The Reading / Listening - Champs-Elysees - Level 0

The mayor of Paris wants to change the city's famous Champs-Elysees. She wants to turn the street into an "extraordinary garden". People say it is, "the most beautiful avenue in the world". However, some people think it looks old. The mayor will cut the number of cars to make more room for shoppers.



The Champs-Elysees was full of luxury car showrooms and expensive fashion stores. Many rich people shopped there. Today, it is full of chain stores, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. The mayor said: "We will redo [one area] before the Olympic Games...It will be an extraordinary garden." It will cost $305 million.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Champs-Elysees - Level 1 Champs-Elysees - Level 2   or  Champs-Elysees - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paris-mayor-pushes-ahead-with-plan-to-give-champs-elysees-a-305-million-green-makeover/
  • https://www.thelocal.fr/20210111/green-light-for-paris-famous-champs-elysee-to-be-turned-into-garden
  • https://news.artnet.com/art-world/pariss-champs-elysees-garden-renovation-1936162


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. The mayor
  2. change the city's famous
  3. turn the street into
  4. People say
  5. the most beautiful
  6. some people think it
  7. cut the
  8. make more room
  1. looks old
  2. of Paris
  3. for shoppers
  4. an extraordinary garden
  5. number of cars
  6. it is
  7. avenue in the world
  8. Champs-Elysees

Paragraph 2

  1. full of luxury car
  2. expensive fashion
  3. Many rich people
  4. it is full
  5. fast food
  6. coffee
  7. We will redo one
  8. It will cost
  1. shops
  2. of chain stores
  3. stores
  4. $305 million
  5. area
  6. shopped there
  7. restaurants
  8. showrooms

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The mayor of Paris (1) ___________________ the city's famous Champs-Elysees. She (2) ___________________ the street into an "extraordinary garden". People (3) ___________________, "the most beautiful avenue (4) ___________________". However, (5) ___________________ it looks old. The mayor will cut the number of cars to make more (6) ___________________.

The Champs-Elysees (7) ___________________ luxury car showrooms (8) ___________________ stores. Many rich people shopped there. Today, (9) ___________________ of chain stores, fast food restaurants (10) ___________________. The mayor said: "We will (11) ___________________ before the Olympic Games...It will be an extraordinary garden." (12) ___________________ $305 million.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThemayorofPariswantstochangethecity'sfamousChamps-Elysees.S
hewantstoturnthestreetintoan"extraordinarygarden".Peoplesayitis,
"themostbeautifulavenueintheworld".However,somepeoplethinkitl
ooksold.Themayorwillcutthenumberofcarstomakemoreroomforsho
ppers.TheChamps-Elyseeswasfullofluxurycarshowroomsandexpen
sivefashionstores.Manyrichpeopleshoppedthere.Today,itisfullofcha
instores,fastfoodrestaurantsandcoffeeshops.Themayorsaid:"Wewil
lredo[onearea]beforetheOlympicGames...Itwillbeanextraordinaryg
arden."Itwillcost$305million.

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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Answers

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