomentforthecommercialaviationsectorasawhole".
    MrFaurysaid:"Weintendtoplayaleadingroleinthemostimportanttran
    sitionthisindustryhaseverseen."Headdedthattheuseofhydrogenasaf
    uelhad"thepotentialtosignificantlyreduceaviation'sclimateimpact".F
    aurywasupbeataboutthefuture,saying:"Withthesupportfromgovern
    mentandindustrialpartners,wecanriseuptothischallengetoscaleupre
    newableenergyandhydrogenforthesustainablefutureoftheaviationin
    dustry."

    Free writing

    Write about zero emissions for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Airplanes that produce emissions should be banned after 2035. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ZERO-EMISSION AIRPLANES: Make a poster about zero-emission airplanes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AVIATION: Write a magazine article about only zero-emission airplanes being allowed to fly from 2035. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on zero-emission airplanes. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on aviation. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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