The Reading / Listening - Secret Life - Level 4

Next time you fly, the pilot might be a king. Holland's King Willem-Alexander has secretly been flying planes twice a month for KLM for 21 years. His passengers did not know. The 50-year-old king got his military pilot's license with the Dutch Air Force in his twenties. He loved flying and became a commercial pilot. The king said he now wanted to upgrade his skills. He is back on an aircraft simulator to train to fly Boeing 737s.



King Willem-Alexander said flying meant he could relieve his stress. He explained: "You can't take your problems from the ground into the skies. You can completely disengage and concentrate on something else. That…is the most relaxing part of flying." He said it was easy to keep his secret. He said very few passengers knew he was their pilot. He said he always welcomed passengers on behalf of the captain and the crew. He never told them his name.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Secret Life - Level 5 or  Secret Life - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/05/18/dutch-king-reveals-secret-life-as-a-klm-airline-pilot
  • http://www.newsweek.com/dutch-king-airline-pilot-klm-martinair-king-willem-alexander-611265
  • http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archives/2017/05/king-willem-alexander-flies-regular-flights-for-klm-retrains-to-fly-a-boeing-737/


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. Next time
  2. the pilot might
  3. secretly been flying planes
  4. His passengers did
  5. pilot's
  6. became a commercial
  7. upgrade
  8. He is back on an aircraft
  1. his skills
  2. twice a month
  3. license
  4. pilot
  5. be a king
  6. simulator
  7. you fly
  8. not know

Paragraph 2

  1. flying meant he could relieve
  2. from the ground
  3. concentrate
  4. That is the most
  5. He said it was easy to keep
  6. He said he always welcomed
  7. on behalf
  8. He never told
  1. passengers
  2. on something else
  3. them his name
  4. his secret
  5. of the captain
  6. his stress
  7. into the skies
  8. relaxing part of flying

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Next time you fly, the pilot (1) ___________________ king. Holland's King Willem-Alexander has secretly been flying planes (2) ___________________ for KLM for 21 years. His passengers did not know. The 50-year-old king got his military pilot's (3) ___________________ Dutch Air Force (4) ___________________. He loved flying and became (5) ___________________. The king said he now wanted to upgrade his skills. He is back on an aircraft simulator (6) ___________________ Boeing 737s.

King Willem-Alexander said flying meant he could (7) ___________________. He explained: "You can't take your problems from the (8) ___________________ skies. You can completely disengage and (9) ___________________ something else. That…is the most relaxing part of flying." He said it was (10) ___________________ secret. He said very few passengers knew he was their pilot. He (11) ___________________ welcomed passengers (12) ___________________ captain and the crew. He never told them his name.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Nexttimeyoufly,thepilotmightbeaking.Holland'sKingWillem-Alexa
nderhassecretlybeenflyingplanestwiceamonthforKLMfor21years.Hi
spassengersdidnotknow.The50-year-oldkinggothismilitarypilot'sli
censewiththeDutchAirForceinhistwenties.Helovedflyingandbecame
acommercialpilot.Thekingsaidhenowwantedtoupgradehisskills.Heis
backonanaircraftsimulatortotraintoflyBoeing737s.KingWillem-Ale
xandersaidflyingmeanthecouldrelievehisstress.Heexplained:"Youc
an'ttakeyourproblemsfromthegroundintotheskies.Youcancompletel
ydisengageandconcentrateonsomethingelse.That…isthemostrelaxi
ngpartofflying."Hesaiditwaseasytokeephissecret.Hesaidveryfewpa
ssengersknewhewastheirpilot.Hesaidhealwayswelcomedpassenger
sonbehalfofthecaptainandthecrew.Henevertoldthemhisname.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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