The Reading / Listening - Green Shipping - Level 0

Michelin makes car tyres and guide books. Soon, it will help to make ships more environmentally friendly. About 2.5 per cent of the world's greenhouse gasses are from ships. Oil tankers, container ships and cruise ships use fossil fuels. Michelin has made giant sails. These will cut the CO2 ships produce by 20 per cent.

Sails are 5,000 years old. Michelin will use them on today's biggest problem – climate change. Sailors fill the new sails with air to get them to their full size. They are 280 square metres in size. Michelin thinks the sails will mean there is less CO2 in the air. It added that wind is a great fuel because it is free.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Green Shipping - Level 1 Green Shipping - Level 2   or  Green Shipping - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/cargo-ships-sails-michelin-spc-intl/index.html
  • https://robbreport.com/motors/marine/michelin-nifty-new-inflatable-sail-aims-decarbonize-large-vessels-1234619071/
  • https://www.slashgear.com/michelin-wing-sail-mobility-project-makes-massive-cargo-ships-more-efficient-10677143/


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. car
  2. guide
  3. environmentally
  4. the world's greenhouse
  5. oil
  6. cruise
  7. fossil
  8. These will cut the CO2 ships
  1. ships
  2. friendly
  3. tankers
  4. fuels
  5. books
  6. gasses
  7. produce
  8. tyres

Paragraph 2

  1. Michelin will use them on today's
  2. climate
  3. Sailors fill the new sails
  4. get them to their full
  5. They are 280 square
  6. there is less CO2
  7. wind is a great
  8. it is
  1. metres in size
  2. free
  3. biggest problem
  4. fuel
  5. size
  6. with air
  7. in the air
  8. change

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Michelin (1) ___________________ and guide books. Soon, it will (2) ___________________ ships more environmentally friendly. About 2.5 per cent (3) ___________________ greenhouse gasses (4) ___________________. Oil tankers, container ships and cruise ships (5) ___________________. Michelin has made giant sails. These will cut the CO2 (6) ___________________ 20 per cent.

Sails are 5,000 years old. Michelin (7) ___________________ on today's biggest (8) ___________________. Sailors fill the new (9) ___________________ to get them to (10) ___________________. They are 280 square metres in size. Michelin thinks the sails will mean there is (11) ___________________ the air. It added that wind is a great fuel because (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Michelinmakescartyresandguidebooks.Soon,itwillhelptomakeships
moreenvironmentallyfriendly.About2.5percentoftheworld'sgreenh
ousegassesarefromships.Oiltankers,containershipsandcruiseshipsu
sefossilfuels.Michelinhasmadegiantsails.ThesewillcuttheCO2shipsp
roduceby20percent.Sailsare5,000yearsold.Michelinwillusethemont
oday'sbiggestproblem-climatechange.Sailorsfillthenewsailswitha
irtogetthemtotheirfullsize.Theyare280squaremetresinsize.Michelin
thinksthesailswillmeanthereislessCO2intheair.Itaddedthatwindisag
reatfuelbecauseitisfree.

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________

Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You