The Reading / Listening - Aircraft Carrier - Level 1

China is getting stronger. It just launched the first aircraft carrier it built on its own. It now has two aircraft carriers. The new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. It was launched at a special ceremony. Navy officials broke a bottle of champagne over the carrier. This is tradition. Development of the carrier started in 2013 and building began in 2015. The Chinese Navy will test it at sea for three years. It will start operating in 2020 when all its airplanes will be ready.



A spokesperson was, "proud of the great achievement made by the country in modernizing the national defense and military". The new carrier will mean China can protect itself better. It will help protect China's borders, shipping and trade routes. A social media user said the new carrier was, "a symbol of China's technological power…and strength". China may build two, three or four more carriers. The new ones could be as big as the 100,000-ton U.S. Navy carriers.

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Sources
  • http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-04/26/c_136237552.htm
  • http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2090723/china-launches-first-domestically-built-aircraft
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-launches-1st-domestically-made-aircraft-carrier/2017/04/25/aea5420a-2a29-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. China is getting
  2. It just launched the
  3. built on
  4. The new carrier weighs
  5. It was launched at a special
  6. Development of the carrier
  7. test it at sea
  8. It will start operating
  1. ceremony
  2. 50,000 tons
  3. in 2020
  4. first aircraft carrier
  5. for three years
  6. stronger
  7. started in 2013
  8. its own

Paragraph 2

  1. proud of the great
  2. the national defense and
  3. China can protect itself
  4. It will help protect China's
  5. shipping and trade
  6. the new carrier was a
  7. China may build two, three
  8. The new ones could be as
  1. borders
  2. better
  3. or four more
  4. symbol
  5. achievement
  6. big
  7. military
  8. routes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

China is getting stronger. It just launched the first aircraft carrier it (1) ___________________. It now has two aircraft carriers. The new carrier weighs 50,000 tons. It was (2) ___________________ special ceremony. Navy officials (3) ___________________ champagne over the carrier. This is tradition. Development (4) ___________________ started in 2013 and building began in 2015. The Chinese Navy (5) ___________________ for three years. It will start operating in 2020 (6) ___________________ will be ready.

A spokesperson was, "(7) ___________________ great achievement made (8) ___________________ modernizing the national defense and military". The new carrier will mean China can (9) ___________________. It will help protect China's borders, shipping and trade routes. A social media user said the new carrier was, "(10) ___________________ China's technological power…and strength". China may build two, (11) ___________________ carriers. The new ones could (12) ___________________ 100,000-ton U.S. Navy carriers.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chinaisgettingstronger.Itjustlaunchedthefirstaircraftcarrieritbuilto
nitsown.Itnowhastwoaircraftcarriers.Thenewcarrierweighs50,000
tons.Itwaslaunchedataspecialceremony.Navyofficialsbrokeabottleo
fchampagneoverthecarrier.Thisistradition.Developmentofthecarrie
rstartedin2013andbuildingbeganin2015.TheChineseNavywilltestita
tseaforthreeyears.Itwillstartoperatingin2020whenallitsairplaneswil
lbeready.Aspokespersonwas,"proudofthegreatachievementmadeb
ythecountryinmodernizingthenationaldefenseandmilitary".Thenew
carrierwillmeanChinacanprotectitselfbetter.ItwillhelpprotectChina'
sborders,shippingandtraderoutes.Asocialmediausersaidthenewcarr
ierwas,"asymbolofChina'stechnologicalpower…andstrength".China
maybuildtwo,threeorfourmorecarriers.Thenewonescouldbeasbigas
the100,000-tonU.S.Navycarriers.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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