The Reading / Listening - Semiconductors - Level 6

The automotive and other industries around the globe are facing production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has caused car giant General Motors to halt production at all but four of its plants in North America. GM owns a number of popular car brands, including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused on trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles."

Semiconductors are an indispensable part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use in our everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting production hitches due to the current dearth in supply. One reason for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages in factories that manufacture the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan have negatively hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience challenges for the foreseeable future. It reported: "With the shortages expected to continue until at least 2023, and no immediate solutions forthcoming, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Semiconductors - Level 4  or  Semiconductors - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.engadget.com/gm-halts-car-production-chip-shortages-200334864.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/general-motors-halts-production-at-eight-north-american-factories-due-to-chip-shortage-12398110
  • https://thehill.com/policy/transportation/570587-gm-cutting-production-further-due-to-chip-shortage


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 :-)





Warm-ups

1. SEMICONDUCTORS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about semiconductors. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       industries / production / challenges / solutions / brands / supply chain / vehicles /
       gadgets / everyday lives / hitches / shortages / continue / change / schedule
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CARS: Students A strongly believe we don't need cars; Students B strongly believe we do. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. INDUSTRIES: How important are these industries to your life? What would life be like without them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.


Industry

How Important to You

Life Without Them

Automotive

 

 

Tourism

 

 

Arms

 

 

IT

 

 

Education

 

 

Agriculture

 

 

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5. HURT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hurt". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. GADGETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best important at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Microwave oven
  • Smartphone
  • Printer
  • Game console
  • Smart watch
  • Computer
  • TV
  • Hair-drier

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. automotive a. Relating to or concerned with motor vehicles.
      2. halt b. Not settled or stable; likely or able to change.
      3. plant c. Bring or come to a sudden stop.
      4. brand d. Cause a symptom, problem or condition to heal or reduce.
      5. resolve e. A place where an industrial or manufacturing process takes place.
      6. fluid f. A type of product manufactured by a particular company under a particular name.
      7. constrained g. Severely restrict the scope, extent, or activity of.

    Paragraph 2

      8. indispensable h. Able to be predicted.
      9. gadget i. A scarcity or lack of something.
      10. hitch j. Absolutely necessary.
      11. dearth k. A means of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation.
      12. foreseeable l. A small mechanical or electronic device or tool.
      13. solution m. About to happen or appear.
      14. forthcoming n. A temporary difficulty or problem.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Only industries in the USA are experiencing semiconductor shortages.   T / F
  2. General Motors has closed four of its plants in North America.     T / F
  3. GM is trying to sort out its supply-chain problems.     T / F
  4. GM is confident it can minimize the impact of the shortages.     T / F
  5. Sony and Toyota have more semiconductors than they need.     T / F
  6. The article says COVID-19 is partly responsible for the shortages.     T / F
  7. A website said shortages would continue through to 2023.     T / F
  8. GM is the last company to change its production schedule.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. facing
  2. shortage
  3. halt
  4. resolve
  5. impact
  6. indispensable
  7. dearth
  8. manufacture
  9. immediate
  10. schedule
  1. deal with
  2. produce
  3. essential
  4. cease
  5. lack
  6. experiencing
  7. plan
  8. consequences
  9. scarcity
  10. current

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The automotive and other
  2. halt production at all but
  3. the situation remains complex
  4. we remain confident in our
  5. continue finding creative solutions to
  6. Semiconductors are an indispensable part
  7. hitches due to the current dearth
  8. experience challenges for the
  9. shortages expected to continue until
  10. no immediate solutions
  1. at least 2023
  2. minimize the impact
  3. forthcoming
  4. in supply
  5. four of its plants
  6. foreseeable future
  7. team's ability
  8. industries around the globe
  9. and very fluid
  10. of many of the gadgets

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
complex
due
vehicles
popular
automotive
impact
shortage
focused

The (1) _____________________ and other industries around the globe are facing production challenges (2) _____________________ to a shortage of semiconductors. A global semiconductor (3) _____________________ has caused car giant General Motors to halt production at all but four of its plants in North America. GM owns a number of (4) _____________________ car brands, including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is (5) _____________________ on trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation remains (6) _____________________ and very fluid, we remain confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the (7) _____________________ on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained (8) _____________________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
negatively
gadgets
reason
schedule
hitches
solutions
challenges
manufacture

Semiconductors are an indispensable part of many of the (9) _____________________ and electrical products we use in our everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting production (10) _____________________ due to the current dearth in supply. One (11) _____________________ for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages in factories that (12) _____________________ the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan have (13) _____________________ hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience (14) _____________________ for the foreseeable future. It reported: "With the shortages expected to continue until at least 2023, and no immediate (15) _____________________ forthcoming, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The automotive and other industries around the globe ______ challenges
     a.  are face in production
     b.  are face sin production
     c.  are facing production
     d.  are fazing production
2)  caused car giant General Motors to halt production at all but four ______
     a.  of its pliant
     b.  of its plans
     c.  of its pants
     d.  of its plants
3)  news agency that the company is focused on trying to resolve its ______
     a.  supply-chair difficulties
     b.  supplied-chain difficulties
     c.  suppliant-chain difficulties
     d.  supply-chain difficulties
4)  we remain confident in our team's ability to continue ______
     a.  finding creative solutions
     b.  finding creative solution
     c.  finding creatives solutions
     d.  funding creative solutions
5)  minimize the impact on our highest-demand and ______
     a.  capacity-constrained vehicles
     b.  capacity-constraint vehicles
     c.  capacity-contained vehicles
     d.  capacity-co-strained vehicles

6)  Semiconductors are an indispensable part of many ______
     a.  of the gadget
     b.  of a gadgets
     c.  of a gadget
     d.  of the gadgets
7)  Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are ______
     a.  report in production hitches
     b.  reporting production hitches
     c.  report tin production hitches
     d.  rapport in production hitches
8)  One reason for the shortage is the ______
     a.  COVID-19 endemic
     b.  COVID-19 pan dermis
     c.  COVID-19 panned anemic
     d.  COVID-19 pandemic
9) engadget.com said companies would experience challenges for ______
     a.  the four seeable future
     b.  the force seeable future
     c.  the for seer ball future
     d.  the foreseeable future
10)  continue until at least 2023, and no immediate ______
     a.  solutions fourth conning
     b.  solutions for coming
     c.  solutions forth come in
     d.  solutions forthcoming

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The automotive and other industries around the (1) ____________________ production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has (2) ____________________ General Motors to halt production at all but four of its plants in North America. GM owns a number of (3) ____________________, including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused on (4) ____________________ its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation (5) ____________________ very fluid, we remain confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize (6) ____________________ our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles."

Semiconductors are an indispensable part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use in (1) ____________________. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting (2) ____________________ to the current (3) ____________________. One reason for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages in factories that manufacture the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan (4) ____________________ production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience challenges for (5) ____________________. It reported: "With the shortages expected to continue until at least 2023, and no (6) ____________________, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many of GM's plants are still producing cars?
  2. What three car brands does the article say GM owns?
  3. What did a spokesperson say GM is trying to resolve?
  4. In what state did a spokesman say the situation remains?
  5. What did the spokesman say GM was trying to minimize?
  6. What does the article say semiconductors are indispensable to?
  7. What other three companies does the article say are affected?
  8. What is one reason the article gives for the shortage?
  9. What did a website say companies would experience in the future?
  10. Until when did a website say shortages would continue?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How many of GM's plants are still producing cars?
a) 2
b) 4
c) 7
d) 5
2)  What three car brands does the article say GM owns?
a) Pontiac, Cabriolet and MG
b) Chrysler, Lincoln and Ford
c) Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC
d) Buick, Chevrolet and AMC
3)  What did a spokesperson say GM is trying to resolve?
a) super-chain issues
b) supple-chair issues
c) demand-chain issues
d) supply-chain issues
4)  In what state did a spokesman say the situation remains?
a) complete and fluid
b) complex and fluid
c) unacceptable and complex
d) uncertain and complete
5)  What did the spokesman say GM was trying to minimize?
a) the impact
b) the damage
c) the loss of profits
d) production times

6)  What does the article say semiconductors are indispensable to?
a) gadgets and electrical products
b) widgets and automotive products
c) budgets and computers
d) fidgets and games consoles
7)  What other three companies does the article say are affected?
a) Samsung, Nissan and Tesla
b) Hitachi, Toyota and Porsche
c) Panasonic, Mitsubishi and Renault
d) Sony, Toyota and Ford
8)  What is one reason the article gives for the shortage?
a) low demand
b) lack of raw materials
c) COVID-19
d) global warming
9)  What did a website say companies would experience in the future?
a) a recovery
b) better times
c) hard times
d) challenges
10)  Until when did a website say shortages would continue?
a) another few months
b) least 2023
c) the end of this year
d) June 2022

Role play

Role  A – Microwave Oven
You think a microwave oven is the best gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smartphone, hair-drier or games console.

Role  B – Smartphone
You think a smartphone is the best gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): microwave oven, hair-drier or games console.

Role  C – Hair-drier
You think a hair-drier is the best gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smartphone, microwave oven or games console.

Role  D – Games Console
You think a games console is the best gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): smartphone, hair-drier or microwave oven.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'semiconductor'

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  • and 'shortage'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • other
    • halt
    • number
    • news
    • fluid
    • remain
    • part
    • hitches
    • reason
    • hit
    • experience
    • last

    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 - Semiconductors

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What image is in your mind when you hear the word 'semiconductor'?
    3. What do you know about semiconductors?
    4. What was in tech before semiconductors?
    5. What are semiconductors needed for in cars?
    6. How important is the automotive industry?
    7. What problems will a shortage of semiconductors create?
    8. What would happen if the supply of semiconductors dried up?
    9. Are you good at finding creative solutions?
    10. Should there be fewer vehicles on the road?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'shortages'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What things are indispensable to you?
    5. What gadgets do you absolutely need in your life?
    6. What kinds of technologies will replace semiconductors?
    7. What advice do you have for the car companies?
    8. How might a chip shortage affect your life?
    9. Are we too reliant on technology?
    10. What questions would you like to ask GM?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The automotive and other industries (1) ____ the globe are facing production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has caused car giant General Motors to (2) ____ production at all but four of its plants in North America. GM owns a (3) ____ of popular car brands, including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused (4) ____ trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation remains complex and very (5) ____, we remain confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact (6) ____ our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles."

    Semiconductors are an (7) ____ part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use in our everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting production (8) ____ due to the current dearth in supply. One reason for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages in factories that manufacture the (9) ____ in China, South Korea and Taiwan have negatively hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience challenges for the (10) ____ future. It reported: "With the shortages (11) ____ to continue until at least 2023, and no immediate solutions (12) ____, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     astound     (b)     abound     (c)     about     (d)     around    
    2. (a)     spec     (b)     talc     (c)     chalk     (d)     halt    
    3. (a)     numeral     (b)     number     (c)     numbing     (d)     numbs    
    4. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     liquid     (b)     druid     (c)     fluid     (d)     squid    
    6. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     debatable     (b)     indispensable     (c)     disposable     (d)     dependable    
    8. (a)     hitches     (b)     pitches     (c)     ditches     (d)     britches    
    9. (a)     crisps     (b)     chips     (c)     biscuits     (d)     snacks    
    10. (a)     forebears     (b)     foregoes     (c)     foreseeable     (d)     foreshadows    
    11. (a)     expedited     (b)     expedient     (c)     expected     (d)     extant    
    12. (a)     forth     (b)     forthright     (c)     forthwith     (d)     forthcoming

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other multinational companies are reporting production hitches due
    (...)  hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experience challenges for the foreseeable
    (...)  of semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has caused car giant General Motors to halt production at all but
    (...)  forthcoming, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production schedule."
    (...)  to the current dearth in supply. One reason for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages
    (...)  Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused
    (...)  solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles."
    (...)  Semiconductors are an indispensable part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use in our
    (...)  on trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "Although the situation remains
    (...)  four of its plants in North America. GM owns a number of popular car brands, including
    (...)  in factories that manufacture the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan have negatively
    (...)  future. It reported: "With the shortages expected to continue until at least 2023, and no immediate solutions
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    (...)  complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. shortage   challenges   semiconductors   .   a   to   Production   due   of
    3. four   of   all   at   its   Production   but   plants   .
    4. its   supply-chain   resolve   Focused   trying   to   difficulties   .   on
    5. team's   ability   creative   finding   continue   to   solutions   .   Our
    6. the   gadgets   .   indispensable   An   many   of   part   of
    7. dearth   current   supply   .   in   Hitches   to   the   due
    8. factories   shortages   chips   .   that   the   in   manufacture   Staff
    9. continue   until   least   expected   It's   to   at   2023   .
    10. to   The   last   its   company   production   schedule   .   change

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The automotive and other industries around / about the globe are facing production challenges duly / due to a shortage of semiconductors. A global semiconductor shortage has cased / caused car giant General Motors to halt production at all / whole but four of its plants in North America. GM owns a number of popular car brands, inclusive / including Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. A GM spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press news agency that the company is focused on / in trying to resolve its supply-chain difficulties. He said: "However / Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confidence / confident in our team's ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on / in our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles / vehicle."

    Semiconductors are the / an indispensable part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use on / in our everyday lives. Sony, Toyota, Ford and other / another multinational companies are reporting production pitches / hitches due to the current dearth in supply. One reason of / for the shortage is the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff shortages in factories that manufacture the chips in China, South Korea and Taiwan have negatively / negated hit production. The website engadget.com said companies would experiential / experience challenges for the foreseeable future. It reported: "With the shortages expected of / to continue until at least 2023, and no immediate solutions / solves forthcoming, GM likely won't be the last company to change its production / reproduction schedule."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the automotive and other industries around the globe are facing production challenges due to a shortage of semiconductors a global semiconductor shortage has caused car giant general motors to halt production at all but four of its plants in north america gm owns a number of popular car brands including cadillac chevrolet and gmc a gm spokesperson told the detroit free press news agency that the company is focused on trying to resolve its supplychain difficulties he said although the situation remains complex and very fluid we remain confident in our teams ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highestdemand and capacityconstrained vehicles

    semiconductors are an indispensable part of many of the gadgets and electrical products we use in our everyday lives sony toyota ford and other multinational companies are reporting production hitches due to the current dearth in supply one reason for the shortage is the covid19 pandemic staff shortages in factories that manufacture the chips in china south korea and taiwan have negatively hit production the website engadgetcom said companies would experience challenges for the foreseeable future it reported with the shortages expected to continue until at least 2023 and no immediate solutions forthcoming gm likely wont be the last company to change its production schedule

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    Theautomotiveandotherindustriesaroundtheglobearefacingproduct
    ionchallengesduetoashortageofsemiconductors.Aglobalsemiconduc
    torshortagehascausedcargiantGeneralMotorstohaltproductionatall
    butfourofitsplantsinNorthAmerica.GMownsanumberofpopularcarbr
    ands,includingCadillac,ChevroletandGMC.AGMspokespersontoldth
    eDetroitFreePressnewsagencythatthecompanyisfocusedontryingto
    resolveitssupply-chaindifficulties.Hesaid:"Althoughthesituationre
    mainscomplexandveryfluid,weremainconfidentinourteam'sabilityto
    continuefindingcreativesolutionstominimizetheimpactonourhighest
    -demandandcapacity-constrainedvehicles."Semiconductorsarean
    indispensablepartofmanyofthegadgetsandelectricalproductsweusei
    noureverydaylives.Sony,Toyota,Fordandothermultinationalcompa
    niesarereportingproductionhitchesduetothecurrentdearthinsupply.
    OnereasonfortheshortageistheCOVID-19pandemic.Staffshortage
    sinfactoriesthatmanufacturethechipsinChina,SouthKoreaandTaiwa
    nhavenegativelyhitproduction.Thewebsiteengadget.comsaidcompa
    nieswouldexperiencechallengesfortheforeseeablefuture.Itreported
    :"Withtheshortagesexpectedtocontinueuntilatleast2023,andnoimm
    ediatesolutionsforthcoming,GMlikelywon'tbethelastcompanytocha
    ngeitsproductionschedule."

    Free writing

    Write about semiconductor shortage for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The car industry is one of the world's most important.  Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SEMICONDUCTORS: Make a poster about semiconductors. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    5. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on semiconductors. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on reducing our reliance on technology. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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