The Reading / Listening - Airbus A380 - Level 6

The airplane maker Airbus has announced plans to cease production of its A380 aircraft. The iconic A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane and has been in service for 12 years. When it was launched, it was heralded as the future of aviation. However, changes in the demands of passengers mean the days of giant, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to call a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker than expected sales. The nail in the coffin was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 order by 39 planes. Airbus said it would stop building the A380 in 2021. This will result in significant job losses at companies linked to the plane's manufacture.



The A380 embarked on its inaugural flight in April 2005 to great fanfare. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the giant jet a "symbol of economic strength". His Spanish counterpart called the plane "the realization of a dream". The plane was designed to combat congestion at airports by reducing the number of planes needed in the skies. However, booming air travel has generated a higher demand for twin-engine planes that can fly non-stop to where people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets usually require passengers to transit at hub airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" that was misunderstood and badly marketed by other airlines.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Airbus A380 - Level 4  or  Airbus A380 - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. PASSENGERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about passengers. 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?
       airplane / plans / production / passenger / future / aviation / nails / sales / job losses
       flight / fanfare / economic strength / dream / congestion / air travel / transit / magnet
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. AIR TRAVEL: Students A strongly believe air travel is the best way to travel; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AIRPLANES: How can we make them better? Are there any problems with these ideas? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Improvements

Problems

Environment

 

 

Fuel

 

 

Seats

 

 

Entertainment

 

 

Routes

 

 

Food

 

 

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5. PRODUCTION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "production". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TRAVEL: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways of traveling at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • motorbike
  • helicopter
  • train
  • Segway
  • airplane
  • bicycle
  • car
  • horse

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. announced a. Was a sign that (something) is about to happen.
      2. cease b. A person or thing regarded as being a symbol of something (usually something great).
      3. iconic c. Bring or come to an end; stop.
      4. launched d. An action or event regarded as likely to have a very bad or destructive effect on a situation.
      5. heralded e. Made a public and typically formal declaration about a fact.
      6. aviation f. Started a business, product, campaign ,etc. for the first time.
      7. nail in the coffin g. Anything about the science or practice of flight and flying.

    Paragraph 2

      8. inaugural h. Take action to reduce, destroy, or prevent something.
      9. fanfare i. The effective center of an activity, region, or network.
      10. counterpart j. So crowded with traffic or people as to hinder freedom of movement.
      11. combat k. Great media attention or elaborate ceremony.
      12. congestion l. A person or thing that has a powerful attraction.
      13. hub m. Marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office.
      14. magnet n. A person or thing holding a position or performing a function that corresponds to that of another person or thing in another place.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The A380 airplane is the world's biggest passenger airplane.     T / F
  2. The Airbus A380 has been flying for over 20 years.     T / F
  3. Production of A380s is stopping because of falling demand.     T / F
  4. Airbus will stop making the A380 in 2021.     T / F
  5. There was a funfair next to the A380 when it first launched.     T / F
  6. A Spanish leader suggested the A380 was like a dream come true.     T / F
  7. There is a higher demand for 4-engine planes then twin-engine planes.    T / F
  8. Airbus said ending the A380 will not result in job losses.     T / F

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

  1. announced
  2. cease
  3. aviation
  4. expected
  5. significant
  6. inaugural
  7. counterpart
  8. congestion
  9. booming
  10. transit
  1. flight
  2. strong
  3. serious
  4. peer
  5. stop
  6. overcrowding
  7. made public
  8. change
  9. hoped for
  10. first

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

  1. plans to cease production
  2. in service
  3. heralded as the future of
  4. due to weaker than
  5. This will result in significant
  6. The A380 embarked on its
  7. a symbol of economic
  8. The plane was designed to combat
  9. twin-engine planes that can fly non-
  10. require passengers to transit
  1. aviation
  2. stop
  3. expected sales
  4. congestion at airports
  5. of its A380 aircraft
  6. strength
  7. at hub airports
  8. job losses
  9. inaugural flight
  10. for 12 years

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
iconic
coffin
giant
manufacture
cease
result
aviation
sales

The airplane maker Airbus has announced plans to (1) ____________ production of its A380 aircraft. The (2) ____________ A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane and has been in service for 12 years. When it was launched, it was heralded as the future of (3) ____________. However, changes in the demands of passengers mean the days of (4) ____________, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to call a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker than expected (5) ____________. The nail in the (6) ____________ was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 order by 39 planes. Airbus said it would stop building the A380 in 2021. This will (7) ____________ in significant job losses at companies linked to the plane's (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
congestion
twin
magnet
symbol
marketed
skies
inaugural
hub

The A380 embarked on its (9) ____________ flight in April 2005 to great fanfare. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the giant jet a "(10) ____________ of economic strength". His Spanish counterpart called the plane "the realization of a dream". The plane was designed to combat (11) ____________ at airports by reducing the number of planes needed in the (12) ____________. However, booming air travel has generated a higher demand for (13) ____________-engine planes that can fly non-stop to where people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets usually require passengers to transit at (14) ____________ airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger (15) ____________" that was misunderstood and badly (16) ____________ by other airlines.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The airplane maker Airbus has announced plans to ______
     a.  cease production
     b.  crease production
     c.  seize production
     d.  seas production
2)  When it was launched, it was heralded as the future ______
     a.  of aviation
     b.  off aviation
     c.  of aviators
     d.  off aviating
3) call a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker than ______
     a.  expectant sails
     b.  expecting sells
     c.  expected sales
     d.  expect it cells
4)  The nail in the coffin was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut ______
     a.  its A380 folder
     b.  its A380 border
     c.  its A380 hoarder
     d.  its A380 order
5)  This will result in significant job losses at companies linked ______ manufacture
     a.  to a plane's
     b.  to their plane's
     c.  to this plane's
     d.  to the plane's

6)  The A380 embarked on its inaugural flight in April 2005 ______
     a.  to greet fun fair
     b.  too great fan fair
     c.  to great fanfare
     d.  two grate fun fare
7) Prime Minister Tony Blair called the giant jet a "symbol of ______"
     a.  economically strength
     b.  economist strength
     c.  economics strength
     d.  economic strength
8)  combat congestion at airports by reducing the number of planes needed ______
     a.  in them skies
     b.  in the skies
     c.  in their skies
     d.  in then skies
9)  Giant, four-engine jets usually require passengers to ______ airports
     a.  transit at hub
     b.  transit at rub
     c.  transit at pub
     d.  transit at dub
10)  the A380 was a "passenger magnet" that was misunderstood and ______
     a.  badly market it
     b.  badly mark it
     c.  badly mar kitted
     d.  badly marketed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The airplane maker Airbus has announced (1) ___________________ production of its A380 aircraft. The iconic A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane and has (2) ___________________ for 12 years. When it was launched, it was heralded as the future of aviation. However, changes in the demands of passengers mean the (3) ___________________, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to call a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to (4) ___________________ sales. The nail in the coffin was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 (5) ___________________ planes. Airbus said it would stop building the A380 in 2021. This will result in significant (6) ___________________ companies linked to the plane's manufacture.

The A380 embarked on its inaugural flight in April 2005 (7) ___________________. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the giant jet a "symbol of economic strength". His Spanish counterpart called the plane "the realization (8) ___________________". The plane was designed to combat congestion at airports (9) ___________________ number of planes needed in the skies. However, booming air travel has generated a higher demand for twin-engine planes that can (10) ___________________ where people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets usually require passengers to (11) ___________________ airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" that was misunderstood and badly marketed (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. How long has the A380 been in service?
  2. What was the A380 believed to be the future of?
  3. What days did the article say was over?
  4. How many planes did Emirates cut its order by?
  5. What will be lost because of the ending of the production of the A380?
  6. When was the A380's inaugural flight?
  7. What did Britain's former Prime Minister say the A380 was a symbol of?
  8. What did the article say there was a higher demand for?
  9. Where did the article say passengers were required to transit?
  10. What did an Emirates spokesperson call the A380?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How long has the A380 been in service?
a) 20 years
b) 15 years
c) 12 years
d) 22 years
2) What was the A380 believed to be the future of?
a) aviation
b) space travel
c) luxury
d) passengers
3) What days did the article say was over?
a) Tuesdays and Saturdays
b) flight
c) aviation
d) 4-engine planes
4) How many planes did Emirates cut its order by?
a) 390
b) 39
c) 93
d) 309
5) What will be lost because of the ending of the production of the A380?
a) routes
b) aviation
c) jobs
d) airports

6) When was the A380's inaugural flight?
a) August 1995
b) April 2005
c) August 2005
d) April 1995
7) What did Britain's former Prime Minister say the A380 was a symbol of?
a) the skies
b) Dubai
c) aviation
d) economic strength
8) What did the article say there was a higher demand for?
a) helicopters
b) twin-engine planes
c) aviation
d) the skies
9) Where did the article say passengers were required to transit?
a) hub airports
b) Dubai
c) the skies
d) London
10) What did an Emirates spokesperson call the A380?
a) the "star of the skies"
b) an "aviation miracle"
c) a "giant giant"
d) a "passenger magnet"

Role play

Role  A – Airplane
You think an airplane is the best way to travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): bicycle, helicopter or horse.

Role  B – Bicycle
You think a bicycle is the best way to travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): airplane, helicopter or horse.

Role  C – Helicopter
You think a helicopter is the best way to travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): bicycle, airplane or horse.

Role  D – Horse
You think a horse is the best way to travel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ways. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): bicycle, helicopter or airplane.

After reading / listening

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

'air'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'plane'.

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

    • April
    • dream
    • skies
    • fly
    • usually
    • other
    • cease
    • 12
    • over
    • sales
    • 39
    • losses




    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 - Airbus to end production of A380 airplane

    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 'air'?
    3. What do you think of flying?
    4. Is it better to fly in a small or giant airplane?
    5. What are the best things about flying?
    6. What are the worst things about flying?
    7. How sad is it that Airbus will stop making this airplane?
    8. Do you have a favourite airplane?
    9. What will airplanes be like in the future?
    10. What do you think of the name Airbus?

    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 'plane'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why did things go wrong for the Airbus A380?
    5. How can we make airports better?
    6. Are twin-engine or four-engine planes better?
    7. How can airlines be more environmentally-friendly?
    8. What do you think of long-haul flights?
    9. Why do you think airlines misunderstood the A380?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the boss of Airbus?

    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)

    The airplane maker Airbus has announced plans to (1) ____ production of its A380 aircraft. The iconic A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane and has been in (2) ____ for 12 years. When it was (3) ____, it was heralded as the future of aviation. However, changes in the demands of passengers mean the days of giant, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to (4) ____ a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker than expected sales. The nail in the (5) ____ was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 order by 39 planes. Airbus said it would stop building the A380 in 2021. This will result (6) ____ significant job losses at companies linked to the plane's manufacture.

    The A380 embarked on its inaugural (7) ____ in April 2005 to great fanfare. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the giant jet a "symbol of economic (8) ____". His Spanish counterpart called the plane "the realization of a dream". The plane was designed to combat congestion at airports by (9) ____ the number of planes needed in the skies. However, booming air travel has generated a higher demand for twin-engine planes (10) ____ can fly non-stop to where people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets (11) ____ require passengers to transit at hub airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" that was misunderstood and badly marketed by (12) ____ airlines.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     ceased     (b)     cease     (c)     ceases     (d)     ceasing    
    2. (a)     survive     (b)     service     (c)     solace     (d)     space    
    3. (a)     liked     (b)     linked     (c)     lunched     (d)     launched    
    4. (a)     shout     (b)     call     (c)     scream     (d)     whisper    
    5. (a)     box     (b)     coffin     (c)     finger     (d)     wall    
    6. (a)     so     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     fly     (b)     flyer     (c)     flight     (d)     flies    
    8. (a)     strong     (b)     strange     (c)     strength     (d)     string    
    9. (a)     reduction     (b)     reduces     (c)     reduce     (d)     reducing    
    10. (a)     what     (b)     them     (c)     those     (d)     that    
    11. (a)     usually     (b)     very     (c)     so     (d)     such    
    12. (a)     another     (b)     others     (c)     other     (d)     over

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. plans to caees production
    2. The ocnici A380
    3. the future of naiatvoi
    4. energapss planes
    5. weaker than pxcdetee sales
    6. nisfagiticn job losses

    Paragraph 2

    1. a ymsblo of economic strength
    2. designed to tbmcoa congestion
    3. generated a higher dndame
    4. twin-ninege planes
    5. tintsra at hub airports
    6. badly adtmeerk by other airlines

    Put the text back together

    (...)  launched, it was heralded as the future of aviation. However, changes in the demands of
    (...)  magnet" that was misunderstood and badly marketed by other airlines.
    (...)  building the A380 in 2021. This will result in significant job losses at companies linked to the plane's manufacture.
    (...)  a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker than expected sales. The nail
    (...)  passengers mean the days of giant, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to call
    (...)  needed in the skies. However, booming air travel has generated a higher demand for twin-engine planes that can
    (...)  of a dream". The plane was designed to combat congestion at airports by reducing the number of planes
    (...)  fly non-stop to where people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets usually require
    (...)  passengers to transit at hub airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger
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    (...)  The A380 embarked on its inaugural flight in April 2005 to great fanfare. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called
    (...)  the giant jet a "symbol of economic strength". His Spanish counterpart called the plane "the realization
    (...)  in the coffin was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 order by 39 planes. Airbus said it would stop
    (...)  largest passenger airplane and has been in service for 12 years. When it was

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. of   was   as   the   It   heralded   future   aviation   .
    3. over   .   are   days   planes   The   passenger   of   giant
    4. call   to   to   production   .   Airbus   a   decided   halt
    5. job   losses   .   significant   in   will   This   result
    6. of   symbol   the   called   Blair   strength   .   a   jet
    7. designed   The   congestion   .   plane   was   to   combat
    8. the   skies   .   planes   in   Reducing   number   the   of
    9. where   Fly   to   non-stop   to   want   travel   .   people
    10. transit   .   jets   Four-engine   passengers   to   usually   require

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The airplane maker / marker Airbus has announced plans to case / cease production of its A380 aircraft. The iconic A380 is the world's largest passenger airplane and has been in / it service for 12 years. When it was launched, it was heralded as the future off / of aviation. However, changes in the demands of passengers mean the days of tiny / giant, four-engine passenger planes are over. Airbus decided to shout / call a halt to production of the 544-seat A380 due to weaker / weaken than expected sales. The nail in the coffin was when the Dubai-based Emirates Airline cut its A380 order / aid by 39 planes. Airbus said it would stop building the A380 in 2021. This will result on / in significant job losses at companies linked / liked to the plane's manufacture.

    The A380 embarked on its inaugural fly / flight in April 2005 to great fanfare. Then British Prime Minister Tony Blair called / call the giant jet a "symbol of economic strength". His Spanish counterpart  / country called the plane "the realization of a drum / dream". The plane was designed to combat congestion at airports by reduced / reducing the number of planes needed in the skies / spies. However, booming air travel has generated a height / higher demand for twin-engine planes that can fly non-stop to where / what people want to travel. Giant, four-engine jets usually require passengers to transit at shrub / hub airports. An Emirates spokesperson said the A380 was a "passenger magnet" that was misunderstood and badly marketed by another / other airlines.

    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

    the airplane maker airbus has announced plans to cease production of its a380 aircraft the iconic a380 is the worlds largest passenger airplane and has been in service for 12 years when it was launched it was heralded as the future of aviation however changes in the demands of passengers mean the days of giant four engine passenger planes are over airbus decided to call a halt to production of the 544seat a380 due to weaker than expected sales the nail in the coffin was when the dubai based emirates airline cut its a380 order by 39 planes airbus said it would stop building the a380 in 2021 this will result in significant job losses at companies linked to the planes manufacture

    the a380 embarked on its inaugural flight in april 2005 to great fanfare then british prime minister tony blair called the giant jet a symbol of economic strength his spanish counterpart called the plane the realization of a dream the plane was designed to combat congestion at airports by reducing the number of planes needed in the skies however booming air travel has generated a higher demand for twin engine planes that can fly nonstop to where people want to travel giant four engine jets usually require passengers to transit at hub airports an emirates spokesperson said the a380 was a passenger magnet that was misunderstood and badly marketed by other airlines.

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    TheairplanemakerAirbushasannouncedplanstoceaseproductionofit
    sA380aircraft.TheiconicA380istheworld'slargestpassengerairplane
    andhasbeeninservicefor12years.Whenitwaslaunched,itwasheralde
    dasthefutureofaviation.However,changesinthedemandsofpassenge
    rsmeanthedaysofgiant,four-enginepassengerplanesareover.Airbu
    sdecidedtocallahalttoproductionofthe544-seatA380duetoweakert
    hanexpectedsales.ThenailinthecoffinwaswhentheDubai-basedEm
    iratesAirlinecutitsA380orderby39planes.Airbussaiditwouldstopbuil
    dingtheA380in2021.Thiswillresultinsignificantjoblossesatcompanie
    slinkedtotheplane'smanufacture.TheA380embarkedonitsinauguralf
    lightinApril2005togreatfanfare.ThenBritishPrimeMinisterTonyBlairc
    alledthegiantjeta"symbolofeconomicstrength".HisSpanishcounterp
    artcalledtheplane"therealizationofadream".Theplanewasdesignedt
    ocombatcongestionatairportsbyreducingthenumberofplanesneede
    dintheskies.However,boomingairtravelhasgeneratedahigherdeman
    dfortwin-engineplanesthatcanflynon-stoptowherepeoplewanttotr
    avel.Giant,four-enginejetsusuallyrequirepassengerstotransitathub
    airports.AnEmiratesspokespersonsaidtheA380wasa"passengermag
    net"thatwasmisunderstoodandbadlymarketedbyotherairlines.

    Free writing

    Write about Airbus A380 for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Flying is the best way to travel. 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. AIRPLANES: Make a poster about airplanes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. GIANT JETS: Write a magazine article about a requirement for all airplanes to be bigger to help the environment. 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 airplanes. Ask him/her three questions about airplanes. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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