The Reading / Listening - Champs-Elysees - Level 2

The mayor of Paris has said there are big plans to transform the city's famous street the Champs-Elysees. She wants to turn the 1.9km avenue into an "extraordinary garden". The Champs-Elysees is in the heart of Paris. Many people call it, "the most beautiful avenue in the world". However, many people who live in Paris think it looks old. They want it to look more modern. The mayor wants to cut the amount of traffic. She wants to cut the number of car lanes to make more room for pedestrians. She also wants to plant trees to make it greener and more attractive.



The Champs-Elysees showed how sophisticated and elegant Paris was. There were car showrooms full of luxury cars, and designer fashion stores. It was a magnet for rich people. Today, it looks like many other streets in the world, full of international chain stores, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Work will start on the project after the 2024 Paris Olympics. The mayor said: "We will redo [one area] before the Olympic Games, then the full length of the avenue afterwards. It will be an extraordinary garden." The budget for the project is $305 million.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Champs-Elysees - Level 0 Champs-Elysees - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. big plans to transform the city's
  2. in the heart
  3. the most beautiful avenue
  4. They want it to
  5. She wants to cut the number
  6. more room for
  7. She also wants
  8. make it greener and
  1. of Paris
  2. of car lanes
  3. look more modern
  4. more attractive
  5. famous street
  6. to plant trees
  7. in the world
  8. pedestrians

Paragraph 2

  1. how sophisticated and
  2. It was a magnet for
  3. it looks like many other
  4. international chain
  5. Work will start
  6. We will
  7. the full length
  8. The budget for the project
  1. redo one area
  2. streets in the world
  3. is $305 million
  4. rich people
  5. of the avenue
  6. stores
  7. on the project
  8. elegant Paris was

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The mayor of Paris has said there (1) ___________________ to transform the city's famous street the Champs-Elysees. She wants to turn the 1.9km (2) ___________________ "extraordinary garden". The Champs-Elysees is (3) ___________________ of Paris. Many people call it, "the most beautiful avenue in the world". However, many (4) ___________________ in Paris think it looks old. They want it to (5) ___________________. The mayor wants to cut the amount of traffic. She wants to cut the number of car lanes to make more room for pedestrians. She also wants to plant trees to make it (6) ___________________ attractive.

The Champs-Elysees (7) ___________________ and elegant Paris was. There were car showrooms (8) ___________________ cars, and designer fashion stores. It was (9) ___________________ rich people. Today, it looks (10) ___________________ streets in the world, full of international chain stores, fast food restaurants and coffee shops. Work will start on the project after the 2024 Paris Olympics. The mayor said: "We (11) ___________________ area before the Olympic Games, then the (12) ___________________ the avenue afterwards. It will be an extraordinary garden." The budget for the project is $305 million.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThemayorofParishassaidtherearebigplanstotransformthecity'sfamo
usstreettheChamps-Elysees.Shewantstoturnthe1.9kmavenueintoa
n"extraordinarygarden".TheChamps-ElyseesisintheheartofParis.M
anypeoplecallit,"themostbeautifulavenueintheworld".However,ma
nypeoplewholiveinParisthinkitlooksold.Theywantittolookmoremode
rn.Themayorwantstocuttheamountoftraffic.Shewantstocutthenum
berofcarlanestomakemoreroomforpedestrians.Shealsowantstoplan
ttreestomakeitgreenerandmoreattractive.TheChamps-Elyseessh
owedhowsophisticatedandelegantPariswas.Therewerecarshowroo
msfullofluxurycars,anddesignerfashionstores.Itwasamagnetforrich
people.Today,itlookslikemanyotherstreetsintheworld,fullofinternati
onalchainstores,fastfoodrestaurantsandcoffeeshops.Workwillstarto
ntheprojectafterthe2024ParisOlympics.Themayorsaid:"Wewillredo
[onearea]beforetheOlympicGames,thenthefulllengthoftheavenueaf
terwards.Itwillbeanextraordinarygarden."Thebudgetfortheprojecti
s$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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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