The Reading / Listening - Flying Cars - Level 2

It's hard to keep up with technology, especially when science fiction becomes science fact. For decades, we have watched movies about a future with flying cars. This week, we saw a real one. A prototype flying AirCar completed a test flight between a regional airport in Slovakia and an airport in the capital city Bratislava. The 90km journey took 35 minutes. AirCar is from a company called Klein Vision. A company founder said: "AirCar is no longer just a proof of concept." He said AirCar flew at a height of 2,500 metres and a speed of 185kph. He said science fiction is now "a reality".

AirCar is a road-legal car. It transforms into an aircraft in less than three minutes. The company's CEO flew and landed the vehicle on its test flight. He landed at Bratislava Airport, pushed one button to turn the aircraft into a sports car and drove it into downtown Bratislava. He said the flight was "normal" and "very pleasant". A newer, more powerful AirCar will have a much better engine. It will have a cruising speed of 300kph and a range of 1,000 kilometres. The newer model will be a four-seater as opposed to the two-seater that was recently tested.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Flying Cars - Level 0 Flying Cars - Level 1   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. It's hard to keep
  2. when science fiction becomes
  3. movies about a future
  4. A prototype flying AirCar completed
  5. a regional
  6. The 90km journey
  7. AirCar flew at a height
  8. science fiction is
  1. with flying cars
  2. a test flight
  3. now a reality
  4. took 35 minutes
  5. science fact
  6. of 2,500 metres
  7. up with technology
  8. airport

Paragraph 2

  1. AirCar is a road-
  2. It transforms
  3. in less than
  4. The company's CEO flew and
  5. drove it into
  6. It will have a cruising
  7. a range of
  8. as opposed
  1. landed the vehicle
  2. three minutes
  3. speed of 300kph
  4. legal car
  5. to the two-seater
  6. 1,000 kilometres
  7. into an aircraft
  8. downtown Bratislava

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It's hard to keep (1) ___________________, especially when science fiction (2) ___________________. For decades, we have watched movies about a (3) ___________________ cars. This week, we saw a real one. A prototype flying AirCar completed a test flight between (4) ___________________ in Slovakia and an airport in the capital city Bratislava. The 90km journey took 35 minutes. AirCar is from a company called Klein Vision. A company founder said: "AirCar is no longer (5) ___________________ of concept." He said AirCar flew at a height of 2,500 metres and a speed of 185kph. He said science fiction is (6) ___________________.

AirCar is a road-legal car. It (7) ___________________ aircraft in less than three minutes. The company's CEO flew and landed the vehicle on (8) ___________________. He landed at Bratislava Airport, pushed one button to (9) ___________________ into a sports car and drove it into downtown Bratislava. He said the flight was "normal" (10) ___________________. A newer, more powerful AirCar will have a much better engine. It will have (11) ___________________ of 300kph and a range of 1,000 kilometres. The newer model will be a four-seater as opposed to the two-seater that (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

It'shardtokeepupwithtechnology,especiallywhensciencefictionbeco
messciencefact.Fordecades,wehavewatchedmoviesaboutafuturewi
thflyingcars.Thisweek,wesawarealone.AprototypeflyingAirCarcomp
letedatestflightbetweenaregionalairportinSlovakiaandanairportinth
ecapitalcityBratislava.The90kmjourneytook35minutes.AirCarisfro
macompanycalledKleinVision.Acompanyfoundersaid:"AirCarisnolo
ngerjustaproofofconcept."HesaidAirCarflewataheightof2,500metre
sandaspeedof185kph.Hesaidsciencefictionisnow"areality".AirCaris
aroad-legalcar.Ittransformsintoanaircraftinlessthanthreeminutes.T
hecompany'sCEOflewandlandedthevehicleonitstestflight.Helanded
atBratislavaAirport,pushedonebuttontoturntheaircraftintoasportsc
aranddroveitintodowntownBratislava.Hesaidtheflightwas"normal"a
nd"verypleasant".Anewer,morepowerfulAirCarwillhaveamuchbette
rengine.Itwillhaveacruisingspeedof300kphandarangeof1,000kilom
etres.Thenewermodelwillbeafour-seaterasopposedtothetwo-sea
terthatwasrecentlytested.

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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