The Reading / Listening - Swimming to Work - Level 3

A German man has started swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got tired of being stuck in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats the traffic by swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his laptop computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river flow right past his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went past his office. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, instead of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing fumes from traffic while on a bicycle.



Mr David told reporters that his river commute has changed his life. He is much fitter and less stressed. He spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on and so forth." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David also spoke about the dangers of river swimming. He always checks the temperature before diving in. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is illegal to swim in the River Thames.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Swimming to Work - Level 0 Swimming to Work - Level 1   or  Swimming to Work - Level 2

Sources
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/07/man-swims-to-work-every-day-with-his-laptop-suit-and-phone-6832657/
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4767864/German-David-Hasselhoff-SWIMS-2km-work-day.html
  • http://zeenews.india.com/world/how-fitness-conscious-are-you-this-german-swims-a-mile-to-work-every-day-2030950.html


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SWIMMING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about swimming. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       swimming / commuting / traffic / city / laptop / business suit / waterproof / apartment
       river / stressed / cyclist / relaxing / refreshing / temperature / danger / diving / illegal

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. EXERCISE: Students A strongly believe we should all get to work / school by exercising; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. COMMUTING: How can we get more exercise while commuting? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How to exercise more

Would you do this?

On a bus

 

 

On a train

 

 

In a car

 

 

In the subway

 

 

By ferry

 

 

On foot

 

 

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5. TRAFFIC: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "traffic". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. TRANSPORT: Rank these with your partner. Put the best forms of transport at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • bus
  • subway
  • tuk-tuk
  • train
  • car
  • motorbike
  • ferry
  • helicopter

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A man swam to work because he was fed up with commuting.     T / F
  2. The man swims just 200 metres to his office from his apartment.     T / F
  3. The man takes his computer and mobile phone into the river.     T / F
  4. The man said swimming was better than breathing in traffic fumes.     T / F
  5. Swimming hasn't really increased the man's fitness.     T / F
  6. The man used to be a monk.     T / F
  7. The man said swimming to work was both refreshing and relaxing.     T / F
  8. It is OK for people to swim to work in Central London.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. fed up with
  2. drags
  3. flow
  4. battling
  5. fumes
  6. fitter
  7. yell
  8. completely
  9. dangers
  10. illegal
  1. in better shape
  2. run
  3. pollution
  4. hazards
  5. sick and tired of
  6. totally
  7. unlawful
  8. pulls
  9. shout
  10. fighting

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A German man has started
  2. he got fed
  3. in a waterproof
  4. watching the river
  5. breathing fumes
  6. He is much fitter and
  7. I would yell
  8. it's completely relaxing
  9. He always checks the temperature
  10. Not everyone can swim
  1. and refreshing
  2. flow
  3. before diving in
  4. up with commuting
  5. less stressed
  6. at cyclists
  7. swimming to work
  8. to work in the city
  9. bag
  10. from traffic

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fed
realized
laptop
fumes
traffic
instead
being
flow

A German man has started swimming to work after he got (1) ____________ up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got tired of (2) ____________ stuck in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats the (3) ____________ by swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his (4) ____________ computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river (5) ____________ right past his apartment. He looked on a map and (6) ____________ the river went past his office. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, (7) ____________ of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing (8) ____________ from traffic while on a bicycle.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
stressed
refreshing
commute
illegal
cyclists
dangers
yell
side

Mr David told reporters that his river (9) ____________ has changed his life. He is much fitter and less (10) ____________. He spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would (11) ____________ at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at (12) ____________, and so on and so forth." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the (13) ____________ of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and (14) ____________." David also spoke about the (15) ____________ of river swimming. He always checks the temperature before diving in. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is (16) ____________ to swim in the River Thames.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A German man has started swimming to work after he got ______ commuting
     a.  fed up by
     b.  fed up on
     c.  fed up with
     d.  fed up at

2)  Benjamin David, 40, got tired of being stuck ______ day
     a.  on traffic every
     b.  at traffic every
     c.  by traffic every
     d.  in traffic every

3)  … mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that ______ him
     a.  he drugs behind
     b.  he drags behind
     c.  he dregs behind
     d.  he drug behind

4)  He looked on a map and realized the river went ______
     a.  past his office
     b.  parsed his office
     c.  passed his office
     d.  paste his office

5)  instead of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing ______
     a.  plumes from traffic
     b.  runes from traffic
     c.  prunes from traffic
     d.  fumes from traffic

6) his river commute has changed his life. He is much fitter and ______
     a.  lesser stressed
     b.  lessen stressed
     c.  less stressed
     d.  lest stressed

7)  He spoke about the stress his commute used ______
     a.  because him
     b.  to cause him
     c.  too cause him
     d.  to case him

8)  When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on ______
     a.  and so fifth
     b.  and so third
     c.  and so forth
     d.  and so sixth

9)  and if you just swim down that, it's completely ______
     a.  relax in and refreshing
     b.  relaxing and refresh in
     c.  relax in and refresh in
     d.  relaxing and refreshing

10) the dangers of river swimming. He always checks the temperature ______
     a.  before diving in
     b.  afore diving in
     c.  be fore diving in
     d.  be four diving in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A German man has started swimming (1) ___________________ got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got (2) ___________________ stuck in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats the traffic by swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He (3) ___________________ computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him. Mr David (4) ___________________ watching the river flow right past his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went (5) ___________________. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, instead of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing fumes from traffic (6) ___________________.

Mr David told reporters that his river commute has changed his life. He is much fitter (7) ___________________. He spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him. He said: "I'm (8) ___________________. When I was on my bike, I would (9) ___________________. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and (10) ___________________." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David also spoke about (11) ___________________ river swimming. He always checks the temperature before diving in. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, (12) ___________________ swim in the River Thames.

Comprehension questions

  1. How old is the man?
  2. How far does the man swim?
  3. What kind of bag did the man put his suit in?
  4. What did a man look at?
  5. What did the man not want to breathe in?
  6. What did the man's commute use to cause him?
  7. Who would the man yell at?
  8. How far from the traffic is the river?
  9. What does the man check before he dives in the river?
  10. What river did the article say was illegal to swim in?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How old is the man?
a) 50
b) 30
c) 40
d) 60

2) How far does the man swim?
a) 2km
b) 3km
c) 4km
d) 5km

3) What kind of bag did the man put his suit in?
a) a waterproof bag
b) a plastic bag
c) a silk bag
d) a Louis Vuitton bag

4) What did a man look at?
a) a window
b) a map
c) a swimming pool
d) fish

5) What did the man not want to breathe in?
a) fish
b) water
c) perfume
d) fumes

6) What did the man's commute use to cause him?
a) lost time
b) stress
c) money problems
d) a backache

7) Who would the man yell at?
a) cyclists
b) fishermen
c) commuters
d) swimmers

8) How far from the traffic is the river?
a) 5 metres
b) 10 metres
c) a few metres
d) 20 metres

9) What does the man check before he dives in the river?
a) the tide
b) the fish
c) the time
d) the temperature

10) What river did the article say was illegal to swim in?
a) the River Thames
b) the River Nile
c) the Amazon River
d) the Yellow River

Role play

Role  A – Car

You think cars are the best form of transport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their methods. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the helicopter, the bicycle or trains.

Role  B – Helicopter

You think helicopters are the best form of transport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their methods. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): cars, bicycles or trains.

Role  C – Bicycle

You think bicycles are the best form of transport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their methods. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): helicopters, cars or trains.

Role  D – Train

You think trains are the best form of transport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their methods. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): helicopters, bicycles or cars.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'beat'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'swim'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • life
    • cause
    • forth
    • side
    • dangers
    • illegal
    • fed
    • day
    • computer
    • past
    • some
    • breathing




    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 - Man swims to work every day to beat traffic

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'swim'?
    3. What do you think of your commute to work / school?
    4. What do you think of swimming to work?
    5. Should people swim in rivers more to get from A to B?
    6. How is the traffic in your country?
    7. What do you take to work?
    8. Should we all exercise while we go to work?
    9. What do you dislike about trains and buses?
    10. Should everyone cycle around cities?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'traffic'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What makes you stressed on your way to work / school?
    5. Do you ever get angry with car drivers and cyclists?
    6. What other interesting ways could you use to get to work?
    7. Would people work better if they swam to work?
    8. What do you think of swimming?
    9. What are the dangers of everyone swimming to work?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Benjamin David?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A German man has (1) ____ swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got tired of being (2) ____ in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats the traffic (3) ____ swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his laptop computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he (4) ____ behind him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river (5) ____ right past his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went past his office. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, instead of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing (6) ____ from traffic while on a bicycle.

    Mr David told reporters that his river commute has changed his life. He is much fitter and (7) ____ stressed. He spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was (8) ____ foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on and so (9) ____." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down (10) ____, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David also spoke about the dangers (11) ____ river swimming. He always checks the temperature (12) ____ diving in. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is illegal to swim in the River Thames.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     starts     (b)     started     (c)     starter     (d)     starting    
    2. (a)     stricken     (b)     struck     (c)     sticky     (d)     stuck    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     drugs     (b)     dregs     (c)     drags     (d)     drips    
    5. (a)     flow     (b)     flew     (c)     flower     (d)     flight    
    6. (a)     fumes     (b)     dunes     (c)     runes     (d)     lames    
    7. (a)     least     (b)     lest     (c)     loss     (d)     less    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     two    
    9. (a)     earth     (b)     forth     (c)     birth     (d)     mirth    
    10. (a)     then     (b)     these     (c)     that     (d)     though    
    11. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    12. (a)     behind     (b)     before     (c)     behest     (d)     between

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. he got fed up with nmgctuiom
    2. got tired of being ukcst in traffic
    3. in a ofprowetar bag
    4. right past his nattarmpe
    5. asendit of battling other commuters
    6. breathing fusme from traffic

    Paragraph 2

    1. He is much ttreif and less stressed
    2. I would yell at yitclscs
    3. He ideredsbc how the river has changed
    4. it's yemcolelpt relaxing
    5. He always checks the reptaemteru
    6. it is lgelial to swim

    Put the text back together

    (    )     refreshing." David also spoke about the dangers of river swimming. He always checks the temperature before

    (    )     of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down that, it's completely relaxing and

    (    )     suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river flow right

    (    )     Mr David told reporters that his river commute has changed his life. He is much fitter and less

    (    )     forth." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the side

    (    )     buses and trains or breathing fumes from traffic while on a bicycle.

    (    )     my bike, I would yell at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on and so

    (    )     past his apartment. He looked on a map and realized the river went past his office. He then decided

    1  )     A German man has started swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got

    (    )     tired of being stuck in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats the traffic

    (    )     stressed. He spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on

    (    )     diving in. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is illegal to swim in the River Thames.

    (    )     by swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his laptop computer, mobile phone and his business

    (    )     to swim to work and get some exercise, instead of battling other commuters in

    Put the words in the right order

    1. fed   commuting   work   got   with   to   he   up   Swimming   after   .
    2. traffic   being   got  ,   every   stuck   tired   40   day   in   of   ,  David  .
    3. by   traffic   the   beats   now   He   2km   swimming   .
    4. Watching   apartment   his   past   right   flow   river   the   .
    5. fumes   Breathing   on   a   bicycle   from   traffic   while   .
    6. He   his   spoke   commute   about   caused   the   him   stress   .
    7. I   When   cars   at   yell   would   I   ,   bike   my   on   was   .
    8. at   yell   would   I   forth   so   and   on   so   and   ,   cyclists   .
    9. of   spoke   river   about   swimming   the   David   dangers   also   .
    10. in   diving   the   checks   always   He   before   temperature   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A German man has started / starting swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting. Benjamin David, 40, got tired of being struck / stuck in traffic every day in the German city of Munich. He now beats / beast the traffic by / for swimming 2km down the city's Isar River. He puts his laptop computer, mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags before / behind him. Mr David got the idea by watching the river flow / flew right past his apartment. He looked on / in a map and realized the river went past this / his office. He then decided to swim to work and get some exercise, instead for / of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing fumes / fames from traffic while on a bicycle.

    Mr David told reporters that his river commutation / commute has changed his life. He is much fitter and less / few stressed. He spoke about the stress his commute used to because / cause him. He said: "I'm not a monk. When I was on my bike, I would yell on / at cars. When I was on foot, I would yell at cyclists, and so on and so forth / fourth." He described how the river has changed things. He said: "Just a few metres to the aside / side of [all the traffic] is the river, and if you just swim down then / that, it's completely relaxing and refreshing." David also spoke about the dangers / dangerous of river swimming. He always checks the temperature before diving in / on. Not everyone can swim to work in the city. In Central London, it is illegally / illegal to swim in the River Thames.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    _ G_rm_n m_n h_s st_rt_d sw_mm_ng t_ w_rk _ft_r h_ g_t f_d _p w_th c_mm_t_ng. B_nj_m_n D_v_d, 40, g_t t_r_d _f b__ng st_ck _n tr_ff_c _v_ry d_y _n th_ G_rm_n c_ty _f M_n_ch. H_ n_w b__ts th_ tr_ff_c by sw_mm_ng 2km d_wn th_ c_ty's _s_r R_v_r. H_ p_ts h_s l_pt_p c_mp_t_r, m_b_l_ ph_n_ _nd h_s b_s_n_ss s__t _n _ w_t_rpr__f b_g th_t h_ dr_gs b_h_nd h_m. Mr D_v_d g_t th_ _d__ by w_tch_ng th_ r_v_r fl_w r_ght p_st h_s _p_rtm_nt. H_ l__k_d _n _ m_p _nd r__l_z_d th_ r_v_r w_nt p_st h_s _ff_c_. H_ th_n d_c_d_d t_ sw_m t_ w_rk _nd g_t s_m_ _x_rc_s_, _nst__d _f b_ttl_ng _th_r c_mm_t_rs _n b_s_s _nd tr__ns _r br__th_ng f_m_s fr_m tr_ff_c wh_l_ _n _ b_cycl_.

    Mr D_v_d t_ld r_p_rt_rs th_t h_s r_v_r c_mm_t_ h_s ch_ng_d h_s l_f_. H_ _s m_ch f_tt_r _nd l_ss str_ss_d. H_ sp_k_ _b__t th_ str_ss h_s c_mm_t_ _s_d t_ c__s_ h_m. H_ s__d: "_'m n_t _ m_nk. Wh_n _ w_s _n my b_k_, _ w__ld y_ll _t c_rs. Wh_n _ w_s _n f__t, _ w__ld y_ll _t cycl_sts, _nd s_ _n _nd s_ f_rth." H_ d_scr_b_d h_w th_ r_v_r h_s ch_ng_d th_ngs. H_ s__d: "J_st _ f_w m_tr_s t_ th_ s_d_ _f [_ll th_ tr_ff_c] _s th_ r_v_r, _nd _f y__ j_st sw_m d_wn th_t, _t's c_mpl_t_ly r_l_x_ng _nd r_fr_sh_ng." D_v_d _ls_ sp_k_ _b__t th_ d_ng_rs _f r_v_r sw_mm_ng. H_ _lw_ys ch_cks th_ t_mp_r_t_r_ b_f_r_ d_v_ng _n. N_t _v_ry_n_ c_n sw_m t_ w_rk _n th_ c_ty. _n C_ntr_l L_nd_n, _t _s _ll_g_l t_ sw_m _n th_ R_v_r Th_m_s.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a german man has started swimming to work after he got fed up with commuting benjamin david 40 got tired of being stuck in traffic every day in the german city of munich he now beats the traffic by swimming 2km down the city's isar river he puts his laptop computer mobile phone and his business suit in a waterproof bag that he drags behind him mr david got the idea by watching the river flow right past his apartment he looked on a map and realized the river went past his office he then decided to swim to work and get some exercise instead of battling other commuters in buses and trains or breathing fumes from traffic while on a bicycle

    mr david told reporters that his river commute has changed his life he is much fitter and less stressed he spoke about the stress his commute used to cause him he said "i'm not a monk when i was on my bike i would yell at cars when i was on foot i would yell at cyclists and so on and so forth" he described how the river has changed things he said "just a few metres to the side of [all the traffic] is the river and if you just swim down that it's completely relaxing and refreshing" david also spoke about the dangers of river swimming he always checks the temperature before diving in not everyone can swim to work in the city in central london it is illegal to swim in the river thames

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AGermanmanhasstartedswimmingtoworkafterhegotfedupwithcom
    muting.BenjaminDavid,40,gottiredofbeingstuckintrafficeverydayin
    theGermancityofMunich.Henowbeatsthetrafficbyswimming2kmdo
    wnthecity'sIsarRiver.Heputshislaptopcomputer,mobilephoneandhi
    sbusinesssuitinawaterproofbagthathedragsbehindhim.MrDavidgott
    heideabywatchingtheriverflowrightpasthisapartment.Helookedona
    mapandrealizedtheriverwentpasthisoffice.Hethendecidedtoswimto
    workandgetsomeexercise,insteadofbattlingothercommutersinbuse
    sandtrainsorbreathingfumesfromtrafficwhileonabicycle.MrDavidtol
    dreportersthathisrivercommutehaschangedhislife.Heismuchfittera
    ndlessstressed.Hespokeaboutthestresshiscommuteusedtocausehi
    m.Hesaid:"I'mnotamonk.WhenIwasonmybike,Iwouldyellatcars.Wh
    enIwasonfoot,Iwouldyellatcyclists,andsoonandsoforth."Hedescribe
    dhowtheriverhaschangedthings.Hesaid:"Justafewmetrestotheside
    of[allthetraffic]istheriver,andifyoujustswimdownthat,it'scompletely
    relaxingandrefreshing."Davidalsospokeaboutthedangersofriverswi
    mming.Healwayschecksthetemperaturebeforedivingin.Noteveryon
    ecanswimtoworkinthecity.InCentralLondon,itisillegaltoswimintheRi
    verThames.

    Free writing

    Write about swimming to work for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We all need to try healthier ways to get to work / school. Discuss.

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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 out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. COMMUTING: Make a poster about commuting. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. FITTER: Write a magazine article about choosing fitter ways of getting to work. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. 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.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on commuting. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to get fit while going to work / school. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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