The Reading / Listening - Paris Metro - Level 1

A pregnant woman got a $74 fine for walking the wrong way in the Paris Metro. The woman took a shortcut to save time on her journey. A station inspector caught her and immediately fined her. A Metro spokesman said the woman correctly got a fine for not following rules. He said the rules are so everyone can quickly get to trains or out of stations. He added that there are many easy-to-see "walk this way" signs in the stations.



Many social media users are angry that a pregnant woman got fined. A passenger group said it was "completely stupid". It wants the rules to change. A woman shared a similar story. She said: "I was the only person in the corridor when they stopped me." The Metro wrote: "I am sorry that this situation surprises you, but these are the current regulations. In the same way that if a car drives in a prohibited area, the car's driver...receives a fine."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paris Metro - Level 0 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. a $74 fine for walking
  3. The woman took a
  4. save time
  5. A station inspector
  6. got a fine for not
  7. everyone can quickly
  8. "walk this way"
  1. shortcut
  2. following rules
  3. caught her
  4. signs
  5. get to trains
  6. woman
  7. the wrong way
  8. on her journey

Paragraph 2

  1. completely
  2. It wants the rules
  3. A woman shared a
  4. I was the only person
  5. I am sorry that this situation
  6. these are the current
  7. in a prohibited
  8. the car's driver receives
  1. regulations
  2. in the corridor
  3. a fine
  4. to change
  5. area
  6. stupid
  7. surprises you
  8. similar story

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ___________________ a $74 fine for walking the wrong way in the Paris Metro. The woman took a (2) ___________________ time on her journey. A station inspector caught her and (3) ___________________. A Metro spokesman said the woman correctly got a fine for (4) ___________________. He said the rules are so (5) ___________________ get to trains or out of stations. He added that there are many easy-to-see "walk this (6) ___________________ the stations.

Many social media (7) ___________________ that a pregnant woman got fined. A passenger group said it (8) ___________________. It wants the rules to change. A woman shared (9) ___________________. She said: "I was the only person in the corridor when (10) ___________________." The Metro wrote: "I am sorry (11) ___________________ surprises you, but these are the current regulations. In the same way that if a car drives in a prohibited area, the car's driver... (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Apregnantwomangota$74fineforwalkingthewrongwayintheParisMe
tro.Thewomantookashortcuttosavetimeonherjourney.Astationinsp
ectorcaughtherandimmediatelyfinedher.AMetrospokesmansaidthe
womancorrectlygotafinefornotfollowingrules.Hesaidtherulesaresoe
veryonecanquicklygettotrainsoroutofstations.Headdedthatthereare
manyeasy-to-see"walkthisway"signsinthestations.Manysocialmedi
ausersareangrythatapregnantwomangotfined.Apassengergroupsai
ditwas"completelystupid".Itwantstherulestochange.Awomanshare
dasimilarstory.Shesaid:"Iwastheonlypersoninthecorridorwhenthey
stoppedme."TheMetrowrote:"Iamsorrythatthissituationsurprisesyo
u,butthesearethecurrentregulations.Inthesamewaythatifacardrives
inaprohibitedarea,thecar'sdriver...receivesafine."

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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