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Korea’s Energy-Saving Thermal Underwear (23rd January, 2011)

South Korea's government workers are helping to save energy by wearing thermal underwear. The government ordered all civil servants to switch off the heating and wear long johns instead. Freezing cold temperatures in Korea mean there is a record demand for electricity. Government offices must now be kept below 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Government official Roh Keon-Ki told the AFP news agency: "The country may face a severe electricity shortage if the current pace of heating consumption continues."

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Other countries need to look at the example set by Korea. We are using too much energy and this is bad for the planet. Wearing extra clothes to work to save energy seems a very sensible idea. Eighteen degrees Celsius isn’t really that cold. Everyone could work perfectly well with an extra layer or two of clothes. Many of us have become spoilt by heating and air-conditioning. We waste so much energy just by turning them on when maybe we don’t need to. We need to look at how Koreans are saving energy.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

government

a.

temperatures

2

civil

b.

degrees Celsius

3.

Freezing cold

c.

workers

4.

a record demand

d.

shortage

5.

kept below 18

e.

servants

6.

a severe electricity

f.

for electricity

 

Paragraph 2

1.

look at the example

a.

much energy

2

We are using too

b.

spoilt

3.

a very sensible

c.

of clothes

4.

an extra layer or two

d.

set by Korea

5.

Many of us have become

e.

are saving energy

6.

look at how Koreans

f.

idea


LISTENING GAP FILL

South Korea's government workers __________________ energy by wearing thermal underwear. The government ordered all civil servants __________________ heating and wear long johns instead. Freezing cold temperatures in Korea mean there is __________________ electricity. Government offices must now __________________ degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Government official Roh Keon-Ki told the AFP news agency: "The country __________________ electricity shortage __________________ of heating consumption continues."

Other countries __________________ example set by Korea. We are using too much energy __________________ the planet. Wearing extra clothes __________________ energy seems a very sensible idea. Eighteen degrees Celsius isn’t really that cold. Everyone could work perfectly well __________________ or two of clothes. Many of us have become spoilt by heating and air-conditioning. __________________ energy just by turning them on when maybe we don’t need to. We __________________ how Koreans are saving energy.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

South Korea's government workers are helping (1) ____ save energy by wearing thermal underwear. The government ordered all civil servants to switch off the heating and wear long johns (2) ____. Freezing cold temperatures in Korea mean there is a (3) ____ demand for electricity. Government offices must now be kept (4) ____ 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Government official Roh Keon-Ki told the AFP news agency: "The country may (5) ____ a severe electricity shortage if the current (6) ____ of heating consumption continues."

Other countries need to look at the example (7) ____ by Korea. We are using too much energy and this is bad for the planet. Wearing extra clothes to work to save energy (8) ____ a very sensible idea. Eighteen degrees Celsius isn’t (9) ____ that cold. Everyone could work (10) ____ well with an extra layer or two of clothes. Many of us have become spoilt by heating and air-conditioning. We waste (11) ____ much energy just by turning them on when maybe we don’t need (12) ____. We need to look at how Koreans are saving energy.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

by

2.

(a)

instead

(b)

steady

(c)

steadily

3.

(a)

recording

(b)

records

(c)

record

4.

(a)

less

(b)

below

(c)

lower

5.

(a)

face

(b)

head

(c)

nose

6.

(a)

face

(b)

race

(c)

pace

7.

(a)

let

(b)

bet

(c)

set

8.

(a)

seem

(b)

seems

(c)

seeming

9.

(a)

really

(b)

real

(c)

reality

10.

(a)

perfect

(b)

perfectly

(c)

perfects

11.

(a)

so

(b)

lot

(c)

many

12

(a)

this

(b)

too

(c)

to


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

government erowrks

2.

civil vrnsstea

3.

nrgeezfi cold

4.

record ameddn for electricity

5.

18 gedsere Celsius

6.

electricity oreghtsa

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the aepelmx set by Korea

8.

bad for the taplen

9.

a very sesibenl idea

10.

work lptrecyef well

11.

an extra ryael

12.

taews so much energy


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

offices must now be kept below 18 degrees Celsius (64 degrees Fahrenheit). Government

(    )

idea. Eighteen degrees Celsius isn’t really that cold. Everyone could work perfectly

(    )

Other countries need to look at the example set by Korea. We are using too much energy and this is

(    )

air-conditioning. We waste so much energy just by turning them on when maybe

(    )

instead. Freezing cold temperatures in Korea mean there is a record demand for electricity. Government

(    )

government ordered all civil servants to switch off the heating and wear long johns

(    )

bad for the planet. Wearing extra clothes to work to save energy seems a very sensible

(    )

well with an extra layer or two of clothes. Many of us have become spoilt by heating and

(    )

official Roh Keon-Ki told the AFP news agency: "The country may face a severe electricity

(    )

shortage if the current pace of heating consumption continues."

(    )

we don’t need to. We need to look at how Koreans are saving energy.

1  )

South Korea's government workers are helping to save energy by wearing thermal underwear. The


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

save    underwear    energy    by    Helping    wearing    to    thermal.   

2.

off    civil    switch    heating    all    to    the    Ordered    servants.   

3.

demand     record     a     is     There     electricity     for.    

4.

Offices     below     must     18     now     degrees     be     kept.    

5.

a     The     severe     country     electricity     may     shortage     face.    

6.

at     Look     Korea     by     set     example     the.    

7.

work     Wearing     to     extra     save     clothes     energy     to.    

8.

clothes     of     two     or     layer     extra     An.    

9.

just    by    turning    them    on    We    waste    so    much    energy.   

10.

Look     energy     saving     are     Koreans     how     at.    


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.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about saving energy. Include imaginary interviews with the experts. 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 an energy-saving expert. Ask him/her three questions about saving energy. Give him/her three of your opinions on how to do it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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