The Reading / Listening - Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 5

Aircraft maker Boeing has grounded its global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. This is after last week's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. Two 737 Max airplanes have crashed in five months. In October, a plane from Indonesia's Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts say are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to find the reason for the disaster. A spokesman from the USA's aviation administration said: "It became clear…that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight."



Boeing views the 737 Max as a key part of its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing received 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371. The grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. Its market value dropped by nearly $26 billion. Boeing president Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything...to understand the cause of the accidents (in partnership with the investigators), 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 4 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 its global
  2. last week's fatal
  3. aviation
  4. similar
  5. Investigators have recovered
  6. find the reason
  7. the USA's aviation
  8. behaved very
  1. the black boxes
  2. administration
  3. fleet
  4. similarly
  5. for the disaster
  6. Ethiopian Airlines crash
  7. circumstances
  8. experts

Paragraph 2

  1. a key
  2. Boeing received 5,000 orders
  3. disastrous for Boeing's
  4. Its market value dropped
  5. understand the cause
  6. deploy safety
  7. help ensure this does
  8. full confidence in
  1. for the aircraft
  2. not happen again
  3. by nearly $26 billion
  4. finances
  5. the safety
  6. part of its future
  7. enhancements
  8. of the accidents

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Aircraft maker Boeing has grounded (1) ___________________ of its 737 Max aircraft. This is after (2) ___________________ Ethiopian Airlines crash. Two 737 Max airplanes (3) ___________________ five months. In October, a plane from Indonesia's Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts say are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered (4) ___________________ in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to find the reason for the disaster. A spokesman from the USA's aviation administration said: "It became clear…(5) ___________________ of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and (6) ___________________ to the Lion Air flight."

Boeing views the 737 Max as a (7) ___________________ its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing received 5,000 orders for the aircraft (8) ___________________ 371. The grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. Its market value (9) ___________________ $26 billion. Boeing president Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything...to understand the (10) ___________________ accidents (in partnership with the investigators), deploy safety enhancements, and (11) ___________________ does not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in (12) ___________________ the 737 Max".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AircraftmakerBoeinghasgroundeditsglobalfleetofits737Maxaircraft.
Thisisafterlastweek'sfatalEthiopianAirlinescrash.Two737Maxairpla
neshavecrashedinfivemonths.InOctober,aplanefromIndonesia'sLio
nAircrashedinwhataviationexpertssayaresimilarcircumstances.Inv
estigatorshaverecoveredtheblackboxesinEthiopiaandwillstudythed
atainthemtofindthereasonforthedisaster.AspokesmanfromtheUSA'
saviationadministrationsaid:"Itbecameclear…thatthetrackoftheEthi
opianAirlinesflightwasverycloseandbehavedverysimilarlytotheLion
Airflight."Boeingviewsthe737Maxasakeypartofitsfuture.TheMaxsta
rtedflyingcommerciallyin2017.Boeingreceived5,000ordersfortheair
craftandhasdelivered371.ThegroundinghasbeendisastrousforBoein
g'sfinances.Itsmarketvaluedroppedbynearly$26billion.Boeingpresi
dentDennisMuilenburgsaid:"Wearedoingeverything...tounderstand
thecauseoftheaccidents(inpartnershipwiththeinvestigators),deploy
safetyenhancements,andhelpensurethisdoesnothappenagain."Boei
ngsaidthatit"continuestohavefullconfidenceinthesafetyofthe737Ma
x".

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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