The Reading / Listening - Car Battery - Level 1

Electric cars will replace petrol cars in the future. This will cut CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Charging the battery is a problem. Some batteries take up to 12 hours to charge. A company has made a lithium-ion battery that can charge in just five minutes. This is how long it takes to fill a tank of gas with petrol. The new batteries were created by an Israeli company. They are being made by a company in China.



The new batteries could change driving. Electric cars will travel as far as petrol cars. Electric cars can give people "range anxiety". This is worrying about the battery running out of power. Drivers are afraid they will get stuck on a highway, or will have to sit in a charging station for two hours. A spokesperson said there will be "a revolution" in charging batteries. He said the switch from petrol to electric will happen quickly.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Car Battery - Level 0 Car Battery - Level 2   or  Car Battery - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/fast-charging-electric-car-battery-5-minutes-2021-1
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jan/19/electric-car-batteries-race-ahead-with-five-minute-charging-times
  • https://www.timesofisrael.com/revving-up-electric-car-industry-israeli-firm-develops-5-minute-charge-battery/


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. cut CO2 levels in
  2. take up to 12 hours
  3. made a lithium-ion
  4. charge in just
  5. This is how long
  6. fill a tank of gas
  7. created by an
  8. They are being made by
  1. with petrol
  2. five minutes
  3. the atmosphere
  4. a company in China
  5. to charge
  6. Israeli company
  7. it takes
  8. battery

Paragraph 2

  1. travel as far
  2. the battery running out
  3. Drivers are
  4. get stuck on a
  5. sit in a charging
  6. a revolution in
  7. the switch from petrol
  8. happen
  1. afraid
  2. to electric
  3. station
  4. quickly
  5. of power
  6. highway
  7. as petrol cars
  8. charging batteries

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Electric cars will replace petrol cars (1) ___________________. This will cut CO2 (2) ___________________ atmosphere. Charging the battery (3) ___________________. Some batteries take up to 12 hours to charge. A company has made a lithium-ion battery that (4) ___________________ just five minutes. This is how long it takes to fill a (5) ___________________ with petrol. The new batteries were created by an Israeli company. They are being (6) ___________________ company in China.

The new batteries (7) ___________________. Electric cars will travel as far as petrol cars. Electric cars can give (8) ___________________. This is worrying about the battery running out of power. Drivers (9) ___________________ will get stuck on a highway, or will have (10) ___________________ a charging station for two hours. A spokesperson said there will (11) ___________________ in charging batteries. He said the switch (12) ___________________ electric will happen quickly.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Electriccarswillreplacepetrolcarsinthefuture.ThiswillcutCO2levelsint
heatmosphere.Chargingthebatteryisaproblem.Somebatteriestakeu
pto12hourstocharge.Acompanyhasmadealithium-ionbatterythatc
anchargeinjustfiveminutes.Thisishowlongittakestofillatankofgaswit
hpetrol.ThenewbatterieswerecreatedbyanIsraelicompany.Theyare
beingmadebyacompanyinChina.Thenewbatteriescouldchangedrivin
g.Electriccarswilltravelasfaraspetrolcars.Electriccarscangivepeople
"rangeanxiety".Thisisworryingaboutthebatteryrunningoutofpower.
Driversareafraidtheywillgetstuckonahighway,orwillhavetositinacha
rgingstationfortwohours.Aspokespersonsaidtherewillbe"arevolutio
n"inchargingbatteries.Hesaidtheswitchfrompetroltoelectricwillhapp
enquickly.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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