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Driver Gets Million-Dollar Speeding Fine (12th August, 2010)

A Swedish driver has received a world record million-dollar speeding fine for driving at nearly 300 kph. The 37-year-old Swede was in his Mercedes super car when police in Switzerland stopped him. A traffic policeman said he was going so fast he needed 500 metres to stop. Courts fined him 1,080,000 Swiss francs, which is just over one million dollars. His car is worth almost a quarter of the fine, at $234,000. The driver joked about his speed when the police stopped him. He said: “I think the speedo on the car is faulty.”

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Driving at high speeds on roads is crazy. People don’t understand that the car becomes a deadly weapon. People will die if there is an accident. Many drivers think they won’t crash. They think they are good drivers and nothing will happen to them. However, the best drivers in the world cannot stop quickly when they are driving too fast. Most governments don’t do enough about speeding. People who speed are criminals. They break the law every time they go over the speed limit, and sometimes they kill others.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a world record million-

a.

metres to stop

2

he was going

b.

about his speed

3.

he needed 500

c.

faulty

4.

worth almost a

d.

dollar speeding fine

5.

The driver joked

e.

so fast

6.

the car is

f.

quarter

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Driving at

a.

the law

2

a deadly

b.

limit

3.

nothing will

c.

high speeds

4.

driving too

d.

happen

5.

break

e.

weapon

6.

go over the speed

f.

fast


LISTENING GAP FILL

A Swedish ______________________ world record million-dollar speeding ______________________ nearly 300 kph. The 37-year-old Swede was in his Mercedes super car when police in Switzerland stopped him. A traffic policeman ___________________ fast he needed 500 metres to stop. Courts fined him 1,080,000 Swiss francs, ___________________ million dollars. His car is worth almost a quarter of the fine, at $234,000. The driver ______________________ when the police stopped him. He said: “I think the speedo _________________.”

Driving at high ______________________. People don’t understand that the car becomes a deadly weapon. People will die ______________________. Many drivers think they won’t crash. They think they are good drivers ______________________ to them. However, the best drivers in the ______________________ when they are driving too fast. Most governments don’t do enough about speeding. People who speed are criminals. They ______________________ time they go over the speed limit, and sometimes they kill others.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A Swedish driver has (1) ____ a world record million-dollar speeding fine for driving (2) ____ nearly 300 kph. The 37-year-old Swede was in his Mercedes super car when police in Switzerland stopped him. A traffic policeman said he was going (3) ____ fast he needed 500 metres to stop. Courts fined him 1,080,000 Swiss francs, which is just over one million dollars. His car is (4) ____ almost a quarter of the fine, at $234,000. The driver joked about his speed when the police stopped him. He said: “I think the speedo on the car is (5) ____.”

Driving at high speeds on roads is crazy. People don’t understand that the car becomes a (6) ____ weapon. People will (7) ____ if there is an accident. Many drivers think they won’t crash. They think they are good drivers and nothing will happen to them. However, the best drivers in the world cannot stop quickly when they are (8) ____ too fast. Most governments don’t do enough about speeding. People who speed are criminals. They (9) ____ the law every time they (10) ____ over the speed limit, and sometimes they kill others.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

received

(b)

receive

(c)

receiving

2.

(a)

at

(b)

on

(c)

by

3.

(a)

such

(b)

so

(c)

to

4.

(a)

worthless

(b)

worthy

(c)

worth

5.

(a)

fault

(b)

faulty

(c)

faultless

6.

(a)

deadly

(b)

dead

(c)

deaths

7.

(a)

dead

(b)

death

(c)

die

8.

(a)

driven

(b)

driving

(c)

drives

9.

(a)

take

(b)

do

(c)

break

10.

(a)

go

(b)

push

(c)

let


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

world docerr

2.

alnrey 300kmh

3.

A faifrtc policeman

4.

rtoCus fined him 1,080,000 Swiss francs

5.

worth almost a aeqtrru

6.

the car is yfluat

 

Paragraph 2

7.

Driving at high pedses

8.

a dyldae weapon

9.

there is an cidnetac

10.

nothing will pneahp

11.

eakbr the law

12.

go over the speed tilmi


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

the law every time they go over the speed limit, and sometimes they kill others.

(    )

about his speed when the police stopped him. He said: “I think the speedo on the car is faulty.”

(    )

Driving at high speeds on roads is crazy. People don’t understand that the car becomes a deadly

(    )

old Swede was in his Mercedes super car when police in Switzerland stopped him. A traffic policeman said he

(    )

drivers and nothing will happen to them. However, the best drivers in the world cannot stop quickly when

(    )

they are driving too fast. Most governments don’t do enough about speeding. People who speed are criminals. They break

(    )

over one million dollars. His car is worth almost a quarter of the fine, at $234,000. The driver joked

1  )

A Swedish driver has received a world record million-dollar speeding fine for driving at nearly 300 kph. The 37-year-

(    )

was going so fast he needed 500 metres to stop. Courts fined him 1,080,000 Swiss francs, which is just

(    )

weapon. People will die if there is an accident. Many drivers think they won’t crash. They think they are good


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

world     speeding     record     fine     million     -     A     dollar.    

2.

metres     fast     500     stop     so     needed     to     Going     he.    

3.

fine     His     car     is     worth     almost     a     quarter     of     the.    

4.

his     driver     about     speed     The     joked.    

5.

is     car     the     on     speedo     The     faulty.    

6.

on     Driving     roads     at     is     high     crazy     speeds.    

7.

if     accident     die     an     will     is     People     there.    

8.

the     stop     The     in     cannot     drivers     world     quickly     best.    

9.

speeding     enough     don’t     Most     about     do     governments.    

10.

over     go     limit     they     speed     time     the     Every.    


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.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about speeding. Include imaginary an interview with the driver. 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. Ask him three questions about speeding. Give him three of your opinions on speeding. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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