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Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Damaged A. Energy
 2. Nuclear B. Not understand.
 3. Releasing C. Had contact with radiation.
 4. Radioactive D. Hurt
 5. Misunderstanding E. Set free.


  1. Damaged = D. Hurt
  2. Nuclear = A. Energy
  3. Releasing = E. Set free.
  4. Radioactive = C. Had contact with radiation.
  5. Misunderstanding = B. not understand.

True or False?

1.  There was a huge Earthquake in Japan. True

2. The Earthquake did not cause any damage. False

3. Wind has been used to keep the power plant cool for 10 years now. False

4. The Japanese government plan to release the water into the ocean. True

5. It will take 30 years to release the water. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Japan has a problem.

2. The power plant is in Fukushima.

3. People are scared of radiation.

4. It will take about 30 years.

5. Nuclear power is very safe.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Earthquake
  2. Running
  3. Upset
  4. Regualr
  5. Power
  6. Fear

Level 2

Match the Synonym!

1. Meltdown A. Lessen
2. Radiation B. Problem
3. Dilute C. Promoter
4. Campaigner D. Collapse
5. Hurdle E. High-energy


  1. Meltdown = D. Collapse
  2. Radiation = E. High-energy
  3. Dilute = A. Lessen
  4. Campaigner = C. Promoter
  5. Hurdle = B. Problem

True or False?

1. There was a massive tornado in Japan in 2011. False

2. Over 20,000 people were killed or missing from the earthquake. True

3. Wind has been used to keep the Fukushima power plant cool for 10 years. False

4. The Japanese government plan to release the water immediately. False

5. Many people misunderstand radiation and nuclear power. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. In 2011, there was a huge earthquake in Japan.

2. This can then cause radiation to leak out.

3. There is radiation in almost everything.

4. It will take about 30 years to release the stored water.

5. They want to start using more nuclear power plants.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Damaged
  2. Tanks
  3. Environment
  4. Regular
  5. Misunderstandings
  6. Humanity

Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. MeltdownA. Break
2. BreachB. Weaken
3. ContaminateC. Pollute
4. InduceD. Supporter
5. IngestE. Repeat
6. DiluteF. Influence
7. ReiterateG. View
8. SentimentH. Collapse
9. ProponentI. Eat


  1. Meltdown = H. Collapse
  2. Breach = A. Break
  3. Contaminate = C. Pollute
  4. Induce = F. Influence
  5. Dilute = B. Weaken
  6. Reiterate = E. Repeat
  7. Sentiment = G. View
  8. Proponent = D. Supporter

True or False?

1.  The Japanese government will dump a massive amount of radioactive water into the ocean. True

2. A nuclear meltdown is when a nuclear plant sets on fire. False

3. The company in charge of the Fukushima power plant has been using strong wind to keep the reactors cool. False

4.  The radioactive water is being stored in tanks. True

5. The tanks will be completely filled in a decade. False

6. Fisherman strongly support dumping the water into the ocean. False

7. Tritium is used in glow in the dark products. True

8. The Japanese government will slowly dump the water out over 30 years. True

9. Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Also will drink the radioactive water on television. False

10. The French government refuses to use nuclear power in their country. False

Unscramble the sentence!

1. The water is currently stored in tanks at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant.

2. The tanks are expected to be completely filled by 2022.

3. This anxiety regarding radiation is common amongst the public and media.

4. The government wants to release it very slowly, over 30 years out of an abundance of caution.

5. Tepco admitted in 2012 that they had been reluctant to put more safety measures in place.

Listening and Vocabulary

  1. Dump
  2. Surrounding
  3. Contain
  4. Announcement
  5. Cease
  6. Ingest
  7. Diluting
  8. Reluctant
  9. Mistrust