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Bloom Box – Clean Energy For Our Future (27th February, 2010)

Scientists from India and the USA have invented a new type of power. It is called the ‘Bloom Box’. Inventor Dr. K.R. Sirdar showed off his new invention on Wednesday. He calls it a “power plant in a box”. It will provide clean electricity to homes, offices and even whole villages in the developing world. Dr. Sirdar is CEO of Bloom Energy. He said his company wants to make “reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world”. His device will produce few greenhouse gases. This means it will help us reduce our carbon footprint.

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The Bloom Box could be one of the greatest inventions ever. Dr. Sirdar said it could do for energy what cell phones did for communication. It is so important for us to cut down on fossil fuels. The world uses too much oil, which produces C02 and makes the hole in the ozone layer bigger. People in poorer countries will be very happy. I hope Bloom Energy starts producing lots of these new devices. I think the sooner the better because our world is pretty sick. Maybe Dr. Sirdar will get a Nobel Prize for his new technology.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

invented a new type

a.

off his new invention

2

Dr K.R. Sirdar showed

b.

gases

3.

provide clean

c.

world

4.

the developing

d.

of power

5.

greenhouse

e.

footprint

6.

reduce our carbon

f.

electricity to homes

 

Paragraph 2

1.

one of the greatest

a.

fuels

2

cell

b.

better

3.

cut down on fossil

c.

phones

4.

the hole in the

d.

inventions ever

5.

the sooner the

e.

sick

6.

our world is pretty

f.

ozone layer


LISTENING GAP FILL

Scientists from India and the USA have invented _____________ power. It is called the ‘Bloom Box’. Inventor Dr. K.R. Sirdar _________________ invention on Wednesday. He calls it a “power plant in a box”. _________________ electricity to homes, offices and _________________ in the developing world. Dr. Sirdar is CEO of Bloom Energy. He said his company wants to make “_________________ affordable for everyone in the world”. His device will produce few greenhouse gases. This means it will _________________ our carbon footprint.

The Bloom Box _________________ the greatest inventions ever. Dr. Sirdar said _________________ energy what cell phones did for communication. It is so important for us to cut down on fossil fuels. The world _________________, which produces C02 and makes the hole in the ozone layer bigger. People _________________ will be very happy. I hope Bloom Energy starts producing lots of these new devices. I think the _________________ because our world _________________. Maybe Dr. Sirdar will get a Nobel Prize for his new technology.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Scientists from India and the USA (1) ____ invented a new type of power. It is called the ‘Bloom Box’. Inventor Dr. K.R. Sirdar showed (2) ____ his new invention on Wednesday. He calls it a “power plant in a box”. It will provide clean electricity to homes, offices and even (3) ____ villages in the developing world. Dr. Sirdar is CEO of Bloom Energy. He said his company wants to make “reliable energy (4) ____ for everyone in the world”. His device will produce few greenhouse gases. This means it will help us reduce our carbon (5) ____.

The Bloom Box could be one of the greatest inventions (6) ____. Dr. Sirdar said it could do for energy what cell phones (7) ____ for communication. It is so important for us to cut (8) ____ on fossil fuels. The world uses too much oil, which produces C02 and makes the hole in the ozone layer bigger. People in poorer countries will be very happy. I hope Bloom Energy starts producing lots of these new devices. I think the (9) ____ the better because our world is (10) ____ sick. Maybe Dr. Sirdar will get a Nobel Prize for his new technology.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

has

(b)

have

(c)

having

2.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

off

3.

(a)

all

(b)

hole

(c)

whole

4.

(a)

affordable

(b)

afford

(c)

affords

5.

(a)

footprint

(b)

hoof print

(c)

paw print

6.

(a)

never

(b)

even

(c)

ever

7.

(a)

does

(b)

did

(c)

doing

8.

(a)

up

(b)

around

(c)

down

9.

(a)

sooner

(b)

soon

(c)

soonish

10.

(a)

cute

(b)

pretty

(c)

beautiful


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

icsniestst from India

2.

Sirdar edsowh off his new invention

3.

the evpegionld world

4.

rellbiea energy

5.

greenhouse sesga

6.

reduce our rbaocn footprint

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the treetgas inventions

8.

cut down on islosf fuels

9.

the ozone raeyl

10.

People in rooper countries

11.

the noesor the better

12.

ptryte sick


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

The Bloom Box could be one of the greatest inventions ever. Dr. Sirdar said it could do for energy what cell

(    )

provide clean electricity to homes, offices and even whole villages in the developing world. Dr. Sirdar is CEO

(    )

of Bloom Energy. He said his company wants to make “reliable energy affordable for everyone in

(    )

very happy. I hope Bloom Energy starts producing lots of these new devices. I think the sooner the better

(    )

phones did for communication. It is so important for us to cut down on fossil fuels. The world uses too much

1  )

Scientists from India and the USA have invented a new type of power. It is called the ‘Bloom Box’. Inventor

(    )

the world”. His device will produce few greenhouse gases. This means it will help us reduce our carbon footprint.

(    )

oil, which produces C02 and makes the hole in the ozone layer bigger. People in poorer countries will be

(    )

because our world is pretty sick. Maybe Dr. Sirdar will get a Nobel Prize for his new technology.

(    )

Dr K.R. Sirdar showed off his new invention on Wednesday. He calls it a “power plant in a box”. It will


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

power   of   type   new   a   invented   have   USA   the   and   India.

2.

off     new     showed     his     invention     Sirdar.    

3.

provide     will     It     homes     to     electricity     clean.    

4.

gases     greenhouse     few     produce     will     device     His.    

5.

footprint     us     reduce     It     our     will     carbon     help.    

6.

the     inventions     of     greatest     ever     One.    

7.

us     down     fuels     for     cut     fossil     Important     to     on.    

8.

world     too     oil     The     uses     much.    

9.

very     poorer     happy     countries     will     People     be     in.    

10.

I     the     the     think     sooner     better.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

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 energy 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. ENERGY: Search the Internet and find more information about energy. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about energy. Include imaginary interviews with the boss of an oil company and Bloom Energy CEO Dr. K.R. Sirdar. 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 a Bloom Energy CEO Dr. K.R. Sirdar. Ask him three questions about energy. Give him three of your opinions on energy. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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