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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 17 October 2018

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China Plans Launch of Artificial Moon

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • underway: in progress
  • artificial: not real; fake
  • illumination: related to lighting
  • satellite: a device sent into orbit around the earth
  • disrupt: to change the regular routine
  • nocturnal: awake and active at night instead of during the day

China Plans Launch of Artificial Moon

Plans are reportedly underway for the of an artificial moon in Chengdu, one of China’s largest . The goal of the illumination satellite is to replace streetlights and save on . Officials say the will be eight times as bright as the moon but suggest that the “dusk-like glow” will not be enough to disrupt nocturnal animals. The city hopes to launch the satellite in 2020.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What is the purpose of the satellite?
  3. How will the satellite compare to the moon?

Discussion Question

Astronomers and environmentalists have expressed concerns about this artificial illumination. Is this a form of light pollution or a good way to save energy? Do you think the proposed launch will actually happen in 2020?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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