The Reading / Listening - Clean Energy - Level 4

Denmark has an idea for clean energy - an artificial island 80km off its western coast. It is expected to be working by 2033. This project should end Denmark's reliance on fossil fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end of oil production will boost Denmark's green credentials. A professor of energy called the project, "a cornerstone in the green transition which will help facilitate the reduction of Danish CO2 emissions".

The island will be the size of 18 football fields and cost around $34 billion. Much of the energy will come from wind farms. These will power three million homes and help make Denmark carbon neutral. The island should create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, we have tremendous potential for offshore wind....That means we can actually shut down all European coal-fired power plants." He said it was an international effort.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clean Energy - Level 5 or  Clean Energy - Level 6

Sources
  • https://hypebeast.com/2021/2/denmark-jacob-ostergaard-man-made-energy-island-news
  • https://bgr.com/2021/02/09/science-news-clean-energy-island-denmark/
  • https://www.slashgear.com/denmark-reveals-audacious-artificial-energy-island-to-replace-gas-and-oil-05658318/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Denmark has an idea
  2. an artificial
  3. 80km off
  4. It is expected to be working
  5. Denmark's reliance
  6. within
  7. boost Denmark's green
  8. CO2
  1. three decades
  2. emissions
  3. on fossil fuels
  4. its western coast
  5. for clean energy
  6. credentials
  7. island
  8. by 2033

Paragraph 2

  1. the size of
  2. energy will come from wind
  3. These will power three million
  4. make Denmark carbon
  5. The island should create a
  6. tremendous potential for offshore
  7. coal-fired power
  8. it was an international
  1. greener Europe
  2. plants
  3. farms
  4. effort
  5. 18 football fields
  6. neutral
  7. wind
  8. homes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Denmark (1) ___________________ for clean energy - an artificial island 80km off (2) ___________________. It is expected to be working by 2033. This project should end Denmark's (3) ___________________ fuels within three decades. Denmark is Europe's largest oil-producing country. The end of oil (4) ___________________ Denmark's green credentials. A professor of energy (5) ___________________, "a cornerstone in the green transition which will help (6) ___________________ of Danish CO2 emissions".

The island will be (7) ___________________ 18 football fields and cost around $34 billion. Much of the energy will come (8) ___________________. These will power three million homes and help make (9) ___________________. The island should create a greener Europe. The professor said: "In the North Sea, (10) ___________________ potential for offshore wind....That means (11) ___________________ shut down all European coal- (12) ___________________." He said it was an international effort.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Denmarkhasanideaforcleanenergy-anartificialisland80kmoffitswe
sterncoast.Itisexpectedtobeworkingby2033.Thisprojectshouldend
Denmark'srelianceonfossilfuelswithinthreedecades.DenmarkisEuro
pe'slargestoil-producingcountry.TheendofoilproductionwillboostD
enmark'sgreencredentials.Aprofessorofenergycalledtheproject,"ac
ornerstoneinthegreentransitionwhichwillhelpfacilitatethereduction
ofDanishCO2emissions".Theislandwillbethesizeof18footballfieldsan
dcostaround$34billion.Muchoftheenergywillcomefromwindfarms.T
hesewillpowerthreemillionhomesandhelpmakeDenmarkcarbonneut
ral.TheislandshouldcreateagreenerEurope.Theprofessorsaid:"Inthe
NorthSea,wehavetremendouspotentialforoffshorewind....Thatmea
nswecanactuallyshutdownallEuropeancoal-firedpowerplants."Hes
aiditwasaninternationaleffort.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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