The Reading / Listening - Flying Cars - Level 1

New technology means science fiction is becoming science fact. We have watched movies about a future with flying cars. This week, we saw a real one - the AirCar. It did a test flight between two airports in Slovakia. It flew at a height of 2,500 metres and a speed of 185kph. The 90km journey took 35 minutes. AirCar is from a company called Klein Vision. It said AirCar was no longer just an idea. It said science fiction is now "a reality".

AirCar is road legal. It turns into an aircraft in less than three minutes. On the recent test, the company's CEO landed it at Bratislava Airport. He then pushed a button to turn it into a sports car and drove it into the city. He said the flight was "normal" and "very pleasant". A new AirCar will have a better engine. It will have a cruising speed of 300kph and a range of 1,000 kilometres. It will also have four seats.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Flying Cars - Level 0 Flying Cars - Level 2   or  Flying Cars - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/30/business/flying-car-flight-slovakia-scli-intl/index.html
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/science-fiction-reality-flying-sportscar-070052538.html
  • https://www.engadget.com/aircar-first-inter-city-flight-092852060.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. science fiction is becoming
  2. movies about a future with
  3. It did a test flight between
  4. It flew at a height
  5. a speed
  6. The 90km journey
  7. AirCar was no longer just
  8. science fiction is
  1. took 35 minutes
  2. of 2,500 metres
  3. now a reality
  4. flying cars
  5. two airports
  6. an idea
  7. of 185kph
  8. science fact

Paragraph 2

  1. It turns into
  2. the company's CEO landed it
  3. He then pushed
  4. the flight was normal and
  5. A new AirCar will have a better
  6. a cruising speed
  7. a range
  8. It will also
  1. of 300kph
  2. a button
  3. have four seats
  4. an aircraft
  5. of 1,000 kilometres
  6. at Bratislava Airport
  7. engine
  8. very pleasant

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New technology means science (1) ___________________ science fact. We have watched movies about a (2) ___________________ cars. This week, we saw a real one - the AirCar. It did a test flight between (3) ___________________ Slovakia. It flew at a height of 2,500 metres and (4) ___________________ 185kph. The 90km journey took 35 minutes. AirCar is from a company called Klein Vision. It said AirCar was (5) ___________________ an idea. It said science fiction is (6) ___________________.

AirCar (7) ___________________. It turns into an aircraft in less than three minutes. On (8) ___________________, the company's CEO landed it at Bratislava Airport. He then pushed button to turn it into a sports car (9) ___________________ into the city. He said the flight was "normal" (10) ___________________. A new AirCar will have (11) ___________________. It will have a cruising speed of 300kph and (12) ___________________ 1,000 kilometres. It will also have four seats.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Newtechnologymeanssciencefictionisbecomingsciencefact.Wehave
watchedmoviesaboutafuturewithflyingcars.Thisweek,wesawarealo
ne-theAirCar.ItdidatestflightbetweentwoairportsinSlovakia.Itflewa
taheightof2,500metresandaspeedof185kph.The90kmjourneytook3
5minutes.AirCarisfromacompanycalledKleinVision.ItsaidAirCarwas
nolongerjustanidea.Itsaidsciencefictionisnow"areality".AirCarisroa
dlegal.Itturnsintoanaircraftinlessthanthreeminutes.Ontherecenttes
t,thecompany'sCEOlandeditatBratislavaAirport.Hethenpushedbutt
ontoturnitintoasportscaranddroveitintothecity.Hesaidtheflightwas"
normal"and"verypleasant".AnewAirCarwillhaveabetterengine.Itwill
haveacruisingspeedof300kphandarangeof1,000kilometres.Itwillals
ohavefourseats.

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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