The Reading / Listening - Machu Picchu - Level 1

Machu Picchu is getting an international airport. Work has started preparing the ground for the airport. Over 7 million passengers a year could use it. A million tourists visit Machu Picchu every year. The new airport will make it easier for more tourists to get there. It currently takes time by bus and train. Direct flights will fly into the heart of the Machu Picchu area. The government says this will boost the country's tourism industry.



Machu Picchu was built in the 15th century, 2,430 meters up in the Andes Mountains. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. People are unhappy about the new airport. They say it will damage Machu Picchu and nearby farming villages. One person said: "The airport...endangers the conservation of one of the most important historical and archaeological sites in the world." He said the noise and traffic from the airport could cause big damage.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Machu Picchu - Level 0 Machu Picchu - Level 2   or  Machu Picchu - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/06/11/731798477/international-protests-mount-as-peru-moves-ahead-with-new-airport-near-machu-pic
  • https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/may/15/archaeologists-outraged-over-plans-for-machu-picchu-airport-chinchero
  • https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/06/11/archaeologists-protest-new-machu-picchu-airport


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. getting an international
  2. Over 7 million passengers
  3. A million tourists
  4. make it easier for more tourists
  5. It currently takes time
  6. Direct
  7. fly into the heart of the
  8. boost the country's tourism
  1. Machu Picchu area
  2. to get there
  3. a year
  4. industry
  5. visit Machu Picchu
  6. by bus
  7. airport
  8. flights

Paragraph 2

  1. Machu Picchu was built
  2. 2,430 meters up
  3. a UNESCO World
  4. People are unhappy about
  5. nearby farming
  6. archaeological
  7. noise and traffic
  8. cause big
  1. from the airport
  2. the new airport
  3. damage
  4. villages
  5. in the 15th century
  6. in the Andes
  7. Heritage site
  8. sites

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Machu Picchu (1) ___________________ international airport. Work has started preparing (2) ___________________ the airport. Over 7 million passengers a year (3) ___________________. A million tourists visit Machu Picchu every year. The new airport will make (4) ___________________ more tourists to get there. It currently takes time by bus and train. Direct flights will fly (5) ___________________ of the Machu Picchu area. The government says this (6) ___________________ country's tourism industry.

Machu Picchu (7) ___________________ the 15th century, 2,430 meters up in the Andes Mountains. It became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983. People (8) ___________________ the new airport. They say (9) ___________________ Machu Picchu and nearby farming villages. One person said: "The airport...endangers the conservation (10) ___________________ the most important historical and archaeological sites (11) ___________________." He said the noise and traffic from the airport (12) ___________________ damage.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MachuPicchuisgettinganinternationalairport.Workhasstartedprepar
ingthegroundfortheairport.Over7millionpassengersayearcoulduseit
.AmilliontouristsvisitMachuPicchueveryyear.Thenewairportwillmak
eiteasierformoretouriststogetthere.Itcurrentlytakestimebybusandt
rain.DirectflightswillflyintotheheartoftheMachuPicchuarea.Thegove
rnmentsaysthiswillboostthecountry'stourismindustry.MachuPicchu
wasbuiltinthe15thcentury,2,430metersupintheAndesMountains.Itb
ecameaUNESCOWorldHeritagesitein1983.Peopleareunhappyabout
thenewairport.TheysayitwilldamageMachuPicchuandnearbyfarmin
gvillages.Onepersonsaid:"Theairport...endangerstheconservationo
foneofthemostimportanthistoricalandarchaeologicalsitesintheworld
."Hesaidthenoiseandtrafficfromtheairportcouldcausebigdamage.

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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