The Reading / Listening - Airports - Level 5

The first scheduled flight has landed on the remote island of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic. The flight touched down at Saint Helena Airport on Saturday with 68 passengers on board. One passenger, a British travel operator, had flown from Scotland to be on the flight. She said: "I've never felt so emotional in all my life. I never thought I'd see this day." This first flight marks a new era for the island, which is 1,900 km west of Africa. Previously, the only way of getting there was by a ship that sailed once every three weeks from Cape Town, South Africa.



The airport will boost the island's economy and tourism. However, the British media said it was "the most useless airport in the world". It was built with $380m of British taxpayers' money - $80,000 for every person on the island. It was due to open in 2016, but dangerous winds delayed the launch. Saint Helena's Governor, Lisa Phillips, dismissed the criticism from the British media. She said: "For St Helena, this has already been the most useful airport. It's priceless." She added: "I for one am getting really excited about the new chapter in St Helena's history."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Airports - Level 4 or  Airports - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-41620003
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/st-helena-first-commercial-plane-remote-british-territory-south-africa-a8001061.html
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/st-helena-airport-welcomes-first-commercial-flight-but-it-lands-45-minutes-late-a3658891.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. The first scheduled flight has
  2. The flight touched
  3. 68 passengers
  4. I've never felt
  5. This first flight marks a new
  6. 1,900 km west
  7. the only way of
  8. once every
  1. of Africa
  2. so emotional
  3. three weeks
  4. landed
  5. down
  6. getting there
  7. on board
  8. era for the island

Paragraph 2

  1. The airport will boost
  2. the British
  3. $380m of British
  4. It was due to
  5. dangerous winds delayed
  6. the most
  7. I for
  8. the new chapter
  1. one
  2. taxpayers' money
  3. the launch
  4. useful airport
  5. the island's economy
  6. in St Helena's history
  7. media
  8. open in 2016

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The first scheduled (1) ___________________ on the remote island of St Helena in the middle of the South Atlantic. The (2) ___________________ at Saint Helena Airport on Saturday with (3) ___________________ board. One passenger, a British travel operator, had flown from Scotland to be on the flight. She said: "I've never (4) ___________________ in all my life. I never thought I'd see this day." This first flight marks (5) ___________________ the island, which is 1,900 km west of Africa. Previously, the only way of getting there was by a ship that (6) ___________________ three weeks from Cape Town, South Africa.

The airport will (7) ___________________ economy and tourism. However, the British media said it was "the most useless airport in the world". It was built with $380m of British (8) ___________________ - $80,000 for every person on the island. It was (9) ___________________ in 2016, but dangerous winds (10) ___________________. Saint Helena's Governor, Lisa Phillips, dismissed (11) ___________________ the British media. She said: "For St Helena, this has already been the most useful airport. It's priceless." She added: "(12) ___________________ getting really excited about the new chapter in St Helena's history."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThefirstscheduledflighthaslandedontheremoteislandofStHelenainth
emiddleoftheSouthAtlantic.TheflighttoucheddownatSaintHelenaAir
portonSaturdaywith68passengersonboard.Onepassenger,aBritisht
raveloperator,hadflownfromScotlandtobeontheflight.Shesaid:"I've
neverfeltsoemotionalinallmylife.IneverthoughtI'dseethisday."Thisfi
rstflightmarksanewerafortheisland,whichis1,900kmwestofAfrica.Pr
eviously,theonlywayofgettingtherewasbyashipthatsailedonceevery
threeweeksfromCapeTown,SouthAfrica.Theairportwillboosttheislan
d'seconomyandtourism.However,theBritishmediasaiditwas"themo
stuselessairportintheworld".Itwasbuiltwith$380mofBritishtaxpayer
s'money-$80,000foreverypersonontheisland.Itwasduetoopeni
n2016,butdangerouswindsdelayedthelaunch.SaintHelena'sGovern
or,LisaPhillips,dismissedthecriticismfromtheBritishmedia.Shesaid:"
ForStHelena,thishasalreadybeenthemostusefulairport.It'spriceless.
"Sheadded:"IforoneamgettingreallyexcitedaboutthenewchapterinS
tHelena'shistory."

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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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