Listening: Plane Crash & Aviation Topics

Last Wednesday the Evening Standard brought news about a plane crash in Jackson, Mississippi – US.

Besides some considerable coverage on the news, they produced a video on the accident and published it on their website as well and that’s why I thought we could again make use of some good & authentic language material and be informed while practicing some listening skills, which is something I feel ill at ease to do via blog.

Anyway, in part 4 of ICAO Test in Brazil candidates are expected to describe an image in every possible detail (aka “Aviation Topics”) and speculate on what could have happened before answering to some more specific questions that the examiner is going to ask. Hence, making every conscious effort to keep rapport flowing in this last stage is another excellent opportunity to show both your control over English as a foreign language and superior interaction skills.

First, observe the picture below and try to predict: What happened? What has caused this plane to crash into a house? What do you know about airplane accidents in residential neighbourhood?

Now, click on the link below and watch a video produced by the Evening Standard team, regarding the same accident:

video-plane-crashes-into-us-home-8316021.html

Did you find it difficult to understand? If necessary, watch it again and try to answer some of these more specific questions:

1) How many people were killed in the accident? Who were they?

2) What happened to the woman in the residence?

3) What happened before the crash?

4) At which moment of the flight had the first problems been detected?

5) What is the National Transportation Safety Board set to do now?

I hope you have liked today’s unusual activity and hope you nail it during your “Aviation topics” discussionūüôā

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Na √ļltima quarta o Evening Standard noticiou sobre um acidente a√©reo em Jackson, Mississippi – EUA.

Além de uma cobertura razoável sobre o acontecimento, foi publicado um vídeo no website do jornal e é por isso que pensei em novamente fazermos uso de material com língua autêntica e, ao mesmo tempo, ficamos bem-informados e praticamos habilidades de listening, o que não é muito efetivo via blog (penso eu).

De qualquer forma, na parte 4 do Teste ICAO Brasileiro, os candidatos devem descrever uma imagem com riqueza de detalhes (parte conhecida como “Aviation Topics”) e especular sobre o que poderia ter acontecido, para ent√£o responder a algumas quest√Ķes mais espec√≠ficas que a examinadora far√°. Portanto, todo o esfor√ßo para manter a empatia e conversa fluindo neste √ļltimo n√≠vel √© √≥tima oportunidade para demonstrar tanto seu controle sobre o ingl√™s como l√≠ngua estrangeira como suas inquestion√°veis habilidades de intera√ß√£o e jogo de cintura.

Pra começar, observem a imagem abaixo e tentem prognosticar: O que aconteceu? O que pode ter feito a aeronave atingir a habitação? O que você sabe sobre acidentes aéreos em zonas residenciais?

Agora, cliquem no link abaixo e assistam ao vídeo produzido pela equipe do jornal Evening Standard, sobre o acidente em questão:

video-plane-crashes-into-us-home-8316021.html

Foi dif√≠cil de entender o que aconteceu, em linhas gerais? Se necess√°rio, assistam novamente e tentem responder estas quest√Ķes mais espec√≠ficas:

1) How many people were killed in the accident? Who were they?

2) What happened to the woman in the residence?

3) What happened before the crash?

4) At which moment of the flight had the first problems been detected?

5) What is the National Transportation Safety Board set to do now?

Espero que tenham gostado da atividade um tanto rara que escolhi para hoje e espero que se saiam muito bem em seus “Aviation topics”ūüôā

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About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Dedicated professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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