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Subway in the Sky in New York (19th June, 2010)

New York City has a new restaurant that keeps moving up towards the clouds. It is at the building site of the new World Trade Center. The restaurant is a Subway sandwich franchise. It started at ground level but is lifted higher and higher as each new floor is finished. It is currently next to the 27th floor. It will rise another 78 floors over the coming years as the 105-storey building gets finished. The Subway restaurant is a very exclusive eatery – only the workers working on the site can eat there. It saves them having to make the journey to street level to buy lunch.

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It’s great that the builders have this restaurant. It’s not fair that construction workers can’t go shopping at lunch time or pop out for a sandwich. This Subway sandwich shop means they don’t have to. The customers will also have a different view every week. It must be fun to sit at the same table for lunch every day and have a higher view of the city. Maybe other stores will think about how they can help people who work on high buildings. I’m sure many workers would like to use a gym in their break or perhaps sit in a small park that goes up and down.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

moving up towards

a.

level

2

a Subway sandwich

b.

exclusive eatery

3.

ground

c.

78 floors

4.

It will rise another

d.

the clouds

5.

The Subway restaurant is a very

e.

street level

6.

make the journey to

f.

franchise

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s not

a.

for lunch

2

pop out for

b.

fair

3.

sit at the same table

c.

gym

4.

people who work on

d.

and down

5.

use a

e.

a sandwich

6.

goes up

f.

high buildings


LISTENING GAP FILL

New York City has a new restaurant ___________________ towards the clouds. It is at the building site of the new World Trade Center. The restaurant is a Subway ___________________. It started at ground level but is lifted higher and ___________________ floor is finished. It is currently next to the 27th floor. It will rise another 78 floors over the coming years as the ___________________ gets finished. The Subway restaurant is a very ___________________ – only the workers working on the site can eat there. It saves them having to make the journey ___________________ buy lunch.

It’s great that the builders have this restaurant. ___________________ construction workers can’t go shopping at lunch ___________________ for a sandwich. This Subway sandwich shop means they don’t have to. The customers will also have ___________________ every week. It must be fun to sit at the same table for lunch every day and have a higher view of the city. Maybe other stores will ___________________ they can help people who work on high buildings. I’m sure many workers would like to use a ___________________ or perhaps sit in a small ___________________ and down.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

New York City has a new restaurant that (1) ____ moving up towards the clouds. It is at the building (2) ____ of the new World Trade Center. The restaurant is a Subway sandwich franchise. It started at ground level but is lifted higher and higher (3) ____ each new floor is finished. It is currently next to the 27th floor. It will rise another 78 floors over the (4) ____ years as the 105-storey building gets finished. The Subway restaurant is a very exclusive eatery – only the workers working on the site can eat there. It   (5) ____ them having to make the journey to street level to buy lunch.

It’s great that the builders have this restaurant. It’s not (6) ____ that construction workers can’t go shopping at lunch time or pop (7) ____ for a sandwich. This Subway sandwich shop means they don’t have to. The customers will also have a different view every week. It must be fun to sit (8) ____ the same table for lunch every day and have a higher view of the city. Maybe other stores will think about how they can help people who work on high buildings. I’m (9) ____ many workers would like to use a gym in their break or perhaps sit in a small park that (10) ____ up and down.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

keeping

(b)

keeps

(c)

keep

2.

(a)

site

(b)

sight

(c)

side

3.

(a)

has

(b)

as

(c)

was

4.

(a)

going

(b)

visiting

(c)

coming

5.

(a)

spends

(b)

saves

(c)

buys

6.

(a)

fair

(b)

fare

(c)

fear

7.

(a)

up

(b)

in

(c)

out

8.

(a)

at

(b)

in

(c)

to

9.

(a)

real

(b)

sure

(c)

know

10.

(a)

comes

(b)

does

(c)

goes


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

towards the loucds

2.

Subway sandwich fraescnih

3.

ground lleve

4.

another 78 slforo

5.

orwgink on the site

6.

make the ojeunyr

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s rtaeg

8.

It’s not afir

9.

sit at the same balet

10.

a higher ievw of the city

11.

high dnuglbiis

12.

sit in a llsam park


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

1  )

New York City has a new restaurant that keeps moving up towards the clouds. It is at the building site of the new

(    )

other stores will think about how they can help people who work on high buildings. I’m sure many workers would

(    )

and higher as each new floor is finished. It is currently next to the 27th floor. It will rise another 78 floors over the

(    )

coming years as the 105-storey building gets finished. The Subway restaurant is a very exclusive eatery – only the

(    )

out for a sandwich. This Subway sandwich shop means they don’t have to. The customers will also have a different

(    )

view every week. It must be fun to sit at the same table for lunch every day and have a higher view of the city. Maybe

(    )

like to use a gym in their break or perhaps sit in a small park that goes up and down.

(    )

workers working on the site can eat there. It saves them having to make the journey to street level to buy lunch.

(    )

World Trade Center. The restaurant is a Subway sandwich franchise. It started at ground level but is lifted higher

(    )

It’s great that the builders have this restaurant. It’s not fair that construction workers can’t go shopping at lunch time or pop


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

up     the     moving     towards     clouds     Keeps.    

2.

Trade     The     of     World     site     new     Center     building     the.    

3.

and    higher    as    each    new    floor    is    finished   Lifted    higher.   

4.

78     years     floors     over     Rise     the     another     coming.    

5.

to     journey     level     lunch     the     street     buy     Make     to.    

6.

builders     It’s     have     great     this     that     restaurant     the.    

7.

shopping    Go   sandwich   a    for    out   pop    or    time    lunch    at.

8.

every     Sit     same     lunch     the     for     day     at     table.    

9.

people     buildings     on     who     Help     high     work.    

10.

in     their     break     Workers     would     like     to     use    a     gym.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about sandwiches 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. SANDWICHES: Search the Internet and find more information about sandwiches. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Subway sandwich restaurant. Include imaginary an interview with the customers. 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 the workers. Ask them three questions about the Subway sandwich restaurant. Give them three of your opinions on what other ways could make their working life better. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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