The Reading / Listening - Flight Simulator - Level 3

The Microsoft airplane game Flight Simulator has been upgraded to include every airport in the world. This means gamers will have a choice of over 37,000 airports to take off from and land at. The upgrade has added over 13,000 new airports to the previous version of the game, which included 24,000 airports. The game includes international hubs like New York's JFK and London Heathrow. It also includes tiny airports like rural, grassy landing strips and runways that are in the middle of deserts or on the top of mountains. The 37,000 airports in Flight Simulator have been manually designed to look like the real airports. Designers used satellite images and Bing Maps to do this.



The graphics are also much better in the latest release of Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot of work and effort into increasing the level of detail you see. Gamers will see windsocks blowing in the wind and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways. The markings on the runways in the game are the same as those on the real runways. Lead game designer Sven Mestas said: "To reach a new level, we needed a new approach. We decided to innovate by editing airports from real satellite pictures. This technique involves editing each airport manually. This means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step closer to reality."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Flight Simulator - Level 0 Flight Simulator - Level 1   or  Flight Simulator - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-flight-simulator-contains-every-airport-in-the-world/
  • https://www.ladbible.com/technology/gaming-microsoft-flight-simulator-2020-will-feature-every-airport-on-earth-20200221
  • https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2020/02/21/asobo-studio-manually-edited-37000-airports-for-microsoft-flight-simulator/


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Warm-ups

1. FLIGHT SIMULATORS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about flight simulators. 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?
       airplane / game / flight / simulator / choice / airports / international / runway / desert
       designer / detail / wind / vehicles / level / approach / innovate / satellite / reality
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FLYING: Students A strongly believe flying is the best way to travel; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. AIRPORTS: How could these things be improved? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Improvements

Why?

Runways

 

 

Check-in

 

 

Shopping

 

 

Immigration

 

 

Information

 

 

Facilities

 

 

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5. GAME: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "game". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SIMULATORS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best simulator games at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Flying a plane
  • Racing an F1 car
  • Walking on the moon
  • Being US President
  • Scuba diving
  • War games
  • Being Harry Potter
  • Being an eagle

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. upgraded a. The one before.
      2. choice b. The action of an airplane, helicopter or rocket moving from the ground into the air.
      3. take off c. An act of selecting something when you have to decide which one or which ones you want.
      4. land d. By hand rather than automatically.
      5. previous e. Increasing the level of something by making it better or by adding to it.
      6. hub f. The action of an airplane, helicopter or rocket moving from the air onto the ground.
      7. manually g. A central airport or other transport facility from which many services operate.

    Paragraph 2

      8. detail h. Cars, buses, trucks, etc.
      9. vehicles i. Make changes in something, especially by introducing new methods and ideas.
      10. runway j. The world or life as it actually is.
      11. approach k. The thin strip of land at airports that airplanes use to leave and arrive.
      12. innovate l. The action of taking special care of someone or something.
      13. attention m. A way of doing something.
      14. reality n. Exactness.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Gamers will be able to simulate landing at more than 37,000 airports.     T / F
  2. Microsoft has more than doubled the number of airports in the game.     T / F
  3. The new game does not include landing strips or desert runways.     T / F
  4. Designers used Google Maps to create the graphics for the airports.     T / F
  5. Designers want to add windsocks in a future version of the game.     T / F
  6. The game's runway markings are the same as in real-life runways.     T / F
  7. A designer said each airport in the game was edited manually.     T / F
  8. A designer said airports in the game are exactly the same as in reality.    T / F

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

  1. upgraded
  2. choice
  3. previous
  4. manually
  5. images
  6. latest
  7. detail
  8. lead
  9. technique
  10. step
  1. stage
  2. done by hand
  3. most recent
  4. selection
  5. top
  6. improved
  7. method
  8. earlier
  9. exactness
  10. pictures

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

  1. upgraded to include every
  2. over 37,000 airports to take
  3. added over 13,000 new airports
  4. tiny airports like rural, grassy
  5. manually designed to look
  6. The graphics are also much better
  7. windsocks blowing
  8. We decided to innovate by
  9. we paid particular
  10. bring every airport a step
  1. editing airports
  2. landing strips
  3. in the latest release
  4. like the real airports
  5. attention to detail
  6. off from
  7. closer to reality
  8. airport in the world
  9. in the wind
  10. to the previous version

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
choice
strips
manually
hubs
upgraded
satellite
version
deserts

The Microsoft airplane game Flight Simulator has been (1) ____________ to include every airport in the world. This means gamers will have a (2) ____________ of over 37,000 airports to take off from and land at. The upgrade has added over 13,000 new airports to the previous (3) ____________ of the game, which included 24,000 airports. The game includes international (4) ____________ like New York's JFK and London Heathrow. It also includes tiny airports like rural, grassy landing (5) ____________ and runways that are in the middle of (6) ____________ or on the top of mountains. The 37,000 airports in Flight Simulator have been (7) ____________ designed to look like the real airports. Designers used (8) ____________ images and Bing Maps to do this.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
blowing
level
reality
release
those
manually
detail
innovate

The graphics are also much better in the latest (9) ____________ of Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot of work and effort into increasing the level of (10) ____________ you see. Gamers will see windsocks (11) ____________ in the wind and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways. The markings on the runways in the game are the same as (12) ____________ on the real runways. Lead game designer Sven Mestas said: "To reach a new (13) ____________, we needed a new approach. We decided to (14) ____________ by editing airports from real satellite pictures. This technique involves editing each airport (15) ____________. This means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step closer to (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The Microsoft airplane game Flight Simulator has ______
     a.  bin upgraded
     b.  been upgraded
     c.  being upgraded
     d.  be upgraded
2)  have a choice of over 37,000 airports to take off from ______
     a.  and land at
     b.  and laud at
     c.  and lard at
     d.  and loud at
3)  which included 24,000 airports. The game includes ______
     a.  international shrubs
     b.  international huts
     c.  international nubs
     d.  international hubs
4)  It also includes tiny airports like rural, grassy ______
     a.  landing straps
     b.  landing strips
     c.  landing stripes
     d.  landing slips
5)  Designers used satellite images and Bing Maps ______
     a.  to doing this
     b.  to do these
     c.  to do this
     d.  to do them

6)  The graphics are also much better in ______
     a.  the lay tryst release
     b.  the lay test release
     c.  the late test release
     d.  the latest release
7)  The designers put a lot of work and effort into increasing the level of ______
     a.  detail you sees
     b.  detail you see
     c.  detail you seen
     d.  detail you seer
8)  To reach a new level, we needed ______
     a.  anew approach
     b.  a newer approach
     c.  a new approach
     d.  a new a app roach
9)  This technique involves editing each ______
     a.  airport man knew all Lee
     b.  airport man new ally
     c.  airport manual Lee
     d.  airport manually
10)  we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a ______ reality
     a.  step closer too
     b.  step closed to
     c.  step closer to
     d.  step cloister to

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Microsoft airplane game Flight Simulator has (1) ___________________ include every airport in the world. This means gamers will have a choice of over 37,000 airports to (2) ___________________ and land at. The upgrade has added over 13,000 new airports to the (3) ___________________ the game, which included 24,000 airports. (4) ___________________ international hubs like New York's JFK and London Heathrow. It also includes tiny airports like rural, grassy (5) ___________________ runways that are in the middle of deserts or on the top of mountains. The 37,000 airports in Flight Simulator have been (6) ___________________ look like the real airports. Designers used satellite images and Bing Maps to do this.

The graphics are also much better in the (7) ___________________ Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot of (8) ___________________ into increasing the level of detail you see. Gamers will see windsocks blowing (9) ___________________ and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways. The markings on the runways in the game are the (10) ___________________ on the real runways. Lead game designer Sven Mestas said: "To reach a new level, we needed a new approach. We decided to (11) ___________________ airports from real satellite pictures. This technique involves editing each airport manually. This means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many airports does Microsoft's Flight Simulator now have?
  2. How many new airports did Microsoft add to Flight Simulator?
  3. Where did the article say there were airports in the middle of?
  4. What did designers do to each airport?
  5. What search engine did designers get their images from?
  6. What did the article say was much better in the latest release?
  7. What can gamers see blowing in the wind?
  8. What can gamers see driving around runways?
  9. What did the designers decide to do?
  10. What did a designer say the simulator was a step closer to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many airports does Microsoft's Flight Simulator now have?
a) over 57,000
b) over 45,000
c) over 37,000
d) over 73,000
2) How many new airports did Microsoft add to Flight Simulator?
a) over 13,000
b) over 14,000
c) over 15,000
d) over 16,000
3) Where did the article say there were airports in the middle of?
a) cities
b) deserts
c) mountains
d) the sea
4) What did designers do to each airport?
a) add virtual reality
b) start from scratch
c) make them 3D
d) deign them manually
5) Where did designers get their satellite images from?
a) Google Maps
b) National Geographic
c) Bing Maps
d) an aerial photographer

6) What did the article say was much better in the latest release?
a) the people's faces
b) the graphics
c) the sound
d) the colour
7) What can gamers see blowing in the wind?
a) people's hair
b) airplanes
c) the answer
d) windsocks
8) What can gamers see driving around runways?
a) airplanes
b) service vehicles
c) the police
d) buses
9) What did the designers decide to do?
a) start from scratch
b) innovate
c) give up
d) call it a day

10) What did a designer say the simulator was a step closer to?
a) reality
b) perfection
c) finishing
d) a cheaper product

Role play

Role  A – War Games
You think a war game is the best simulator. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their simulators. Also, tell the others which is the least fun of these (and why): being Harry Potter, scuba diving or flying a plane.

Role  B – Being Harry Potter
You think being Harry Potter is the best simulator. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their simulators. Also, tell the others which is the least fun of these (and why): war games, scuba diving or flying a plane.

Role  C – Scuba Diving
You think scuba diving is the best simulator. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their simulators. Also, tell the others which is the least fun of these (and why): being Harry Potter, war games or flying a plane.

Role  D – Flying a Plane
You think flying a plane is the best simulator. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their simulators. Also, tell the others which is the least fun of these (and why): being Harry Potter, scuba diving or war games.

After reading / listening

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

'flight'

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  • and 'airport'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • upgraded
    • choice
    • previous
    • strip
    • top
    • this
    • much
    • see
    • wind
    • reach
    • editing
    • step




    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 - Flight Simulator

    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 'flight'?
    3. What do you know about flight simulators?
    4. Do you think flight simulators are fun?
    5. What is your favourite video game?
    6. What would it be like to fly a real airplane?
    7. Why does this game need to have 37,000 airports?
    8. What do you think of flying?
    9. Which do you like better, taking off or landing?
    10. Is it better to land on top of a mountain or on a grassy strip?

    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 'airplane'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important are graphics in video games?
    5. How important are video games to you?
    6. What other simulator games would you like to play?
    7. Would you like to be a pilot?
    8. Which is better, flying or using a flight simulator?
    9. What will games be like in 50 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the game developers?

    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)

    The Microsoft airplane game Flight Simulator has been (1) ____ to include every airport in the world. This means gamers will have a (2) ____ of over 37,000 airports to take off from and (3) ____ at. The upgrade has added over 13,000 new airports to the previous version of the game, which included 24,000 airports. The game includes international (4) ____ like New York's JFK and London Heathrow. It also includes tiny airports like rural, grassy (5) ____ strips and runways that are in the middle of deserts or on the top of mountains. The 37,000 airports in Flight Simulator have been (6) ____ designed to look like the real airports. Designers used satellite images and Bing Maps to do this.

    The graphics are also much better in the (7) ____ release of Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot of work and effort into increasing the level of (8) ____ you see. Gamers will see windsocks blowing in the wind and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways. The markings on the runways in the game are the same as (9) ____ on the real runways. Lead game designer Sven Mestas said: "To reach a new level, we needed a new (10) ____. We decided to innovate by editing airports from real satellite pictures. This technique involves editing (11) ____ airport manually. This means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step closer to (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     downgraded     (b)     graded     (c)     re-graded     (d)     upgraded    
    2. (a)     choice     (b)     chosen     (c)     choose     (d)     chase    
    3. (a)     land     (b)     down     (c)     ground     (d)     port    
    4. (a)     hubs     (b)     rubs     (c)     tubs     (d)     subs    
    5. (a)     ending     (b)     flying     (c)     sending     (d)     landing    
    6. (a)     many     (b)     menially     (c)     manually     (d)     manly    
    7. (a)     latest     (b)     least     (c)     lest     (d)     lost    
    8. (a)     decaf     (b)     dovetail     (c)     decal     (d)     detail    
    9. (a)     those     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     this    
    10. (a)     roach     (b)     approach     (c)     poach     (d)     peach    
    11. (a)     whole     (b)     each     (c)     all     (d)     entire    
    12. (a)     reality     (b)     really     (c)     realty     (d)     real

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  on the runways in the game are the same as those on the real runways. Lead game designer Sven Mestas said:
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    (...)  The graphics are also much better in the latest release of Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot
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    (...)  in the wind and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways. The markings
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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The graphics are also much / more better in the latest realise / release of Flight Simulator. The designers put a lot of work and / end effort into increasing the level of detail you see. Gamers will see windsocks blew / blowing in the wind and service vehicles driving / drove around the roads next to the runways. The markings on the runways in the game are the same as those on the really / real runways. Lead game design / designer Sven Mestas said: "To reach a new level, we needed a new flight / approach. We decided to innovate by editing airports from real satellite pictures. This technique involves editing whole / each airport manually. This means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step / stair closer to reality."

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    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the microsoft airplane game flight simulator has been upgraded to include every airport in the world this means gamers will have a choice of over 37000 airports to take off from and land at the upgrade has added over 13000 new airports to the previous version of the game which included 24000 airports the game includes international hubs like new yorks jfk and london heathrow it also includes tiny airports like rural grassy landing strips and runways that are in the middle of deserts or on the top of mountains the 37000 airports in flight simulator have been manually designed to look like the real airports designers used satellite images and bing maps to do this

    the graphics are also much better in the latest release of flight simulator the designers put a lot of work and effort into increasing the level of detail you see gamers will see windsocks blowing in the wind and service vehicles driving around the roads next to the runways the markings on the runways in the game are the same as those on the real runways lead game designer sven mestas said to reach a new level we needed a new approach we decided to innovate by editing airports from real satellite pictures this technique involves editing each airport manually this means we paid particular attention to detail to bring every airport a step closer to reality

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheMicrosoftairplanegameFlightSimulatorhasbeenupgradedtoinclu
    deeveryairportintheworld.Thismeansgamerswillhaveachoiceofover
    37,000airportstotakeofffromandlandat.Theupgradehasaddedover1
    3,000newairportstothepreviousversionofthegame,whichincluded2
    4,000airports.ThegameincludesinternationalhubslikeNewYork'sJFK
    andLondonHeathrow.Italsoincludestinyairportslikerural,grassyland
    ingstripsandrunwaysthatareinthemiddleofdesertsoronthetopofmou
    ntains.The37,000airportsinFlightSimulatorhavebeenmanuallydesig
    nedtolookliketherealairports.DesignersusedsatelliteimagesandBing
    Mapstodothis.ThegraphicsarealsomuchbetterinthelatestreleaseofFl
    ightSimulator.Thedesignersputalotofworkandeffortintoincreasingth
    elevelofdetailyousee.Gamerswillseewindsocksblowinginthewindan
    dservicevehiclesdrivingaroundtheroadsnexttotherunways.Themark
    ingsontherunwaysinthegamearethesameasthoseontherealrunways
    .LeadgamedesignerSvenMestassaid:"Toreachanewlevel,weneeded
    anewapproach.Wedecidedtoinnovatebyeditingairportsfromrealsate
    llitepictures.Thistechniqueinvolveseditingeachairportmanually.This
    meanswepaidparticularattentiontodetailtobringeveryairportastepcl
    osertoreality."

    Free writing

    Write about flight simulator for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Using a flight simulator game is better than really flying. 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. FLIGHT SIMULATORS: Make a poster about flight simulators. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DANGEROUS: Write a magazine article about banning flight simulators because they could be used for spying. 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 flight simulators. Ask him/her three questions about flight simulators. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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