The Reading / Listening - Flying Cars - Level 6

Humanity is set to enter a new era of transport as a flying car could go on sale next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle was unveiled by maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the brainchild of Google co-founder Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at a speed of 100kph. It will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car. The vehicle has been tested in Canada, which has authorized its use. Even though it will take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license to get behind the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to successfully complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the vehicle.



Critics say the term "car" is somewhat of a misnomer as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. A more accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. The vehicle can only carry one person and is powered by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the art of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the everyday restrictions of ground transportation." A former vice-president of knowledge at Google said the age of personal flight could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've noticed in my career that things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short period of time."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Flying Cars - Level 4  or  Flying Cars - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44805697
  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/unicefusa/2018/07/05/redesigning-the-mongolian-ger-to-help-solve-a-health-crisis/#399e11cd7edc
  • https://www.techradar.com/news/blackfly-flying-car-lets-you-take-to-the-skies-without-a-pilots-license


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. FLYING CARS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about flying cars. 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?
       era / transport / vehicle / brainchild / speed / typical / skies / pilots / examination /
       critics / accurate / description / propeller / flight / restrictions / personal flight / time
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SKIES: Students A strongly believe all cars should be in the skies and not on the roads; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. TRANSPORT: What will the transport of the future look like? What are the downsides of each form? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Kind of transport

Downsides

Cars

 

 

Airplanes

 

 

Boats

 

 

Underwater vehicles

 

 

Rockets

 

 

Trains

 

 

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5. FLYING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "flying". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CARS: Rank these with your partner. Put the things about cars that need the most improvement at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • fuel efficiency
  • comfort
  • cost
  • environmentally friendly
  • speed
  • safety
  • reliability
  • looks

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. humanity a. An idea or invention which is considered to be a particular person's creation.
      2. era b. About an aircraft being in the air after taking off.
      3. airborne c. A long and distinct period of history with a particular feature or characteristic.
      4. unveiled d. A thing used for transporting people or goods, especially on land, such as a car, truck, or cart.
      5. brainchild e. All of the people in the world.
      6. typical f. Showing or announcing publicly for the first time.
      7. vehicle g. Having the distinctive qualities of a particular type of person or thing.

    Paragraph 2

      8. critics h. A mechanical device for propelling a boat or aircraft, consisting of a revolving shaft with two or more broad, angled blades attached to it.
      9. misnomer i. The limitation or control of someone or something, or the state of being limited or restricted.
      10. accurate j. Inexpensive; reasonably priced.
      11. propellers k. A wrong or inaccurate name.
      12. affordable l. Certain to happen; unavoidable.
      13. restrictions m. People who judge the merits of literary, artistic, or musical works, especially one who does so professionally.
      14. inevitable n. Faithfully or fairly representing the truth about someone.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said a new era of transport will start in June 2019.     T / F
  2. A founder of Google initiated the idea for this flying car.     T / F
  3. The new flying car will travel at a speed of 100kph.     T / F
  4. People won't need to get a pilot's license to fly the car.     T / F
  5. Critics of the car say it isn't really a car.     T / F
  6. The new car can carry two people.     T / F
  7. The company CEO said the car will encourage people to like art.     T / F
  8. An ex-Google executive said the idea of a flying car is impossible.     T / F

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

  1. set
  2. unveiled
  3. eventually
  4. authorized
  5. training
  6. critics
  7. accurate
  8. restrictions
  9. noticed
  10. inevitable
  1. limitations
  2. in the long run
  3. instruction
  4. reviewers
  5. shown
  6. unavoidable
  7. allowed
  8. observed
  9. ready
  10. correct

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

  1. Humanity is set to enter a new
  2. a typical sports-
  3. Even though it will take
  4. get behind
  5. complete a pilot's written
  6. the term "car" is somewhat
  7. powered
  8. the everyday restrictions of ground
  9. things go from impossible
  10. in a very short period
  1. to inevitable
  2. examination
  3. transportation
  4. of a misnomer
  5. to the skies
  6. of time
  7. era of transport
  8. by eight propellers
  9. the controls
  10. utility car

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
brainchild
vehicle
skies
typical
era
complete
authorized
sale

Humanity is set to enter a new (1) ____________ of transport as a flying car could go on (2) ____________ next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle was unveiled by maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the (3) ____________ of Google co-founder Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at a speed of 100kph. It will eventually cost the same as a (4) ____________ sports-utility car. The vehicle has been tested in Canada, which has (5) ____________ its use. Even though it will take to the (6) ____________, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license to get behind the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to successfully (7) ____________ a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
drone
personal
art
misnomer
inevitable
accurate
powered
restrictions

Critics say the term "car" is somewhat of a (9) ____________ as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. A more (10) ____________ description would be a person-carrying (11) ____________. The vehicle can only carry one person and is (12) ____________ by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the (13) ____________ of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the everyday (14) ____________ of ground transportation." A former vice-president of knowledge at Google said the age of (15) ____________ flight could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've noticed in my career that things go from impossible to (16) ____________ in a very short period of time."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  a new era of transport as a flying car could go ______ year
     a.  in sale next
     b.  on sail next
     c.  on sale next
     d.  in sail next
2)  The BlackFly airborne vehicle was ______ Opener
     a.  non-veiled by maker
     b.  in veiled by maker
     c.  unveiled by maker
     d.  reviled by maker
3)  The vehicle has been tested in Canada, which has ______
     a.  offer raised its use
     b.  author raised its use
     c.  or theorized its use
     d.  authorized its use
4)  take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license ______ the controls
     a.  too get behind
     b.  to got behind
     c.  to get beyond
     d.  to get behind
5)  complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to ______
     a.  uses the vehicle
     b.  used the vehicle
     c.  abuse the vehicle
     d.  use the vehicle

6)  Critics say the term "car" is somewhat ______
     a.  of a miss know ma
     b.  offer mist gnome a
     c.  of a misnomer
     d.  of a me snowman
7)  A more accurate description would be a person-______
     a.  carry in drone
     b.  carrying groan
     c.  carrying drain
     d.  carrying drone
8)  The vehicle can only carry one person and is powered  ______
     a.  on eight propellers
     b.  at eight propellers
     c.  by eight propellers
     d.  to eight propellers
9)  Opener is re-energizing the art of flight with a safe and ______ vehicle
     a.  affable flight in
     b.  a forty ball flying
     c.  afford a ball flying
     d.  affordable flying
10)  I've noticed in my career that things go from impossible ______
     a.  twin editable
     b.  two in edit a ball
     c.  to inevitable
     d.  too in affable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Humanity is set to enter a (1) ___________________ transport as a flying car could go on sale next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle (2) ___________________ maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the brainchild of Google co-founder Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at (3) ___________________ 100kph. It will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car. The vehicle has been tested in Canada, which has (4) ___________________. Even though it will take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license (5) ___________________ the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to successfully complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in (6) ___________________ the vehicle.

Critics (7) ___________________ "car" is somewhat of a misnomer as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. A more accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. The vehicle can only carry one person and (8) ___________________ eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the (9) ___________________ with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the (10) ___________________ ground transportation." A former vice-president of knowledge at Google said the age (11) ___________________ could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've noticed in my career that things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is humanity set to enter a new era of?
  2. What is the name of the company that made the flying car?
  3. How fast can the new car fly?
  4. What will people not need to get to fly the car?
  5. What will people have to get in order to fly the car?
  6. What did critics say was a misnomer?
  7. How many people can the car carry?
  8. How many propellers does the car have?
  9. What did a CEO say the car re-energized?
  10. How long did a CEO say things went from impossible to inevitable?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is humanity set to enter a new era of?
a) relations
b) transport
c) tourism
d) computing
2) What is the name of the company that made the flying car?
a) Skies
b) Flier
c) Closer
d) Opener
3) How fast can the new car fly?
a) 200kph
b) 120kph
c) 100kph
d) 80kph
4) What did the article say people would not need to fly the car?
a) a pilot's license
b) a bank loan
c) a crash helmet
d) a medical
5) What will people have to get in order to fly the car?
a) a love of heights
b) training
c) a compass
d) a crash helmet

6) What did critics say was a misnomer?
a) the term "car"
b) flight
c) drones
d) vehicles
7) How many people can the car carry?
a) 4
b) 2
c) 1
d) 3
8) How many propellers does the car have?
a) 8
b) 12
c) 16
d) 20
9) What did a CEO say the car re-energized?
a) hybrid cars
b) knowledge
c) automobile companies
d) the art of flight
10) How long did a CEO say things went from impossible to inevitable?
a) five days and three hours
b) an infinite time
c) a very short period of time
d) forever

Role play

Role  A – Speed
You think speed is the biggest thing that needs to improve in cars. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these needs improving the least (and why): safety, design or fuel efficiency.

Role  B – Safety
You think safety is the biggest thing that needs to improve in cars. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these needs improving the least (and why): speed, design or fuel efficiency.

Role  C – Design
You think design is the biggest thing that needs to improve in cars. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these needs improving the least (and why): safety, speed or fuel efficiency.

Role  D – Fuel Efficiency
You think fuel efficiency is the biggest thing that needs to improve in cars. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which of these needs improving the least (and why): safety, design or speed.

After reading / listening

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

'fly'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'car'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • wheels
    • more
    • front
    • safe
    • former
    • short
    • sale
    • brainchild
    • travel
    • tested
    • skies
    • complete




    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 - Flying 'car' could be on sale next year

    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 'flying'?
    3. What do you think of flying cars?
    4. Would you like to buy a flying car?
    5. What are the dangers of flying cars?
    6. What do you think of a new era of transport?
    7. How would flying cars change our lives?
    8. Where would you go in a flying car?
    9. Should people need a license to fly the car?
    10. Will flying cars mean the end of airplanes?

    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 'car'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Should BlackFly be called a car?
    5. How safe would you feel in a flying car?
    6. What would flying cars do to ease traffic on roads?
    7. What do you think of the idea of flying trains?
    8. What rules would be needed for flying cars?
    9. What other things we think are impossible might come true?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the car's designers?

    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)

    Humanity is set to (1) _____ a new era of transport as a flying car could go on sale next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle was unveiled (2) _____ maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the brainchild of Google co-(3) _____ Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at a speed of 100kph. It will eventually cost the same as a (4) _____ sports-utility car. The vehicle has been tested in Canada, which has authorized its use. Even though it will (5) _____ to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license to get behind the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to (6) _____ complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the vehicle.

    Critics say the term "car" is somewhat of a (7) _____ as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. A more accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. The vehicle can only carry one person and is (8) _____ by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the (9) _____ of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the everyday restrictions (10) _____ ground transportation." A former vice-president of knowledge at Google said the age of (11) _____ flight could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've noticed in my career that things go from impossible to (12) _____ in a very short period of time."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     entail     (b)     entering     (c)     entrance     (d)     enter    
    2. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    3. (a)     funder     (b)     founder     (c)     finder     (d)     foundry    
    4. (a)     typify     (b)     typing     (c)     typical     (d)     typist    
    5. (a)     have     (b)     put     (c)     take     (d)     rocket    
    6. (a)     successfully     (b)     successes     (c)     succeed     (d)     successful    
    7. (a)     gnome     (b)     misnomer     (c)     inflamer     (d)     grader    
    8. (a)     powered     (b)     powers     (c)     powerful     (d)     powering    
    9. (a)     guile     (b)     art     (c)     creative     (d)     talent    
    10. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    11. (a)     personality     (b)     personalize     (c)     personal     (d)     person    
    12. (a)     invitational     (b)     unviable     (c)     unenviable     (d)     inevitable

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. eivdelnu by maker Opener
    3. It is the irnalicbdh of Google
    4. a lapctiy sports-utility car
    5. hioaeurdtz its use
    6. BlackFly raepostor

    Paragraph 2

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    2. A more caucrtea description
    3. powered by eight prlploerse
    4. safe and aaloerbdff
    5. the everyday iensrttoicrs of ground transportation
    6. things go from impossible to ivnlbeieta

    Put the text back together

    (...)  its operators from the everyday restrictions of ground transportation." A former vice-
    (...)  next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle was unveiled by maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the brainchild
    (...)  president of knowledge at Google said the age of personal flight could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've
    (...)  of Google co-founder Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at a
    (...)  Critics say the term "car" is somewhat of a misnomer as it has no wheels and cannot be driven
    (...) Humanity is set to enter a new era of transport as a flying car could go on sale
    (...)  on roads. A more accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. The vehicle can only
    (...)  a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the vehicle.
    (...)  back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the art of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free
    (...)  carry one person and is powered by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the
    (...)  speed of 100kph. It will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car. The vehicle has been
    (...)  license to get behind the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to successfully complete
    (...)  tested in Canada, which has authorized its use. Even though it will take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's
    (...)  noticed in my career that things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short period of time."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. to   era   Set   a   enter   transport   .   of   new
    2. car   on   sale   next   A   go   could   year   .
    3. it   to   though   skies   .   will   the   Even   take
    4. get   the   controls   .   license   behind   pilot's   to   A
    5. training   the   how   in   vehicle   .   Receive   to   use
    6. "car"   The   a   misnomer   .   is   somewhat   of   term
    7. only   The   can   vehicle   one   person   .   carry
    8. is   art   flight   .   the   of   Opener   re-energizing
    9. its   the   everyday   operators   Free   restrictions   .   from
    10. arriving   .   be   The   could   personal   flight   of   age

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Humanity is set to enter a new are / era of transport as a flying car could go on / in sale next year. The BlackFly airborne vehicle was unveiled by maker Opener in California on Thursday. It is the brainchild for / of Google co-founder Larry Page. BlackFly's designers say it can travel for along / up to 40km at a speed of 100kph. It will eventual / eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car. The vehicle has been testing / tested in Canada, which has authorized / authority its use. Even though it will take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license for / to get behind the controls. However, BlackFly operators will have to successfully compete / complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the vehicular / vehicle.

    Critics say the term "car" is somewhat / what of a misnomer as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. A more accuracy / accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. The vehicle can only carry one person and is powerful / powered by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the backing / back. Company CEO Marcus Leng said: "Opener is re-energizing the artistic / art of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free / freely its operators from the everyday restrictions of ground transportation." A former / firmer vice-president of knowledge at Google said the age / aged of personal flight could be arriving with BlackFly. He said: "I've noticed on / in my career that things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short period off / of time."

    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

    humanity is set to enter a new era of transport as a flying car could go on sale next year. the blackfly airborne vehicle was unveiled by maker opener in california on thursday. it is the brainchild of google co-founder larry page. blackfly's designers say it can travel for up to 40km at a speed of 100kph. it will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car. the vehicle has been tested in canada, which has authorized its use. even though it will take to the skies, drivers (or pilots) will not need a pilot's license to get behind the controls. however, blackfly operators will have to successfully complete a pilot's written examination and receive training in how to use the vehicle.

    critics say the term "car" is somewhat of a misnomer as it has no wheels and cannot be driven on roads. a more accurate description would be a person-carrying drone. the vehicle can only carry one person and is powered by eight propellers - four at the front of the car and four at the back. company ceo marcus leng said: "opener is re-energizing the art of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the everyday restrictions of ground transportation." a former vice-president of knowledge at google said the age of personal flight could be arriving with blackfly. he said: "i've noticed in my career that things go from impossible to inevitable in a very short period of time."

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    Humanityissettoenteraneweraoftransportasaflyingcarcouldgoonsal
    enextyear.TheBlackFlyairbornevehiclewasunveiledbymakerOpener
    inCaliforniaonThursday.ItisthebrainchildofGoogleco-founderLarr
    yPage.BlackFly'sdesignerssayitcantravelforupto40kmataspeedof10
    0kph.Itwilleventuallycostthesameasatypicalsports-utilitycar.Thev
    ehiclehasbeentestedinCanada,whichhasauthorizeditsuse.Eventhou
    ghitwilltaketotheskies,drivers(orpilots)willnotneedapilot'slicenseto
    getbehindthecontrols.However,BlackFlyoperatorswillhavetosucces
    sfullycompleteapilot'swrittenexaminationandreceivetraininginhowt
    ousethevehicle.Criticssaytheterm"car"issomewhatofamisnomerasit
    hasnowheelsandcannotbedrivenonroads.Amoreaccuratedescriptio
    nwouldbeaperson-carryingdrone.Thevehiclecanonlycarryoneperso
    nandispoweredbyeightpropellers-fouratthefrontofthecarandfou
    rattheback.CompanyCEOMarcusLengsaid:"Openerisre-energizing
    theartofflightwithasafeandaffordableflyingvehiclethatcanfreeitsope
    ratorsfromtheeverydayrestrictionsofgroundtransportation."Aforme
    rvice-presidentofknowledgeatGooglesaidtheageofpersonalflightco
    uldbearrivingwithBlackFly.Hesaid:"I'venoticedinmycareerthatthing
    sgofromimpossibletoinevitableinaveryshortperiodoftime."

    Free writing

    Write about flying car for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Flying cars are the future even though they could be dangerous. 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. FLYING CARS: Make a poster about flying cars. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TRANSPORT: Write a magazine article about flying cars being the future of transport. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 flying cars. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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