The Reading / Listening - Eco-Warriors - Level 2

A drone shut England's second largest airport for 30 hours this week. Police think "eco-warriors" operated the drone and are looking for them. These activists protest to raise awareness of environmental problems. The drone stopped flights from leaving the UK's Gatwick Airport over two days. The airport had to close its runway. Over 120,000 travellers were affected. Many of them were going home for Christmas. Instead, they had to sleep on the airport floor or find flights from other airports. Some passengers spent nine hours sitting on a plane near the boarding gate.



The police are talking about how to stop other people using drones to cause chaos. They are worried drones could attack airports, nuclear power stations and other important buildings. Police were in "a game of cat and mouse" with the drone. They said: "When we look to reopen the airfield, the drone reappears again." This happened many times. The police and the British Army couldn't find the drone's operator. The police are worried a drone could cause a plane to crash. The operator of the drone could be given five years in jail.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eco-Warriors - Level 0 Eco-Warriors - Level 1   or  Eco-Warriors - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2018/12/20/678579115/gatwick-airport-shuts-down-due-to-drones-flying-near-runway
  • https://www.technologyreview.com/s/612656/its-only-a-matter-of-time-before-a-drone-takes-down-a-passenger-plane/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-46640033


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. Police think "eco-warriors"
  2. raise
  3. environmental
  4. Over 120,000 travellers
  5. Many of them were going
  6. they had to sleep on
  7. spent nine hours
  8. the boarding
  1. the airport floor
  2. were affected
  3. gate
  4. awareness
  5. sitting on a plane
  6. problems
  7. home for Christmas
  8. operated the drone

Paragraph 2

  1. stop other people
  2. cause
  3. drones could
  4. a game of cat
  5. This happened
  6. find the drone's
  7. a drone could cause a
  8. could be given
  1. attack airports
  2. plane to crash
  3. many times
  4. five years in jail
  5. operator
  6. using drones
  7. and mouse
  8. chaos

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A drone shut England's second (1) ___________________ 30 hours this week. Police think "eco-warriors" operated the drone and are    (2) ___________________. These activists protest to raise awareness of environmental problems. The drone stopped                (3) ___________________ the UK's Gatwick Airport over two days. The airport had to (4) ___________________. Over 120,000 travellers were affected. Many of them were going home for Christmas. Instead, they had (5) ___________________ the airport floor or find flights from other airports. Some passengers spent nine hours sitting on a plane near (6) ___________________.

The police are talking about how (7) ___________________ people using drones (8) ___________________. They are worried drones could attack airports, nuclear power stations and other important buildings. Police were in "a game of (9) ___________________" with the drone. They said: "When we look to reopen the airfield, the (10) ___________________." This happened many times. The police and the British Army couldn't find the drone's operator. The police are (11) ___________________ could cause a plane to crash. The operator of the drone could (12) ___________________ years in jail.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AdroneshutEngland'ssecondlargestairportfor30hoursthisweek.Polic
ethink"eco-warriors"operatedthedroneandarelookingforthem.Thes
eactivistsprotesttoraiseawarenessofenvironmentalproblems.Thedr
onestoppedflightsfromleavingtheUK'sGatwickAirportovertwodays.
Theairporthadtocloseitsrunway.Over120,000travellerswereaffecte
d.ManyofthemweregoinghomeforChristmas.Instead,theyhadtoslee
pontheairportfloororfindflightsfromotherairports.Somepassengerss
pentninehourssittingonaplaneneartheboardinggate.Thepolicearetal
kingabouthowtostopotherpeopleusingdronestocausechaos.Theyare
worrieddronescouldattackairports,nuclearpowerstationsandotheri
mportantbuildings.Policewerein"agameofcatandmouse"withthedro
ne.Theysaid:"Whenwelooktoreopentheairfield,thedronereappearsa
gain."Thishappenedmanytimes.ThepoliceandtheBritishArmycouldn
'tfindthedrone'soperator.Thepoliceareworriedadronecouldcauseapl
anetocrash.Theoperatorofthedronecouldbegivenfiveyearsinjail.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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