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6A Is The Perfect Airplane Seat ( 27th April, 2012)

A survey taken by over 1,000 airline passengers shows that seat 6A is the best on an airplane. The study was done by the flight-comparison website Skyscanner.com. The site questioned people about which section of the airplane they preferred to sit in and whether they chose a window, middle or aisle seat. The researchers found that the front six rows of the plane were most popular. This was because it was quicker to get off after landing, there was less engine noise and a better choice of food.

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The least popular seat was 31E. This is a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft. It is farthest from the exits and the toilets. Window seats were popular among passengers on long-haul journeys because it is easier to sleep. Those on short-haul flights prefer an aisle seat so they don't disturb other passengers when going to the toilet. Some passengers preferred to sit above the wings to reduce the effects of turbulence. The survey also found that 62 per cent of people prefer an even-numbered seat.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

A survey taken by over 1,000

a.

of the plane

2

which section

b.

landing

3.

a window, middle or

c.

of the airplane

4.

the front six rows

d.

of food

5.

get off after

e.

airline passengers

6.

a better choice

f.

aisle seat

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The least

a.

of the aircraft

2

towards the back

b.

other passengers

3.

long-haul

c.

numbered seat

4.

don't disturb

d.

popular seat

5.

the effects of

e.

journeys

6.

an even-

f.

turbulence


LISTENING GAP FILL

A _________________ over 1,000 airline passengers shows that seat 6A is the best on an airplane. The ___________________ the flight-comparison website Skyscanner.com. The site questioned people about _________________ the airplane they preferred to sit in and whether they chose a window, middle or aisle seat. The researchers found that ___________________ of the plane were most popular. This was because it was quicker to get _________________, there was less engine noise and a better _________________.

The least popular seat was 31E. This is a _________________ the back of the aircraft. It _________________ the exits and the toilets. Window seats were popular among passengers on long-haul journeys because it is _________________. Those on short-haul flights prefer an aisle seat so they _________________ passengers when going to the toilet. Some passengers preferred to sit above the wings to _________________ of turbulence. The survey also found that 62 per cent of people prefer an _________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A survey (1) ____ by over 1,000 airline passengers shows that seat 6A is the best on an airplane. The study was (2) ____ by the flight-comparison website Skyscanner.com. The site questioned people about which (3) ____ of the airplane they preferred to sit in and (4) ____ they chose a window, middle or aisle seat. The researchers found that the front six (5) ____ of the plane were most popular. This was because it was quicker to get off after landing, there was (6) ____ engine noise and a better choice of food.

The (7) ____ popular seat was 31E. This is a middle seat towards the back of the aircraft. It is farthest (8) ____ the exits and the toilets. Window seats were popular (9) ____ passengers on long-haul journeys because it is easier to sleep. Those on short-haul flights prefer an aisle seat so they don't (10) ____ other passengers when going to the toilet. Some passengers preferred to sit above the wings to reduce the (11) ____ of turbulence. The survey also found that 62 per cent of people prefer an (12) ____ -numbered seat.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

given

(b)

taken

(c)

written

2.

(a)

done

(b)

had

(c)

been

3.

(a)

portion

(b)

ingredient

(c)

section

4.

(a)

whether

(b)

weather

(c)

wither

5.

(a)

steps

(b)

cabins

(c)

rows

6.

(a)

few

(b)

less

(c)

small

7.

(a)

least

(b)

last

(c)

lest

8.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

from

9.

(a)

among

(b)

amid

(c)

between

10.

(a)

disturbing

(b)

disturbance

(c)

disturb

11.

(a)

affects

(b)

effects

(c)

efforts

12

(a)

ever

(b)

even

(c)

eleven


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

airline arpgnsssee

2.

flight-pmciarnoso website

3.

they rdprreeef to sit

4.

most ulpparo

5.

quicker to get off after agnindl

6.

a better ccheio of food

 

Paragraph 2

7.

worasdt the back of the aircraft

8.

fthsetra from the exits

9.

long-haul yurjeson

10.

short-haul ithslfg

11.

reduce the tesfecf of turbulence

12.

an even-runeedbm seat


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

whether they chose a window, middle or aisle seat. The researchers found that the front

(    )

sit above the wings to reduce the effects of turbulence. The survey also

(    )

best on an airplane. The study was done by the flight-comparison website Skyscanner.com. The site

(    )

questioned people about which section of the airplane they preferred to sit in and

(    )

The least popular seat was 31E. This is a middle seat towards the back of the

(    )

aisle seat so they don't disturb other passengers when going to the toilet. Some passengers preferred to

(    )

six rows of the plane were most popular. This was because it was quicker to get

1  )

A survey taken by over 1,000 airline passengers shows that seat 6A is the

(    )

off after landing, there was less engine noise and a better choice of food.

(    )

found that 62 per cent of people prefer an even-numbered seat.

(    )

passengers on long-haul journeys because it is easier to sleep. Those on short-haul flights prefer an

(    )

aircraft. It is farthest from the exits and the toilets. Window seats were popular among


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

by     over     1,000     airline     passengers     A     survey     taken.    

2.

airplane     is     an     6A     on     Seat     best     the.    

3.

were     most    popular    The    front    six    rows    of     the     plane.    

4.

get     It     off     was     after     quicker     landing     to.    

5.

a     of     Less     and     choice     noise     better     food     engine.    

6.

aircraft     middle     the     the     A     towards     of     seat     back.    

7.

the     It     exits     is     and     farthest     toilets     from.    

8.

an     aisle     seat     Those    on    short    -     haul     flights     prefer.    

9.

wings     preferred     sit     the     Passengers     to     above

10.

-     even     an     prefer     People     seat     numbered.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about airplane seats 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. AIRPLANE SEATS: Search the Internet and find more information about the best airplane seats. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about airplane seats. Include an imaginary interview with an airplane designer and a passenger. 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 an airplane expert. Ask him/her three questions about airplane seats. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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