Intermediate Instant Lesson™
A: Talking About Experiences
Ask another student the questions below:
1. Which is your favorite way to travel long-distance? Why?
by train, by car, by plane, by ship, by bus
2. Which of these things is most important to you when you fly? Why?
|Airline||Airport departed from||Destination|
|New York La Guardia|
B: Completing a Chart
Use Article 1 to complete this table of information about what happened on the three flights.
|Name of Airline||Who was involved||Problem||Result|
|Delta||_______ passengers||one passenger wanted to put her seat back and the woman behind her wanted to sleep on her ______||Flight diverted to ______, Police removed 1 passenger|
|American Airlines||passengers||argument over a ________||Flight diverted to Boston, one passenger _______ in court|
|United Airlines||passengers||argument over _______ - stops seat in front from reclining||Flight diverted to ________|
You are now going to read a second article. Here are four names from Article 2. Scan Article 2 to find the names and then fill in the gaps in the sentences with information from the article. Do it as quickly as you can!
|Bryan Bliss is a f____________
____________ year-old pilot.
Go is a l____________ - cost ____________ which is part of B____________ Airways.
Sue Harrison is a ____________ for Go.
Malpensa is the name of the ____________ in Milan where the plane in this article landed.
D: True or False
Read these statements and then read Article 2 to see if they are true (T) or false (F).
1. The pilot of a plane would not allow his passengers to get off the plane for 40 minutes because he couldn't find out who had smoked on the flight.
2. The flight was the first one that Go had made.
3. The pilot is very experienced.
4. The pilot was arrested at Malpensa Airport.
5. The smoke detector in one of the toilets on the plane was blocked accidentally.
The following events are from Article 2. Put them in the right order: Write 1-9 next to each event.
a. The plane arrived at Malpensa airport in Milan.
b. The plane left Stansted airport.
c. The passenger smoked a cigarette.
d. The pilot flew the plane back to Stansted.
e. The pilot would not allow the passengers to leave the plane until the smoker was identified.
f. A passenger blocked the smoke detector in the toilets.
g. The pilot let the passengers leave the plane although the smoker had not been identified.
h. The inquiry was still continuing.
i. The Italian police questioned the pilot at the airport.
You may do one or more of these.
Fill the gaps in the sentences with one of the prepositions from the table. Do not look at Article 2 or other exercises while you are doing this exercise!
on, to, from, in, for
The flight was Stansted Milan.
The incident occurred a Sunday afternoon.
The pilot landed the plane Milan.
The plane waited the runway a long period of time.
The pilot was angry because a passenger had smoked one of the toilets.
The pilot was questioned by police the same day.
The questioning took place 27 July.
The pilot delayed his passengers 40 minutes.
Sue Harrison is a spokesperson "Go", a new carrier.
Go first began its flights May, 1998.
B: Role Play
Student A: You are the pilot in Article 2. You have just heard that someone has been smoking on your plane. You are angry that this person has broken the nonsmoking rule on your plane. Your partner is the copilot. Tell them what you plan to do about this.
Student B: You are the copilot on the plane in today's article. You have just heard that someone has been smoking on your plane. Your partner is the pilot. Your partner will tell you what they plan to do about this. You are surprised.
C: Tell a Story
Have you ever had a similar experience to the events from today's articles? Think about it and make a few notes. Then tell someone else your story.
D: Write a Short Letter
You were one of the people on a plane from Article 1 where the plane was diverted because of arguing passengers. Choose one of the characters below and write a short description of how you felt or what you did when this happened:
a flight attendant:
a parent with a small child:
a business person rushing to a meeting:
a young woman who knows her boyfriend is waiting for her in the airport:
TEACHERS' NOTES AND ANSWER KEY
A: Finding Information - Answers
Airline Airport departed from Destination Delta New York La Guardia West Palm Beach American Airlines Paris Miami United Newark Denver
B: Completing A Chart - Answers
Name of Airline Who was involved Problem Result Delta 2 women passengers one passenger wanted to recline her seat, the woman behind her wanted to sleep while resting on her tray table Flight diverted to Jacksonville, Police removed 1 passenger American Airlines passengers argument over a reclining seat Flight diverted to Boston, one passenger charged United Airlines passengers argument over Knee Defender - stops seat in front from reclining Flight diverted to Chicago
C: Scanning - Answers
Bryan Bliss is a fifty-seven year-old pilot.
Go is a low- cost carrier which is part of British Airways.
Sue Harrison is a spokeswoman for Go.
Malpensa is the name of the airport in Milan where the plane in this article landed.
D: True or False? - Answers
1. True, 2. False, 3. True, 4. False, 5. False.
E: Sequencing - Answers
a. = 4
b. = 1
c. = 3
d. = 8
e. = 5
f. = 2
g. = 6
h. = 9
i. = 7
A: Language - Answers
The flight was from Stansted to Milan.
The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon.
The pilot landed the plane in Milan.
The plane waited on the runway for a long period of time.
The pilot was angry because a passenger had smoked in one of the toilets.
The pilot was questioned by police on Monday.
The questioning took place on 27 July.
The pilot delayed his passengers for 40 minutes.
Sue Harrison is a spokesperson for Go, a new carrier.
Go first began its flights in May.
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