The Reading / Listening - Climate Change Targets - Level 3

A new report says airlines in the U.K. have missed all their climate change targets since 2000, except one. The U.K. aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the past two decades. These included using greener fuels for airplanes and making fuel more efficient. The climate group Possible did research on the airline industry. It said the aviation industry has failed to reduce its carbon footprint. Leo Murray from Possible told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot of fanfare.…They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets sink without trace, never to be seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "is exceptionally poor".

The airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases. In 2018, air travel was responsible for seven per cent of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a problem. He said the UK's goal to be net zero by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight". Possible wants frequent fliers to pay more. More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government to make sustainable transport like rail or ferries cheaper and easier to use. Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have met a target. It successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane burns per passenger kilometre by three per cent.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Climate Change Targets - Level 0 Climate Change Targets - Level 1   or  Climate Change Targets - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-61384377
  • https://news.sky.com/story/aviation-industry-misses-all-but-one-of-its-own-climate-targets-research-claims-12609406
  • https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/air-travellers-face-higher-fares-over-climate-change-charges-1.4868497


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. CLIMATE CHANGE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about climate change. 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?
       report / airlines / climate change / targets / the past two decades / airplanes / poor /
       greenhouse gases / emissions / net zero / economy / frequent fliers / flights / fuel
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FREQUENT FLIERS: Students A strongly believe frequent fliers should pay more to fly; Students B strongly believe this is a silly idea. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AIRLINES: What do you think of the services airlines provide? How could they be better? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Your Thoughts

Improvements

Airplane food

 

 

In-flight entertainment

 

 

Seats

 

 

Cabin crew

 

 

Check-in

 

 

Image

 

 

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

  • Airline
  • Car
  • Tourism
  • Steel
  • IT
  • Food
  • Construction
  • Shipping

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. aviation a. A period of ten years.
      2. industry b. The flying or operating of airplanes.
      3. decade c. Materials such as coal, gas, or oil that is burned to produce heat or power.
      4. fuel d. Not wasting a resource and using it to get the most benefit from it.
      5. efficient e. Economic activity around one area of business (cars, tourism, health, IT...).
      6. sink without trace f. To a greater degree than normal; unusually.
      7. exceptionally g. Totally disappear.

    Paragraph 2

      8. responsible h. The production and release of something, especially gas or radiation.
      9. emissions i. Doing a fair share of work.
      10. net zero j. Having a duty to do something.
      11. sector k. Producing no greenhouse gases.
      12. pulling its weight l. Happening or done many times over short spaces of time.
      13. frequent m. A part of a nation's economy or society.
      14. residents n. The people who live in a building, town or country

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The U.K. airline industry only met two of its climate change targets.     T / F
  2. The industry set over 50 targets in the past 22 years.     T / F
  3. A climate group said the industry did cut its carbon footprint a little.     T / F
  4. The group said the industry's climate record was very, very poor.     T / F
  5. Airplanes account for 7 per cent of global greenhouse gases.     T / F
  6. The U.K. wants to be net zero by 2050.     T / F
  7. In the U.K. 15% of residents take 70% of the flights.     T / F
  8. An airline called EasyJet cut the amount of fuel its airplanes burn.     T / F

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

  1. missed
  2. efficient
  3. fanfare
  4. sunk
  5. exceptionally
  6. responsible
  7. goal
  8. frequent
  9. residents
  10. reduced
  1. vanished
  2. publicity
  3. regular
  4. effective
  5. aim
  6. cut
  7. failed to hit
  8. citizens
  9. unusually
  10. accountable

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

  1. missed all their climate change targets
  2. making fuel more
  3. set grand-sounding targets with a lot
  4. the targets sink without
  5. the industry's climate record is
  6. The airline industry creates a lot of
  7. air travel was responsible
  8. the UK's goal to be net
  9. frequent
  10. It successfully reduced the amount of
  1. fliers
  2. trace
  3. for seven per cent
  4. greenhouse gases
  5. of fanfare
  6. zero by 2050
  7. exceptionally poor
  8. fuel an airplane burns
  9. since 2000
  10. efficient

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
past
industry
trace
couple
poor
except
efficient
footprint

A new report says airlines in the U.K. have missed all their climate change targets since 2000, (1) _____________________ one. The U.K. aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the (2) _____________________ two decades. These included using greener fuels for airplanes and making fuel more (3) _____________________. The climate group Possible did research on the airline (4) _____________________. It said the aviation industry has failed to reduce its carbon (5) _____________________. Leo Murray from Possible told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot of fanfare....They talk about them for a (6) _____________________ of years. Then the targets sink without (7) _____________________, never to be seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "is exceptionally (8) _____________________".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
zero
flights
met
gases
cheaper
weight
passenger
problem

The airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse (9) _____________________. In 2018, air travel was responsible for seven per cent of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a (10) _____________________. He said the UK's goal to be net (11) _____________________ by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its (12) _____________________". Possible wants frequent fliers to pay more. More than 70 per cent of (13) _____________________ in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government to make sustainable transport like rail or ferries (14) _____________________ and easier to use. Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have (15) _____________________ a target. It successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane burns per (16) _____________________ kilometre by three per cent.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) The U.K. aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the ______
     a.  past too decades
     b.  passed two decades
     c.  past two decades
     d.  parsed two decades
2)  It said the aviation industry has failed to reduce ______
     a.  its carb on footprint
     b.  its car bonnet print
     c.  its carbon feet print
     d.  its carbon footprint
3)  Companies set grand-sounding targets with a ______
     a.  lot of fun fare
     b.  lot of fan fair
     c.  lot off fanfare
     d.  lot of fanfare
4)  They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets ______
     a.  sink without trace
     b.  sink without trays
     c.  sink without race
     d.  sink wither trace
5)  Mr Murray said the industry's climate record ______
     a.  is exceptionally boar
     b.  is exceptionally poor
     c.  is exceptionally bore
     d.  is exceptionally pooh

6)  The airline industry creates a lot ______
     a.  of greenhouse gas is
     b.  of greenhouse gaseous
     c.  of greenhouse gassy
     d.  of greenhouse gases
7)  can't be met without every sector of the economy ______
     a.  pulling its height
     b.  pulling its weight
     c.  pulling its wait
     d.  pulling its hate
8)  More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per ______
     a.  cent of residences
     b.  cent of reside ants
     c.  cent of residence
     d.  cent of residents
9)  Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have ______
     a.  wet a target
     b.  met a target
     c.  vet a target
     d.  let a target
10)  It successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane ______
     a.  burns spur passenger
     b.  burn spur passenger
     c.  burns per passenger
     d.  burn spar passenger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new report says airlines in the U.K. have (1) ____________________ climate change targets since 2000, except one. The U.K. aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the (2) ____________________. These included using (3) ____________________ airplanes and making fuel more efficient. The climate group Possible did research on (4) ____________________. It said the aviation industry has failed to reduce its carbon footprint. Leo Murray from Possible told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a (5) ____________________....They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets sink without trace, never to be seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "(6) ____________________".

The airline industry creates a lot (7) ____________________. In 2018, air travel was responsible for seven per cent of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a problem. He said the UK's goal to be (8) ____________________ 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight". Possible wants (9) ____________________ pay more. More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government to make sustainable transport like (10) ____________________ cheaper and easier to use. Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have (11) ____________________. It successfully reduced the amount of fuel (12) ____________________ per passenger kilometre by three per cent.

Comprehension questions

  1. Since when have U.K. airlines been missing climate change targets?
  2. How many targets did the airline industry set?
  3. What's the name of the group that carried out the research?
  4. What did the group say the industry failed to reduce?
  5. What did a man from the group say about the industry's record?
  6. When did air travel account for 7% of the UK's greenhouse gases?
  7. By when does the U.K. want to be net zero?
  8. How many U.K. residents account for over 70% of U.K. flights?
  9. What forms of transport does the group want the U.K. to focus on?
  10. By how much did EasyJet cut the amount of fuel per passenger?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Since when have U.K. airlines been missing climate change targets?
a) the year 1999
b) the year 2000
c) the year 2001
d) the year 2002
2) How many targets did the airline industry set?
a) exactly 50
b) fewer than 50
c) around 50
d) more than 50
3) What's the name of the group that carried out the research?
a) Perhaps
b) Probable
c) Possible
d) Definite
4) What did the group say the industry failed to reduce?
a) its carbon footprint
b) its carbon hoof print
c) its carbon claw print
d) its carbon imprint
5) What did a man from the group say about the industry's record?
a) It's exceptionally porous.
b) It's exceptionally poor.
c) It's exceptionally rich.
d) It's exceptionally richness.

6) When did air travel account for 7% of the UK's greenhouse gases?
a) in 2018
b) in 2017
c) in 2016
d) in 2015
7) By when does the U.K. want to be net zero?
a) by 2060
b) by 2040
c) by 2050
d) by 2030
8) How many U.K. residents account for over 70% of U.K. flights?
a) 15%
b) 50%
c) 55%
d) 5%
9) What forms of transport does the group want the U.K. to focus on?
a) rail and bus
b) rail and bicycle
c) rail and fairies
d) rail and ferries
10) By how much did EasyJet cut the amount of fuel per passenger?
a) by 33%
b) by 30%
c) by 3%
d) by 13%

Role play

Role  A – Airline
You think airline is the most polluting industry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their industries aren't as polluting. Also, tell the others which is the least polluting of these (and why): steel making, food or shipping.

Role  B – Steel Making
You think steel making is the most polluting industry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their industries aren't as polluting. Also, tell the others which is the least polluting of these (and why): airline, food or shipping.

Role  C – Food
You think food is the most polluting industry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their industries aren't as polluting. Also, tell the others which is the least polluting of these (and why): steel making, airline or shipping.

Role  D – Shipping
You think shipping is the most polluting industry. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their industries aren't as polluting. Also, tell the others which is the least polluting of these (and why): steel making, food or airline.

After reading / listening

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

'climate'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'change'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • report
    • 50
    • greener
    • reduce
    • fanfare
    • poor
    • 2018
    • gas
    • 2050
    • 70
    • only
    • three

    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 - Climate Change Targets

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'climate'?
    3. What do you think of climate change?
    4. What climate change targets does your country have?
    5. What do you know about net zero?
    6. What do you think of airplanes?
    7. What do you do to help the environment?
    8. What do you know about greener fuels?
    9. What's your carbon footprint like?
    10. What do you think of airlines that don't meet climate targets?

    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 'change'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much do you worry about climate change?
    5. Do you think airplanes create too much pollution?
    6. What do you know about greenhouse gases?
    7. Do you always pull your weight?
    8. Should frequent fliers pay more?
    9. Is travelling by rail better than by air?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an airline CEO?

    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)

    A new report says airlines (1) ____ the U.K. have missed all their climate change targets since 2000, except one. The U.K. aviation industry has (2) ____ more than 50 climate targets in the past two decades. These included using (3) ____ fuels for airplanes and making fuel more efficient. The climate group Possible did research on the airline industry. It said the aviation industry has failed (4) ____ reduce its carbon footprint. Leo Murray from Possible told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot of fanfare....They talk about them for a (5) ____ of years. Then the targets sink without trace, never to be seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "is exceptionally (6) ____".

    The airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases. In 2018, air travel was (7) ____ for seven per cent of the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a problem. He said the UK's goal to be (8) ____ zero by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight". Possible wants frequent fliers to (9) ____ more. More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government to (10) ____ sustainable transport like rail or ferries cheaper and easier to use. Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have (11) ____ a target. It successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane burns (12) ____ passenger kilometre by three per cent.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    2. (a)     set     (b)     let     (c)     bet     (d)     wet    
    3. (a)     greener     (b)     bluer     (c)     redder     (d)     whiter    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     few     (b)     numerous     (c)     several     (d)     couple    
    6. (a)     penniless     (b)     cold     (c)     hungry     (d)     poor    
    7. (a)     responsible     (b)     response     (c)     responsibility     (d)     responsive    
    8. (a)     oxygen     (b)     screen     (c)     grid     (d)     net    
    9. (a)     pay     (b)     sell     (c)     buy     (d)     cost    
    10. (a)     take     (b)     make     (c)     do     (d)     be    
    11. (a)     let     (b)     met     (c)     bet     (d)     wet    
    12. (a)     per     (b)     par     (c)     pre     (d)     pro

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. in the past two dcesade
    3. making fuel more tcniffeei
    4. grand-sounding targets with a lot of afnrfae
    5. the targets sink without acert
    6. leiacpnoxelty poor

    Paragraph 2

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    2. air travel was iplesrsenob for seven per cent
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    6. It successfully ecdduer the amount

    Put the text back together

    (...)  fliers to pay more. More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government
    (...)  on the airline industry. It said the aviation industry has failed to reduce its carbon
    (...)  seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "is exceptionally poor".
    (...)  greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a problem. He said the UK's goal to be net zero
    1  ) A new report says airlines in the U.K. have missed all their climate change targets since 2000, except
    (...)  decades. These included using greener fuels for airplanes and making fuel more efficient. The climate group Possible did research
    (...)  of fanfare....They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets sink without trace, never to be
    (...)  footprint. Leo Murray from Possible told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot
    (...)  one. The U.K. aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the past two
    (...)  The airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases. In 2018, air travel was responsible for seven per cent of the UK's
    (...)  to make sustainable transport like rail or ferries cheaper and easier to use. Possible said
    (...)  of fuel an airplane burns per passenger kilometre by three per cent.
    (...)  by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight". Possible wants frequent
    (...)  the airline EasyJet was the only company to have met a target. It successfully reduced the amount

    Put the words in the right order

    1. The   aviation   targets   .   than   more   50   industry   set
    2. reduce   footprint   .   carbon   its   The   to   failed   industry
    3. grand-sounding   of   fanfare   .   Set   with   a   targets   lot
    4. them   a   about   They   few   for   years   .   talk
    5. poor   .   industry's   exceptionally   is   record   climate   The
    6. by   2050   .   to   The   be   net   goal   zero
    7. weight   .   pulls   of   the   Every   sector   economy   its
    8. Possible   more   .   frequent   wants   to   fliers   pay
    9. transport  .  wants   government   make   the   sustainable   Murray   to
    10. airplane   of   Reduced   amount   burns   .   fuel   the   an

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A new report says / saying airlines in the U.K. have missed all their climate change targets since 2000, except only / one. The U.K. aviation industrial / industry has set more than 50 climate targets in / on the past two decades. These included using greener fuels for airplanes and making fuel more / much efficient. The climate group Possible did research on the airline industry. It said the aviation industry has failure / failed to reduce its carbon footprint. Leo Murray from Possible telling / told the BBC: "Companies set grand-sounding targets with a lot of fun fare / fanfare....They talk about them for a couple of years. Then the targets sink without / with trace, never to be seen again." Mr Murray said the industry's climate record "is exceptionally poverty / poor".

    The airline industry creates a many / lot of greenhouse gases. In 2018, air travel was responsible for seven per cent of / for the UK's greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Murray said this was a / too problem. He said the UK's goal / try to be net zero by 2050 "can't be met without every sector of the economy pulling its height / weight". Possible wants frequent fliers to pay more. More than 70 per cent of flights in the U.K. are taken by / on just 15 per cent of residents. Murray also wants the government to make sustain / sustainable transport like rail or ferries cheaper and easier to abuse / use. Possible said the airline EasyJet was the only company to have let / met a target. It successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane burns per / par passenger kilometre by three per cent.

    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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    a new report says airlines in the uk have missed all their climate change targets since 2000 except one the uk aviation industry has set more than 50 climate targets in the past two decades these included using greener fuels for airplanes and making fuel more efficient the climate group possible did research on the airline industry it said the aviation industry has failed to reduce its carbon footprint leo murray from possible told the bbc companies set grandsounding targets with a lot of fanfarethey talk about them for a couple of years then the targets sink without trace never to be seen again mr murray said the industrys climate record is exceptionally poor

    the airline industry creates a lot of greenhouse gases in 2018 air travel was responsible for seven per cent of the uks greenhouse gas emissions mr murray said this was a problem he said the uks goal to be net zero by 2050 cant be met without every sector of the economy pulling its weight possible wants frequent fliers to pay more more than 70 per cent of flights in the uk are taken by just 15 per cent of residents murray also wants the government to make sustainable transport like rail or ferries cheaper and easier to use possible said the airline easyjet was the only company to have met a target it successfully reduced the amount of fuel an airplane burns per passenger kilometre by three per cent

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    AnewreportsaysairlinesintheU.K.havemissedalltheirclimatechanget
    argetssince2000,exceptone.TheU.K.aviationindustryhassetmoreth
    an50climatetargetsinthepasttwodecades.Theseincludedusinggreen
    erfuelsforairplanesandmakingfuelmoreefficient.TheclimategroupPo
    ssibledidresearchontheairlineindustry.Itsaidtheaviationindustryhas
    failedtoreduceitscarbonfootprint.LeoMurrayfromPossibletoldtheBB
    C:"Companiessetgrand-soundingtargetswithalotoffanfare....The
    ytalkaboutthemforacoupleofyears.Thenthetargetssinkwithouttrace
    ,nevertobeseenagain."MrMurraysaidtheindustry'sclimaterecord"ise
    xceptionallypoor".Theairlineindustrycreatesalotofgreenhousegases
    .In2018,airtravelwasresponsibleforsevenpercentoftheUK'sgreenho
    usegasemissions.MrMurraysaidthiswasaproblem.HesaidtheUK'sgo
    altobenetzeroby2050"can'tbemetwithouteverysectoroftheeconomy
    pullingitsweight".Possiblewantsfrequentflierstopaymore.Morethan
    70percentofflightsintheU.K.aretakenbyjust15percentofresidents.M
    urrayalsowantsthegovernmenttomakesustainabletransportlikerailo
    rferriescheaperandeasiertouse.PossiblesaidtheairlineEasyJetwasth
    eonlycompanytohavemetatarget.Itsuccessfullyreducedtheamount
    offuelanairplaneburnsperpassengerkilometrebythreepercent.

    Free writing

    Write about climate change targets for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    People should fly less to help the environment. 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. CLIMATE CHANGE: Make a poster about climate change. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AIRPLANES: Write a magazine article about all airplanes becoming net zero. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. 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.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on climate change. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on climate change. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

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    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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