The Reading / Listening - Airbus A380 - Level 4

Airbus plans to stop making its famous A380 airplane in 2021. It is the world's largest airliner. It was launched 12 years ago. People said it was the future of flying. Changes in how people fly mean the end for four-engine passenger planes. Airbus will stop production of the 544-seat A380 because sales are falling. Dubai's Emirates Airlines cut its A380 order by 39 planes. There will be big job losses at Airbus and other companies.



The A380 first flew in April 2005. Britain's leader called it a "symbol of economic strength". Spain's leader called it "a dream". The plane was designed to make airports less busy. However, increased air travel means airlines want twin-engine planes. These can fly non-stop to where people want to go. Four-engine planes require passengers to change at other airports. Emirates said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" and was "misunderstood" by other airlines.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Airbus A380 - Level 5 or  Airbus A380 - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-airbus-a380-history-analysis/airbus-a380-from-european-dream-to-white-elephant-idUSKCN1Q30K4
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/airbus-will-stop-building-its-a380-superjumbo-jet-11550121699
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/14/business/a380-airbus-news-emirates/index.html


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. It is the world's
  2. People said it was the future
  3. the end for four-engine
  4. stop production of the 544-
  5. sales are
  6. cut its A380 order
  7. There will be big job
  8. Airbus and other
  1. losses
  2. passenger planes
  3. seat A380
  4. companies
  5. by 39 planes
  6. of flying
  7. largest airliner
  8. falling

Paragraph 2

  1. Spain's leader called it
  2. make airports less
  3. airlines want twin-engine
  4. These can fly non-
  5. Four-
  6. require passengers to change
  7. the A380 was a
  8. misunderstood
  1. "passenger magnet"
  2. planes
  3. engine planes
  4. by other airlines
  5. busy
  6. stop
  7. "a dream"
  8. at other airports

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Airbus plans to stop (1) ___________________ A380 airplane in 2021. It is the world's largest airliner. (2) ___________________ 12 years ago. People said it was the future of flying. Changes in how people (3) ___________________ end for four-engine passenger planes. Airbus (4) ___________________ of the 544-seat A380 because (5) ___________________. Dubai's Emirates Airlines cut its A380 order by 39 planes. There will be (6) ___________________ at Airbus and other companies.

The A380 (7) ___________________ April 2005. Britain's leader called it (8) ___________________ economic strength". Spain's leader called it "a dream". The plane was designed to make (9) ___________________. However, increased air travel means airlines want twin-engine planes. These (10) ___________________ to where people want to go. Four-engine planes require passengers (11) ___________________ other airports. Emirates said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" and was "misunderstood" (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AirbusplanstostopmakingitsfamousA380airplanein2021.Itistheworl
d'slargestairliner.Itwaslaunched12yearsago.Peoplesaiditwasthefut
ureofflying.Changesinhowpeopleflymeantheendforfour-enginepas
sengerplanes.Airbuswillstopproductionofthe544-seatA380because
salesarefalling.Dubai'sEmiratesAirlinescutitsA380orderby39planes.
TherewillbebigjoblossesatAirbusandothercompanies.TheA380firstfl
ewinApril2005.Britain'sleadercalledita"symbolofeconomicstrength"
.Spain'sleadercalledit"adream".Theplanewasdesignedtomakeairpo
rtslessbusy.However,increasedairtravelmeansairlineswanttwin-en
gineplanes.Thesecanflynon-stoptowherepeoplewanttogo.Four-eng
ineplanesrequirepassengerstochangeatotherairports.Emiratessaidt
heA380wasa"passengermagnet"andwas"misunderstood"byotherai
rlines.

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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