listening lab 1217

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  Is NORAD a defense agency or a financial agency?

   

2.  What year did the tradition of tracking Santa start?

 

3.  Who placed an ad in a newspaper?

   

4.  Who accidentally called the top-secret phone line?

5.  Now, what are some ways people can track Santa?

 
Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
 
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。
   

 

     Everyone knows that on Christmas Eve, Santa delivers presents to millions of kids around the world.  But did you know that you can track Santa as he goes about his deliveries?  This Santa-tracking program is run by NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command.  But how did NORAD, which is charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for Canada and the United States, become the official Santa tracker?     
 
     It started in 1955, two years before NORAD was established.  At the time, the headquarters were called CONAD, or Continental Air Defense Command, and the agency had nothing to do with Santa.  Then, around Christmastime of that year, a department store advertisement in a newspaper featured a picture of Santa saying, “Call me on my private phone and I will talk to you personally any time day or night.” There was a phone number listed in the ad.  From here it gets a little foggy.  No one is sure whether a child dialed the wrong number or whether the ad listed the wrong number, but for whatever reason, a child called CONAD on the top-secret phone line.  Instead of hanging up on the youngster, the officer on duty played along and gave the child updates on Santa's progress.  That was the beginning of a new tradition.  Every year CONAD and later NORAD took calls from kids and sent updates to TV stations to let viewers know where Santa was.   

     Now, NORAD relies on over a thousand volunteers for the program.  The team answers more than 12,000 e-mails and more than 70,000 telephone calls from more than two hundred countries per year.  NORAD still sends updates to the TV news, but in 2007, the website www.noradsanta.org was established, so kids can track Santa online.  There is also a NORAD Santa Tracker app for your phone, and updates are also posted to Facebook (www.facebook.com/noradsanta), Twitter (@NORAD_Santa) and Youtube (www.youtube.com/noradtrackssanta).
 

  

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

1.  Is NORAD a defense agency or a financial agency?

It's a defense agency.

   

2.  What year did the tradition of tracking Santa start?

It started in 1955.

 

3.  Who placed an ad in a newspaper?

A department store did.

   

4.  Who accidentally called the top-secret phone line?

A child did.

 

5.  Now, what are some ways people can track Santa?

People can track Santa online or on their phones.

 

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