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Giant Iceberg to Hit Australia (13th December, 2009)

A giant iceberg is floating towards Australia. It is in the ocean south of Sydney. Experts say it is the biggest iceberg in those waters for over a century. It is 140 square kilometres in size. Glaciologist Dr Neal Young said: "It's still 1,700 kilometres away, so it's quite a long way away. It's not really on our doorstep yet but it's heading slowly towards us." Australia’s government is worried the iceberg will be a danger to shipping. They believe it will break up into hundreds of smaller blocks, which will cause problems for ships.

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Nobody knows if this floating iceberg is because of global warming. A lot of the Antarctic ice is melting. That’s a fact. This will be a problem in the future because sea levels will rise. The iceberg near Australia should be a warning to all governments. They cannot let the world get warmer. They must all take action now. Most governments aren’t doing enough. Our planet is in serious danger today and this iceberg is just the tip of the iceberg of climate change. I don’t want to see Antarctica slowly disappear. That would be bad news for all of us.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

floating

a.

shipping

2

in the ocean south

b.

century

3.

over a

c.

smaller blocks

4.

it's quite a long way

d.

towards Australia

5.

a danger to

e.

of Sydney

6.

hundreds of

f.

away

 

Paragraph 2

1.

because of

a.

will rise

2

That’s a

b.

action now

3.

sea levels

c.

danger

4.

take

d.

global warming

5.

in serious

e.

for all of us

6.

bad news

f.

fact


LISTENING GAP FILL

A giant iceberg __________________ Australia. It is in the ocean south of Sydney. Experts say it is the biggest iceberg __________________ over a century. It is 140 square kilometres in size. Glaciologist Dr Neal Young said: "It's still 1,700 kilometres away, __________________ long way away. It's not really on our doorstep yet but __________________ towards us." Australia’s government is worried the iceberg will be a danger to shipping. They believe __________________ into hundreds of smaller blocks, __________________ problems for ships.

Nobody knows if this floating iceberg is because __________________. A lot of the Antarctic ice is melting. That’s a fact. This will be a problem __________________ sea levels will rise. The iceberg near Australia should __________________ governments. They cannot let the world get warmer. They must __________________. Most governments aren’t doing enough. Our planet is in serious danger today and this iceberg is __________________ iceberg of climate change. I don’t want to see Antarctica slowly disappear. That would be bad __________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A giant iceberg is floating towards Australia. It is in the ocean south (1) ____ Sydney. Experts say it is the biggest iceberg in those waters for over a century. It is 140 square kilometres in (2) ____. Glaciologist Dr Neal Young said: "It's still 1,700 kilometres away, so it's (3) ____ a long way away. It's not really on our doorstep yet but it's heading slowly towards us." Australia’s government is worried the iceberg will be a (4) ____ to shipping. They believe it will break up into hundreds of smaller blocks, which will (5) ____ problems for ships.

Nobody knows if this floating iceberg is because of global (6) ____. A lot of the Antarctic ice is melting. That’s a fact. This will be a problem in the future because sea levels will (7) ____. The iceberg near Australia should be a warning to all governments. They cannot let the world get (8) ____. They must all take action now. Most governments aren’t doing enough. Our planet is in (9) ____ danger today and this iceberg is just the tip of the iceberg of climate change. I don’t want to see Antarctica slowly (10) ____. That would be bad news for all of us.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

from

(b)

for

(c)

of

2.

(a)

sizes

(b)

size

(c)

sized

3.

(a)

quite

(b)

quote

(c)

quiet

4.

(a)

danger

(b)

dangers

(c)

dangerous

5.

(a)

because

(b)

cause

(c)

causes

6.

(a)

warming

(b)

warmth

(c)

warms

7.

(a)

raise

(b)

up

(c)

rise

8.

(a)

warming

(b)

warmer

(c)

warmth

9.

(a)

seriously

(b)

series

(c)

serious

10.

(a)

disappearance

(b)

disappeared

(c)

disappear


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

iceberg is ngaotilf

2.

rexEpst say …

3.

for over a ntcyrue

4.

it's eiqtu a long way

5.

a naegrd to shipping

6.

it will rebak up

 

Paragraph 2

7.

gllbao warming

8.

sea elsvle will rise

9.

let the world get rmarwe

10.

in uisroes danger

11.

alteicm change

12.

slowly rpisadpae


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

shipping. They believe it will break up into hundreds of smaller blocks, which will cause problems for ships.

(    )

warning to all governments. They cannot let the world get warmer. They must all take action now. Most

(    )

slowly towards us." Australia’s government is worried the iceberg will be a danger to

(    )

"It's still 1,700 kilometres away, so it's quite a long way away. It's not really on our doorstep yet but it's heading

(    )

governments aren’t doing enough. Our planet is in serious danger today and this iceberg is just the tip of the iceberg

1  )

A giant iceberg is floating towards Australia. It is in the ocean south of Sydney. Experts say it is the biggest

(    )

of climate change. I don’t want to see Antarctica slowly disappear. That would be bad news for all of us.

(    )

Nobody knows if this floating iceberg is because of global warming. A lot of the Antarctic ice is melting. That’s a

(    )

iceberg in those waters for over a century. It is 140 square kilometres in size. Glaciologist Dr Neal Young said:

(    )

fact. This will be a problem in the future because sea levels will rise. The iceberg near Australia should be a


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

giant     A     Australia     towards     floating     is     iceberg.    

2.

ocean     It     south     is     of     in     Sydney     the.    

3.

square     140     is     It     size     in     kilometres.    

4.

yet     doorstep     our     on     really     not     It's.    

5.

up     of     break     hundreds     blocks     will     into     smaller     It.    

6.

melting     the     Antarctic     A     ice     lot     is     of.    

7.

This     in     will     the     be     future     a     problem.    

8.

They     warmer     get     world     the     let     cannot.    

9.

Our     today     danger     serious     in     is     planet.    

10.

news     of     That     bad     all     be     for     us     would.    


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.

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4.

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5.

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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 global warming 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 global warming. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about global warming and the iceberg. Include imaginary interviews with a penguin and a scientist. 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 the leader of your government. Ask him/her three questions about global warming. Give him/her three of your opinions on how to change it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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