The Reading / Listening - Pilots - Level 4

Europe's biggest low-cost airline promised better pay and working conditions for pilots to stop them leaving the company. Ryanair wrote to its 4,200 pilots about their concerns. It offered them salary increases and loyalty bonuses. One pilot said this was, "too little, too late". He said there was a lack of basic benefits for pilots, who had to pay for water, coffee, meals and even their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the toxic atmosphere."



Ryanair is trying to repair the damage done to its image after a mistake with pilot holidays. This mistake led to 20,000 cancelled flights because of a lack of available pilots. This affected 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline had disrespected pilots. He said Ryanair was "being forced to backpedal" and meet pilots' pay demands. Ryanair is confident that pilots will stay. It said: "We are a very secure employer in a very insecure industry."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pilots - Level 5 or  Pilots - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-06/ryanair-operating-chief-resigns-amid-fallout-from-cancellations
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41384789
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/ryanair-michael-oleary-boss-pilot-shortages-bonus-offer-letter-flight-cancellations-airline-a7985906.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. better pay and working
  2. wrote to its 4,200 pilots about
  3. It offered them salary
  4. too little, too
  5. a lack of basic benefits
  6. pay for
  7. People have just
  8. toxic
  1. water
  2. increases
  3. atmosphere
  4. conditions
  5. had enough
  6. their concerns
  7. for pilots
  8. late

Paragraph 2

  1. repair the damage
  2. 20,000 cancelled
  3. This affected 700,000
  4. industry
  5. Ryanair was being forced to
  6. meet pilots' pay
  7. Ryanair is confident that pilots
  8. in a very insecure
  1. demands
  2. analyst
  3. industry
  4. done to its image
  5. flights
  6. will stay
  7. backpedal
  8. passengers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Europe's biggest (1) ___________________ promised better pay and working conditions for (2) ___________________ them leaving the company. Ryanair wrote to its 4,200 pilots (3) ___________________. It offered them salary increases and (4) ___________________. One pilot said this was, "too little, too late". He said there (5) ___________________ basic benefits for pilots, who had to pay for water, coffee, meals and even their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough (6) ___________________ atmosphere."

Ryanair is trying to repair the damage done (7) ___________________ after a mistake with pilot holidays. This (8) ___________________ 20,000 cancelled flights because of a (9) ___________________ pilots. This affected 700,000 passengers. (10) ___________________ said the airline had disrespected pilots. He said Ryanair was "being (11) ___________________" and meet pilots' pay demands. Ryanair is confident that pilots will stay. It said: "We are a very secure employer in (12) ___________________ industry."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Europe'sbiggestlow-costairlinepromisedbetterpayandworkingcond
itionsforpilotstostopthemleavingthecompany.Ryanairwrotetoits4,2
00pilotsabouttheirconcerns.Itofferedthemsalaryincreasesandloyalt
ybonuses.Onepilotsaidthiswas,"toolittle,toolate".Hesaidtherewasal
ackofbasicbenefitsforpilots,whohadtopayforwater,coffee,mealsand
eventheirownuniform.Headded:"Peoplehavejusthadenoughoftheto
xicatmosphere."Ryanairistryingtorepairthedamagedonetoitsimage
afteramistakewithpilotholidays.Thismistakeledto20,000cancelledfli
ghtsbecauseofalackofavailablepilots.Thisaffected700,000passenge
rs.Anindustryanalystsaidtheairlinehaddisrespectedpilots.HesaidRy
anairwas"beingforcedtobackpedal"andmeetpilots'paydemands.Rya
nairisconfidentthatpilotswillstay.Itsaid:"Weareaverysecureemploy
erinaveryinsecureindustry."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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