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Better Than Perfect Eyesight Has Arrived (5th December, 2009)

In the near future, many of us will not need glasses. Contact lenses will be a thing of the past. This is because of an amazing new eye operation. Doctors can now fit a high-definition lens in our eyes. The lens will make our eyesight better than perfect. It is made from a special light-sensitive silicone. This is great news for us all. We will all have fantastic vision even when we’re old. Dr. Bobby Qureshi told reporters: “We have the potential here to change patients' vision to how it was when they were young.”

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We usually talk about high definition for great quality TV pictures. Now we can have hi-tech eyes. This is a wonderful development. Many people will be rushing to get the new lenses. Of course, it’s really good news for long-sighted and short-sighted people, and for those with poor or bad eyesight. One person who had the operation said he could not believe the change. British TV star Fred Batt said: "It is just like having new eyes." The cost of the operation in the U.K. is around £3,000, or just under $5,000.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

In the near

a.

sensitive silicone

2

a thing of

b.

they were young

3.

an amazing new eye

c.

the past

4.

fit a high-definition lens

d.

future

5.

made from a special light-

e.

in our eyes

6.

how it was when

f.

operation

 

Paragraph 2

1.

great quality TV

a.

people

2

an amazing

b.

believe the change

3.

short-sighted

c.

development

4.

poor or

d.

pictures

5.

he could not

e.

$5,000

6.

just under

f.

bad eyesight


LISTENING GAP FILL

In the near future, ________________ not need glasses. Contact lenses will be a thing of the past. This is because of an amazing new eye operation. Doctors ________________ high-definition lens in our eyes. The ________________ eyesight better than perfect. It is made from a special light-sensitive silicone. This is great ________________. We will all have fantastic vision even ________________. Dr. Bobby Qureshi told reporters: “We have the potential here to change patients' vision ________________ they were young.”

We usually talk about high definition ________________ TV pictures. Now we can ________________. This is a wonderful development. Many people will be rushing to get the new lenses. Of course, it’s really good news ________________ and short-sighted people, and for those with poor ________________. One person who had the operation said he ________________ the change. British TV star Fred Batt said: "It is just like having new eyes.” ________________ operation in the U.K. is around £3,000, or just under $5,000.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

In the near future, many of (1) ____ will not need glasses. Contact lenses will be a thing of the past. This is because of an (2) ____ new eye operation. Doctors can now fit a high-definition lens in our eyes. The lens will make our eyesight better than perfect. It is (3) ____ from a special light-sensitive silicone. This is great news for us all. We will all have fantastic vision        (4) ____ when we’re old. Dr. Bobby Qureshi told reporters: “We have the potential here to change (5) ____  vision to how it was when they were young.”

We usually talk about high definition for great (6) ____ TV pictures. Now we can have hi-tech eyes. This is a (7) ____ development. Many people will be rushing to get the new lenses. Of course, it’s really good news for long-sighted and (8) ____ -sighted people, and for those with poor or bad eyesight. One person who had the operation said he could not (9) ____ the change. British TV star Fred Batt said: "It is just like having new eyes.” The cost of the operation in the U.K. is around £3,000, or (10) ____ under $5,000.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

us

(b)

them

(c)

we

2.

(a)

amazed

(b)

amazes

(c)

amazing

3.

(a)

done

(b)

been

(c)

made

4.

(a)

even

(b)

ever

(c)

never

5.

(a)

patient’s

(b)

patients’

(c)

patients

6.

(a)

quality

(b)

qualities

(c)

qualify

7.

(a)

wondered

(b)

wonderful

(c)

wonder

8.

(a)

small

(b)

brief

(c)

short

9.

(a)

belief

(b)

believes

(c)

believe

10.

(a)

justice

(b)

just

(c)

justify


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

In the near urufet

2.

a gtnhi of the past

3.

eye taoerpoin

4.

This is aretg news

5.

fittacsna vision

6.

when they were uoygn

 

Paragraph 2

7.

TV scieuptr

8.

people will be isunhgr

9.

tosrh-sighted

10.

poro or bad eyesight

11.

just like iavhgn new eyes

12.

oduarn £3,000


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

our eyes. The lens will make our eyesight better than perfect. It is made from a special light-sensitive

(    )

told reporters: “We have the potential here to change patients' vision to how it was when they were young.”

(    )

bad eyesight. One person who had the operation said he could not believe the change. British TV star Fred Batt

(    )

said: "It is just like having new eyes." The cost of the operation in the U.K. is around £3,000, or just under $5,000.

(    )

tech eyes. This is a wonderful development. Many people will be rushing to get the new lenses. Of

(    )

course, it’s really good news for long-sighted and short-sighted people, and for those with poor or

(    )

We usually talk about high definition for great quality TV pictures. Now we can have hi-

1  )

In the near future, many of us will not need glasses. Contact lenses will be a thing of the

(    )

past. This is because of an amazing new eye operation. Doctors can now fit a high-definition lens in

(    )

silicone. This is great news for us all. We will all have fantastic vision even when we’re old. Dr. Bobby Qureshi


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

glasses     need     not     will     us     of     Many.    

2.

Contact     be     of     will     thing     past     lenses     a     the.    

3.

lens     eyes     a     high-definition     our     Fit     in.    

4.

Made     from     a     silicone     special     light-sensitive.    

5.

potential     The     vision     patients'     change     to     here.    

6.

High     pictures     TV     quality     great     for     definition.    

7.

get     new     to     the     lenses     Rushing.    

8.

for    news    Good    people    sighted  -  short    and    sighted  -  long.   

9.

just     is     It     eyes     new     having     like.    

10.

cost     of     the     operation     in     the     U.K.     The.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about eyesight for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about eyesight. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about eyesight. Include imaginary interviews with two people – One can see, the other can’t. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

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 Dr. Bobby Qureshi. Ask him three questions about eyesight. Give him three of your opinions on how we can look after our eyes. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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