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Let’s Talk About: 🀜 Airport Adventure: Navigating Check-In and Security Like a Pro! πŸ€›

Hey there, fellow travellers! 🌟✈️ Welcome to our Conversation Club, where we’re going to dive into the exciting world of airports and all the ins and outs of checking in and going through security. Whether you’re a seasoned jet-setter or a first-time flier, this handout will equip you with the essential vocabulary, phrasal verbs, idioms, conversation starters, and a fun role play activity to boost your confidence and make your airport experience a breeze. Let’s get started! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘œ

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

Helloooo! Just a few words of support for those of you who are starting your experience in our Conversation Club and don’t feel very confident. Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel like you need to prepare before the club session, you can review the content of this page in advance. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use πŸ™ƒ

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

On Tuesdays, the Club takes place from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. If you haven’t received the access instructions via email, please, get in touch with us:

If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

B1-B2 Airport Vocabulary

  • Boarding Pass 🎫: A printed or digital document that allows you to board the flight after check-in.
  • Gate πŸšͺ: The specific area at the airport where passengers board their flights.
  • Security Check πŸ›‘οΈ: The process of screening passengers and their belongings for prohibited items before boarding.
  • Luggage Tag 🏷️: A label attached to your luggage to identify it during the journey.
  • Overhead Compartment πŸ›…: Storage space above your seat on the airplane for cabin luggage.
  • Liquid Restrictions 🚱: Rules limiting the amount of liquid you can carry in your hand luggage.
  • TSA PreCheck 🏒: A program in the US that allows eligible travelers to go through an expedited security screening process.
  • Customs πŸ›ƒ: The official examination of your belongings when entering a country to ensure compliance with regulations.
  • Connecting Flight ➑️✈️: A flight that requires you to change planes at an intermediate airport to reach your final destination.
  • Delayed ✈️⏰: When a flight is not on time and leaves later than scheduled.
  • Baggage Claim πŸ›„: The area at the airport where you collect your checked luggage after landing.
  • Immigration πŸ›‚: The process of entering a foreign country, where officials check your passport and visa.
  • Boarding Time ⏰: The designated time when passengers begin to board the aircraft.

10 idioms and their meanings

  • In the same boat πŸš£β€β™€οΈ: Facing the same situation or challenge. We’re all in the same boat, dealing with flight delays.
  • Jet-setter βœˆοΈπŸ‘—: A person who travels frequently, especially by air. He’s a jet-setter, always hopping from one country to another.
  • Up in the air πŸŒͺ️: Uncertain or undecided. The departure time is still up in the air.
  • On cloud nine ☁️❀️: Feeling extremely happy and joyful. She was on cloud nine after her successful trip.
  • Buckle up πŸ€πŸš€: To get ready for something challenging. Buckle up, it’s going to be a long flight.
  • On the horizon πŸŒ…: Something expected or likely to happen soon. New airport security measures are on the horizon.
  • First-class πŸ₯‡πŸŽŸοΈ: Of the highest quality or rank. The airport lounge provides a first-class experience.
  • Miles away πŸŒŒπŸ›«: Lost in one’s thoughts or daydreaming. She was miles away, thinking about her upcoming trip.
  • Touch down πŸ›¬: To land on the ground. The plane will touch down at 6 PM.
  • Keep your feet on the ground πŸ”οΈπŸ‘£: To stay practical and realistic. Even after winning the lottery, he kept his feet on the ground.

Brace Yourselves for 10 Phrasal Verbs in Context!

  • Hold up πŸ›‘: To cause a delay. The traffic jam held us up, and we barely made it to the airport on time!
  • Get through πŸ”„: To successfully complete a task or process. We need to get through security before the flight departs.
  • Take off πŸ›«: To leave the ground and begin a flight. The plane will take off in 15 minutes.
  • Drop off πŸš—πŸ’¨: To leave someone at a location (e.g., the airport). My friend dropped me off at the departure gate.
  • Pick up πŸš•: To collect someone from a location (e.g., the airport). My parents will pick me up when I arrive.
  • Check in βœ…: To register at the airport for your flight. You can check in online or at the airport counter.
  • Fill out πŸ–ŠοΈ: To complete a form with required information. Please fill out this customs declaration form.
  • Go over 🧐: To review or examine carefully. Airport security will go over your belongings to ensure safety.
  • Set off πŸš€: To start a journey. We’re excited to set off on our vacation!
  • Hold on πŸ•°οΈ: To wait for a short time. Hold on, the boarding announcement will come soon.

Round 1: Communication and Clarity

  1. Have you ever experienced any airport adventures or mishaps while checking in or going through security?
  2. What’s the most unusual or interesting item you’ve seen someone try to take through airport security?
  3. Are you a meticulous packer, or do you tend to be spontaneous when packing for a trip?
  4. Do you prefer to arrive at the airport early or cut it close to the departure time?

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  • How do you pass the time during layovers or flight delays? (a layover = a point where a vehicle stops, with passengers possibly changing vehicles. In public transit, this typically takes a few minutes at a trip terminal.)
  • Have you ever missed a flight? How did you handle the situation?
  • What’s your strategy for keeping track of important travel documents like passports and boarding passes?
  • Do you have any pre-flight rituals or habits that you follow before every trip?
  • Share an unforgettable airport or flying experience that left a lasting impression on you.

Round 3: The Final One, So We Role lay!

In pairs, take turns simulating an airport experience. One of you will be the passenger checking in and going through security, while the other plays the role of a friendly airport staff member. Use the vocabulary, phrasal verbs, and idioms from the handout to make the conversation engaging and authentic. Feel free to improvise and add your unique touch to the role play.

Have fun, and remember to embrace the adventure of air travel! βœˆοΈπŸ˜„

After The Club: The Follow Up

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