The Reading / Listening - Train Drivers - Level 1

Some London subway train drivers get paid more than pilots. A newspaper said the highest-paid drivers on the London Underground got $130,000 last year. This included overtime, bonuses and pension payments. The basic salary is $70,000 a year. This is double the average wage of a nurse. London's police officers get a starting salary of $28,000. London Underground train drivers also get over eight weeks holiday a year.



Many people think the salaries are unfair. A group said: "These salaries are totally [wrong]...the role of a subway train driver is getting easier." Many train drivers no longer have to drive trains. On automated trains, drivers only have to open and close the doors. The drivers are going on strike for more pay. A spokesman said the pay was for "professionalism and expertise". Hundreds of thousands of passengers travel on the London Underground every day.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Train Drivers - Level 0 Train Drivers - Level 2   or  Train Drivers - Level 3

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2018/12/16/tube-drivers-paid-100000-year-8254829/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6500923/Mind-pay-gap-London-Tube-drivers-100-000-year-salaries-pilots.html
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7991973/london-undergound-tube-drivers-paid-100k-jobs-easier/


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. train drivers get paid more
  2. the highest-
  3. This included
  4. pension
  5. The basic salary is
  6. double the average wage
  7. police officers get a starting
  8. train drivers also get over
  1. salary of $28,000
  2. payments
  3. eight weeks holiday
  4. paid drivers
  5. of a nurse
  6. overtime
  7. $70,000 a year
  8. than pilots

Paragraph 2

  1. Many people think the
  2. the role of a subway train
  3. drivers no longer have
  4. drivers only have to open
  5. The drivers are going
  6. the pay was for
  7. Hundreds of
  8. travel on the London
  1. to drive trains
  2. thousands of passengers
  3. on strike for more pay
  4. driver is getting easier
  5. Underground every day
  6. and close the doors
  7. salaries are unfair
  8. professionalism

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Some London subway train drivers (1) ___________________ than pilots. A newspaper said (2) ___________________ drivers on the London Underground got $130,000 last year. This included overtime, (3) ___________________ payments. The basic salary is $70,000 a year. This (4) ___________________ average wage of a nurse. London's police officers (5) ___________________ salary of $28,000. London Underground train drivers also get over eight weeks (6) ___________________.

Many people think the (7) ___________________. A group said: "These salaries are totally [wrong]... (8) ___________________ a subway train driver (9) ___________________." Many train drivers no longer have to drive trains. On automated trains, drivers only have (10) ___________________ close the doors. The drivers are going on (11) ___________________ pay. A spokesman said the pay was for "professionalism and expertise". Hundreds of thousands of passengers (12) ___________________ London Underground every day.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

SomeLondonsubwaytraindriversgetpaidmorethanpilots.Anewspap
ersaidthehighest-paiddriversontheLondonUndergroundgot$130,0
00lastyear.Thisincludedovertime,bonusesandpensionpayments.Th
ebasicsalaryis$70,000ayear.Thisisdoubletheaveragewageofanurse
.London'spoliceofficersgetastartingsalaryof$28,000.LondonUnderg
roundtraindriversalsogetovereightweeksholidayayear.Manypeoplet
hinkthesalariesareunfair.Agroupsaid:"Thesesalariesaretotally[wro
ng]...theroleofasubwaytraindriverisgettingeasier."Manytraindriver
snolongerhavetodrivetrains.Onautomatedtrains,driversonlyhaveto
openandclosethedoors.Thedriversaregoingonstrikeformorepay.Asp
okesmansaidthepaywasfor"professionalismandexpertise".Hundred
softhousandsofpassengerstravelontheLondonUndergroundeveryda
y.

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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