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Self-Cleaning Clothes Coming (17th December, 2011)

Good news may be on the way for people who hate doing the laundry – self-cleaning clothes. Scientists in China are developing a fabric that cleans itself under the sunlight. This could make washing clothes a thing of the past. Researchers at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University and Hubei University created a chemical that causes cotton materials to clean themselves under the sun. The chemical coating is made from titanium dioxide, which breaks down dirt and stains, and removes odours when placed under the sun.

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The researchers say their discovery is cheap, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Titanium dioxide is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is in sunscreen, kitchen and bathroom tiles, and odour-free socks. A test showed that the chemical completely removed a large orange stain on a white piece of cotton cloth in just two hours of sunlight. Many stores are interested in selling self-cleaning clothes. However, shop owners from rainy countries are keeping quiet about the product.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Good news may be

a.

thing of the past

2

a fabric that cleans itself

b.

on the way

3.

make washing clothes a

c.

down dirt and stains

4.

The chemical coating is made

d.

odours

5.

breaks

e.

from titanium dioxide

6.

removes

f.

under the sunlight

 

Paragraph 2

1.

non-

a.

about the product

2

environmentally

b.

used chemicals

3.

one of the most widely

c.

friendly

4.

bathroom

d.

toxic

5.

removed a large orange

e.

tiles

6.

keeping quiet

f.

stain


LISTENING GAP FILL

Good news ___________________ for people who hate doing the laundry – self-cleaning clothes. Scientists in China are ___________________ that cleans itself under the sunlight. This could make washing clothes a ___________________. Researchers at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University and Hubei University created a ___________________ cotton materials to clean themselves under the sun. The ___________________ made from titanium dioxide, which breaks down dirt and stains, and removes odours when ___________________.

The researchers say their ___________________, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Titanium dioxide is one of ___________________ chemicals in the world. It is in sunscreen, kitchen and bathroom tiles, and ___________________. A test showed that the chemical completely removed a large orange stain on ___________________ cotton cloth in just two hours of sunlight. Many stores are ___________________ self-cleaning clothes. However, shop owners from rainy countries are ___________________ the product.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Good news may be on the (1) ____ for people who hate doing the laundry – self-cleaning clothes. Scientists in China are (2) ____ a fabric that cleans itself under the sunlight. This could (3) ____ washing clothes a thing of the past. Researchers at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University and Hubei University created a chemical (4) ____ causes cotton materials to clean (5) ____ under the sun. The chemical coating is made from titanium dioxide, which breaks down dirt and stains, and removes odours (6) ____ placed under the sun.

The researchers (7) ____ their discovery is cheap, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Titanium dioxide is one of the (8) ____ widely used chemicals in the world. It is in sunscreen, kitchen and bathroom tiles, and odour-free socks. A test showed that the chemical (9) ____ removed a large orange stain on a white (10) ____ of cotton cloth in just two hours of sunlight. Many stores are interested (11) ____ selling self-cleaning clothes. However, shop owners from rainy countries are keeping (12) ____ about the product.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

way

(b)

weigh

(c)

why

2.

(a)

developed

(b)

developing

(c)

develops

3.

(a)

make

(b)

making

(c)

makes

4.

(a)

who

(b)

from

(c)

that

5.

(a)

itself

(b)

themselves

(c)

self

6.

(a)

where

(b)

which

(c)

when

7.

(a)

speak

(b)

say

(c)

talk

8.

(a)

most

(b)

must

(c)

many

9.

(a)

completely

(b)

completed

(c)

complete

10.

(a)

peace

(b)

pies

(c)

piece

11.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

at

12

(a)

quite

(b)

quit

(c)

quiet


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

hate doing the nudrayl

2.

a ibcfra that cleans itself

3.

a gnthi of the past

4.

cotton mrlaesiat

5.

esmovre odours

6.

dlpaec under the sun

 

Paragraph 2

7.

their srocveyid is cheap

8.

environmentally nedfyilr

9.

widely used lschmiace

10.

a large orange itnsa

11.

shop owners from anyir countries

12.

the pdrcuot


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

tiles, and odour-free socks. A test showed that the chemical completely removed a large orange

(    )

washing clothes a thing of the past. Researchers at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University and Hubei University created a chemical that

(    )

The researchers say their discovery is cheap, non-toxic and environmentally

(    )

in selling self-cleaning clothes. However, shop owners from rainy

(    )

made from titanium dioxide, which breaks down dirt

(    )

the laundry – self-cleaning clothes. Scientists in China are developing a fabric that cleans itself under the sunlight. This could make

(    )

countries are keeping quiet about the product.

1  )

Good news may be on the way for people who hate doing

(    )

friendly. Titanium dioxide is one of the most widely used chemicals in the world. It is in sunscreen, kitchen and bathroom

(    )

stain on a white piece of cotton cloth in just two hours of sunlight. Many stores are interested

(    )

and stains, and removes odours when placed under the sun.

(    )

causes cotton materials to clean themselves under the sun. The chemical coating is


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

the     on     be     may     news     Good     way.     

2.

who     doing     laundry     People     hate     the.    

3.

under     fabric     the     that     sunlight     cleans     itself     A.    

4.

of     washing     the     clothes     past     a     thing     Make.    

5.

under     placed     when     odours     Removes     sun     the.    

6.

researchers     The     cheap     is     discovery     their     say.    

7.

most     the     widely     world     used     chemicals     The     in.    

8.

orange     removed     large     stain     Completely     a.    

9.

selling    cleaning    Stores     in     -   interested    self    clothes    are.    

10.

quiet     Keeping     product     the     about.    


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.

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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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WRITING

Write about washing clothes 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. SELF-CLEANING CLOTHES: Search the Internet and find more information about self-cleaning clothes. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about self-cleaning clothes. Include an imaginary interview with the scientists and someone who has to do a lot of laundry. 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 washing clothes expert. Ask him/her three questions about washing clothes. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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