The Reading / Listening - Online Deliveries - Level 6

The huge surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on the streets of our cities and on our road networks. As the number of online deliveries is skyrocketing, the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks are clogging up city streets. This is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for often non-existent parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double park, adding to the gridlock for other road users. And the problem is set to intensify.



The BBC reports that the volume of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year over the next three years. Many cities have taken tough measures to counteract the problems associated with the increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries during times when roads are busiest. London is looking at the possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also cracking down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now apply for permission to operate.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Online Deliveries - Level 4  or  Online Deliveries - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ONLINE DELIVERIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about online deliveries. 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?

       surge / popularity / online shopping / online deliveries / city streets / parcels / gridlock
       increase / tough measures / possibility / food delivery / motorbikes / permission

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

3. BANNED: Students A strongly believe delivery trucks should be banned in cities; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. CITY TRAFFIC: What can we do about these things to reduce city traffic? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Measure

How Effective?

Delivery trucks

 

 

Buses

 

 

Subway trains

 

 

Bicycles

 

 

Shoppers

 

 

Taxis

 

 

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

6. DELIVERIES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to get delivered at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • ice cream
  • electrical goods
  • coffee
  • English lessons
  • clothes
  • furniture
  • food
  • books

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. surge a. The state of being blocked up (i.e. your nose when you have a cold) or so crowded with traffic that it is difficult to move.
      2. chaos b. The way in which a thing is actually done or actually happens.
      3. skyrocketing c. Become more extreme in force, degree, or strength.
      4. clogging up d. A sudden large increase, usually a quick one that happens during an otherwise stable or quiet period.
      5. congestion e. Of a price, rate, or amount that is increasing very steeply, sharply or rapidly.
      6. literally f. Becoming blocked, filled up or crowded so as to stop things moving.
      7. intensify g. Complete disorder and confusion.

    Paragraph 2

      8. volume h. Moved to one place in large numbers.
      9. counteract i. Taking severe measures against someone or something.
      10. associated j. The amount or quantity of something, especially when it is a great number.
      11. cracking down k. An area of a country, city or town.
      12. swarmed l. Act against something in order to reduce its force or make it harmless or ineffective.
      13. district m. Having the agreement from other for you to do something.
      14. permission n. Of a person or thing connected with something else.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article said online shopping is causing chaos on city streets.     T / F
  2. The article said deliveries may soon be delivered by rocket.     T / F
  3. The article said cities are making parking available for delivery trucks.     T / F
  4. The article said the problem of more delivery trucks will soon disappear.  T / F
  5. Parcel deliveries will rise by as much as 28% next year.     T / F
  6. Many cities have taken action over to deal with delivery trucks.     T / F
  7. London is thinking about using buses for parcel deliveries.     T / F
  8. London is trying to increase the use of motorbike deliveries.     T / F

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

  1. surge
  2. chaos
  3. result
  4. clogging up
  5. intensify
  6. volume
  7. measures
  8. barred
  9. cracking down on
  10. permission
  1. amount
  2. blocking
  3. stamping out
  4. havoc
  5. actions
  6. escalate
  7. authorization
  8. increase
  9. banned
  10. outcome

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

  1. The huge surge
  2. hundreds more trucks are clogging
  3. battling for often non-
  4. adding to the gridlock
  5. the problem is set
  6. volume of parcel deliveries surged
  7. cities have taken tough
  8. barred deliveries during times
  9. cracking down
  10. apply for
  1. up city streets
  2. permission
  3. to intensify
  4. by almost 50 per cent
  5. existent parking spaces
  6. when roads are busiest
  7. in the popularity
  8. on food delivery
  9. for other road users
  10. measures

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
chaos
parcels
clogging
intensify
popularity
double
skyrocketing
congestion

The huge surge in the (1) ____________ of online shopping is creating (2) ____________ on the streets of our cities and on our road networks. As the number of online deliveries is (3) ____________, the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks are (4) ____________ up city streets. This is increasing (5) ____________ and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get (6) ____________ delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for often non-existent parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or (7) ____________ park, adding to the gridlock for other road users. And the problem is set to (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
busiest
tough
swarmed
possibility
volume
permission
associated
cracking

The BBC reports that the (9) ____________ of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year over the next three years. Many cities have taken (10) ____________ measures to counteract the problems (11) ____________ with the increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries during times when roads are (12) ____________. London is looking at the (13) ____________ of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also (14) ____________ down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being '(15) ____________ ' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now apply for (16) ____________ to operate.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The huge surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating ______ streets
     a.  chaotic on the
     b.  key us on the
     c.  criers on the
     d.  chaos on the

2)  the number of online deliveries ______
     a.  is skied rocket in
     b.  is key rock it in
     c.  is skyrocketing
     d.  is ski rocketing

3)  The result is that hundreds more trucks are ______ streets
     a.  clogging up city
     b.  clogging upper city
     c.  clogging upped city
     d.  clogging oopsy

4)  delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels ______
     a.  deliver it on time
     b.  delivered on chime
     c.  delivers on thyme
     d.  delivered on time

5)  Many are forced to park illegally, or double park, adding ______
     a.  to the griddle lock
     b.  to a gridlock
     c.  to the grade lock
     d.  to the gridlock

6)  The BBC reports that the volume of parcel deliveries ______ 50%
     a.  surgeon by almost
     b.  third by almost
     c.  surged by almost
     d.  surged by all most

7)  continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year ______ three years
     a.  over a next
     b.  above then next
     c.  over the next
     d.  above the next

8) cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries during times when roads ______
     a.  aren't busiest
     b.  are busier
     c.  are busiest
     d.  aren't busier

9)  Some areas of London are also cracking down ______
     a.  on feed delivery
     b.  on food delivery
     c.  on feud delivery
     d.  on foodie delivery

10)  delivery companies in one London district must ______ permission
     a.  now reply for
     b.  now applied for
     c.  now apple eye for
     d.  now apply for

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on the streets of our cities and on our road networks. As the number of online deliveries (2) ___________________, the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks (3) ___________________ city streets. This is increasing congestion and (4) ___________________ of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for (5) ___________________ parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double park, adding to (6) ___________________ other road users. And the problem is set to intensify.

The BBC reports that the (7) ___________________ deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year (8) ___________________ three years. Many cities have taken (9) ___________________ counteract the problems associated with the increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have (10) ___________________ times when roads are busiest. London is looking at the possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also (11) ___________________ food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London (12) ___________________ apply for permission to operate.

Comprehension questions

  1. Where else is online shopping creating chaos besides city streets?
  2. What did the article say was skyrocketing?
  3. What are hundreds more trucks leading to besides congestion?
  4. What did the article say delivery drivers are battling for?
  5. What did the article say double parking adds to?
  6. By how much did parcel deliveries surge between 2014 and 2016?
  7. What kind of measures have many cities taken to counteract problems?
  8. When are some trucks barred from deliveries in many European cities?
  9. What is London considering using to deliver parcels?
  10. What must food deliveries apply for in one London district?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Where else is online shopping creating chaos besides city streets?
a) shopping malls
b) countryside villages
c) road networks
d) the Internet

2) What did the article say was skyrocketing?
a) online deliveries
b) space shuttles
c) the Internet
d) networks

3) What are hundreds more trucks leading to besides congestion?
a) pollution
b) more parking
c) the city
d) better deliveries

4) What did the article say delivery drivers are battling for?
a) deliveries
b) parking spaces
c) better wages
d) more parcels

5) What did the article say double parking adds to?
a) better parks
b) anger
c) more parcels
d) gridlock

6) By how much did parcel deliveries surge between 2014 and 2016?
a) a lot
b) nearly 50%
c) up to 28%
d) three per cent

7) What kind of measures have many cities taken to counteract problems?
a) tough measures
b) long measures
c) quick measures
d) many measures

8) When are some trucks barred from deliveries in many European cities?
a) at lunchtime
b) in the summer
c) when roads are the busiest
d) after 9pm

9) What is London considering using to deliver parcels?
a) bicycles
b) taxis
c) drones
d) buses

10) What must food deliveries apply for in one London district?
a) permission
b) a license
c) an Internet connection
d) a loan

Role play

Role  A – Clothes

You think clothes are the best things to get delivered. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these things to be delivered of these (and why): food, furniture or English teachers.

Role  B – Food

You think food is the best thing to get delivered. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these things to be delivered of these (and why): furniture, clothes or English teachers.

Role  C – Furniture

You think furniture is the best thing to get delivered. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these things to be delivered of these (and why): food, clothes or English teachers.

Role  D – English Teachers

You think English teachers are the best things to get delivered. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these things to be delivered of these (and why):  food, clothes or furniture.

After reading / listening

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

'online'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'delivery'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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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:

    • almost
    • 28
    • tough
    • during
    • cracking
    • apply
    • huge
    • sure
    • result
    • hundreds
    • park
    • set




    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 - Online deliveries clogging up city streets

    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 'online'?
    3. How important is online shopping for you?
    4. How do you feel about online deliveries?
    5. Are online deliveries making us lazier?
    6. How much do you worry that online shopping is killing small stores?
    7. How can we stop delivery trucks clogging up streets?
    8. Are drone deliveries better than truck deliveries?
    9. What should happen to trucks that park illegally?
    10. How can we end gridlock on the roads?

    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 'delivery'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you prefer online shopping or going to a store?
    5. What do you think of barring truck deliveries at busy times?
    6. What do you think of using buses to deliver parcels?
    7. What do you think of food deliveries?
    8. What do you think it's like to be a delivery driver?
    9. What can we do about overconsumption?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a truck delivery boss?

    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 (1) ____ surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on the streets of our cities and on our road networks. (2) ____ the number of online deliveries is skyrocketing, the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels (3) ____ also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks are clogging (4) ____ city streets. This is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for often non-(5) ____ parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double park, adding to the (6) ____ for other road users. And the problem is set to intensify.

    The BBC reports that the (7) ____ of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year over the next three years. Many cities have (8) ____ tough measures to counteract the problems associated with the increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have (9) ____ deliveries during times when roads are busiest. London is looking at the possibility (10) ____ using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also cracking (11) ____ on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now (12) ____ for permission to operate.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     hugely     (b)     hug     (c)     huge     (d)     hugging    
    2. (a)     As     (b)     Is     (c)     Was     (d)     Has    
    3. (a)     has     (b)     had     (c)     having     (d)     have    
    4. (a)     up     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     exist     (b)     existent     (c)     existence     (d)     existed    
    6. (a)     padlock     (b)     hemlock     (c)     unlock     (d)     gridlock    
    7. (a)     sound     (b)     loudness     (c)     volume     (d)     amplify    
    8. (a)     given     (b)     been     (c)     done     (d)     taken    
    9. (a)     barred     (b)     burred     (c)     blurred     (d)     bored    
    10. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     up     (b)     down     (c)     in     (d)     out    
    12. (a)     reply     (b)     supply     (c)     apply     (d)     comply

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. This is increasing onntegosci
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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     park, adding to the gridlock for other road users. And the problem is set to intensify.

    (    )     riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now apply for permission to operate.

    (    )     The BBC reports that the volume of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and

    (    )     up city streets. This is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally hundreds more delivery

    (    )     networks. As the number of online deliveries is skyrocketing, the number of delivery trucks making

    (    )     trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are

    (    )     of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries during times when roads are

    (    )     2016. It said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year over the next three years. Many cities have

    1  )     London are also cracking down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter

    (    )     sure we get our parcels has also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks are clogging

    (    )     The huge surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on the streets of our cities and on our road

    (    )     busiest. London is looking at the possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of

    (    )     taken tough measures to counteract the problems associated with the increasing number

    (    )     battling for often non-existent parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double

    Put the words in the right order

    1. The   popularity   huge   of   surge   online   in   shopping   the   .
    2. online   is   The   of   deliveries   skyrocketing   number   .
    3. are   trucks   more   Hundreds   streets   city   up   clogging   .
    4. hundreds   delivery   There   literally   more   trucks   are   .
    5. spaces   parking   existent   non-   often   for   Battling   .
    6. surged   volume   by   of   50%   parcel   deliveries   The   .
    7. number   increasing   deliveries   Problems  associated   with   the   of  .
    8. is   of   looking   using   at   buses   the   London   possibility   .
    9. being   by   riders   were   'swarmed'   scooter   Streets   .
    10. one   London   district   must   now   apply   Companies   in   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The huge surge / purge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaotic / chaos on the streets of our cities and in / on our road networks. As the number of online deliveries are / is skyrocketing, the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased. The result is that hundreds more trucks are clogged / clogging up city streets. This is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution. There are literally / literal hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying / tried to get parcels delivered on time. Delivery drivers are battling for frequent / often non-existent parking spaces. Many are forced to park illegally, or double / doubly park, adding to the gridlock for other road users. And the problem is set to intensity / intensify.

    The BBC reports that the voluminous / volume of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016. It said this could continue to increase by / as up to 28 per cent a year over the next / followed three years. Many cities have taken tough measures / measuring to counteract the problems association / associated with the increasing number of deliveries. Many cities in Europe and Asia have barred deliveries / delivered during times when roads are busiest. London is looking at the possible / possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries. Some areas of London are also crackling / cracking down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being / been 'swarmed' by scooter riders. Food delivery companies in one London district must now apply to / for permission to operate.

    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 huge surge in the popularity of online shopping is creating chaos on the streets of our cities and on our road networks as the number of online deliveries is skyrocketing the number of delivery trucks making sure we get our parcels has also increased the result is that hundreds more trucks are clogging up city streets this is increasing congestion and adding to levels of pollution there are literally hundreds more delivery trucks in cities around the world all trying to get parcels delivered on time delivery drivers are battling for often non-existent parking spaces many are forced to park illegally or double park adding to the gridlock for other road users and the problem is set to intensify

    the bbc reports that the volume of parcel deliveries surged by almost 50 per cent between 2014 and 2016 it said this could continue to increase by up to 28 per cent a year over the next three years many cities have taken tough measures to counteract the problems associated with the increasing number of deliveries many cities in europe and asia have barred deliveries during times when roads are busiest london is looking at the possibility of using buses for parcel deliveries some areas of london are also cracking down on food delivery motorbikes after their streets were being 'swarmed' by scooter riders food delivery companies in one london district must now apply for permission to operate

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Thehugesurgeinthepopularityofonlineshoppingiscreatingchaosonth
    estreetsofourcitiesandonourroadnetworks.Asthenumberofonlinedel
    iveriesisskyrocketing,thenumberofdeliverytrucksmakingsureweget
    ourparcelshasalsoincreased.Theresultisthathundredsmoretrucksar
    ecloggingupcitystreets.Thisisincreasingcongestionandaddingtoleve
    lsofpollution.Thereareliterallyhundredsmoredeliverytrucksincitiesa
    roundtheworldalltryingtogetparcelsdeliveredontime.Deliverydriver
    sarebattlingforoftennon-existentparkingspaces.Manyareforcedtop
    arkillegally,ordoublepark,addingtothegridlockforotherroadusers.An
    dtheproblemissettointensify.TheBBCreportsthatthevolumeofparcel
    deliveriessurgedbyalmost50percentbetween2014and2016.Itsaidth
    iscouldcontinuetoincreasebyupto28percentayearoverthenextthree
    years.Manycitieshavetakentoughmeasurestocounteracttheproblem
    sassociatedwiththeincreasingnumberofdeliveries.ManycitiesinEuro
    peandAsiahavebarreddeliveriesduringtimeswhenroadsarebusiest.L
    ondonislookingatthepossibilityofusingbusesforparceldeliveries.So
    meareasofLondonarealsocrackingdownonfooddeliverymotorbikesaf
    tertheirstreetswerebeing'swarmed'byscooterriders.Fooddeliveryco
    mpaniesinoneLondondistrictmustnowapplyforpermissiontooperate.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Online shopping is better than shopping at a store. Discuss.

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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 story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ONLINE DELIVERIES: Make a poster about online deliveries. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DAYTIME BAN: Write a magazine article about a daytime ban on online deliveries to ease congestion in cities. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 online deliveries. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how companies can deliver parcels without adding to congestion. 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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