Listening Activity: Trains & Travel

First, listen to this audio file then complete the following activities

 

Activity 1

Match the vocabulary with the correct definition:

platform  a small piece of paper to allow you to use a train or bus
ticket the place in a train station where people get on and get off trains
single (ticket) a ticket to travel to a place but not to travel back.
return (ticket) a ticket to travel to a place and back again.
Activity 2

Where does each person want to go?

Oxford Manchester London
Cambridge Exeter
Listening A: The speaker wants to go to _______________
Listening B: The speaker wants to go to _______________
Listening C: The speaker wants to go to _______________
Listening D: The train is going to _______________
Listening E: The passengers want to go to _______________

Activity 3
  1. Which platform does the 10:15 train to Cambridge leave from?
  2. How much is a single ticket to Manchester? (e.g. 15.95)
  3. Which platform does the 12:30 train to Manchester leave from?
  4. What time does the train arrive at Exeter?
  5. What time is the train back to London?
  6. Which platform does the train back to London leave from?

Original content from: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org

Listening Activity: Free time

Listen to Tyrone calling the staff at his local swimming pool..


Exercise 1: Complete the Registration Form with the correct information:

BROWNTON SWIMMING POOL REGISTRATION FORM
  • Name:
  • Surname:
  • Age:
  • Interested in (sport):

 


Exercise 2: Check your understanding, are the sentences true or false?

1. There are four different age groups that play water polo.
2. Tyrone wants to join the under 14s club.
3. The under 16s water polo team train three times a week.
4. The under 16s train on Monday and Thursday.
5. Water polo matches are played on Saturdays.
6. You have to pay to join the water polo classes for under 18s.
7. You need to bring a photo to register at the swimming pool.
8. Training for the water polo team starts this week.

 

Transcript: Free Time

Original Content: http://learnenglishteens.britishcouncil.org/skills/listening/elementary-a2-listening/free-time


Reading: Scientists close to turning air into fuel

Scientists are close to making carbon capture work. Carbon capture is taking waste carbon dioxide (CO2) from power plants and storing it so it does not harm the environment. A company called Carbon Engineering say its scientists are close to capturing CO2 from the air and turning it into carbon-neutral fuel. This is a big step forward in the fight against global warming. The scientists also said they have reduced the cost of carbon capture, to as low as $94 per ton of CO2 captured. Scientists used to say carbon capture would cost about $1,000 per ton captured.

Carbon Engineering’s technology works by sucking air into special towers. CO2 is mixed with a liquid and frozen. It is then heated and mixed with hydrogen. This produces fuels like gasoline and jet fuel. Carbon Engineering’s Professor David Keith is hopeful about the future of this process. He thinks his company could fight climate change. He said: “After 100 years of practical engineering…we can confidently say that…air capture…is a [realistic] and buildable technology for producing carbon-neutral fuels in the immediate future, and for removing carbon in the long run.”

Listening:

Slow speed version

Normal speed version


Original content: https://breakingnewsenglish.com/index.html

Reading: Exam results affected by hotter weather

Hot weather lowers exam results. A major study from three universities in the USA says heat may reduce learning in the short and long term. Hot weather on test days, and higher than average yearly temperatures lowered grades.

Researchers looked at how the weather affected test scores from 10 million American students. Findings showed that a temperature rise of just 0.55ºC over one year led to a one per cent decrease in learning. The research paper is called “Heat and Learning”. It was published last month.

A worrying conclusion in the study is that global warming may affect the future income of students around the world. Researchers said that if global temperatures continued to rise, the average American student could lose $25,000 because of lower test scores. Air conditioning in classrooms could stop this. Hotter weather was “particularly damaging” for poorer students.

Listening

 

Vocabulary

How were these words used in the article:

  1. lowers
  2. major
  3. term
  4. average
  5. grades
  6. decrease
  7. worrying
  8. income
  9. rise
  10. scores

 

 

 


Original content from: https://breakingnewsenglish.com/1806/180601-exam-results-4.html