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The truth about air travel - reading, speaking & vocabulary
B2 - Upper Intermediate level


In this lesson, SS will practice (receptive) listening and reading and (productive) speaking skills and learn or reinforce vocabulary (language) in the context of air travel practice and procedure.


Main Aims

  • To provide SS with practice in reading for gist and reading and listening for detail, and in deducing meaning from texts about air travel.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To give SS practice speaking for fluency.
  • To introduce SS to vocabulary related to air travel.


Lead-in (4-5 minutes) • To introduce the lesson theme of air travel

Write quote on the board: "I don't have a fear of flying, I have a fear of crashing." Billy Bob Thronton US actor and singer "What's this lesson about?" Ask the class to have a think about this quote and ask what they think the topic of today's lesson is? Chest HO and explain instructions: 1. On HO there are 5 quotes about air travel 2. It is a fill in the blanks task. Discuss in pairs and guess a word you think fits. Be as creative or funny as you like 3. Take just 2 or 3 minutes Give answer key slips out to 5 students to read.

Pre-reading (8-10 minutes) • To get students thinking about the reading, and practice listening and speaking.

Elicit 4 lexical units and give form and pronunciation on board: 1. "I'm going to the airport..." Mime carrying "hand luggage" and regular luggage. >pronunciation > form 2. "I'm on the plane..." Mime putting hand luggage in "overhead compartment". >pron > form 3. Mime putting on "life jacket" and how "inflate" >pron > form Chest HO of a-d pictures, and give instructions: 1. In a moment, we will listen to some in-flight announcements, one at a time. 2. Match the announcements 1-4 with the pictures ABCD on the HO. 3. Work in pairs to discuss and write your answers beneath the pictures. FB - Get SS to discuss answers in groups. Provide Answer Key on WB.

While-reading 1 - Back cover (6-7 minutes) • To introduce SS to topic and following text and to give reading and speaking practice

Chest HO and instruct SS to: 1. Read back cover of air travel book 2. Inform SS there are 4 questions in the text 3. Instruct to work in pairs and discuss possible answers to the questions 4. Take just 3 or 4 minutes FB - After completion, instruct SS to discuss in their groups.

While-reading 2 - extracts from air travel book (7-8 minutes) • To get students to read for detail and practice reading and speaking.

Get SS into 4 groups. Ask these questions to arrange groups: 1. Could everybody please stand up? 2. Who lives the closest to this office? 3. Who lives furthest away? 4. I want you to arrange yourself into order from closest to furthest. 5. Count out 4 groups, 1234, 1234 (to get people living furthest away from one another to work together), and get SS to sit in groups. 1. Chest reading extract HOs, informing that these are readings taken from the book cover you read previously. 2. In these readings are the correct answers to the questions they attempted. 3. Inform SS to read and discuss in groups what the correct answers to the questions on the back cover were. 4. Each group will get one paragraph and one question. Take 5 minutes to complete. ICQ - Do you need to answer all of the questions? FB - Get SS to visit other groups to share answers with each other.

While-reading 3 - read for more detail (7-8 minutes) • To re-read book extract texts for further comprehension, to practice reading and speaking skills.

1. Chest HO and instruct SS that they will be receiving the same reading with a set of True or False questions. 2. They will also need to underline the part of the text that gave them the answer. 3. SS will discuss and work in pairs. Take 5 minutes ICQ: What are True or False questions? and Working in pairs or in groups? FB - instruct SS to discuss their answers in groups. - Write answer key on board for self-checking

Post-reading - Group Discussion (7-8 minutes) • To foster speaking practice around sharing opinions about the readings.

1. Write on the WB: "Did you find any of the information surprising? Do you believe it at all?" 2. Ask SS to discuss in groups what they've read about, prompting with the questions on the board. 3. Take 5 minutes. Return to WC format to elicit people's ideas (if there's time).

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