The Reading / Listening - Turtle - Level 3

There are many reasons for delays at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a technical problem, and other times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new cause of flight delays – a turtle going for a walk. The runway at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was spotted on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take off told air traffic controllers about the small reptile at around 11:35am. There was an immediate search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to locate the creature. They safely removed it with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.

A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It managed to get under a fence alongside the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have decided to sunbathe because of the warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. Shortly after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. By coincidence, the A380 was painted in a turtle design. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the south of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a bright future."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Turtle - Level 0 Turtle - Level 1   or  Turtle - Level 2

Sources
    https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0007810712 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/turtle-slow-moving-reptile-delays-five-planes-at-japan-airport https://simpleflying.com/tokyo-tortoise-trouble/


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Warm-ups

1. TURTLES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about turtles. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       delays / airports / bad weather / technical problems / flight delays / pilot / creature /
       turtle / pond / sunbathe / airplane / runway / coincidence / island / good luck / future
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. AIRPORT SECURITY: Students A strongly believe airports should increase their security so turtles can't get in; Students B strongly believe that's silly. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. REPTILES: What do you know about these reptiles? How much do you like them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

How Much I Like Them

Turtles

 

 

Komodo dragons

 

 

Snakes

 

 

Geckos

 

 

Alligators

 

 

Chameleons

 

 

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5. DELAY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "delay". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AIRPORT DELAYS: Rank these with your partner. Put the things that are most likely to cause flight delays at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Turtles
  • Late passengers
  • Security alerts
  • Weather
  • Technical problems
  • Bird strikes
  • Cabin cleaning
  • Waiting for luggage

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. delay a. The special airplane road inside an airport on which airplanes land and take off.
      2. technical problem b. A traveller in a taxi or car, or on a bus, train, airplane, ship, etc., but NOT the driver, pilot, or crew.
      3. passenger c. A difficulty because something went wrong with a machine.
      4. boarding gate d. Find.
      5. runway e. A length of time by which something is late or postponed.
      6. spotted f. The area of an airport where people sit and wait to get on the airplane.
      7. locate g. Saw something that might have been difficult to see.

    Paragraph 2

      8. pond h. A barrier around a park, house or building that keeps people and animals out.
      9. fence i. Two things that strangely happen at the same time without being planned.
      10. crawl j. Shows that something will happen.
      11. sunbathe k. Move forward very slowly.
      12. coincidence l. A journey made through the air or in space by an airplane, helicopter, space ship, etc.
      13. flight m. Sit or lie in the sun, especially to get darker skin or to keep warm.
      14. signal n. A small area of water that is usually made by humans.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says there a a few things that cause airport delays.     T / F
  2. A turtle on the tarmac shut a runway at a Tokyo airport for 12 minutes.   T / F
  3. The turtle was spotted at 11:35 at night.     T / F
  4. The turtle caused the delay of five flights from the airport.     T / F
  5. The turtle had escaped from a cage in the baggage area.     T / F
  6. The turtle may have wanted to sunbathe on the runway.     T / F
  7. One of the delayed planes was painted in a turtle design.     T / F
  8. Turtles are seen as a sign of good luck.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. reasons
  2. technical
  3. spotted
  4. immediate
  5. unharmed
  6. nearby
  7. caught
  8. coincidence
  9. spokesperson
  10. signals
  1. neighbourhood
  2. safe
  3. chance
  4. mechanical
  5. indicates
  6. instant
  7. causes
  8. representative
  9. seen
  10. captured

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There are many reasons
  2. sometimes it's a technical
  3. a passenger who is late
  4. air traffic
  5. This caused the delay
  6. she believed the turtle lived
  7. It managed to get under a
  8. It was a lot warmer
  9. the A380 was painted
  10. Turtles are seen as
  1. bringing good luck
  2. to the boarding gate
  3. of five flights
  4. than usual
  5. fence alongside the airport
  6. for delays at airports
  7. in a turtle design
  8. problem
  9. in a nearby pond
  10. controllers

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
flight
locate
delays
air
technical
unharmed
spotted
reptile

There are many reasons for (1) _____________________ at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a (2) _____________________ problem, and other times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new cause of (3) _____________________ delays - a turtle going for a walk. The runway at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was (4) _____________________ on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take off told (5) _____________________ traffic controllers about the small (6) _____________________ at around 11:35am. There was an immediate search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to (7) _____________________ the creature. They safely removed it with a net. They reported that it was (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sunbathe
south
nearby
luck
design
crawl
bright
time

A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in a (9) _____________________ pond. It managed to get under a fence alongside the airport and (10) _____________________ onto the runway. The turtle might have decided to (11) _____________________ because of the warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the (12) _____________________ of the year. Shortly after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. By coincidence, the A380 was painted in a turtle (13) _____________________. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the (14) _____________________ of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good (15) _____________________. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a (16) _____________________ future."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) and other times it's a passenger who is late to ______
     a.  the boarded gate
     b.  the bored din gate
     c.  the bore din gate
     d.  the boarding gate
2)  Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was spotted ______
     a.  on a tarmac
     b.  on the tarmac
     c.  on them tarmac
     d.  in the tarmac
3)  The pilot of an airplane waiting to take off told air traffic controllers about ______
     a.  the snail reptile
     b.  the small reptile
     c.  these mall reptile
     d.  these small reptile
4)  This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to ______
     a.  locale the creature
     b.  low crate the creature
     c.  locate the creature
     d.  lock ate the creature
5)  They safely removed it with a net. They reported that ______
     a.  it was in harmed
     b.  it was harmed
     c.  it wasn't unharmed
     d.  it was unharmed

6)  A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in ______
     a.  a nearby pond
     b.  a nearly pond
     c.  anew by pond
     d.  a newbie pond
7)  crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have ______
     a.  decide it to sunbathe
     b.  decided to sunburn
     c.  decide it to sunburn
     d.  decided to sunbathe
8)  It was going to the island of Okinawa in the ______
     a.  southern of Japan
     b.  south of Japan
     c.  southerly of Japan
     d.  southwardly of Japan
9)  An ANA spokesperson said turtles are seen as ______
     a.  bringing goodly luck
     b.  bringing goodness luck
     c.  bringing goods luck
     d.  bringing good luck
10)  We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals ______
     a.  a bride future
     b.  a blight future
     c.  a brightly future
     d.  a bright future

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are many (1) ____________________ at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's (2) ____________________, and other times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added (3) ____________________ of flight delays - a turtle going for a walk. The runway at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle (4) ____________________ the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take off told air traffic controllers about the small reptile at around 11:35am. There was (5) ____________________ for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to locate the creature. They (6) ____________________ with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.

A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived (7) ____________________ pond. It managed to get under a fence alongside the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have (8) ____________________ because of the warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. Shortly after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane (9) ____________________ the runway. By coincidence, the A380 was painted in (10) ____________________. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the south of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as (11) ____________________. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, (12) ____________________ future."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of problems does the article say might cause airport delays?
  2. For how long did the turtle close the airport?
  3. Who told air traffic controllers about the turtle?
  4. How many flights did the walking turtle delay?
  5. What did airport staff use to capture the turtle?
  6. Where did a spokesperson say the turtle lived?
  7. How was the weather at the airport?
  8. What design did an A380 plane have?
  9. Where was the A380 plane headed?
  10. What are turtles seen as bringing?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of problems does the article say might cause airport delays?
a) security issues
b) technical problems
c) late food delivery
d) fuel problems
2) For how long did the turtle close the airport?
a) 15 minutes
b) 20 minutes
c) 11 minutes
d) 12 minutes
3) Who told air traffic controllers about the turtle?
a) a cabin attendant
b) a passenger
c) a pilot
d) a turtle lover
4) How many flights did the walking turtle delay?
a) 5
b) 6
c) 7
d) 8
5) What did airport staff use to capture the turtle?
a) a cage
b) a net
c) a piece of lettuce
d) a robot

6) Where did a spokesperson say the turtle lived?
a) in a nearby pond
b) in the departure lounge
c) in the Amazon
d) in the mountains
7) How was the weather at the airport?
a) windy
b) tropical
c) warm
d) chilly
8) What design did an A380 plane have?
a) a turtle design
b) a new design
c) an island design
d) a cloud design
9) Where was the A380 plane headed?
a) New York
b) Thailand
c) Hawaii
d) a Japanese island
10) What are turtles seen as bringing?
a) carrots
b) peace
c) good luck
d) problems

Role play

Role  A – A Walking Turtle
You think a walking turtle is the most annoying reason for a flight delay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as annoying. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a late passenger, a security alert or bad weather.

Role  B – A Late Passenger
You think a late passenger is the most annoying reason for a flight delay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as annoying. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a walking turtle, a security alert or bad weather.

Role  C – A Security Alert
You think a security alert is the most annoying reason for a flight delay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as annoying. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a late passenger, a walking turtle or bad weather.

Role  D – Bad Weather
You think bad weather is the most annoying reason for a flight delay. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as annoying. Also, tell the others which is the least annoying of these (and why): a late passenger, a security alert or a walking turtle.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'plane'

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  • and 'airport'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • many
    • late
    • close
    • pilot
    • search
    • net
    • pond
    • decided
    • usual
    • painted
    • south
    • hope

    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 - Turtle

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'plane'?
    3. What do you think of turtles?
    4. Have you ever been delayed?
    5. What do you think of airports?
    6. Have you ever experienced technical problems?
    7. What do you think of turtles going for a walk?
    8. Should airports introduce anti-turtle security?
    9. How do you feel when you are delayed?
    10. What damage could the turtle have caused?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'airport'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about turtles?
    5. Why do turtles like to sunbathe?
    6. What do you think of the coincidence mentioned in this news?
    7. What was the last coincidence you experienced?
    8. Why are turtles seen as bringing good luck?
    9. Do you think you will have a bright future?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the pilot?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There are many reasons (1) ____ delays at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a technical problem, and other times it's a passenger who is late to the (2) ____ gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new cause of flight delays - a turtle going (3) ____ a walk. The runway at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was (4) ____ on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take off (5) ____ air traffic controllers about the small reptile at around 11:35am. There was an immediate search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to (6) ____ the creature. They safely removed it with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.

    A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in a (7) ____ pond. It managed to get under a fence (8) ____ the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have decided to sunbathe because of the warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. (9) ____ after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. (10) ____ coincidence, the A380 was painted in a turtle design. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the (11) ____ of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a (12) ____ future."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     to    
    2. (a)     boarding     (b)     boarded     (c)     boarder     (d)     board    
    3. (a)     for     (b)     by     (c)     in     (d)     exercise    
    4. (a)     spotted     (b)     dotted     (c)     specked     (d)     blemished    
    5. (a)     spoke     (b)     told     (c)     said     (d)     voiced    
    6. (a)     locating     (b)     location     (c)     locater     (d)     locate    
    7. (a)     nearly     (b)     nearing     (c)     nearby     (d)     nears    
    8. (a)     sides     (b)     longing     (c)     side     (d)     alongside    
    9. (a)     Shortly     (b)     Shorts     (c)     Shorten     (d)     Short    
    10. (a)     On     (b)     By     (c)     At     (d)     Of    
    11. (a)     southern     (b)     south     (c)     southwards     (d)     southerly    
    12. (a)     brighten     (b)     brightly     (c)     bright     (d)     blight

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. There are many reasons for ealdsy
    2. sometimes it's a athliccen problem
    3. spotted on the cartam
    4. air atfrcif controllers
    5. There was an teaimidem search
    6. They safely eevrdom it with a net

    Paragraph 2

    1. the turtle lived in a yraneb pond
    2. get under a cfene
    3. unhtabes because of the warm weather
    4. Shortly after the turtle was ugcath
    5. By cencdioncei, the A380 was painted in a turtle design
    6. signals a btgihr future

    Put the text back together

    (...)  cause of flight delays - a turtle going for a walk. The runway at Narita had to close for
    (...)  after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. By coincidence, the A380 was painted in a turtle
    (...)  the warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. Shortly
    (...)  off told air traffic controllers about the small reptile at around 11:35am. There was an immediate
    (...)  the creature. They safely removed it with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.
    (...)  search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to locate
    (...)  in the south of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good
    (...)  design. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa
    (...)  A Narita Airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It managed to get under a
    (...)  fence alongside the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have decided to sunbathe because of
    (...)  problem, and other times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new
    1  ) There are many reasons for delays at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a technical
    (...)  12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was spotted on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take
    (...)  luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a bright future."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. reasons   delays   are   for   There   at   airports   .   many
    2. to   gate   .   boarding   late   Passengers   who   the   are
    3. 2.1-kilogram   the   on   was   turtle   spotted   A   tarmac   .
    4. caused   flights   .   of   delay   This   the   five
    5. They   safely   with   it   net   .   removed   a
    6. She   pond   .   nearby   lived   believed   in   it   a
    7. have   to   The   decided   might   sunbathe   .   turtle
    8. usual   than   warmer   airport   .   lot   at   A   the
    9. Japanese   plane   The   airline   the   was   from   ANA   .
    10. as   are   Turtles   bringing   good   luck   .   seen

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are many reasons for delay / delays at airports. Sometimes it's bad weather, sometimes it's a technical problem, and another / other times it's a passenger who is late to the boarding fence / gate. Narita Airport in Tokyo, Japan has added a new case / cause of flight delays - a turtle going for a walk. The runaway / runway at Narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 2.1-kilogram turtle was spotted / spotty on the tarmac. The pilot of an airplane waiting to take on / off told air traffic controllers about the small reptile on / at around 11:35am. There was an immediately / immediate search for it. This caused the delay of five flights. Airport staff managed to locate the creature. They safely removed / removal it with a net. They reported that it was unharmed.

    A Narita Airport spokesperson said she belief / believed the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It managed to get under a fence alongside / side the airport and crawl onto the runway. The turtle might have decided / decision to sunbathe because of the warmth / warm weather. It was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year. Shortly / Short after the turtle was caught, an A380 airplane took off from the runway. By confidence / coincidence, the A380 was painted in a turtle designer / design. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. It was going to the island of Okinawa in the south / southern of Japan. An ANA spokesperson said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good lucky / luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a blight / bright future."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there are many reasons for delays at airports sometimes its bad weather sometimes its a technical problem and other times its a passenger who is late to the boarding gate narita airport in tokyo japan has added a new cause of flight delays  a turtle going for a walk the runway at narita had to close for 12 minutes because a 21kilogram turtle was spotted on the tarmac the pilot of an airplane waiting to take off told air traffic controllers about the small reptile at around 1135am there was an immediate search for it this caused the delay of five flights airport staff managed to locate the creature they safely removed it with a net they reported that it was unharmed

    a narita airport spokesperson said she believed the turtle lived in a nearby pond it managed to get under a fence alongside the airport and crawl onto the runway the turtle might have decided to sunbathe because of the warm weather it was a lot warmer than usual at the airport for the time of the year shortly after the turtle was caught an a380 airplane took off from the runway by coincidence the a380 was painted in a turtle design the plane was from the japanese airline ana it was going to the island of okinawa in the south of japan an ana spokesperson said turtles are seen as bringing good luck we hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a bright future

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Therearemanyreasonsfordelaysatairports.Sometimesit'sbadweath
    er,sometimesit'satechnicalproblem,andothertimesit'sapassengerw
    hoislatetotheboardinggate.NaritaAirportinTokyo,Japanhasaddedan
    ewcauseofflightdelays-aturtlegoingforawalk.TherunwayatNaritaha
    dtoclosefor12minutesbecausea2.1-kilogramturtlewasspottedonth
    etarmac.Thepilotofanairplanewaitingtotakeofftoldairtrafficcontrolle
    rsaboutthesmallreptileataround11:35am.Therewasanimmediatese
    archforit.Thiscausedthedelayoffiveflights.Airportstaffmanagedtoloc
    atethecreature.Theysafelyremoveditwithanet.Theyreportedthatitw
    asunharmed.ANaritaAirportspokespersonsaidshebelievedtheturtlel
    ivedinanearbypond.Itmanagedtogetunderafencealongsidetheairpo
    rtandcrawlontotherunway.Theturtlemighthavedecidedtosunbatheb
    ecauseofthewarmweather.Itwasalotwarmerthanusualattheairportf
    orthetimeoftheyear.Shortlyaftertheturtlewascaught,anA380airplan
    etookofffromtherunway.Bycoincidence,theA380waspaintedinaturtl
    edesign.TheplanewasfromtheJapaneseairlineANA.Itwasgoingtothei
    slandofOkinawainthesouthofJapan.AnANAspokespersonsaid:"Turtl
    esareseenasbringinggoodluck.Wehopethisturtle,whocametoseethe
    flightoff,signalsabrightfuture."

    Free writing

    Write about turtle for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Airports need better security. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. TURTLES: Make a poster about turtles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. AIRPORT SECURITY: Write a magazine article about airports increasing security to stop turtles getting on the runway. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on turtles. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on turtles. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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