The Reading / Listening - Railway Stations - Level 0

London St Pancras is the best railway station in Europe. It has Eurostar trains that go to France, Belgium and Holland. In a survey, passengers answered questions about cleanliness, connectivity, friendliness of staff and platforms. There was also a question about how often staff went on strike.



St Pancras is the only UK station in the top ten. Zurich Central and Leipzig Central were second and third. Five of the top ten stations were in Germany. Passengers said St Pancras was beautiful. It was built in a gothic style and opened in 1868. It looks like it is "from another world". It has a good mix of shops and restaurants.

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Sources
  • https://www.cityam.com/london-st-pancras-tops-list-of-europes-best-train-stations/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-8024183/The-best-railway-stations-Europe-named-Londons-St-Pancras-International-No1.html
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/europe-best-train-stations-st-pancras-london-uk-germany-railway-a9344696.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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the best railway station
  2. It has Eurostar
  3. go to
  4. In
  5. answered questions
  6. friendliness
  7. a question about how
  8. staff went on
  1. France
  2. about cleanliness
  3. strike
  4. trains
  5. often
  6. a survey
  7. of staff
  8. in Europe

Paragraph 2

  1. St Pancras is the
  2. in the top
  3. second and
  4. Five of the top ten
  5. Passengers said St Pancras
  6. It was built in a
  7. It looks like it is from
  8. a good mix of shops
  1. and restaurants
  2. stations
  3. was beautiful
  4. only UK station
  5. another world
  6. ten
  7. gothic style
  8. third

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

London St Pancras is (1) ___________________ station in Europe. It has Eurostar (2) ___________________ to France, Belgium and Holland. (3) ___________________, passengers answered questions about cleanliness, connectivity, (4) _________________ and platforms. There was (5) ___________________ about how often staff (6) ___________________.

St Pancras (7) ___________________ UK station in (8) ___________________. Zurich Central and Leipzig Central were (9) ___________________. Five of the top ten stations were in Germany. Passengers said St Pancras was beautiful. It was built in (10) ___________________ and opened in 1868. It looks like it is "(11) ___________________". It has a good mix (12) ___________________ restaurants.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

LondonStPancrasisthebestrailwaystationinEurope.IthasEurostartra
insthatgotoFrance,BelgiumandHolland.Inasurvey,passengersansw
eredquestionsaboutcleanliness,connectivity,friendlinessofstaffand
platforms.Therewasalsoaquestionabouthowoftenstaffwentonstrike.
StPancrasistheonlyUKstationinthetopten.ZurichCentralandLeipzigC
entralweresecondandthird.FiveofthetoptenstationswereinGermany
.PassengerssaidStPancraswasbeautiful.Itwasbuiltinagothicstylean
dopenedin1868.Itlookslikeitis"fromanotherworld".Ithasagoodmixo
fshopsandrestaurants.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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