The Reading / Listening - Supersonic Jets - Level 1

There could be supersonic passenger planes this decade. Supersonic means faster than the speed of sound, which is 1,234kph. United Airlines will buy 15 supersonic jets. The planes will fly up to 88 business class passengers and have a top speed of 2,099kph. Most modern airplanes fly at around 1,000kph. The new planes will cut the time it takes to fly from London to New York from around 7 1/2 hours to less than four hours.



The United Airlines jets will be the first supersonic jets to make commercial flights since 2003. The cost of the tickets will be about the same as regular business class tickets. Previously, supersonic travel cost over 20 times more than economy class. Only the super-rich could fly. The new planes will use less fuel and will be net-zero carbon. The cost of each airplane is around $200 million. Boom already has around $6 billion in orders.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Supersonic Jets - Level 0 Supersonic Jets - Level 2   or  Supersonic Jets - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/united-placed-3-billion-order-121600471.html
  • https://www.autoevolution.com/news/supersonic-boom-overture-is-set-to-become-the-world-s-fastest-airliner-162499.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57361193
  • https://boomsupersonic.com/overture


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. supersonic passenger
  2. faster than the speed
  3. United Airlines will buy 15
  4. business
  5. a top speed
  6. modern airplanes fly
  7. cut the time it
  8. from around 7 1/2 hours to
  1. class passengers
  2. at around 1,000kph
  3. less than four hours
  4. planes
  5. supersonic jets
  6. takes to fly
  7. of 2,099kph
  8. of sound

Paragraph 2

  1. the first supersonic jets to make
  2. The cost of the tickets will be
  3. economy
  4. Only the super-
  5. The new planes will
  6. net-
  7. The cost
  8. around $6 billion
  1. rich could fly
  2. of each airplane
  3. about the same
  4. in orders
  5. class
  6. use less fuel
  7. zero carbon
  8. commercial flights

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ supersonic passenger planes this decade. Supersonic (2) ___________________ the speed of sound, which is 1,234kph. United Airlines (3) ___________________ supersonic jets. The planes will fly up to 88 business class passengers and have (4) ___________________ of 2,099kph. Most modern airplanes fly at around 1,000kph. The new planes will (5) ___________________ it takes to fly from London to New York from around 7 1/2 hours (6) ___________________ four hours.

The United Airlines jets will (1) ___________________ supersonic jets to make commercial (2) ___________________. The cost of the tickets will be about the (3) ___________________ business class tickets. Previously, supersonic travel (4) ___________________ times more than economy class. Only the super-rich could fly. The new planes will (5) ___________________ and will be net-zero carbon. The cost of each airplane is around $200 million. Boom already has around $6 (6) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therecouldbesupersonicpassengerplanesthisdecade.Supersonicme
ansfasterthanthespeedofsound,whichis1,234kph.UnitedAirlineswill
buy15supersonicjets.Theplaneswillflyupto88businessclasspassen
gersandhaveatopspeedof2,099kph.Mostmodernairplanesflyatarou
nd1,000kph.ThenewplaneswillcutthetimeittakestoflyfromLondonto
NewYorkfromaround71/2hourstolessthanfourhours.TheUnitedAirli
nesjetswillbethefirstsupersonicjetstomakecommercialflightssince2
003.Thecostoftheticketswillbeaboutthesameasregularbusinessclas
stickets.Previously,supersonictravelcostover20timesmorethanecon
omyclass.Onlythesuper-richcouldfly.Thenewplaneswilluselessfuela
ndwillbenet-zerocarbon.Thecostofeachairplaneisaround$200milli
on.Boomalreadyhasaround$6billioninorders.

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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