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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It is a day to celebrate the development and importance of aviation in the world. The holiday started in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt decided the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers who made the first ever flight. President Roosevelt invited “the people of the United States to observe National Aviation Day with appropriate exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops in schools learning about the history of aviation. It is also a good time for airlines to try and get students interested in a career in aviation, either as a pilot or a member of the ground crew.

Orville Wright piloted the world’s first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with controls that enabled them to steer. Orville’s historic flight took place on December the 17th, 1903. The flight lasted just 12 seconds. In that short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle engineers who believed man could fly. They believed the secret to what was called “the flying problem” was not more powerful engines, but better aerodynamics. They knew that if a bicycle could remain upright while moving forwards, an airplane could fly in a straight line. Their wing and propeller design changed the world forever.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

celebrate the development and

a.

career in aviation

2

the brothers who made the first

b.

interest in aviation

3.

further stimulate

c.

ground crew

4.

educational workshops

d.

importance of aviation

5.

get students interested in a

e.

in schools

6.

a member of the

f.

ever flight

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Orville Wright piloted the world’s

a.

man could fly

2

Wilbur built an airplane

b.

changed the world forever

3.

The flight lasted

c.

aerodynamics

4.

bicycle engineers who believed

d.

first airplane

5.

better

e.

with controls

6.

Their wing and propeller design

f.

just 12 seconds


LISTENING GAP FILL

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It ____________________ the development and importance of aviation in the world. The holiday started in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt ____________________ of Orville Wright's birthday should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers who ____________________ flight. President Roosevelt invited “the people of the United States to observe National Aviation Day with appropriate exercises ____________________ interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops in schools learning about the history of aviation. It ____________________ airlines to try and get students interested in a career in aviation, ____________________ member of the ground crew.

Orville Wright ____________________ first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with controls that ____________________. Orville’s historic flight took place on December the 17th, 1903. The ____________________ seconds. In that short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle engineers who ____________________ fly. They believed the secret to what was called “the flying problem” was not more powerful engines, but ____________________. They knew that if a bicycle could remain upright while moving forwards, an airplane could fly in a straight line. Their ____________________ design changed the world forever.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It is a day to celebrate the development and ____________ of aviation in the world. The holiday started in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt decided the anniversary of Orville Wright's ____________ should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers who made the first ever ____________. President Roosevelt invited “the people of the United States to ____________ National Aviation Day with appropriate exercises to further ____________ interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops in schools learning about the ____________ of aviation. It is also a good time for airlines to try and get students interested in a ____________ in aviation, either as a pilot or a member of the ____________ crew.

 

 

 

stimulate
career
birthday
observe
importance
history
ground
flight

Orville Wright ____________ the world’s first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with ____________ that enabled them to steer. Orville’s historic flight took place on December the 17th, 1903. The flight ____________ just 12 seconds. In that short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle engineers who ____________ man could fly. They believed the ____________ to what was called “the flying problem” was not more ____________ engines, but better aerodynamics. They knew that if a bicycle could remain upright while moving ____________, an airplane could fly in a straight line. Their wing and propeller ____________ changed the world forever.

 

 

secret
 
controls
believed
forwards
piloted
design
lasted
powerful


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It is a day to celebration / celebrate the development and importance of aviation in the world. The holiday started / starts in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt decided the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers / brother who made the first ever flight. President Roosevelt invited / inviting “the people of the United States to observe National Aviation Day with appropriate exercise / exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops in schools learning about the history of aviation. It is also a good time by / for airlines to try and get students interested in a career in aviation, either as a pilot or a member of the groundless / ground crew.

Orville Wright piloted / plotted the world’s first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with controls that enabled them to steering / steer. Orville’s historic flight took place on December the 17th, 1903. The flight lasted / lasts just 12 seconds. In that shorten / short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle engineers who believers / believed man could fly. They believed the secret to what was called “the flying problem” was not more powerfully / powerful engines, but better aerodynamics. They knew that if a bicycle could remain uptight/ upright while moving forwards, an airplane could fly in a straight line. Their wing and propeller design / designer changed the world forever.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It is a day (1) ____ celebrate the development and importance of aviation in the world. The holiday started in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt (2) ____ the anniversary of Orville Wright's birthday should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers who made the first ever (3) ____. President Roosevelt invited “the people of the United States to (4) ____ National Aviation Day with appropriate exercises to further (5) ____ interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops in schools learning about the history of aviation. It is also a good time for airlines to try and get students interested (6) ____ a career in aviation, either as a pilot or a member of the ground crew.

Orville Wright (7) ____ the world’s first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with controls that enabled them to steer. Orville’s historic flight (8) ____ place on December the 17th, 1903. The flight (9) ____ just 12 seconds. In that short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle engineers who believed man could fly. They believed the secret (10) ____ what was called “the flying problem” was not more powerful engines, but better aerodynamics. They knew that if a bicycle could remain (11) ____ while moving forwards, an airplane could fly in a straight line. Their wing and propeller (12) ____ changed the world forever.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

to

(d)

at

2.

(a)

decided

(b)

decider

(c)

decision

(d)

decide

3.

(a)

flew

(b)

flying

(c)

fly

(d)

flight

4.

(a)

observer

(b)

observed

(c)

observe

(d)

observes

5.

(a)

stimulation

(b)

stimulate

(c)

stimulates

(d)

stimulated

6.

(a)

in

(b)

on

(c)

of

(d)

at

7.

(a)

pilot

(b)

piloted

(c)

pilots

(d)

piloting

8.

(a)

did

(b)

was

(c)

took

(d)

had

9.

(a)

fasted

(b)

hasted

(c)

wasted

(d)

lasted

10.

(a)

by

(b)

to

(c)

on

(d)

as

11.

(a)

upright

(b)

uptight

(c)

downright

(d)

right

12.

(a)

designed

(b)

designing

(c)

designer

(d)

design


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

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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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

Wilbur built an airplane with rcolston

9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

appropriate exercises to further stimulate interest in aviation”. Today, this means educational workshops

(    )

that enabled them to steer. Orville’s historic flight took place on December the 17th, 1903. The flight lasted just 12

1  )

Aviation Day is on August the 19th. It is a day to celebrate the development and importance of aviation

(    )

seconds. In that short time, he flew a total of 120 feet, 40 metres. The Wright brothers were bicycle

(    )

flight. President Roosevelt invited “the people of the United States to observe National Aviation Day with

(    )

Orville Wright piloted the world’s first airplane, the Wright Flyer. He and his brother Wilbur built an airplane with controls

(    )

students interested in a career in aviation, either as a pilot or a member of the ground crew.

(    )

could remain upright while moving forwards, an airplane could fly in a straight

(    )

in the world. The holiday started in 1939. President Franklin Roosevelt decided the anniversary of Orville Wright's

(    )

birthday should be National Aviation Day in the U.S.A. Wright was one of the brothers who made the first ever

(    )

problem” was not more powerful engines, but better aerodynamics. They knew that if a bicycle

(    )

line. Their wing and propeller design changed the world forever.

(    )

in schools learning about the history of aviation. It is also a good time for airlines to try and get

(    )

engineers who believed man could fly. They believed the secret to what was called “the flying


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

the     a     development     day     to     It     celebrate     is.    

2.

ever     who     flight     made     the     The     first     brothers.    

3.

interest     stimulate     further     to     Exercises     aviation     in.    

4.

in     Educational     schools     workshops.    

5.

aviation     in     a     Get     career     students     in     interested.    

6.

world’s     the     piloted     Wright     Orville     airplane     first.    

7.

controls     Wilbur     an     with     built     airplane.    

8.

just     seconds     The     lasted     12     flight.    

9.

Tthe     called     secret     the     to     flying     what     problem     was

10.

airplane     straight     could     line     fly     in     An     a.    


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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THE AVIATION DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Aviation Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Aviation Day 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 Aviation Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Aviation Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Aviation Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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