The Reading / Listening - Train Drivers - Level 2

There are reports that London subway train drivers get paid more than pilots, police officers and nurses. A UK newspaper reports that the highest-paid drivers on the London Underground earned $130,000 last year, including overtime, bonuses and pension payments. This is 69 per cent higher than 2012. The basic salary of a train driver is $70,000 a year - double the average wage of a nurse and more than what many airline pilots get. Police officers in London get a starting salary of $28,000. London Underground train drivers also get over eight weeks holiday a year.



Many people think the high salaries are unfair. The Tax-Payers' Alliance said: "These salaries are totally [wrong]...the role of a subway train driver is getting easier." Many train drivers no longer have to drive the trains because train lines are fully automated. On automated train lines, drivers only have to open and close train doors. The drivers are going on strike for more pay. A spokesman said their pay was for "professionalism and expertise" in "delivering a professional public service for hundreds of thousands of passengers travelling on the Underground...every day".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Train Drivers - Level 0 Train Drivers - Level 1   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. the highest-
  2. $130,000 last year,
  3. bonuses and pension
  4. The basic salary
  5. double the average
  6. more than what many
  7. get a starting salary
  8. get over eight weeks
  1. of $28,000
  2. of a train driver
  3. holiday a year
  4. payments
  5. including overtime
  6. wage of a nurse
  7. airline pilots get
  8. paid drivers

Paragraph 2

  1. These salaries are totally
  2. train lines are fully
  3. drivers only have to open
  4. The drivers are going on
  5. professionalism
  6. delivering a professional
  7. hundreds of
  8. travelling on the
  1. and expertise
  2. thousands
  3. automated
  4. Underground every day
  5. and close train doors
  6. strike for more pay
  7. wrong
  8. public service

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ London subway train drivers get paid (2) ___________________, police officers and nurses. A UK newspaper reports that the highest-paid drivers on the London Underground earned $130,000 (3) ___________________ overtime, bonuses and pension payments. This is 69 per cent higher than 2012. The (4) ___________________ a train driver is $70,000 a year - double the average (5) ___________________ nurse and more than what many airline pilots get. Police officers in London (6) ___________________ salary of $28,000. London Underground train drivers also get over eight weeks holiday a year.

Many people (7) ___________________ salaries are unfair. The Tax-Payers' Alliance said: "These salaries (8) __________________...the role of a subway train driver is getting easier." Many train drivers (9) ___________________ have to drive the trains because train lines are fully automated. On automated (10) ___________________ only have to open and close train doors. The drivers are (11) ___________________ for more pay. A spokesman said their pay was for "professionalism and expertise" in "delivering a professional public service for (12) ___________________ of passengers travelling on the Underground...every day".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearereportsthatLondonsubwaytraindriversgetpaidmorethanpil
ots,policeofficersandnurses.AUKnewspaperreportsthatthehighest-
paiddriversontheLondonUndergroundearned$130,000lastyear,incl
udingovertime,bonusesandpensionpayments.Thisisa69percenthig
herthan2012.Thebasicsalaryofatraindriveris$70,000ayear-doubl
etheaveragewageofanurseandmorethanwhatmanyairlinepilotsget.
PoliceofficersinLondongetastartingsalaryof$28,000.LondonUndergr
oundtraindriversalsogetovereightweeksholidayayear.Manypeoplet
hinkthehighsalariesareunfair.TheTax-Payers'Alliancesaid:"Theses
alariesaretotally[wrong]...theroleofasubwaytraindriverisgettingeas
ier."Manytraindriversnolongerhavetodrivethetrainsbecausetrainlin
esarefullyautomated.Onautomatedtrainlines,driversonlyhavetoope
nandclosetraindoors.Thedriversaregoingonstrikeformorepay.Aspok
esmansaidtheirpaywasfor"professionalismandexpertise"in"deliveri
ngaprofessionalpublicserviceforhundredsofthousandsofpassengers
travellingontheUnderground...everyday".

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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