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Let’s Role Play: At The Airport

A role play area is a fun and a ‘playful’ activity but also a key component in language learning. It is a safe space that develops speaking and listening skills, as well as giving us the opportunity to become more confident with a new topic, vocabulary item or grammar structure.

All mpec courses are based on Conversation, Communication and Interaction and our main goal is to give our students the confidence to approach any topic or idea in English. Below, you can find vocabulary and role play materials which we use during our Conversation Club sessions in Zoom, but which you can also use on your own.

For A1-A2 Levels

Please, review the airport / travel vocabulary slides below. It will help you feel more confident when role-playing and – if you find any words that are entirely new to you, make sure you write them down and use them in the Conversation Club meeting.

PART 1: Warm Up

  • Do you like to travel by plane?
  • What was the longest flight you have ever taken?
  • What seat do you prefer: window, center or aisle?

Part 2: Unpleasant Experiences?

  • Have you ever met an annoying person during a flight?
  • What do you do when you get blocked ears during take off / landing?
  • What behaviours during the flight (eg: people removing their shoes, getting drunk, crying babies, people who are late etc etc) do you find most annoying and why?

Key expressions to say that someone /something is annoying

to put/get someone’s back up: He always assumes that he knows more than anyone else and it gets people’s backs up. Less pleasantly, British English also has the idiom to get (right) up someone’s nose: Her manner is so patronizing and it gets right up my nose! Another idiom with this meaning is to get under someone’s skin: Two of my colleagues chat the whole day long and it’s starting to get under my skin.

Would you like to be a flight attendant?

Part 3: Best or Worst?

  • Do you think air transportation is the best way to travel? Why or why not?
  • If you were to travel through an airport in the near future, how would you prepare?
  • What are some things to do at the airport while waiting for your flight to board?

PART 4: Role Play – At the Airport

Download the Role Play Cards here:

Student A and B Conversation Cards

You will be given a set of instructions to role play a conversation between a Passenger and a Flight Assistant. If you are worried about your level, you can get some inspiration from the sample dialogue (on the right)


Let’s reverse the roles!

Here are two other sets of cards for you to role play a similar dialogue, if you were the Passenger before, now you can play the role of an Assistant and vice versa.

Conversation Cards for Dialogue 2 and 3

Passenger: Hello. I’d like to check in, please.
Assistant: Certainly, may I have your name and surname.
Passenger: Yes, it’s John Travis.
Assistant: And where are you travelling to?
Passenger: I’m going to Buenos Aires.
Assistant: Can I have your flight number?
Passenger: It’s flight AA 799.
Assistant: Perfect. Can I see your ticket and passport, please?
Passenger: Yes, here you are.
Assistant: Thank you. Would you like a window or an aisle seat?
Passenger: I’d like a window seat, please.
Assistant: Okay. Seat number 18A. Have you got any luggage to check in?
Passenger: Yes, I’ve got one suitcase.
Assistant: Have you got any hand luggage?
Passenger: Yes, just this trolley bag. What gate is the flight departing from?
Assistant: Your plane is boarding at gate number 22.
Passenger: At what time?
Assistant: At 9.30 a.m. Here’s your boarding card.
Passenger: Thank you. Goodbye.
Assistant: Goodbye.


All mpec students are welcome to join our Conversation Club Zoom Sessions which take place every Tuesday, 6pm to 6.30 pm and Thursday from 1 to 1.30 pm from October to June. If you are not a part of the mpec community yet, please get in touch with us and we will partner with you to create the right course for your needs and goals. Live English Courses via Streaming

Self Study Suggestion:

The best self study to work on Airport-related vocabulary would be any of the following movies:

Popular movies about airports and planes
Popular movies about airports and planes