The Reading / Listening - Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 6

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded the entire global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows last week's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to ascertain the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA's Federal 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 has huge hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a key part of its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to date. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. The company's market value has plummeted by nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can 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 easier levels:

    Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 4  or  Boeing Max Airplanes - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. AIRPLANES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about airplanes. 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?
       aircraft / manufacturer / fatal / carrier / aviation / experts / data / administration /
       hopes / future / orders / market value / cause / accidents / partnership / confidence
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FLYING: Students A strongly believe flying is the safest form of travel; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AIRPLANES: How can these things about airplanes be made better? What will they be like in 100 years from now? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Improvements

100 Years from Now

Safety

 

 

Legroom

 

 

Food

 

 

Entertainment

 

 

Speed

 

 

Cabin crew

 

 

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5. AVIATION: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "aviation". 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.

  • train
  • helicopter
  • car
  • skateboard
  • flying
  • bus
  • bicycle
  • ship

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. manufacturer a. The flying or operating of aircraft.
      2. grounded b. A number of vehicles or aircraft operating together or under the same ownership.
      3. fleet c. Prevented or prohibited aircraft from flying.
      4. fatal d. Find something out for certain; make sure of.
      5. aviation e. A person or company that makes goods for sale.
      6. circumstances f. Causing death.
      7. ascertain g. Facts or conditions connected with or relevant to an event or action.

    Paragraph 2

      8. key h. A person who carries out a formal inquiry or investigation.
      9. commercially i. An increase or improvement in quality, value, or extent.
      10. plummeted j. Bring into effective action; utilize.
      11. investigator k. In a way that is concerned with buying, selling, and making a profit.
      12. deploy l. Make certain that something  will happen or be the case.
      13. enhancement m. Of paramount or crucial importance.
      14. ensure n. Decreased rapidly in value or amount.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Boeing has grounded all 737 Max aircraft around the world.     T / F
  2. Another Boeing 737 Max crashed six months ago.     T / F
  3. Investigators are yet to locate the black boxes in Ethiopia.     T / F
  4. There is no similarity in the way the two 737 Max planes crashed.     T / F
  5. The Boeing 737 Max has been flying for over a decade.     T / F
  6. Boeing has handed 371 373 Max aircraft to its customers.     T / F
  7. Boeing has lost $26 billion in its market value since the crash.     T / F
  8. Boeing says it has full confidence in the 737 Max.     T / F

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

  1. manufacturer
  2. fatal
  3. experts
  4. site
  5. behaved
  6. huge
  7. plummeted
  8. understand
  9. deploy
  10. full
  1. specialists
  2. total
  3. acted
  4. dropped
  5. location
  6. maker
  7. use
  8. deadly
  9. unravel
  10. enormous

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

  1. Boeing has grounded the entire
  2. The move follows last week's fatal
  3. aviation
  4. study the data in them to ascertain
  5. behaved very similarly
  6. views it as a key
  7. The company's market value
  8. We are doing everything
  9. deploy safety
  10. continues to have full
  1. to the Lion Air flight
  2. the reason
  3. confidence
  4. experts
  5. we can
  6. global fleet
  7. enhancements
  8. has plummeted
  9. part of its future
  10. Ethiopian Airlines crash

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ascertain
carrier
similarly
entire
track
fatal
black
aviation

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded the (1) ____________ global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows last week's (2) ____________ Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based (3) ____________ Lion Air crashed in what (4) ____________ experts are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the (5) ____________ boxes from the crash site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to (6) ____________ the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA's Federal Aviation Administration, said: "It became clear…that the (7) ____________ of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very (8) ____________ to the Lion Air flight."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
cause
commercially
finances
confidence
huge
deploy
date
plummeted

Boeing has (9) ____________ hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a key part of its future. The Max started flying (10) ____________ in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to (11) ____________. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's (12) ____________. The company's market value has (13) ____________ by nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can to understand the (14) ____________ of the accidents (in partnership with the investigators), (15) ____________ safety enhancements, and help ensure this does not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full (16) ____________ in the safety of the 737 Max".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded ______
     a.  the entire globally fleet
     b.  the entire global freed
     c.  the entire global flea
     d.  the entire global flee
2)  Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts are saying are ______
     a.  similar circumstance is
     b.  similar sir come stances
     c.  similar circumstance
     d.  similar circumstances
3)  Investigators have recovered the black ______
     a.  box is from the crash site
     b.  boxes from the crash site
     c.  boxed from the crash site
     d.  boxers from the crash site
4)  A spokesman from the USA's federal ______
     a.  aviation administrations
     b.  aviation admin station
     c.  aviation ad minister ration
     d.  aviation administration
5)  the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved ______
     a.  very similarly
     b.  very similar
     c.  verily similarly
     d.  verily similar

6)  Boeing views the 737 Max as a key part ______
     a.  of that's futurity
     b.  of that's future
     c.  of its futures
     d.  of its future
7)  Boeing received 5,000 orders for the aircraft and ______
     a.  that's delivered 371
     b.  hast delivered 371
     c.  has deliver 371
     d.  has delivered 371
8)  The grounding has been disastrous for ______
     a.  Boeing's finances
     b.  Boeing's finance is
     c.  Boeing's financials
     d.  Boeing's fine nuances
9)  We are doing everything to understand the ______ accidents
     a.  caused of the
     b.  causal of the
     c.  cause of the
     d.  causes of the
10)  Boeing said that it continues to have ______
     a.  full confidential
     b.  full confidence
     c.  full confide ants
     d.  full confide angst

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded (1) ___________________ fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows (2) ___________________ Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed in what (3) ___________________ saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them (4) ___________________ reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA's Federal Aviation Administration, said: "It became clear…that (5) ___________________ the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very (6) ___________________ Lion Air flight."

Boeing has huge hopes for the 737 Max and views it as (7) ___________________ of its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 (8) ___________________ aircraft and has delivered 371 to date. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. The company's market value (9) ___________________ nearly $26 billion (10) ___________________ in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can to understand (11) ___________________ the accidents (in partnership with the investigators), deploy safety enhancements, and help (12) ___________________ not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max".

Comprehension questions

  1. When was the first Boeing 737 Max crash?
  2. In which country did the first 737 Max crash?
  3. What did investigators find at the crash site?
  4. Who is Dan Elwell?
  5. What was the Ethiopian Airlines flight similar to?
  6. How many orders has Boeing received for the Boeing 737 Max?
  7. How much has Boeing lost in market value?
  8. Who is Dennis Muilenburg?
  9. What did Dennis Muilenburg say he would employ?
  10. How much confidence does Boeing have in the 737 Max?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  When was the first Boeing 737 Max crash?
a) six months ago
b) five months ago
c) three months ago
d) four months ago
2) In which country did the first 737 Max crash?
a) Chile
b) Senegal
c) USA
d) Indonesia
3) What did investigators find at the crash site?
a) computers
b) nothing
c) black boxes
d) birds
4) Who is Dan Elwell?
a) a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman
b) a CIA chief
c) an FBI
d) the technical expert of Boeing
5) What was the Ethiopian Airlines flight similar to?
a) a flight from the 1920s
b) the behavior of the Lion Air flight
c) a train
d) other flights

6) How many orders has Boeing received for the Boeing 737 Max?
a) over 5,000
b) less than 5,000
c) around 5,000
d) exactly 5,000
7) How much has Boeing lost in market value?
a) $29 billion
b) $27 billion
c) $26 billion
d) $25 billion
8) Who is Dennis Muilenburg?
a) Boeing's CEO
b) an aviation expert
c) a pilot
d) a crash investigator
9) What did Dennis Muilenburg say he would employ?
a) his brains
b) better computer systems
c) more staff
d) safety enhancements
10) How much confidence does Boeing have in the 737 Max?
a) no confidence
b) 60%
c) full confidence
d) a little confidence

Role play

Role  A – Flying
You think flying 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): car, train or skateboard.

Role  B – Car
You think car 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): flying, train or skateboard.

Role  C – Train
You think train 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): car, flying or skateboard.

Role  D – Skateboard
You think skateboard 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): car, train or flying.

After reading / listening

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

'aircraft'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'worldwide'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • huge
    • started
    • 371
    • value
    • everything
    • full
    • entire
    • five
    • similar
    • study
    • reason
    • close




    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 - Boeing grounds 737 Max aircraft worldwide

    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 'airplane'?
    3. What do you think of flying?
    4. What do you know about Boeing?
    5. What are the best things about flying?
    6. What should happen to the Boeing Max airplane?
    7. How would you help people who were afraid of flying?
    8. What do you know about black boxes?
    9. How safe are airplanes?
    10. Is flying the best form of travel?

    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 'airline'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are the worst things about flying?
    5. Would you fly in the Boeing Max?
    6. How do you feel when the plane takes off and lands?
    7. What should Boeing do for the families?
    8. Would you like to work as a pilot or cabin staff member?
    9. What will flying be like in the future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Boeing's boss?

    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)

    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded the (1) ____ global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows last week's (2) ____ Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based (3) ____ Lion Air crashed in what aviation experts are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have (4) ____ the black boxes from the crash site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to (5) ____ the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA's Federal Aviation Administration, said: "It became clear…that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very (6) ____ to the Lion Air flight."

    Boeing has huge hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a (7) ____ part of its future. The Max started flying commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to (8) ____. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. The company's market value has plummeted (9) ____ nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause of the accidents ((10) ____ partnership with the investigators), deploy safety enhancements, and help (11) ____ this does not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence (12) ____ the safety of the 737 Max".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     entire     (b)     entry     (c)     entrails     (d)     entreat    
    2. (a)     fatally     (b)     fatalism     (c)     fatal     (d)     fatalistic    
    3. (a)     carried     (b)     carry     (c)     carrier     (d)     carries    
    4. (a)     elevated     (b)     engaged     (c)     prosecuted     (d)     recovered    
    5. (a)     retain     (b)     detain     (c)     ascertain     (d)     refrain    
    6. (a)     similar     (b)     similarly     (c)     similarities     (d)     simile    
    7. (a)     pick     (b)     key     (c)     lock     (d)     chain    
    8. (a)     day     (b)     date     (c)     daily     (d)     year    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     in    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     insure     (b)     ensue     (c)     sure     (d)     ensure    
    12. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     in

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  plummeted by nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief executive
    (...)  from the USA's Federal Aviation Administration, said: "It became clear…that the track of the Ethiopian Airlines
    (...)  crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed in what aviation
    1  )  Boeing has huge hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a key part of its future. The Max started flying
    (...)  happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in the safety of the 737 Max".
    (...)  and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can to understand the cause
    (...)  experts are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash
    (...)  week's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five months a 737 Max has
    (...) Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded the entire global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move follows last
    (...)  site in Ethiopia and will study the data in them to ascertain the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman
    (...)  of the accidents (in partnership with the investigators), deploy safety enhancements, and help ensure this does not
    (...)  flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the Lion Air flight."
    (...)  commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to
    (...)  date. News of the grounding has been disastrous for Boeing's finances. The company's market value has

    Put the words in the right order

    1. fleet   .   entire   Boeing   manufacturer   Aircraft   the   grounded   has
    2. follows   fatal   last   The   move   week's   crash   .
    3. crash   boxes   black   from   site   .   Recovered   the   the
    4. reason   .   to   the   ascertain   Study   the   data
    5. Air   the   similarly   very   Behaved   flight   .   Lion   to
    6. has   been   for   disastrous   grounding   finances   .   Boeing's   The
    7. crash   .   billion   Plummeted   $26   by   since   the   nearly
    8. are   everything   to   doing   we   can   We   understand   .
    9. ensure   happen   this   not   does   again   .   Help
    10. in   have   safety   .   full   to   the   Continues   confidence

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Aircraft manufacturer Boeing has grounded / grounding the entire global fleet of its 737 Max aircraft. The move following / follows last week's fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. That was the second time in five monthly / months a 737 Max has crashed. Last October, a plane from the Indonesia-based carrier Lion Air crashed on / in what aviation experts / expertise are saying are similar circumstances. Investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash sight / site in Ethiopia and will study the data / datum in them to ascertain the reason for the aircraft falling in / from the sky. Dan Elwell, a spokesman from the USA's Federal Aviation Administration, said: "It became clear…that the track / truck of the Ethiopian Airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly / similar to the Lion Air flight."

    Boeing has huge hoping / hopes for the 737 Max and views it as a key part of its future. The Max started flying commercial / commercially in 2017. Boeing has received over 5,000 ordering / orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to date. News of the grounding has been disaster / disastrous for Boeing's finances. The company's market value has rocketed / plummeted by nearly $26 billion since the crash in Ethiopia. Boeing president, chief / chiefly executive and chairman Dennis Muilenburg said: "We are doing everything we can to understand the case / cause of the accidents in partnership with the investigators, deploy / ploy safety enhancements and help sure / ensure this does not happen again." Boeing said that it "continues to have full confidence in / on the safety of the 737 Max".

    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

    aircraft manufacturer boeing has grounded the entire global fleet of its 737 max aircraft the move follows last weeks fatal ethiopian airlines crash that was the second time in five months a 737 max has crashed last october a plane from the indonesiabased carrier lion air crashed in what aviation experts are saying are similar circumstances investigators have recovered the black boxes from the crash site in ethiopia and will study the data in them to ascertain the reason for the aircraft falling from the sky dan elwell a spokesman from the usas federal aviation administration said it became clearthat the track of the ethiopian airlines flight was very close and behaved very similarly to the lion air flight

    boeing has huge hopes for the 737 max and views it as a key part of its future the max started flying commercially in 2017 boeing has received over 5000 orders for the aircraft and has delivered 371 to date news of the grounding has been disastrous for boeings finances the companys market value has plummeted by nearly 26 billion since the crash in ethiopia boeing president chief executive and chairman dennis muilenburg said we are doing everything we can 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.

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    AircraftmanufacturerBoeinghasgroundedtheentireglobalfleetofits7
    37Maxaircraft.Themovefollowslastweek'sfatalEthiopianAirlinescras
    h.Thatwasthesecondtimeinfivemonthsa737Maxhascrashed.LastOctober,aplanefromtheIndonesia-basedcarrierLionAircrashedinwha
    taviationexpertsaresayingaresimilarcircumstances.Investigatorsha
    verecoveredtheblackboxesfromthecrashsiteinEthiopiaandwillstudyt
    hedatainthemtoascertainthereasonfortheaircraftfallingfromthesky.
    DanElwell,aspokesmanfromtheUSA'sFederalAviationAdministratio
    n,said:"Itbecameclear…thatthetrackoftheEthiopianAirlinesflightwa
    sverycloseandbehavedverysimilarlytotheLionAirflight."Boeinghash
    ugehopesforthe737Maxandviewsitasakeypartofitsfuture.TheMaxst
    artedflyingcommerciallyin2017.Boeinghasreceivedover5,000order
    sfortheaircraftandhasdelivered371todate.Newsofthegroundinghas
    beendisastrousforBoeing'sfinances.Thecompany'smarketvaluehas
    plummetedbynearly$26billionsincethecrashinEthiopia.Boeingpresi
    dent,chiefexecutiveandchairmanDennisMuilenburgsaid:"Wearedoi
    ngeverythingwecantounderstandthecauseoftheaccidentsinpartners
    hipwiththeinvestigators,deploysafetyenhancementsandhelpensure
    thisdoesnothappenagain."Boeingsaidthatit"continuestohavefullcon
    fidenceinthesafetyofthe737Max".

    Free writing

    Write about Boeing Max for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Flying is the safest form of 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. FLYING: Write a magazine article about airplanes having much stricter safety checks before they fly. 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 them. Give him/her three of your ideas on flying. 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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