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Half of India in Power Cuts (1st August, 2012)

Hundreds of millions of people across India had no power on Tuesday in one of the world's worst ever power cuts. It was the second time in two days the country's power supply failed. The blackout caused huge problems for about half the country. Hospitals were left in the dark, train passengers were stuck on trains, and the capital Delhi saw thousands of traffic jams after traffic lights stopped working. The outage has angered many Indians and damaged India's image as a world power.

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India's government has talked a lot about updating the power system, but so far has failed to meet its promises. Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde blamed the system collapse on some states using more than their share of electricity, but Uttar Pradesh's top energy official blamed old power lines. Delhi shop assistant Anu Chopra, 21, said: "I can understand this happening once in a while but how can one allow such a thing to happen two days in a row? It just shows our [system] is in a complete mess."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Hundreds of millions of people

a.

ever power cuts

2

the world's worst

b.

jams

3.

the country's power supply

c.

across India

4.

caused huge

d.

failed

5.

traffic

e.

many Indians

6.

The outage has angered

f.

problems

 

Paragraph 2

1.

updating the

a.

a while

2

failed to meet

b.

a row

3.

using more than

c.

mess

4.

happening once in

d.

power system

5.

two days in

e.

their share

6.

in a complete

f.

its promises


LISTENING GAP FILL

Hundreds (1) _________________ people across India had no power on Tuesday in one of the world's (2) _________________ cuts. It was the second time in two days the country's power supply failed. The blackout (3) _________________ for about half the country. Hospitals were (4) _________________, train passengers were stuck on trains, and the capital Delhi saw thousands (5) _________________ after traffic lights stopped working. The outage (6) _________________ Indians and damaged India's image as a world power.

India's government has talked (7) _________________ updating the power system, but so far has (8) _________________ its promises. Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde blamed the system collapse on some states using (9) _________________ of electricity, but Uttar Pradesh's (10) _________________ blamed old power lines. Delhi shop assistant Anu Chopra, 21, said: "I can understand this happening (11) _________________ but how can one allow such a thing to happen (12) _________________? It just shows our [system] is in a complete mess."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Hundreds of millions of people (1) ____ India had no power on Tuesday in one of the world's worst ever power cuts. It was the second time (2) ____ two days the country's power supply (3) ____. The blackout caused huge problems for about half the country. Hospitals were (4) ____ in the dark, train passengers were (5) ____ on trains, and the capital Delhi saw thousands of traffic jams after traffic lights stopped working. The outage has (6) ____ many Indians and damaged India's image as a world power.

India's government has talked a lot about (7) ____ the power system, but so far has failed to (8) ____ its promises. Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde blamed the system collapse (9) ____ some states using more than their (10) ____ of electricity, but Uttar Pradesh's top energy official blamed old power lines. Delhi shop assistant Anu Chopra, 21, said: "I can understand this happening once in a (11) ____ but how can one allow such a thing to happen two days in a (12) ____? It just shows our [system] is in a complete mess."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

across

(b)

crossed

(c)

crossover

2.

(a)

on

(b)

an

(c)

in

3.

(a)

failure

(b)

failed

(c)

failing

4.

(a)

left

(b)

right

(c)

middle

5.

(a)

sticking

(b)

sticks

(c)

stuck

6.

(a)

angered

(b)

angry

(c)

angrily

7.

(a)

outdating

(b)

updating

(c)

dating

8.

(a)

meet

(b)

greet

(c)

tweet

9.

(a)

in

(b)

by

(c)

on

10.

(a)

equal

(b)

share

(c)

divide

11.

(a)

when

(b)

which

(c)

while

12

(a)

bow

(b)

row

(c)

tow


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Hundreds of omnsilli

2.

the country's power plypsu

3.

train nerpgsases

4.

tficfar jams

5.

raengde many Indians

6.

India's gmeia as a world power

 

Paragraph 2

7.

uaitdngp the power system

8.

failed to meet its perssimo

9.

more than their eashr

10.

top energy cffoliia

11.

happening once in a eihwl

12.

a ptlecome mess


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

India's government has talked a lot about updating the power system, but so far has failed

(    )

in the dark, train passengers were stuck on trains, and the capital Delhi saw thousands of traffic

1  )

Hundreds of millions of people across India had no power on Tuesday in one of the world's worst

(    )

many Indians and damaged India's image as a world power.

(    )

jams after traffic lights stopped working. The outage has angered

(    )

in a while but how can one allow such a thing to happen two days in

(    )

failed. The blackout caused huge problems for about half the country. Hospitals were left

(    )

a row? It just shows our [system] is in a complete mess."

(    )

lines. Delhi shop assistant Anu Chopra, 21, said: "I can understand this happening once

(    )

more than their share of electricity, but Uttar Pradesh's top energy official blamed old power

(    )

to meet its promises. Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde blamed the system collapse on some states using

(    )

ever power cuts. It was the second time in two days the country's power supply


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

Hundreds     India     across     people     of     millions     of.    

2.

of     ever     One     worst     world's     cuts     the     power.    

3.

two     the     days     second     time     It     in     was.    

4.

of     capital     traffic     Delhi     jams     saw     thousands     The.    

5.

outage     angered     Indians     The     has     many.    

6.

updating     Talked     the     a     power     lot     system     about.    

7.

their     States     share     using     of     more     electricity     than.    

8.

a     I     this     in     understand     once     while     can     happening.    

9.

allow     thing     one     a     happen     can     such     to     How?    

10.

shows     is     complete    just     system     a     It     our     in     mess.    


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.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about electricity 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. POWER CUTS: Search the Internet and find more information about the power cuts in India. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the power cuts. Include an imaginary interview with someone affected by them. 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 electricity expert. Ask him/her three questions about electricity. 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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