The Reading / Listening - Paris Agreement - Level 6

World-renowned CEO, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to leave his position on the Trump business advisory council. This comes after he recently defended his role as advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump. His decision was prompted by Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement – the climate deal established to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from 2020, signed by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Musk isn't the only prominent figure to walk away from the advisory council. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down for similar reasons.



President Trump has long campaigned in support of the coal and fossil fuel industries. He believes that leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and promote growth. Advocates of Trump's decision believe leaving the agreement will help to revitalize the U.S. coal industry and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue to a previously lucrative industry. World leaders condemned the U.S. withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no plan B on climate, because there is no planet B." With or without U.S. support, the world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may be a significant blow to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental issues.

Article written by Timothy Hill

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Paris Agreement - Level 4  or  Paris Agreement - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.space.com/37056-elon-musk-stop-advising-trump-paris-climate-pact.html?utm_content=buffer887c8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook
  • https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jun/02/elon-musk-and-disney-boss-quit-trumps-business-panel-over-paris-pullout
  • http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-elon-musk-climate-change-20170601-story.html


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Warm-ups

1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about climate change. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       CEO / inventor / entrepreneur / decision / announcement / climate / emissions /
       support / fossil fuel / coal / growth / revenue / plan B / planet / trend / cleaner energy

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. EMISSIONS: Students A strongly believe the world will reduce enissions; Students B strongly believe it won't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. GREENHOUSE GASES: What can the following people / organizations do to reduce greenhouse gases? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Things to do

Would they work?

The UN

 

 

Your country

 

 

You

 

 

China/USA

 

 

School teachers

 

 

Big businesses

 

 

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5. PLANET: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "planet". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. CLEANER ENERGY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • nuclear energy
  • wind power
  • geothermal power
  • body movement power
  • solar power
  • hydroelectricity
  • biofuels
  • tidal power

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Elon Musk is a world-renowned inventor and entrepreneur.     T / F
  2. The Paris Agreement is set to start in 2018.     T / F
  3. The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 countries.     T / F
  4. The CEO of Disney will also quit the business advisory council.     T / F
  5. Donald Trump has supported fossil fuel industries for a long time.     T / F
  6. Leaving the Paris Agreement will mean lost jobs in the coal industry.     T / F
  7. France's President said the world should now look at Plan B.     T / F
  8. The article said the US is now stronger to lead on environmental issues.  T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. renowned
  2. position
  3. prompted
  4. established
  5. prominent
  6. campaigned
  7. restrictions
  8. advocates
  9. lucrative
  10. significant
  1. limitations
  2. caused
  3. backers
  4. post
  5. serious
  6. leading
  7. famous
  8. profitable
  9. set up
  10. fought

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. World-renowned CEO, inventor
  2. the U.S. will pull
  3. deal with greenhouse gas
  4. the only prominent
  5. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down
  6. fossil
  7. loosen business restrictions and
  8. lucrative
  9. There is no plan
  10. an irreversible trend
  1. figure to walk away
  2. promote growth
  3. for similar reasons
  4. towards cleaner energy
  5. emissions
  6. industry
  7. and entrepreneur
  8. fuel
  9. out of the Paris Agreement
  10. B

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
real
prompted
emissions
entrepreneur
similar
role
prominent
deal

World-renowned CEO, inventor and (1) ____________ Elon Musk has decided to leave his position on the Trump business advisory council. This comes after he recently defended his (2) ____________ as advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump. His decision was (3) ____________ by Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement – the climate (4) ____________ established to deal with greenhouse gas (5) ____________ from 2020, signed by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is (6) ____________. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Musk isn't the only (7) ____________ figure to walk away from the advisory council. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down for (8) ____________ reasons.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
industry
trend
issues
support
plan
promote
blow
lucrative

President Trump has long campaigned in (9) ____________ of the coal and fossil fuel industries. He believes that leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and (10) ____________ growth. Advocates of Trump's decision believe leaving the agreement will help to revitalize the U.S. coal (11) ____________ and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue to a previously (12) ____________ industry. World leaders condemned the U.S. withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no (13) ____________ B on climate, because there is no planet B." With or without U.S. support, the world is on an irreversible (14) ____________ towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may be a significant (15) ____________ to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) renowned CEO, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to ______
     a.  leave this position
     b.  leave his position
     c.  leave his posting
     d.  leaves his position

2)  His decision was prompted by Trump's ______ Friday
     a.  denouncement on
     b.  renouncement on
     c.  announcement on
     d.  a bounced mint on

3)  the climate deal established to deal with greenhouse ______
     a. gassy emissions
     b. gas emissions
     c.  gasses emission
     d.  gas emission

4)  Musk isn't the only prominent ______ walk away
     a.  figured to
     b.  figure to
     c.  figures to
     d.  figurine to

5)  Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down for ______
     a.  similar reasons
     b.  similarity reasons
     c.  simulate reasons
     d.  similarities reasons

6)  President Trump has long campaigned in support of the coal and fossil ______
     a.  fueled industries
     b.  fuels industries
     c.  fueling industries
     d.  fuel industries

7)  leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and ______
     a.  promote undergrowth
     b.  promotes growth
     c.  promote growth
     d.  promoted growth

8) leaving the agreement will help to revitalize the U.S. ______
     a.  coal industrial
     b.  coal industrialize
     c.  coal industrious
     d.  coal industry

9)  bring back much-needed jobs and revenue to a ______ industry
     a.  previously laxative
     b.  previous lucrative
     c.  previously lucrative
     d.  previously lubricate

10)  With or without U.S. support, the world is on an ______
     a.  irresponsible trend
     b.  irreversible trend
     c.  irresistible trend
     d.  irritable trend

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

World-renowned CEO, (1) ___________________ entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to leave his position on the Trump business advisory council. This comes after he recently defended (2) ___________________ to U.S. President Donald Trump. His decision was prompted by Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. (3) ___________________ the Paris Agreement – the climate deal (4) ___________________ with greenhouse gas emissions from 2020, signed by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Musk isn't (5) ___________________ figure to walk away from the advisory council. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down (6) ___________________.

President Trump has long campaigned (7) ___________________ the coal and fossil fuel industries. He believes (8) ___________________ Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and promote growth. Advocates of Trump's decision believe leaving the agreement will (9) ___________________ the U.S. coal industry and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue (10) ___________________ lucrative industry. World leaders condemned the U.S. withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no plan B on climate, because there is no planet B." With or without U.S. support, the (11) ___________________ irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may be (12) ___________________ to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental issues.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did Elon Musk leave?
  2. What did Elon Musk previously defend?
  3. How many countries signed the Paris Agreement?
  4. Who did Elon Musk say leaving the Paris Agreement was not good for?
  5. The boss of which company also stepped down?
  6. What industries has Donald Trump campaigned for?
  7. What do Trump's supporters believe leaving will bring back?
  8. What plan did France's president say did not exist?
  9. What is the world moving irreversibly towards?
  10. What might the USA lose leadership and influence in?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did Elon Musk leave?
a) a note
b) the White House
c) his company Tesla Motors
d) a business advisory council

2) What did Elon Musk previously defend?
a) his honour
b) his role as advisor to Donald Trump
c) his company
d) greenhouse gasses

3) How many countries signed the Paris Agreement?
a) 168
b) 186
c) 159
d) 195

4) Who did Elon Musk say leaving the Paris Agreement was not good for?
a) America and Canada
b) just America
c) America and the world
d) America, Canada and Mexico

5) The boss of which company also stepped down?
a) Ford
b) IBM
c) Google
d) Disney

6) What industries has Donald Trump campaigned for?
a) solar power
b) renewable energy
c) coal and fossil fuels
d) environmental

7) What do Trump's supporters believe leaving will bring back?
a) jobs
b) pollution
c) environmentalists
d) business restrictions

8) What plan did France's president say did not exist?
a) strategic plan
b) the Planet Plan
c) plan B
d) savings plan

9) What is the world moving irreversibly towards?
a) zero emissions
b) cleaner energies
c) a black hole
d) destruction

10) What might the USA lose leadership and influence in?
a) environmental issues
b) fossil fuels
c) renewable energy
d) business advisory councils

Role play

Role  A – Solar Power

You think solar power is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms of energy. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tidal power, nuclear power or hydroelectricity.

Role  B – Tidal Power

You think tidal power is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms of energy. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): solar power, nuclear power or hydroelectricity.

Role  C – Nuclear Power

You think nuclear power is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms of energy. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): tidal power, solar power or hydroelectricity.

Role  D – Hydroelectricity

You think hydroelectricity is the best form of energy. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their forms of energy. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  tidal power, nuclear power or solar power.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'climate'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'change'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • fuel
    • growth
    • back
    • plan
    • cleaner
    • issues
    • CEO
    • comes
    • pull
    • 195
    • good
    • similar




    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.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Musk abandons Trump after U.S. dumps Paris Agreement

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'climate'?
    3. What do you know about climate change?
    4. What do you know about the Paris Agreement?
    5. What do you think of the USA's decision?
    6. What does your country think of Mr Trump's decision?
    7. What is your country doing to help reduce emissions?
    8. What are you doing to help reduce emissions?
    9. What more can you do to help reduce emissions?
    10. Can the other 194 countries reduce emissions without the USA?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the term 'fossil fuel'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of fossil fuels?
    5. Is it OK to use more fossil fuels if it protects jobs?
    6. What does Mr Trump think of climate change?
    7. What advice do you have for Donald Trump?
    8. Will clean energies eventually mean very few carbon emissions?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this news story?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Donald Trump about the climate?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    World-renowned CEO, (1) ____ and entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to leave his position on the Trump business advisory council. This (2) ____ after he recently defended his role (3) ____ advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump. His decision was prompted by Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement – the climate deal established to deal with greenhouse gas (4) ____ from 2020, signed by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America or the world." Musk isn't the only (5) ____ figure to walk away from the advisory council. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also (6) ____ down for similar reasons.

    President Trump has long campaigned in support of the coal and (7) ____ fuel industries. He believes that leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and promote (8) ____. Advocates of Trump's decision believe leaving the agreement will help to (9) ____ the U.S. coal industry and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue to a previously (10) ____ industry. World leaders condemned the U.S. withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no (11) ____ B on climate, because there is no planet B." With or without U.S. support, the world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may be a significant (12) ____ to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental issues.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     inventory     (b)     invention     (c)     invent     (d)     inventor    
    2. (a)     goes     (b)     places     (c)     leaves     (d)     comes    
    3. (a)     was     (b)     as     (c)     has     (d)     is    
    4. (a)     remissions     (b)     commissions     (c)     missions     (d)     admissions    
    5. (a)     prominence     (b)     prominently     (c)     prominent     (d)     prom    
    6. (a)     step     (b)     walk     (c)     kneel     (d)     get    
    7. (a)     fossils     (b)     fossil     (c)     fossilized     (d)     fossilizing    
    8. (a)     growth     (b)     growing     (c)     grown     (d)     grows    
    9. (a)     retribution     (b)     revitalize     (c)     retaliate     (d)     retread    
    10. (a)     livid     (b)     lubricate     (c)     lucrative     (d)     laxative    
    11. (a)     plant     (b)     planned     (c)     plan     (d)     planet    
    12. (a)     gasp     (b)     gust     (c)     puff     (d)     blow

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     President Trump has long campaigned in support of the coal and fossil fuel industries. He believes that

    (    )     the advisory council. Disney CEO Bob Iger will also step down for similar reasons.

    (    )     out of the Paris Agreement – the climate deal established to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from 2020, signed

    (    )     leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen business restrictions and promote growth. Advocates of Trump's

    (    )     decision believe leaving the agreement will help to revitalize the U.S. coal industry and bring back much-

    (    )     without U.S. support, the world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement

    1  )     World-renowned CEO, inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk has decided to leave his position on the Trump business

    (    )     advisory council. This comes after he recently defended his role as advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump. His

    (    )     decision was prompted by Trump's announcement on Friday that the U.S. will pull

    (    )     may be a significant blow to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental issues.

    (    )     needed jobs and revenue to a previously lucrative industry. World leaders condemned the U.S.

    (    )     withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no plan B on climate, because there is no planet B."With or

    (    )     or the world." Musk isn't the only prominent figure to walk away from

    (    )     by 195 countries. Mr Musk tweeted: "Climate change is real. Leaving [the] Paris [Agreement] is not good for America

    Put the words in the right order

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    8. no  climate  is  is   on  There  there  B  B  because  plan  planet  ,  no   .
    9. an  towards  The   on  trend   energy  is  irreversible  cleaner   world   .
    10. USA's  and  significant  the  influence  A  to  global   leadership   blow   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    President Trump has long / longing campaigned in support of the coal and fossil fuel / fueled industries. He beliefs / believes that leaving the Paris Agreement will loosen / loses business restrictions and promote growth. Advocates of Trump's decision believe leaving the / an agreement will help to revitalize the U.S. coal industry and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue at / to a previously lucrative industry. World leaders condoned / condemned the U.S. withdrawal. France's president said: "There is no plan B / C on climate, because there is no planet B." With or without U.S. support, the world is on an irreversible trend / trendy towards cleaner energy. Leaving the Paris Agreement may be a significant puff / blow to the USA's global influence and leadership in environmental issues.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    world-renowned ceo inventor and entrepreneur elon musk has decided to leave his position on the trump business advisory council this comes after he recently defended his role as advisor to us president donald trump his decision was prompted by trump's announcement on friday that the us will pull out of the paris agreement – the climate deal established to deal with greenhouse gas emissions from 2020 signed by 195 countries mr musk tweeted "climate change is real leaving [the] paris [agreement] is not good for america or the world" musk isn't the only prominent figure to walk away from the advisory council disney ceo bob iger will also step down for similar reasons

    president trump has long campaigned in support of the coal and fossil fuel industries he believes that leaving the paris agreement will loosen business restrictions and promote growth advocates of trump's decision believe leaving the agreement will help to revitalize the us coal industry and bring back much-needed jobs and revenue to a previously lucrative industry world leaders condemned the us withdrawal france's president said "there is no plan b on climate because there is no planet b" with or without us support the world is on an irreversible trend towards cleaner energy leaving the paris agreement may be a significant blow to the usa's global influence and leadership in environmental issues

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    h.AdvocatesofTrump'sdecisionbelieveleavingtheagreementwillhelp
    torevitalizetheU.S.coalindustryandbringbackmuch-neededjobsand
    revenuetoapreviouslylucrativeindustry.Worldleaderscondemnedth
    eU.S.withdrawal.France'spresidentsaid:"ThereisnoplanBonclimate,
    becausethereisnoplanetB."WithorwithoutU.S.support,theworldison
    anirreversibletrendtowardscleanerenergy.LeavingtheParisAgreeme
    ntmaybeasignificantblowtotheUSA'sglobalinfluenceandleadershipin
    environmentalissues.

    Free writing

    Write about Paris Agreement for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the best three ways to deal with climate change? Explain your reasons.

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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 out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CLIMATE CHANGE: Make a poster about climate change. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PARIS AGREEMENT: Write a magazine article about the Paris Agreement and how important it is. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. 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.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on climate change. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can reduce carbon emissions. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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