Airport IWB Lesson

Levels: pre-intermediate to low intermediate.
Ages: older kids; teens; young adults.
Type:matching games; vocab revision; optional interactive whiteboard downloads.
Skills: speaking; listening; pronunciation (particular words).
Language focus: vocabulary for the airport.

a SMARTboard interactive whiteboard and a download of this IWB lesson (if you don’t have a SMARTboard, you can try this pdf version of the whiteboard screens instead;
enough copies of this text and this gapfill task for each student, or pair of students.


  1. Introduce the task by asking students what the longest journey they’ve ever taken is. Invite them to think about the details of this journey – when it was, how long it took, what the best and worst things were about this journey, etc. – and to tell their partner about this trip.
  2. Ask the students if they have ever been stuck at an airport, and what it was like – what did they find to do? Did they get bored? etc. Perhaps tell a story of a time when you were stuck in an airport.
  3. Show the students the second page of the IWB lesson (see above to download). Put them into two or three teams and ask each team to try and name the pictures. Set a time limit of about two minutes for this.
  4. Reveal the answers one at a time, awarding points for correct answers.
  5. Delete the yellow box at the bottom of the second page. Again, in teams, ask students to match the collocations with the pictures. After a couple of minutes, go through this with the class, moving the collocations to the correct places.
  6. Divide the students into pairs and ask one student per pair to face away from the interactive whiteboard. Explain to the other students that they will watch a short film about airport travel; ask these students to make notes of the journey’s stages and explain they will have to give as many details to their partner as they can remember. Ask their partners to write predictions about what the stages will involve whilst they wait.
  7. Play the first half of the video below, from 0:00 to 1:00. (NB, it’s here on youtube, and you can download it via

  8. Swap the students around, so that those who were facing away from the IWB before are now turned towards it, and vice versa. Ask the students facing the board to take notes of what they see; ask those facing away from the whiteboard to write predictions about what will happen next.
  9. Play the rest of the video. Afterwards, ask the students to face each other in their pairs and compare notes.
  10. Watch the video together, the whole way through. Were any details missed?
  11. Read out the story above (attached), which describes the start of a trip to Hong Kong. Ask students if they have been to Hong Kong, if they would like to go, etc.
  12. Hand out the gapfill sheet and ask students to work together in pairs to put the words back in.
  13. After about 6 minutes, ask one member of each pair to stand up and move one place to the left to make a new pair. Students compare notes, check each other’s work and try to complete the gapfill.
  14. Read the whole text aloud one more time, then (if necessary) allow two or three more minutes to complete the gapfill task.
  15. Hand out the completed text, so students can check their work.
  16. Put the students into groups of four and ask them to design the perfect airport. Allow about twenty minutes for this, giving ideas as necessary.
  17. Ask the students to practise presenting their airport design to the class. Explain that every student should speak for roughly an equal amount of time. Allow about ten minutes for this; go round monitoring and helping students to focus on intonation and presentation skills.
  18. Listen to the presentations as a class, and ask students to vote on their favourite airport design (they’re not allowed to vote for their own group!)
  19. If there’s still time at the end of this, I’ve included an extra visualisation task inviting students to picture their ideal holiday; feel free to use this, maybe in small groups.

One thought on “Airport IWB Lesson

  1. Hi Simon,

    I used your lesson today however I added a lot more bulk to your IWB part. If you would like to see it and have notebook 10 software shoot me an email and I would love to share it with you.

    Good lesson!

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