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Iceland volcano shuts down Euro airspace (16th April, 2010)

A volcano in Iceland has shut down a lot of Europe’s airspace. A giant ash cloud from the volcano means it is too dangerous for airplanes to fly. The ash gets into the airplane’s engines and can cause great damage. The volcano erupted on Wednesday and has caused travel chaos all over the world. Thousands of flights could not take off in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium and Scandinavia. People across the world with flights to these countries cannot travel until the cloud disappears. Scientists do not know when the ash will clear.

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A weather forecaster from Iceland’s meteorological office said the situation would continue for days, or even weeks. He pointed out that the same volcano erupted in 1821 and continued for two years. It is difficult to imagine what would happen if no planes could fly to most of Europe until 2012. Ferry and train companies would be very busy, and happy. Other people who are happy at the moment are sunset watchers. The ash in the sky is creating beautiful and spectacular sunsets. The whole world is watching this ash cloud.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

shut down a lot of

a.

on Wednesday

2

it is too dangerous

b.

all over the world

3.

The volcano erupted

c.

for airplanes to fly

4.

caused travel chaos

d.

not know

5.

Thousands of flights could

e.

Europe’s airspace

6.

Scientists do

f.

not take off

 

Paragraph 2

1.

A weather

a.

erupted in 1821

2

the situation would

b.

is watching

3.

the same volcano

c.

spectacular sunsets

4.

It is difficult

d.

forecaster

5.

creating beautiful and

e.

to imagine

6.

The whole world

f.

continue for days


LISTENING GAP FILL

A volcano in Iceland __________________ of Europe’s airspace. A giant ash cloud from the volcano means it is too dangerous for airplanes to fly. __________________ airplane’s engines and can cause great damage. The volcano erupted on Wednesday and has _____________________ over the world. Thousands of flights could not take off in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium and Scandinavia. People __________________ flights to these countries cannot travel until the cloud disappears. Scientists do ____________________ will clear.

A weather forecaster from Iceland’s meteorological office said the __________________ for days, or even weeks. He pointed out that the same volcano erupted in 1821 and continued for two years. It is __________________ what would happen if no planes __________________ of Europe until 2012. Ferry and train companies would be very busy, and happy. Other people who are __________________ are sunset watchers. The ash in the sky is creating beautiful and spectacular sunsets. The whole __________________ this ash cloud.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A volcano in Iceland has shut down a lot of Europe’s airspace. A (1) ____ ash cloud from the volcano means it is too dangerous for airplanes to fly. The ash (2) ____ into the airplane’s engines and can cause great damage. The volcano erupted on Wednesday and has caused travel (3) ____ all over the world. Thousands of flights could not take (4) ____ in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium and Scandinavia. People across the world with flights to these countries cannot travel (5) ____ the cloud disappears. Scientists do not know when the ash will clear.

A weather (6) ____ from Iceland’s meteorological office said the situation would continue for days, or even weeks. He pointed (7) ____ that the same volcano erupted in 1821 and continued for two years. It is difficult to imagine what would (8) ____ if no planes could fly to most of Europe until 2012. Ferry and train companies would be very busy, and happy. Other people who are happy at the (9) ____ are sunset watchers. The ash in the sky is creating beautiful and spectacular sunsets. The (10) ____ world is watching this ash cloud.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

giant

(b)

dwarf

(c)

fairy

2.

(a)

got

(b)

getting

(c)

gets

3.

(a)

chaotic

(b)

chaos

(c)

chaotically

4.

(a)

off

(b)

on

(c)

up

5.

(a)

still

(b)

until

(c)

already

6.

(a)

guesser

(b)

forecaster

(c)

fortune teller

7.

(a)

up

(b)

to

(c)

out

8.

(a)

happen

(b)

happening

(c)

happens

9.

(a)

now

(b)

immediately

(c)

moment

10.

(a)

all

(b)

whole

(c)

every


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

A giant ash could

2.

too uoagsdnre

3.

cause great gmdaae

4.

The volcano pdteeur on Wednesday

5.

fgslhti to these countries

6.

the ash will aclre

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the situation would entiunoc

8.

He tinodep out that…

9.

difficult to naeigmi

10.

train apneomcis

11.

beautiful and spectacular susetns

12.

The ewloh world is watching


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

creating beautiful and spectacular sunsets. The whole world is watching this ash cloud.

(    )

A weather forecaster from Iceland’s meteorological office said the situation would continue for days,

(    )

it is too dangerous for airplanes to fly. The ash gets into the airplane’s engines and can cause great

(    )

damage. The volcano erupted on Wednesday and has caused travel chaos all over the world. Thousands of

(    )

flights could not take off in Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium and Scandinavia. People across the world

(    )

years. It is difficult to imagine what would happen if no planes could fly to most of Europe until 2012. Ferry and train companies would be very busy, and

1  )

A volcano in Iceland has shut down a lot of Europe’s airspace. A giant ash cloud from the volcano means

(    )

with flights to these countries cannot travel until the cloud disappears. Scientists do not know when the ash will clear.

(    )

or even weeks. He pointed out that the same volcano erupted in 1821 and continued for two

(    )

happy. Other people who are happy at the moment are sunset watchers. The ash in the sky is


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Europe’s     of     lot     a     down     Shut     airspace.    

2.

dangerous     for     It     airplanes     is     to     too     fly.    

3.

the     world     Caused     .     travel     chaos     all     over

4.

take     not     could     flights     of     Thousands     off.    

5.

when     not     will     the     Scientists     clear     know     do     ash.    

6.

situation     continue     days     The     would     for.    

7.

out   that   the   same   volcano   erupted   in   1821   He   pointed.  

8.

would     difficult     happen     to     imagine     It     what     is.    

9.

be     busy     Train     would     very     companies.    

10.

ash     world     cloud     is     watching     The     this     whole.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about volcanoes for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about the ash cloud from the Iceland volcano. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about volcanoes. Include imaginary interviews with two people who are waiting at airports unable to fly. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a volcanologist (a volcano expert). Ask him/her three questions about volcanoes. Give him/her three of your opinions on volcanoes. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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