Car Ban in Madrid

[Environment ★]

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(P1) There is too much pollution in Madrid. That is why there is a ban on some cars now. These cars cannot go into Madrid on some days. The plan is to end the ban when the level of pollution is down.

(P2) Madrid is too warm now. This is unusual for this time of the year. That is why the level of pollution is high. It is above European Union pollution limits.

(P3) The speed limits on Madrid´s roads are also lower to reduce pollution. Madrid has almost 4 million cars plus almost 1 million trucks.

WORDS: 93

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/car-ban-in-madrid-level-1/

VOCABULARY: pollution, ban, level, limits, speed, reduce, trucks

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Is there pollution in your country? If yes, what kind?
  3. Do lots of people drive cars in your country?
  4. What are the speed limits in your country?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Madrid has a lot of _____________.
  2. When will the ban end?
  3. It is not warm in Madrid nowadays. (T or F)
  4. Cars and trucks have to drive slower or faster?
  5. How many trucks are in Madrid?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • is down (P1)
  • too warm now (P2)
  • this time of the year (P2)
  • speed limits

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Scissors Inside Man

[World News ★]

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(P1) This news is about a man. He is from Vietnam. He has a traffic accident. He goes to the hospital. Doctors operate on him.

(P2) He leaves the hospital. He is not OK. He is in pain.

(P3) Doctors take an X-ray of his belly. There are scissors inside him! The doctors left the scissors inside him 18 years ago!

(P4) The scissors must come out. The man goes to the same hospital. Doctors take out the scissors. Now the man is OK.

WORDS: 80

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/scissors-inside-man-level-1/

VOCABULARY: accident, operate, pain, x-ray, scissors

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever had an x-ray? If yes, on what part of your body?
  3. Have you ever had surgery? If yes, what for?
  4. Have you ever been in a car accident? If yes, were you injured?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where is the man from?
  2. When the man leaves the hospital, he is in ________.
  3. The x-ray was taken of his chest. (T or F)
  4. What was inside his belly?
  5. The man went to two different hospitals. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • goes to the hospital (P1)
  • leaves the hospital (P2)
  • inside him (P3)
  • doctors take out the scissors (P4)

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Putin Friend to the USA

[World News ★]

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(P1) This news is about Russia and the USA. The USA says that Russia did a cyberattack. It says that it was a cyberattack on Hillary Clinton’s election campaign.

(P2) US President Obama reacts to this. He tells 35 Russian diplomats to leave the USA. Sergey Lavrov is the Russian foreign minister. He wants to tell American diplomats to leave. Russian President Putin, however, does not want this.

(P3) American diplomats stay in Moscow. Putin wants to work with the USA.

WORDS: 80

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/putin-friend-to-the-usa-level-1/

VOCABULARY: cyber attack, election, reacts, diplomats, minister

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think Russia did a cyberattack on the USA? Why or why not?
  3. Do you agree with Obama’s reaction? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think Putin really wants to work with the USA? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The article is about ___________ and the _________.
  2. Russia does a cyberattack on ______________________.
  3. How many Russian diplomats does Obama tell to leave the USA?
  4. Who is the foreign minister of Russia?
  5. The American diplomats have to leave Russia. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • about Russia and the USA (P1)
  • to leave the USA (P2)
  • does not want this (P2)
  • stay in Moscow (P3)

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Prince Harry in Africa

[People ★]

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(P1) Prince Harry is following in his mother’s footsteps by helping others. His mother was Princess Diana. He feels lucky to use his position and name to help people.

(P2) He talks about how Africa changed his life when he went to Botswana in 1997. This was also the year when his mother died.

(P3) In Lesotho, Prince Harry has a charity. The charity helps young people who have AIDS. He explains that young people need medicine, education, and support.

WORDS: 77

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/prince-harry-in-africa-level-2/

VOCABULARY: footsteps, difference, life, charity, medicine, support

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like to help people? Why or why not?
  3. Have you ever been to another country? If yes, where? If no, what country would you like to visit?
  4. What charities are in your country?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Princess Diana was the ___________ of Prince Harry.
  2. Prince Harry feels lucky he can _________ others.
  3. What year was he in Botswana?
  4. When did his mother die?
  5. His charity helps people with ________.

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • feels lucky (P1)
  • he talks about (P2)
  • in Lesotho (P3)
  • who have aids (P3)

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Image source: By Glyn Lowe http://www.flickr.com/photos/glynlowe/8723778475/

Animal Window Cleaners

[Culture ★]

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(P1) Every year in Japan has an animal symbol. The year 2016 is the year of the monkey. The year 2017 is the year of the rooster.

(P2) There is another tradition in Japan. People clean their houses in December. They want to start the New Year fresh.

(P3) Two window cleaners from Tokyo know about this. They dress up as a monkey and as a rooster. They clean a hotel in Tokyo in their costumes. They are 50 meters above the ground. They surprise the hotel guests.

WORDS: 85

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/animal-window-cleaners-level-1/

VOCABULARY: symbol, monkey, rooster, fresh, costumes, surprise

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do window cleaners wear costumes in your country sometimes? If yes, why?
  3. What are some symbols in your country?
  4. Does your country have traditions? If yes, what is one of them?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country is the window cleaners in?
  2. 2017 is the year of the ___________.
  3. In Japan people clean thier houses in ____________.
  4. How many window cleaners dress up?
  5. The window cleaners are cleaning a restaurant. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • every year (P1)
  • clean their houses (P2)
  • dress up as a monkey (P3)
  • 50 meters above the ground (P3)

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Image source: By Michael Gaida, Public domain, https://pixabay.com/cs/fas%C3%A1da-okna-%C4%8Disti%C4%8D-oken-1359708/

Christmas in the Zoo

[Animals ★]

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(P1) This news is from the London Zoo. The animals get presents early this year.

(P2) The Sumatran tiger cubs are six months old. These cubs were born in June. They do not wait to open their Christmas presents. There are pieces of meat inside colorful boxes. They like their presents!

(P3) The zookeepers think that it is a really good activity. The cubs are full of energy. This activity takes all of their morning energy.

(P4) There are not many Sumatran tigers in the wild today. There are only 400 now. There were 1000 in the 1970s.

WORDS: 94

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/christmas-in-the-zoo-level-1/

VOCABULARY: presents, cubs, colorful, zookeepers, activity, energy

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like going to the zoo? Why or why not?
  3. What animals do you like?
  4. Do you like to receive presents? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What city is the zoo in?
  2. How old are the tiger cubs?
  3. What is inside the colored boxes?
  4. The cubs have a lot of energy. (T or F)
  5. How many Sumatran tigers are living in the wild now?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • early this year (P1)
  • born in June (P2)
  • pieces of meat (P2)
  • takes all of their morning energy (P3)
  • in the wild (P4)

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Reindeer in Finland

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Reindeer live in Finland. They walk freely. This is a problem. They can walk into roads. Around 4,000 animals die every year from cars.

(P2) People try to solve this problem. They make a new app. When you see a reindeer, you touch your phone. You tell the phone that there is a reindeer. The app makes a warning zone. If somebody drives into the zone, the phone warns him or her.

(P3) The project is already running. One thousand people have the app. There are 100 fewer accidents in 6 months.

WORDS: 90

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/reindeer-in-finland-level-1/

VOCABULARY: freely, roads, solve, zone, project, accidents

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think this is a good app? Why or why not?
  3. What are some animals in your country??
  4. What apps do you use?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country do the reindeer live in?
  2. What does the app make to warn other people?
  3. The project is not being used now. (T or F)
  4. How many people downloaded the app?
  5. Are there fewer accidents in 6 months?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • walk into roads (p1)
  • around 4,000 animals (P1)
  • make a new app (P2)
  • touch your phone (P2)
  • warns him or her (P2)

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Image source: By Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland, CC-BY- 2.0,https://www.flickr.com/photos/62223880@N00/170378516/