The Reading / Listening - Air Bridges - Level 1

The word "air bridge" has a new meaning. An old meaning is the walkway that joins an airport to an airplane. Now, it also means a way for people to travel safely in the coronavirus pandemic. It is also called a "travel bubble". Countries that feel safe in the coronavirus are making air bridges. The U.K. will have air bridges with other countries. People travelling between these countries will not need to quarantine.



Travellers to the UK must give the government their contact and travel details and where they will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK wants to open its economy to people from other countries. It wants to allow visitors from France, Greece, Portugal and Spain. A newspaper said these countries are "most advantageous" to the UK economy. The UK is also thinking about an air bridge with Australia.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Air Bridges - Level 0 Air Bridges - Level 2   or  Air Bridges - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-britain-bridges/uk-pm-to-announce-deals-for-air-bridges-with-few-countries-on-june-29-telegraph-idUSKBN23P3MO
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/20/spain-to-freely-welcome-britons-without-14-day-covid-19-quarantine
  • https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/travel/2020/06/what-is-an-air-bridge-and-why-are


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The word "air bridge" has
  2. is the walkway that joins
  3. a way for people to travel
  4. the coronavirus
  5. It is also called a
  6. Countries that feel
  7. making
  8. travelling between
  1. these countries
  2. safely
  3. "travel bubble"
  4. air bridges
  5. a new meaning
  6. pandemic
  7. an airport
  8. safe

Paragraph 2

  1. Travellers to
  2. contact and travel
  3. where they will
  4. Anyone who breaks the 14-
  5. open its economy
  6. allow visitors
  7. most advantageous"
  8. The UK is also thinking
  1. day quarantine
  2. to the UK economy
  3. to people
  4. about an air bridge
  5. quarantine
  6. the UK
  7. details
  8. from France

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The word "air bridge" (1) ___________________ meaning. An old meaning is the walkway (2) ___________________ airport to an airplane. Now, it also means (3) ___________________ people to travel safely in the coronavirus pandemic. It (4) ___________________ a "travel bubble". Countries that feel safe in the coronavirus (5) ___________________ bridges. The U.K. will have air bridges with other countries. People travelling between these countries will (6) ___________________ quarantine.

Travellers to the UK (7) ___________________ government their contact and travel details (8) ___________________ will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK wants (9) ___________________ economy to people from other countries. It (10) ___________________ visitors from France, Greece, Portugal and Spain. A newspaper said (11) ___________________ "most advantageous" to the UK economy. The UK is also (12) ___________________ air bridge with Australia.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theword"airbridge"hasanewmeaning.Anoldmeaningisthewalkwayt
hatjoinsanairporttoanairplane.Now,italsomeansawayforpeopletotr
avelsafelyinthecoronaviruspandemic.Itisalsocalleda"travelbubble".
Countriesthatfeelsafeinthecoronavirusaremakingairbridges.TheU.K
.willhaveairbridgeswithothercountries.Peopletravellingbetweenthe
secountrieswillnotneedtoquarantine.TravellerstotheUKmustgivethe
governmenttheircontactandtraveldetailsandwheretheywillquaranti
ne.Anyonewhobreaksthe14-dayquarantinewillgetafine.TheUKwant
stoopenitseconomytopeoplefromothercountries.Itwantstoallowvisit
orsfromFrance,Greece,PortugalandSpain.Anewspapersaidthesecou
ntriesare"mostadvantageous"totheUKeconomy.TheUKisalsothinkin
gaboutanairbridgewithAustralia.

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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