The Reading / Listening - Paris Metro - Level 0

A pregnant woman got fined for walking the wrong way in the Paris Metro. She took a shortcut to save time. A station inspector caught her. A Metro spokesman said the woman did not follow the rules. The rules are to help people get to trains or out of stations. There are many easy-to-see "walk this way" signs in the stations.



Many people on social media are angry the woman got fined. One group said it was "stupid". It wants the rules to change. Another woman also got fined. She said: "I was the only person in the corridor when they stopped me." The Metro said rules are rules. It said car drivers must also follow rules or get fined.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paris Metro - Level 1 Paris Metro - Level 2   or  Paris Metro - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.news24.com/World/News/paris-metro-fines-pregnant-woman-for-walking-wrong-way-20180303
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5716973/pregnant-woman-fined-walked-wrong-way-metro-underground-paris/
  • https://www.rt.com/news/420390-french-metro-pregnant-fine/


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 pregnant
  2. fined for walking
  3. She took a shortcut to
  4. A station inspector
  5. the woman did not follow
  6. The rules are
  7. get to trains or
  8. easy-to-see "walk this way"
  1. caught her
  2. save time
  3. out of stations
  4. the rules
  5. woman
  6. signs
  7. the wrong way
  8. to help people

Paragraph 2

  1. people on social media
  2. the woman got
  3. One group said it was
  4. It wants the rules
  5. Another woman also
  6. I was the only person in
  7. The Metro said rules
  8. car drivers must also
  1. got fined
  2. to change
  3. are rules
  4. fined
  5. the corridor
  6. "stupid"
  7. follow rules
  8. are angry

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ got fined for walking the wrong way in the Paris Metro. She (2) ___________________ to save time. A station inspector (3) ___________________. A Metro spokesman said the woman did not (4) ___________________. The rules are to help people (5) ___________________ or out of stations. There are many easy-to-see "(6) ___________________" signs in the stations.

Many people on social (7) ___________________ the woman got fined. One (8) ___________________ was "stupid". It wants the rules to change. Another woman (9) ___________________. She said: "I was (10) ___________________ in the corridor when they stopped me." The Metro said (11) ___________________. It said car drivers must also (12) ___________________ get fined.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ApregnantwomangotfinedforwalkingthewrongwayintheParisMetro.
Shetookashortcuttosavetime.Astationinspectorcaughther.AMetros
pokesmansaidthewomandidnotfollowtherules.Therulesaretohelppe
oplegettotrainsoroutofstations.Therearemanyeasy-to-see"walkt
hisway"signsinthestations.Manypeopleonsocialmediaareangrythew
omangotfined.Onegroupsaiditwas"stupid".Itwantstherulestochang
e.Anotherwomanalsogotfined.Shesaid:"Iwastheonlypersonintheco
rridorwhentheystoppedme."TheMetrosaidrulesarerules.Itsaidcardri
versmustalsofollowrulesorgetfined.

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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