The Reading / Listening - Crying Babies - Level 1

A woman was asked to leave an airplane because she was angry about a crying baby. She would not sit down in the seat next to the crying baby. The woman was very rude to the baby's mother. The mother was flying home from New York's JFK airport with her eight-month-old son. It was a short flight, but the woman was very unhappy. She didn't want to sit at the back of the plane. The plane was full, so she could not get a different seat.



The mother posted a video of the angry woman on social media. In the video, the woman picks up her coat and shouts: "I'm not sitting next to a crying baby." She would not calm down. She started to swear at the mother. Cabin crew asked the woman to get off the airplane. She told the cabin crew they would lose their jobs. The mother wrote on Facebook: "This lady thought she was going to be rude to me and...now she has no way home today."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Crying Babies - Level 0 Crying Babies - Level 2   or  Crying Babies - Level 3

Sources
  • https://nypost.com/2018/02/14/woman-booted-from-plane-after-refusing-to-sit-next-to-crying-baby/
  • https://www.dailystar.co.uk/travel/travel-news/681898/woman-kicked-off-delta-air-lines-flight-complaining-about-seating
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5389255/Flyer-thrown-Delta-flight-bullying-mom-baby.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. A woman was asked
  2. in the seat next to
  3. The woman
  4. with her eight-
  5. It was a short
  6. sit at the back of
  7. The plane was
  8. she could not get a different
  1. the plane
  2. was very rude
  3. flight
  4. seat
  5. the crying baby
  6. full
  7. to leave
  8. month-old son

Paragraph 2

  1. on social
  2. the woman picks
  3. She started to swear
  4. asked the woman to get
  5. cabin
  6. they would lose
  7. she was going to
  8. she has no
  1. off the airplane
  2. be rude to me
  3. up her coat
  4. way home today
  5. their jobs
  6. at the mother
  7. media
  8. crew

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A woman was (1) ___________________ an airplane because she was angry about a crying baby. She would (2) ___________________ in the seat next to the crying baby. The woman (3) ___________________ to the baby's mother. The mother was flying home from New York's JFK airport with her eight-month-old son. It was (4) ___________________, but the woman (5) ___________________. She didn't want to sit at the back of the plane. The (6) ___________________, so she could not get a different seat.

The mother (7) ___________________ of the angry woman (8) ___________________. In the video, the woman picks up her coat and shouts: "I'm (9) ___________________ to a crying baby." She would not calm down. She started to swear at the mother. Cabin crew asked the woman to get (10) ___________________. She told the cabin crew they would (11) ___________________. The mother wrote on Facebook: "This lady thought she was going to be rude to me and...now she has no (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Awomanwasaskedtoleaveanairplanebecauseshewasangryaboutacr
yingbaby.Shewouldnotsitdownintheseatnexttothecryingbaby.Thew
omanwasveryrudetothebaby'smother.Themotherwasflyinghomefr
omNewYork'sJFKairportwithhereight-month-oldson.Itwasashortf
light,butthewomanwasveryunhappy.Shedidn'twanttositatthebacko
ftheplane.Theplanewasfull,soshecouldnotgetadifferentseat.Themot
herpostedavideooftheangrywomanonsocialmedia.Inthevideo,thew
omanpicksuphercoatandshouts:"I'mnotsittingnexttoacryingbaby."
Shewouldnotcalmdown.Shestartedtoswearatthemother.Cabincrew
askedthewomantogetofftheairplane.Shetoldthecabincrewtheywoul
dlosetheirjobs.ThemotherwroteonFacebook:"Thisladythoughtshew
asgoingtoberudetomeand...nowshehasnowayhometoday."

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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