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New York’s ‘green’ New Year

 

Over one million people went to Times Square in New York to welcome the New Year and see how the city is saving energy. The traditional New Year’s Eve ball, which has dropped at midnight on New Year’s Eve for the past 100 years, is different now.

 

The ball was first dropped from a flagpole at One Times Square on December 31st, 1907. It was made of wood and iron and had one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. For 2008 the ball was different. Instead of electric light bulbs it had 9,576 light-emitting diodes. All of these diodes only use as much energy as 10 toasters. It is twice as bright as earlier balls and produced a kaleidoscope of 16 million colors, but it needs a lot less power. However, anyone who wants a ball like will need $1.1 million to buy one.

 

A representative from Philips, the company that made this year’s ball said: "The whole world looks up to New York's New Year's Eve. I'm proud to be able to save energy and show off this technology to the world with such a special event."

 

Another new use of new technology was used this past New Year’s Eve. People from around the world typed their New Year wishes on a special Internet site. The messages were printed on one ton (that is 2000 pounds) of multi-colored paper that floated down on the people in the streets.

 


 

Read this to your partner. Have your partner fill in the blanks.

 

New York’s ‘green’ New Year

 

Over one million _____________ went to Times Square in New York to _______________ the New Year and see how the city is ________ energy. The traditional New Year’s Eve ball, which has dropped at __________ on New Year’s Eve for the past 100 years, is different now.

 

The ball was first dropped from a flagpole at One Times Square on __________________ 31st, 1907. It was made of wood and iron and had one hundred 25-watt light bulbs. For 2008 the ball was _____________. Instead of electric ____________ bulbs it had 9,576 light-emitting diodes. All of these diodes only use as much energy as 10 ______________. It is twice as bright as earlier balls and produced a kaleidoscope of 16 million colors, but it ______________ a lot less power. However, ______________ who wants a ball like will need $1.1 million to ______________ one.

 

(Person 2 reads)

A representative from Philips, the company that _____________ this year’s ball said: "The whole _____________ looks up to New York's New Year's Eve. I'm proud to be able to _____________ energy and show off this technology to the world with such a special event."

 

Another _____________ use of new technology was used this past New Year’s Eve. People from ______________ the world ______________ their New Year wishes on a special ______________ site. The messages __________ printed on one ton (that is 2000 ___________) of multi-colored paper that floated down on the people in the _________________.

 


 

Look at the article’s headline and guess whether these sentences are true (T) or false (F):

a.

New York’s mayor asked all New Year partygoers to wear green.

T / F

b.

A big bright ball has dropped in Times Square for more than 100 years.

T / F

c.

This year’s ball uses less energy and contains 9,576 LEDs.

T / F

d.

The New Year ball is on sale in New York stores for $1,100.

T / F

e.

An electronics company spokesman was proud of saving energy.

T / F

f.

People’s wishes were printed on paper that fell on NY’s streets.

T / F

 

With your partner:

 

1. How did you celebrate the new year?”

 

 

2. What are your New Year resolutions for this year? (How will you be different in 2008?)

Here are some ideas for you.

·         my English level

·         my love life

·         my finances

·         my fitness

·         my efforts to conserve energy

·         my bad habits

·         my kindness to others

·         my work

 

 

3. With your partner, write down all of the different words you think of when you hear ‘New Year’s Eve’.

 

 

 

 

4. Each of you should describe what good or bad things 2008 might bring.

 

Some good things that might happen in 2008 are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some bad things that might happen in 2008 are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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

 

a)

What did you think when you read the headline?

 

b)

Do you have lots of good memories about New Year’s Eves?

 

 

c)

What happens in your country over the New Year period?

 

 

d)

Do you feel different on the first day of a new year?

 

 

 

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

a)

Did you like reading this article?

 

 

 

 

b)

Did you have a good year last year?

 

 

 

 

c)

What wish would you like to have had printed on the Times Square confetti?

 

 

 

 

d)

Did you like this discussion?