The Reading / Listening - Pilots - Level 6

The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline has promised to increase the pay and working conditions of pilots to stop them leaving the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personal pledge to the budget carrier's 4,200 pilots to address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quit the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of up to $11,700 and loyalty bonuses of $14,000. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late." He said: "There is a lack of basic benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the toxic atmosphere."



Mr O'Leary is attempting to repair the damage done to Ryanair's reputation after a scheduling error with pilot holidays. The costly mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a lack of available pilots. This has affected over 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline made this costly error, "by initially disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare move, [Ryanair] is being forced to backpedal, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands." O'Leary is confident that pilots will stay. He said: "I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better future for you and your family." He added: "We are a very secure employer in a very insecure industry."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Pilots - Level 4  or  Pilots - Level 5

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


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Warm-ups

1. PILOTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about pilots. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       boss / promised / pay / working conditions / airline / loyalty / bonus / atmosphere /
       repair / damage / mistake / flights / pilots / analyst / confident / brighter / future

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. FLYING: Students A strongly believe flying is the best way to travel; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. WORKING CONDITIONS: What should the minimum working conditions be for everyone? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Minimum conditions

Why?

Salary

 

 

Hours

 

 

Overtime

 

 

Benefits

 

 

Environment

 

 

Holidays

 

 

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5. SALARY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "salary". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. AIRPLANES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about airplanes at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • in-flight entertainment
  • checking in / boarding
  • the whole experience
  • landing
  • pilots
  • cabin crew
  • airplane food
  • taking off

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The airline in the article is Europe's biggest low-cost carrier.     T / F
  2. The airline employs almost 42,000 pilots.     T / F
  3. The airline offered a salary increase of up to $14,000.     T / F
  4. The airline provides pilots with uniforms free of charge.     T / F
  5. The airline made a mistake with its pilots' holiday schedule.     T / F
  6. Over 700,000 passengers have been affected by flight cancellations.     T / F
  7. The article said pedals on airplanes weren't put back.     T / F
  8. The airline is fairly sure that its pilots will not quit.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. boss
  2. pledge
  3. basic
  4. buy
  5. toxic
  6. attempting
  7. costly
  8. initially
  9. backpedal
  10. industry
  1. fundamental
  2. trying
  3. poisonous
  4. at first
  5. (do an) about-face
  6. purchase
  7. chief
  8. trade
  9. promise
  10. expensive

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. working
  2. address concerns that pilots
  3. loyalty
  4. There is a lack of basic
  5. People have just had enough of
  6. attempting to repair the damage done
  7. more than 20,000 flights have been
  8. industry
  9. Ryanair is being forced to
  10. We are a very secure
  1. to Ryanair's reputation
  2. benefits
  3. backpedal
  4. are dissatisfied
  5. analyst
  6. bonuses
  7. conditions
  8. employer
  9. the toxic atmosphere
  10. cancelled

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
bonuses
pledge
uniform
promised
toxic
serving
dissatisfied
basic

The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline has (1) ___________ to increase the pay and working conditions of pilots to stop them leaving the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personal (2) ____________ to the budget carrier's 4,200 pilots to address concerns that pilots are (3) ____________ and want to quit the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of up to $11,700 and loyalty (4) ____________ of $14,000. A long- (5) ____________ pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late." He said: "There is a lack of (6) ____________ benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their own (7) ____________. He added: "People have just had enough of the (8) ____________ atmosphere."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
initially
reputation
urge
backpedal
employer
analyst
lack
confident

Mr O'Leary is attempting to repair the damage done to Ryanair's (9) ____________ after a scheduling error with pilot holidays. The costly mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a (10) ____________ of available pilots. This has affected over 700,000 passengers. An industry (11) ____________ said the airline made this costly error, "by (12) ____________ disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare move, [Ryanair] is being forced to (13) ____________, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands." O'Leary is (14) ____________ that pilots will stay. He said: "I (15) ____________ you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better future for you and your family." He added: "We are a very secure (16) ____________ in a very insecure industry."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  promised to increase the pay and working ______ pilots
     a.  conditions off
     b.  condition of
     c.  conditioned of
     d.  conditions of

2)  Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personal pledge to the budget ______ pilots
     a.  carrier's 4,200
     b.  carries are 4,200
     c.  carry as 4,200
     d.  carry was 4,200

3)  address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want ______ company
     a.  to quiet the
     b.  to quite the
     c.  to quit the
     d.  to quilt the

4)  A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too ______."
     a.  little, two late
     b.  little, to late
     c.  little, tool late
     d.  little, too late

5) a lack of basic benefits for pilots - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea ______ meals
     a.  and no clue
     b.  and no crew
     c.  and no cue
     d.  and no queue

6)  Mr O'Leary is attempting to repair the damage done to ______
     a.  Ryanair's reputation
     b.  Ryanair's repetition
     c.  Ryanair's respiration
     d.  Ryanair's reparation

7)  20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a lack of ______
     a.  avail a ball pilots
     b.  avail able pilots
     c.  avail a bull pilots
     d.  available pilots

8)  An industry analyst said the airline made this ______
     a.  ghostly error
     b.  coast lie error
     c.  gross tea error
     d.  costly error

9)  He added: "In a rare move, Ryanair is being ______
     a.  forced to backs pedal
     b.  forced to backpedal
     c.  forced to back pedals
     d.  forced to backed pedal

10)  He added: "We are a very secure employer in a very ______."
     a.  in secure industry
     b.  non-secure industry
     c.  inns a cure industry
     d.  insecure industry

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline (1) ___________________ increase the pay and working conditions of pilots to stop them leaving the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made (2) __________________ to the budget carrier's 4,200 (3) ___________________ concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quit the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of up to $11,700 (4) ___________________ of $14,000. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late." He said: "There is a (5) ___________________ benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough (6) ___________________ atmosphere."

Mr O'Leary (7) ___________________ repair the damage done to Ryanair's reputation after (8) ___________________ with pilot holidays. The costly mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a (9) ___________________ pilots. This has affected over 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline made (10) ___________________, "by initially disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare move, [Ryanair] is being (11) ___________________, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands." O'Leary is confident that pilots will stay. He said: "I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better future for you and your family." He added: "We are (12) ___________________ employer in a very insecure industry."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of airline is Ryanair?
  2. How many pilots does Ryanair have?
  3. How much are the loyalty bonuses that Ryanair is offering?
  4. Who buys the uniforms for the pilots?
  5. How did a pilot describe the atmosphere as Ryanair as being?
  6. What part of Ryanair was damaged because of a scheduling error?
  7. How many passengers were affected by cancelled flights?
  8. What did an industry analyst say Ryanair had to meet?
  9. What kind of future did the CEO suggest could be had by not quitting?
  10. How did the CEO describe the airline industry as being?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of airline is Ryanair?
a) a budget airline
b) a business-class-only carrier
c) a premium carrier
d) a luxury airline

2)  How many pilots does Ryanair have?
a) 4,020
b) 2,400
c) 4,200
d) 2,040

3)  How much are the loyalty bonuses that Ryanair is offering?
a) $11,700
b) $14,700
c) $17,400
d) $14,000

4)  Who buys the uniforms for the pilots?
a) Ryanair
b) the pilots
c) the CEO
d) the cabin crew

5)  How did a pilot describe the atmosphere as Ryanair as being?
a) toxic
b) refined
c) exciting
d) calm

6)  What part of Ryanair was damaged because of a scheduling error?
a) its head office
b) its check-in counters
c) its IT systems
d) its image

7)  How many passengers were affected by cancelled flights?
a) about 700,000
b) fewer than 700,000
c) more than 700,000
d) exactly 700,000

8)  What did an industry analyst say Ryanair had to meet?
a) passenger groups
b) pilots' pay demands
c) aviation standards
d) unions

9)  What kind of future did the CEO suggest could be had by not quitting?
a) a brighter and bitter one
b) a blighted and bitter one
c) a brighter and better one
d) a bittier and brighter one

10)  How did the CEO describe the airline industry as being?
a) harsh
b) insecure
c) competitive
d) fun

Role play

Role  A – Airplane Food

You think airplane food is the best thing about flying. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): in-flight entertainment, the cabin crew or landing.

Role  B – In-flight Entertainment

You think in-flight entertainment is the best thing about flying. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): airplane food, the cabin crew or landing.

Role  C – The Cabin Crew

You think the cabin crew is the best thing about flying. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): in-flight entertainment, airplane food or landing.

Role  D – Landing

You think landing is the best thing about flying. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  in-flight entertainment, the cabin crew or airplane food.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'airline'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'pilot'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • repair
    • costly
    • recently
    • initially
    • urge
    • secure
    • low
    • personal
    • quit
    • loyalty
    • late
    • toxic




    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 - Airline boss promises pilots bonus to keep flying

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'pilot'?
    3. What do you think of low-cost airlines?
    4. What do you think of pilots?
    5. Should pilots of budget carriers be well paid?
    6. What is your favourite airline?
    7. What do you think are the difficulties of being a pilot?
    8. What do you think of pilots having to buy their own uniform?
    9. What advice do you have for Ryanair?
    10. Have you ever worked in a toxic atmosphere?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'airline'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How safe are budget carriers?
    5. What do you think of flying?
    6. Would you like to be a pilot?
    7. How would you feel if your flight was canceled?
    8. Have you ever backpedaled on a decision you made?
    9. Why do you think the airline industry is insecure?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Ryanair's CEO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline has (1) ____ to increase the pay and working conditions of pilots to stop them (2) ____ the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personal (3) ____ to the budget carrier's 4,200 pilots to address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quit the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of up to $11,700 and (4) ____ bonuses of $14,000. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, (5) ____ late." He said: "There is a lack of basic benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the (6) ____ atmosphere."

    Mr O'Leary is attempting to repair the damage done to Ryanair's (7) ____ after a scheduling error with pilot holidays. The (8) ____ mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a lack of available pilots. This has (9) ____ over 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline made this costly error, "by (10) ____ disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare move, [Ryanair] is being forced to (11) ____, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands." O'Leary is confident that pilots will stay. He said: "I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better future for you and your family." He added: "We are a very secure employer (12) ____ a very insecure industry."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     promise     (b)     promised     (c)     promissory     (d)     promising    
    2. (a)     leaves     (b)     leaving     (c)     left     (d)     leaver    
    3. (a)     merge     (b)     sledge     (c)     drudge     (d)     pledge    
    4. (a)     loyal     (b)     loyalty     (c)     royal     (d)     royally    
    5. (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     so     (d)     too    
    6. (a)     toxicity     (b)     toxins     (c)     toxic     (d)     toxicology    
    7. (a)     reputation     (b)     reparation     (c)     restoration     (d)     repatriation    
    8. (a)     costed     (b)     costing     (c)     costly     (d)     costs    
    9. (a)     deflected     (b)     reflected     (c)     infected     (d)     affected    
    10. (a)     initially     (b)     initialize     (c)     initials     (d)     initialing    
    11. (a)     backpedal     (b)     peddle     (c)     pedal     (d)     pedals    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. made a personal lgepde
    2. the budget rraierc
    3. pilots are eiiisdtdafss
    4. olytaly bonuses of $14,000
    5. pilots also had to buy their own omunifr
    6. toxic pseraotmhe

    Paragraph 2

    1. the damage done to Ryanair's optruetnai
    2. a liudegcshn error with pilot holidays
    3. a lack of eabaillav pilots
    4. An industry ansylat
    5. Ryanair is being forced to lacbakped
    6. in a very cnsruiee industry

    Put the text back together

    (    )     this costly error, "by initially disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare move, [Ryanair] is being

    (    )     bonuses of $14,000. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too late." He said: "There is a lack of basic

    (    )     Mr O'Leary is attempting to repair the damage done to Ryanair's reputation after a scheduling

    (    )     benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their

    (    )     lack of available pilots. This has affected over 700,000 passengers. An industry analyst said the airline made

    (    )     pilots to stop them leaving the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personal

    (    )     confident that pilots will stay. He said: "I urge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better

    (    )     forced to backpedal, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands." O'Leary is

    (    )     own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the toxic atmosphere."

    (    )     future for you and your family." He added: "We are a very secure employer in a very insecure industry."

    1  )     The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline has promised to increase the pay and working conditions of

    (    )     error with pilot holidays. The costly mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a

    (    )     the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of up to $11,700 and loyalty

    (    )     pledge to the budget carrier's 4,200 pilots to address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quit

    Put the words in the right order

    1. low-cost   Europe's   has   The   of   airline   promised   boss   biggest   .
    2. the   to  pledge   personal   a   Made   pilots  4,200   carrier's   budget  .
    3. up  salary  have  ,   to   increases  been   $11,700  of   offered   Pilots  .
    4. own   said   had   their   He   also   buy   uniform   pilots   to   .
    5. People   of   have   the   just   toxic   had   atmosphere   enough   .
    6. Repair   damage   to   reputation   the   done   Ryanair's   .
    7. ,   The   meant   flights   mistake   than   20,000   costly   more   .
    8. this   An  said   made   error   analyst   airline   costly   industry   the   .
    9. future   I   urge   you   to   stay   with   Ryanair   for   a   brighter   .
    10. very   secure  employer   in   a   very  insecure  industry   We   are   a  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The boss of Europe's biggest low-cost airline has promising / promised to increase the pay / paid and working conditions of pilots to stop them leaving the company. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, made a personally / personal pledge to the budget / budgeted carrier's 4,200 pilots to mail / address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quiet / quit the company. Pilots have been offered salary increases of / for up to  $11,700 and loyalty bonuses of $14,000. A long-serving pilot told the BBC this was, "too little, too / to late." He said: "There is a lack of basic benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water, coffee or tea and no clue / crew meals." He said pilots also had to buy their own uniform. He added: "People have just had enough of the toxic / toxicity atmosphere."

    Mr O'Leary is attempting / attempted to repair the damage done to Ryanair's reputation after a scheduling terror / error with pilot holidays. The cost / costly mistake meant more than 20,000 flights have being / been cancelled recently because of a lack of available pilots. This has affected over 700,000 passengers. An industry analysis / analyst said the airline made this costly error, "by initially / initial disrespecting the skill set of pilots". He added: "In a rare / rarely move, [Ryanair] is being forced to backpedal, apologize and meet [pilots'] pay supplies / demands." O'Leary is confident that pilots will stay. He said: "I urge / purge you to stay with Ryanair for a brighter, better future for you and your family." He added: "We are a very secure employer in / on a very insecure industry."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the boss of europe's biggest low-cost airline has promised to increase the pay and working conditions of pilots to stop them leaving the company michael o'leary ceo of ryanair made a personal pledge to the budget carrier's 4200 pilots to address concerns that pilots are dissatisfied and want to quit the company pilots have been offered salary increases of up to  $11700 and loyalty bonuses of $14000 a long-serving pilot told the bbc this was "too little too late" he said "there is a lack of basic benefits [for pilots] - no free bottles of water coffee or tea and no crew meals" he said pilots also had to buy their own uniform he added "people have just had enough of the toxic atmosphere"

    mr o'leary is attempting to repair the damage done to ryanair's reputation after a scheduling error with pilot holidays the costly mistake meant more than 20000 flights have been cancelled recently because of a lack of available pilots this has affected over 700000 passengers an industry analyst said the airline made this costly error "by initially disrespecting the skill set of pilots" he added "in a rare move [ryanair] is being forced to backpedal apologize and meet [pilots'] pay demands" o'leary is confident that pilots will stay he said "i urge you to stay with ryanair for a brighter better future for you and your family" he added "we are a very secure employer in a very insecure industry"

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    ThebossofEurope'sbiggestlow-costairlinehaspromisedtoincreaseth
    epayandworkingconditionsofpilotstostopthemleavingthecompany.
    MichaelO'Leary,CEOofRyanair,madeapersonalpledgetothebudgetc
    arrier's4,200pilotstoaddressconcernsthatpilotsaredissatisfiedandw
    anttoquitthecompany.Pilotshavebeenofferedsalaryincreasesofupto
    $11,700andloyaltybonusesof$14,000.Along-servingpilottoldtheB
    BCthiswas,"toolittle,toolate."Hesaid:"Thereisalackofbasicbenefits[f
    orpilots]-nofreebottlesofwater,coffeeorteaandnocrewmeals."Hesa
    idpilotsalsohadtobuytheirownuniform.Headded:"Peoplehavejustha
    denoughofthetoxicatmosphere."MrO'Learyisattemptingtorepairthe
    damagedonetoRyanair'sreputationafteraschedulingerrorwithpiloth
    olidays.Thecostlymistakemeantmorethan20,000flightshavebeenca
    ncelledrecentlybecauseofalackofavailablepilots.Thishasaffectedove
    r700,000passengers.Anindustryanalystsaidtheairlinemadethiscostl
    yerror,"byinitiallydisrespectingtheskillsetofpilots".Headded:"Inarar
    emove,[Ryanair]isbeingforcedtobackpedal,apologizeandmeet[pilot
    s']paydemands."O'Learyisconfidentthatpilotswillstay.Hesaid:"Iurg
    eyoutostaywithRyanairforabrighter,betterfutureforyouandyourfami
    ly."Headded:"Weareaverysecureemployerinaveryinsecureindustry."

    Free writing

    Write about pilots for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    What are the pros and cons of being a pilot? Would you like to be one? Why?

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. PILOTS: Make a poster about pilots. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. CONDITIONS: Write a magazine article about airline pilots having to pay for their own meals, water and uniforms. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on pilots. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on being a pilot. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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