The Reading / Listening - United Airlines - Level 1

United Airlines is in trouble. It treated a passenger badly. Security guards pulled a 69-year-old doctor from his seat. They dragged him out of the plane along the floor. Dr Dao became unconscious. His face was covered in blood. He lost two teeth and broke his nose. The doctor paid for his seat but United told him to get off the plane because a flight attendant needed his seat. Dao had to see many patients the next day. The United staff didn't listen to him.



Dr Dao is going to sue United Airlines. He was born in Vietnam and escaped from the Vietnam War. He said the United flight was "more horrifying" than being in that war. His daughter said what happened to her dad should never happen to anyone. She was shocked. A video of Dr Dao being dragged went viral on the Internet. Over 150,000 people signed an online petition for the United Airlines CEO to resign. He refused. He did not apologize at first.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    United Airlines - Level 0 United Airlines - Level 2   or  United Airlines - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39586391
  • http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-united-dragged-passenger-dao-0414-biz-20170413-story.html
  • http://www.newsweek.com/david-dao-united-passenger-press-conference-lawsuit-583791


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. United Airlines is in
  2. It treated a passenger
  3. guards pulled a 69-year-old doctor
  4. They dragged
  5. along
  6. His face was
  7. broke his
  8. a flight
  1. badly
  2. attendant
  3. him out of the plane
  4. covered in blood
  5. trouble
  6. nose
  7. from his seat
  8. the floor

Paragraph 2

  1. Dr Dao is going to
  2. He was born
  3. escaped from
  4. the United flight was more
  5. what happened to her dad should never
  6. went
  7. 150,000 people signed an online
  8. He did not
  1. viral on the Internet
  2. the Vietnam War
  3. horrifying
  4. petition
  5. sue United Airlines
  6. apologize at first
  7. in Vietnam
  8. happen to anyone

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

United Airlines (1) ___________________. It treated a passenger badly. Security guards (2) ___________________-year-old doctor from his seat. They dragged (3) ___________________ plane along the floor. Dr Dao became unconscious. His face was covered in blood. He lost two (4) ___________________ his nose. The doctor paid for his seat but United told him to get off the plane (5) ___________________ attendant needed his seat. Dao had to see many patients the next day. The United staff didn't (6) ___________________.

Dr Dao (7) ___________________ United Airlines. He was born in Vietnam (8) ___________________ the Vietnam War. He said the United flight was "more horrifying" than (9) ___________________ war. His daughter said what happened to her dad should never (10) ___________________. She was shocked. A video of Dr Dao being dragged went viral on the Internet. Over 150,000 people (11) ___________________ petition for the United Airlines CEO to resign. He refused. He did not (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UnitedAirlinesisintrouble.Ittreatedapassengerbadly.Securityguards
pulleda69-year-olddoctorfromhisseat.Theydraggedhimoutofthepl
anealongthefloor.DrDaobecameunconscious.Hisfacewascoveredinb
lood.Helosttwoteethandbrokehisnose.ThedoctorpaidforhisseatbutU
nitedtoldhimtogetofftheplanebecauseaflightattendantneededhisse
at.Daohadtoseemanypatientsthenextday.TheUnitedstaffdidn'tliste
ntohim.DrDaoisgoingtosueUnitedAirlines.HewasborninVietnamand
escapedfromtheVietnamWar.HesaidtheUnitedflightwas"morehorrif
ying"thanbeinginthatwar.Hisdaughtersaidwhathappenedtoherdads
houldneverhappentoanyone.Shewasshocked.AvideoofDrDaobeing
draggedwentviralontheInternet.Over150,000peoplesignedanonlin
epetitionfortheUnitedAirlinesCEOtoresign.Herefused.Hedidnotapol
ogizeatfirst.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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