Step 1: Listen

You’re going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries. Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

a) An American company is planning to sell car batteries charged with energy from the sun which will change the way the world uses energy.

b) An American company is making plans to sell batteries charged with energy from the sun which will be able to provide enough power for a whole house or company and change the way the world uses energy.

c) An American company is making plans to sell solar panels which will be able to power houses and cars and change the way the world uses electricity.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary which may help you.

capable of
having the ability to (do something)

drawn from
that comes from

electric grid
the network that delivers electricity from suppliers to users

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Still not sure? This time you can read the transcript. The answer’s underneath.

Newsreader
The US electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors has announced plans to sell battery technology capable of powering individual homes and businesses.

The batteries use energy drawn from solar panels.

Tesla’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said they’ll allow homeowners to go off the electric grid and will change the way the world uses energy.

Answer

The correct answer is:

b) An American company is making plans to sell batteries charged with energy from the sun which will be able to provide enough power for a whole house or company and change the way the world uses energy.