The Reading / Listening - Colosseum - Level 5

Italy has given the green light to refurbish Rome's ancient Colosseum. This iconic site is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of Rome and the largest ancient amphitheatre ever built. It was completed over two millennia ago. The plans include fitting the arena with a new floor that will give visitors the chance to stand where Roman gladiators once fought for their lives. Gladiators entertained audiences during the Roman Empire by fighting to the death with swords against other gladiators, wild animals, and criminals.

Italy's Culture Minister said the high-tech project would open to the public by 2023. It is projected to cost around $22.2 million. The Colosseum currently has no floor. Archaeologists removed the original one in the 19th Century to expose a network of underground tunnels. The minister said the new floor would be "extraordinary" and would allow visitors to see "the majesty of the Colosseum". He added: "It's an ambitious project that will aid the conservation of the archaeological structures while getting back to the original image of the Colosseum."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Colosseum - Level 4 or  Colosseum - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/italy-unveils-new-hi-tech-floor-design-colosseum-area-2021-05-02/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/may/02/rome-colosseum-to-gain-hi-tech-arena-floor
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56966365


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Italy has given the green
  2. This iconic
  3. It is an oval amphitheatre
  4. the largest ancient amphitheatre
  5. It was completed over
  6. fitting the arena
  7. stand where Roman gladiators
  8. fighting to the death
  1. with a new floor
  2. in the centre of Rome
  3. with swords
  4. two millennia ago
  5. light
  6. once fought
  7. site
  8. ever built

Paragraph 2

  1. the high-
  2. open to the public
  3. It is projected to cost
  4. Archaeologists removed
  5. a network of underground
  6. It's an ambitious
  7. conservation of the archaeological
  8. the original image
  1. project
  2. the original one
  3. of the Colosseum
  4. tunnels
  5. structures
  6. by 2023
  7. tech project
  8. around $22.2 million

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Italy has given the (1) ___________________ refurbish Rome's ancient Colosseum. This (2) ___________________ one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of Rome and (3) ___________________ amphitheatre ever built. It was completed over two millennia ago. The plans include (4) ___________________ with a new floor that will give visitors the chance to stand where Roman (5) ___________________ for their lives. Gladiators entertained audiences during the Roman Empire by fighting to the (6) ___________________ against other gladiators, wild animals, and criminals.

Italy's Culture Minister said the (7) ___________________ would open to the public by 2023. It is (8) ___________________ around $22.2 million. The Colosseum currently has no floor. Archaeologists removed the (9) ___________________ the 19th Century to expose a network of underground tunnels. The minister said the new floor would be "extraordinary" and (10) ___________________ to see "the majesty of the Colosseum". He added: "It's (11) ___________________ that will aid the conservation of the archaeological structures while getting back to the (12) ___________________ the Colosseum."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ItalyhasgiventhegreenlighttorefurbishRome'sancientColosseum.Th
isiconicsiteisoneoftheNewSevenWondersoftheWorld.Itisanovalamp
hitheatreinthecentreofRomeandthelargestancientamphitheatreeve
rbuilt.Itwascompletedovertwomillenniaago.Theplansincludefittingt
hearenawithanewfloorthatwillgivevisitorsthechancetostandwhereR
omangladiatorsoncefoughtfortheirlives.Gladiatorsentertainedaudie
ncesduringtheRomanEmpirebyfightingtothedeathwithswordsagain
stothergladiators,wildanimals,andcriminals.Italy'sCultureMinisters
aidthehigh-techprojectwouldopentothepublicby2023.Itisprojected
tocostaround$22.2million.TheColosseumcurrentlyhasnofloor.Archa
eologistsremovedtheoriginaloneinthe19thCenturytoexposeanetwor
kofundergroundtunnels.Theministersaidthenewfloorwouldbe"extra
ordinary"andwouldallowvisitorstosee"themajestyoftheColosseum".
Headded:"It'sanambitiousprojectthatwillaidtheconservationofthear
chaeologicalstructureswhilegettingbacktotheoriginalimageoftheCol
osseum."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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