The Reading / Listening - Air Bridges - Level 2

The word "air bridge" has a new meaning. An older meaning is the walkway that joins an airport departure lounge to an airplane. Now, it also means a way in which people can travel safely between countries in the coronavirus pandemic. It is also called a "travel bubble". Countries that have successfully managed the coronavirus are creating air bridges. The United Kingdom has signed air bridge agreements with other countries. This means there will be no quarantine requirements for those travelling between the UK and these countries.



Travellers to the UK must tell the government of their contact details, travel details and the address of where they will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK wants to open its economy and allow more people to enter the country. It wants to allow visitors from France, Greece, Portugal and Spain to enter the country. A newspaper said these countries are "most advantageous" to the UK economy. The newspaper said the UK is also thinking about air bridges with Australia, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Air Bridges - Level 0 Air Bridges - Level 1   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. the walkway that joins an
  3. departure
  4. people can travel
  5. successfully managed
  6. signed air bridge
  7. quarantine
  8. between the UK and
  1. lounge
  2. requirements
  3. a new meaning
  4. these countries
  5. airport
  6. the coronavirus
  7. agreements
  8. safely

Paragraph 2

  1. Travellers to the UK must tell
  2. contact
  3. the address of where
  4. Anyone who breaks the
  5. It wants to allow visitors
  6. "most advantageous" to
  7. the UK is also
  8. Gibraltar
  1. thinking
  2. from France
  3. and Montserrat
  4. they will quarantine
  5. the UK economy
  6. 14-day quarantine
  7. the government
  8. details

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The word "air bridge" has (1) ___________________. An older meaning is the walkway (2) ___________________ airport departure lounge to an airplane. Now, it also means a way in which people (3) ___________________ between countries in the coronavirus pandemic. It is also called (4) ___________________. Countries that have successfully managed the coronavirus are creating air bridges. The United Kingdom has signed air bridge agreements with other countries. This (5) ___________________ be no quarantine requirements for those travelling between the UK (6) ___________________.

Travellers to the UK (7) ___________________ government of their contact details, travel details and the (8) ___________________ they will quarantine. Anyone who breaks the 14-day quarantine will get a fine. The UK (9) ___________________ its economy and allow more people to enter the country. It wants to (10) ___________________ France, Greece, Portugal and Spain to enter the country. A newspaper said these countries are "most advantageous" to (11) ___________________. The newspaper said the UK is (12) ___________________ air bridges with Australia, Bermuda, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theword"airbridge"hasanewmeaning.Anoldermeaningisthewalkwa
ythatjoinsanairportdepartureloungetoanairplane.Now,italsomeans
awayinwhichpeoplecantravelsafelybetweencountriesinthecoronavir
uspandemic.Itisalsocalleda"travelbubble".Countriesthathavesucce
ssfullymanagedthecoronavirusarecreatingairbridges.TheUnitedKin
gdomhassignedairbridgeagreementswithothercountries.Thismeans
therewillbenoquarantinerequirementsforthosetravellingbetweenth
eUKandthesecountries.TravellerstotheUKmusttellthegovernmentof
theircontactdetails,traveldetailsandtheaddressofwheretheywillquar
antine.Anyonewhobreaksthe14-dayquarantinewillgetafine.TheU
Kwantstoopenitseconomyandallowmorepeopletoenterthecountry.I
twantstoallowvisitorsfromFrance,Greece,PortugalandSpaintoentert
hecountry.Anewspapersaidthesecountriesare"mostadvantageous"t
otheUKeconomy.ThenewspapersaidtheUKisalsothinkingaboutairbri
dgeswithAustralia,Bermuda,theFalklandIslands,GibraltarandMonts
errat.

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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