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Travel by train

The Woman in the Seat

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Let's meet!

Imagine that this is a friend of yours who is currently living or studying in London. (Look at the picture on this slide)

Let's brainstorm the name for this girl! How would you call her?

She wants to go on holiday from London, but he wants to take the train, rather than fly.

Why do you think she wants to use the train?

train vs.plain

Teacher's note

Focus on comparing trains with planes as forms of travel


Show the class a picture of a person, and tell the class that this is their friend who is currently living or studying in London. Elicit a name for the person.


Tell the class that he/she wants to go on holiday from London, but he wants to take the train, rather than fly. Brainstorm in pairs reasons why and then put them on the board.

Work in pairs


5 mins

It's not an exact science, and I'm certainly no expert, but there is a growing realisation that climate change is a reality, not just a myth. Air travel is now the fastest-growing contributor to global warming, and avoiding a flight when there are easy alternatives is probably the biggest single thing that any individual can do to cut their carbon footprint and limit their own impact on the environment.

Eurostar, the company running the channel-tunnel trains, has done its homework and commissioned independent research to assess the CO2 per passenger produced by a London-Paris Eurostar journey versus that emitted by a passenger on a London-Paris flight. The research looked at actual Eurostar passenger loadings, actual Eurostar power consumption, the way Eurostar's electricity is generated, actual aircraft loadings, actual aircraft fuel consumption, and so on. The conclusion was remarkable: Taking the train to Paris instead of flying cuts CO2 emissions per passenger not just by a measly 10% or 20% or even 50%, but by a staggering 90%...

Why does she want to take a train rather than to fly? PAGE 1

Read the text below individually and answer to the question posted in the title.

Teacher's note

Focus on the environmental benefits of train travel over air travel

Learners read the text ‘Trains versus planes’ and answer the question ‘Why does he want to take the train rather than fly?’.

Individual work.


7 mins

Text from seat61.com, used with permission.

What’s more, the environmental benefit of taking the train instead of a plane is probably much greater than 90%. Airliners emit their CO2 directly into the upper atmosphere, where it is likely to do over twice the damage of the same quantity of CO2 emitted at ground level (estimates vary between 2 & 3 times the damage, but 2.7 is the factor normally used). This factor isn't included in the Eurostar findings.

Eurostar has also launched a 'tread lightly' initiative, looking at recycling their own waste and that collected off the trains. Full marks to Eurostar... !

And with airport security tightened, check-ins up to 2 hours even for a 1-hour flight, plus the time and cost involved in getting to and from remote airports at each end, taking the train city centre to city centre could cut your stress levels by a similar percentage...

Why does she want to take a train rather than to fly? PAGE 2

Read the text below individually and answer to the question posted in the title.

Teacher's note

Focus on the environmental benefits of train travel over air travel

Learners read the text ‘Trains versus planes’ and answer the question ‘Why does he want to take the train rather than fly?’.

Individual work.


7 mins

Text from seat61.com, used with permission.

(CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities.The main human activity that emits CO2 is the combustion of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil) for energy and transportation.

Let's explore the vocabulary

global warming

Teacher's note

Focus on climate change vocabulary


Focus on the following climate change language from the reading: global warming, climate change, Carbon dioxide emissions, carbon footprint, environmental impact. Learners match the definitions to the words in pairs then offer feedback.

Teacher to students


5 mins

carbon dioxide emissions

carbon footprint

environmental impact

the gradual heating of Earth's surface, oceans and atmosphere, is caused by human activity, primarily the burning of fossil fuels that pump carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The total amount of greenhouse gases (including carbon dioxide and methane) that are generated by our actions.

Any change to the environment, whether adverse or beneficial, resulting from a facility's activities, products, or services.

The definitions are jumbled. Move them arround and match them to the concept.

Who is the website for?
What is the purpose?
What are some of the places mentioned?
Can you find the picture from this page on the website?

Let's visit a website!

Teacher's note

Introduce website seat61.com to learners

Go to the homepage of the website. Learners skim read it and answer the questions:


Who is the website for?

What is the purpose?

What are some of the places mentioned?


5 mins


seat61.com

You are going on holiday…by train. Visit the website and plan the trip! (Download a printable from the lesson plan.)

Tangier by train

List a few reasons.

Why would I recommend this place?

Explore the surroundings and find a suitable hotel.

A hotel you can stay in?

Let's plan!

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The destinaion

Answer

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Spain

Let's plan!

Things you see, trains you have to change, types of train

Description of the trip

How much will it cost? Does it pay off?

Cost of the trip

How long will you need to travel?

Length of train journey

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Let's make a presentation in groups!

Make a presentation

Teacher's note

Plan a presentation

Use the previous two pages to help prepare a basic, three-part presentation. The students should think of points to include in theirs. You can use any digital tool you like. If you are doing this lesson online, we suggest separating students into breakout rooms and sharing a link to a blank Google slides presentation they can copy and use in the browser.

Groups of 3 or 4


7 mins

Give the presentation


Make new groups. A member from each of the groups joins. They take it in turns to give their presentation to the other members of the new group.


Groups or whole class


20 mins


How far can you get if you use the train only?

Vote on a holiday

You are going on holiday together. You have to choose from one of the train holidays that were presented and you need to agree on which holiday you would go on and why.

Let's vote!

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Thank you for
participating!

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Lesson plan by Owain Llewellyn

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Digital material by Milica Vukadin