The Reading / Listening - Online Deliveries - Level 4

The popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on city streets. The increasing number of online deliveries means that hundreds more trucks are causing traffic jams on city streets. This is also increasing pollution. Hundreds more delivery drivers are trying to deliver parcels on time. They are fighting for parking spaces. Many have to park illegally, which adds to the gridlock for other road users. This problem is set to get worse.



Parcel deliveries increased by almost 50 per cent recently. They could increase by up to 28% a year over the next three years. Cities in Europe have taken tough measures. They have barred deliveries when roads are busiest. London is thinking about using buses to deliver parcels. Some areas of London are getting tough with food delivery motorbikes. Food delivery companies in one London area must now get permission to operate.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Online Deliveries - Level 5 or  Online Deliveries - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42245367
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/nyregion/ups-drivers-hours-online-shopping-holidays.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5167813/Council-crackdown-restaurants-using-delivery-apps.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. creating
  2. causing traffic jams
  3. This is also
  4. trying to deliver parcels
  5. Many have to park
  6. adds to the
  7. other road
  8. This problem is set
  1. gridlock
  2. on time
  3. to get worse
  4. on city streets
  5. users
  6. chaos
  7. illegally
  8. increasing pollution

Paragraph 2

  1. increased by almost 50 per cent
  2. increase by
  3. over the
  4. Cities in Europe have taken
  5. They have barred deliveries when
  6. Some areas of London are getting
  7. companies in one
  8. get permission
  1. tough
  2. tough measures
  3. to operate
  4. up to 28% a year
  5. London area
  6. next three years
  7. recently
  8. roads are busiest

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The popularity of online shopping is (1) ___________________ city streets. The increasing (2) ___________________ deliveries means that hundreds more trucks are causing (3) ___________________ city streets. This is also increasing pollution. Hundreds more delivery (4) ___________________ to deliver parcels on time. They are fighting for parking spaces. Many have (5) ___________________, which adds to the gridlock for other road users. This problem is set (6) ___________________.

Parcel deliveries (7) ___________________ 50 per cent recently. They could increase by up to 28% a year over the (8) ___________________. Cities in Europe have taken tough measures. They have (9) ___________________ roads are busiest. London is thinking about (10) ___________________ deliver parcels. Some areas of London (11) ___________________ with food delivery motorbikes. Food delivery companies in one London area must now get (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thepopularityofonlineshoppingiscreatingchaosoncitystreets.Theinc
reasingnumberofonlinedeliveriesmeansthathundredsmoretrucksar
ecausingtrafficjamsoncitystreets.Thisisalsoincreasingpollution.Hun
dredsmoredeliverydriversaretryingtodeliverparcelsontime.Theyare
fightingforparkingspaces.Manyhavetoparkillegally,whichaddstothe
gridlockforotherroadusers.Thisproblemissettogetworse.Parceldeliv
eriesincreasedbyalmost50percentrecently.Theycouldincreasebyupt
o28%ayearoverthenextthreeyears.CitiesinEuropehavetakentough
measures.Theyhavebarreddeliverieswhenroadsarebusiest.Londoni
sthinkingaboutusingbusestodeliverparcels.SomeareasofLondonare
gettingtoughwithfooddeliverymotorbikes.Fooddeliverycompaniesin
oneLondonareamustnowgetpermissiontooperate.

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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