The Reading / Listening - Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 4

Boeing has grounded the fleet of its 737 Max aircraft after last week's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. Two 737 Max's have crashed in five months. In October, a plane from Indonesia crashed. Aviation experts say the circumstances are similar. Investigators have the black boxes from Ethiopia and will study their data to find reasons for the crash. The USA's aviation administration said it was clear the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air flights behaved very similarly.



Boeing hopes the 737 Max is a key part of its future. It has received 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371. The grounding has seen its market value drop by nearly $26 billion. Boeing's president said: "We are doing everything...to understand the cause of the accidents, deploy safety enhancements, and help ensure this does not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 5 or  Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/business/canada-737-max.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47562727
  • https://realmoney.thestreet.com/investing/stocks/deadly-crash-downs-boeing-stock-popular-plane-widely-grounded-14892158


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. grounded the
  2. aviation
  3. Investigators have the black
  4. study their
  5. find reasons
  6. The USA's aviation
  7. it was
  8. flights behaved very
  1. data
  2. clear
  3. fleet
  4. similarly
  5. boxes
  6. experts
  7. for the crash
  8. administration

Paragraph 2

  1. a key part of its
  2. seen its market
  3. We are doing
  4. understand the cause
  5. deploy safety
  6. ensure this does not
  7. have full
  8. the safety of
  1. of the accidents
  2. confidence in
  3. value drop
  4. the 737 Max
  5. everything
  6. future
  7. enhancements
  8. happen again

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Boeing has grounded (1) ___________________ its 737 Max aircraft after (2) ___________________ Ethiopian Airlines crash. Two 737 Max's have (3) ___________________ months. In October, a plane from Indonesia crashed. Aviation experts say the circumstances are similar. Investigators have (4) ___________________ from Ethiopia and will study their data to find reasons (5) ___________________. The USA's aviation administration said it was clear the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air flights (6) ___________________.

Boeing hopes the 737 Max is a key part (7) ___________________. It has received 5,000 orders for the aircraft (8) ___________________ 371. The grounding has seen its market (9) ___________________ nearly $26 billion. Boeing's president said: "We are doing everything...to understand the cause (10) ___________________, deploy safety enhancements, and help ensure this does (11) ___________________." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence (12) ___________________ of the 737 Max".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Boeinghasgroundedthefleetofits737Maxaircraftafterlastweek'sfatal
EthiopianAirlinescrash.Two737Max'shavecrashedinfivemonths.InO
ctober,aplanefromIndonesiacrashed.Aviationexpertssaythecircums
tancesaresimilar.InvestigatorshavetheblackboxesfromEthiopiaand
willstudytheirdatatofindreasonsforthecrash.TheUSA'saviationadmi
nistrationsaiditwascleartheEthiopianAirlinesandLionAirflightsbehav
edverysimilarly.Boeinghopesthe737Maxisakeypartofitsfuture.Ithas
received5,000ordersfortheaircraftandhasdelivered371.Thegroundi
nghasseenitsmarketvaluedropbynearly$26billion.Boeing'spresiden
tsaid:"Wearedoingeverything...tounderstandthecauseoftheacciden
ts,deploysafetyenhancements,andhelpensurethisdoesnothappena
gain."Boeingsaidthatit"continuestohavefullconfidenceinthesafetyof
the737Max".

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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