Week82

[Travel News ★★★] Which airports have the happiest passengers?

[World News ★★] War children of Syria

[World News ★★★] India Kolkata flyover collapse: At least 18 dead

[People ★★★]Sudden death of beloved actress, 24, stuns India

[Culture ★★] People get tattoos in Thailand

[Culture ★★] Exercises in Hanoi

[Technology ★★★] LG Innotek develops wireless quick power charger

[Sport & Fitness ★] Cliff divers at Victoria Falls

[Travel News ★★] The Airlander

[World News ★] Explosions in Brussels

 

 

Which airports have the happiest passengers?

[Travel News ★★★]

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(P1) A great air travel experience doesn’t just begin at take-off.

(P2) The industry is increasingly realizing it needs to keep passengers happy on the ground as well as in the air.

(P3) The Airport Service Quality Awards, whose 2015 winners have just been revealed, measures which airports are doing the best job of putting a smile on travelers’ faces. Incheon Airport, South Korea, and Singapore Changi Airport tied in first place in Best Airports by Size: Over 40 Million Passengers per Year.

Crowd-pleasing innovations

(P4) It’s yet another award these two can add to the shelf, having secured first and second place in travel website Sleeping in Airports’ survey of the world’s best airports last October.

(P5) It’s the fifth year in a row that Changi has topped the ASQ Awards, thanks to crowd-pleasing innovations such as two 24-hour movie theaters screening the latest blockbusters free of charge.

(P6) The ASQ awards, organized by the Montreal-based Airports Council International, are the result of more than 550,000 in-depth passenger satisfactions surveys carried out last year at more than 300 airports across 80 countries worldwide.

(P7) Passengers are asked for their views on 34 key service indicators, including airport access, check-in, security, airport facilities, food and beverage and retail.

Stellar passenger experience

(P8) “Airports’ increasing concentration on ensuring a stellar passenger experience is part of a larger trend,” says Angela Gittens, ACI World’s director general.

(P9) “Airports have evolved into complex, customer-focused businesses that in many cases are in competition with each other for passenger traffic.

(P10)”From duty-free and restaurants to ambiance, cleanliness, courtesy of staff, amenities, efficiency and more, air travelers are expecting big things from the airports through which they travel.”

(P11) London Heathrow triumphed in Best Airports by Size and Region: Europe — a new category for 2015.

(P12) That’s despite not scratching the top 10 in travel analysts OAG’s list of the world’s most punctual airports — something OAG’s senior analyst John Grant blames on capacity strains.

(P13) Indianapolis Airport was the top airport in North America, followed by Grand Rapids

(P14) The following five airports were singled out as showing the most improvement: Nairobi; Denpasar, Indonesia; Istanbul; Kingston, Jamaica; Damman, Saudi Arabia; Saskatoon, Canada.

WORDS: 355

SOURCE: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/02/aviation/airport-service-quality-awards-2015/index.html

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you travel? Do you like or dislike any airports? If yes, which ones
  3. Did you ever have a bad experience in an airport? If yes, explain
  4. Is customer service important to you?
  5. Do the stores and restaurants in airports charge too much for their products?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Take off (P1)
  • Putting a smile on travelers’ faces (P3)
  • Can add to the shelf (P4)
  • Not scratching (P12)

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Image source: by “unknown” http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/02/aviation/airport-service-quality-awards-2015/

War children of Syria

[World News ★★]

War children of Syria

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(P1) The war in Syria is now five years old, and people are finding out that it is affecting an entire generation of children. It is a serious problem.

(P2) These children know brutality, many are in poverty, many need emergency help, and few go to school. Some children have lost one of their parents, some have left Syria, and some live in dangerous conditions. People worry what will happen to these children as they grow up living through this war.

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/war-children-of-syria-level-2/

WORDS: 81

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are people in your country living in poverty?
  3. How can violence be stopped?
  4. How can we help people living in poverty?
  5. Are there Syrian refugees living in your country?

EXPRESSIONS & PHRASES:

What do the following expressions mean?

  • Serious problem
  • Emergency help

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Image Source: By DFID – UK Department for International Development, CC BY 2.0,) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Getting_Syrian_children_back_to_school_in_Lebanon_(11174110673).jpg

India Kolkata flyover collapse: At least 18 dead

[World News ★★★]

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P1) A flyover under construction in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) has collapsed, killing at least 18 people and injuring others. Many people are feared trapped under the concrete and steel bridge, which fell on a busy road.

(P2) Safety issues such as lack of inspections and the use of substandard materials have plagued construction projects in the country.

(P3) The accident took place in an area near Girish Park, one of Kolkata’s most densely populated neighborhoods, with narrow lanes, and shops and houses built close together.

(P4) Witnesses say other cars, buses, and trucks have also been hit. People are said to have been living in makeshift homes under the flyover.

(P5) The army and national disaster agency in India have joined the rescue operation, which has been hampered by difficulties in getting ambulances and other vehicles close to the site.

(P6) At least 70 injured have been taken to hospitals, officials say.

(P7) Emergency teams have been sent with sniffer dogs, concrete cutters, drilling machines and sensors to detect life, a rescue official told AFP news agency.

(P8) These are chaotic scenes, as officials are desperately trying to clear the area, worried that the rest of the flyover may collapse. They are trying to bring in equipment to clear the rubble and rescue those who may be under it.

(P9) It is a race against time and the death toll may rise. A rescue official said there were buses trapped.

(P10) India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Washington on an official visit, tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened” by the collapse.

WORDS: 268

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35933452

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Is safety a concern in your country?
  3. How can construction companies provide better safety for their employees?
  4. Did your country ever experience a tragic accident? Explain
  5. Do you think your government should do more to prevent these types of construction accidents?

EXPRESSIONS & PHRASES:

What do the following expressions mean?

  • Race against time
  • Sniffer dogs

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Image source: by Reuters http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-35933452

Sudden death of beloved actress, 24, stuns India

[People ★★★]

Sudden death of beloved actress, 24, stuns India

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(P1) The sudden death of a cherished Bollywood actress, 24, was sending shock waves through India on Saturday.

(P2) Pratyusha Banerjee was allegedly found hanging from the ceiling in a room in her house in the Mumbai neighborhood of Kandivali on Friday, according to reports from India news outlets.  Police said no suicide note was found and they registered an “accidental death report,” The Indian Express reported.

(P3) Banerjee, who was from Jamshedpur, hit stardom in 2010 when she took over the lead role in Balika Vadhu, a popular Indian television drama that premiered in 2008. It has been called the longest-running show in India with more than 2,400 episodes. She later took roles in reality shows such as Bigg Boss – similar to Big Brother in the U.S. – and Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, in which celebrities perform various dances with professional dance partners a la Dancing with the Stars.

(P4) She also appeared in Power Couple with boyfriend Rahul Raj Singh, a reality show that features 10 popular celebrity couples who compete with each other over various challenges.The couple was eliminated early on.

(P5) “It is unbelievable that she could commit suicide because I know her and she is a strong woman,” actress Dolly Bindra told The Indian Express.

(P6) Banerjee’s death triggered an outpouring of grief on Twitter.

(P7) Bollywood producer Tanuj Garg tweeted, “Terrible, terrible news about Pratyusha Banerjee. Met her once at a party. How extreme must pressures be to drive one to take one’s own life.”

(P8) In January, Banerjee was part of a bizarre series of events, when she alleged that eight police officers tried to break into her house, according to the Hindustan Times. Police denied the allegation and said they were there to talk to her boyfriend about a loan issue, the Times reported.

(P9) On Saturday, Singh was being questioned by police but was not detained, the Times reported.

WORDS: 306

SOURCE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/02/india-actress-pratyusha-banerjee-dead/82548590/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you know the actress or watch any of her movies or shows?
  3. Do you watch reality shows on TV? If so, which ones?
  4. Do you use Twitter?
  5. Who are some of the popular TV or Movie stars in your country?

EXPRESSIONS & PHRASES:

What do the following expressions mean?

  • Shock waves (P1)
  • Hanging from the ceiling (P2)
  • Accidental death report (P2)
  • Reality show (P4)

 

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Image source: by epa http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/04/02/india-actress-pratyusha-banerjee-dead/82548590/

People get tattoos in Thailand

[Culture ★★]

People get tattoos in Thailand

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(P1) This news is from Thailand. People go to a temple. It is close to Bangkok. People get tattoos in this temple. Monks make the tattoos.

(P2) People believe that the tattoos have special powers. One man is doing really well in his job. He is also in a car crash but he is fine. He says that this is because of his tattoo.

(P3) There are five Buddhist rules. You must not break these rules. First, you must not kill anyone. Second, you cannot drink alcohol or take drugs. These are examples. If you break the rules, your tattoo does not work.

(P4) However, you can make a mistake. You can come to the temple again. You can get a new tattoo. You can try again.

Difficult words: temple (a god’s building), monk (a man who only lives for a god), rule (something that tells you what you can do and cannot do), Buddhist (a person who practices the religion of Buddhism), tattoo (a pattern, picture, etc made on the skin with ink).

WORDS: 174

Source: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/people-get-tattoos-in-thailand/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are tattoos popular in your country?
  3. Do you have a tattoo? If no, do you want to get one?
  4. Do you think people regret getting tattoos on their body?
  5. Why do you think people get tattoos?

EXPRESSIONS & PHRASES:

What do the following expressions mean?

  • Special powers (P2)
  • Break these rules (P3)

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Image Source: By onwardtibet.org, CC BY 2.0  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Young_monks_of_Drepung.jpg

Exercise in Hanoi

[Culture ★★]

Exercise in Hanoi

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(P1) Well, that’s one way to stay in shape! These market vendors in Hanoi have decided to, because they can’t afford the gym and don’t have time to exercise, to take matters into their own hands and feet, and dance themselves fit at work.

(P2) Some say they are too tired or have too little money to work out traditionally, so they bought a speaker so everyone can join in and learn from each other. Even the customers have a go.

(P)3) Vietnam’s capital is known for its unique exercise culture – even in the early hours, every inch of the park and pavements are taken up by people from all walks of life partaking in their exercise of choice. From classic running and yoga to more creative routines using benches and trees as workout props and shouting out loud to help with breathing.

(P4) These savvy market vendors have proven there really is no excuse not to get your body moving.

WORDS: 156

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/exercise-in-hanoi-level-3/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are people exercising more or less in your country?
  3. Do you like to exercise? If yes, which types of exercises do you like?
  4. Why do people exercise?
  5. Does your government promote exercising?

EXPRESSIONS & PHRASES:

What do the following expressions mean?

  • Stay in shape (P1)
  • Take matters into one’s hands (P1)
  • people from all walks of life (P3)

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Image Source: By longtrekhome – Falun Dafa the fifth exercise, meditation, CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4271278