Unit 3: Across the water
This unit is about ways of getting across water – ranging from bridges and tunnels to ferries. You’ll hear about some nervous travellers and a disaster that actually happened.
In this unit you’re going to …
- listen to some information from a tourist guide
- read about and identify four different types of bridges in London
- listen to and follow spoken directions on a map
- talk about travel experiences
- write a story about an imaginary trip
- read a newspaper report about a bridge that collapsed
Language focus: comparatives (older than), superlatives (the oldest), giving and understanding directions
Exposure (after Step 5)
World record paper bridge
For part of the physics curriculum at Plano West Senior High School in Texas, USA, the students had to build bridges out of nothing but paper, tape and glue. In 2008, a girl called Anna Gu built a world record paper bridge holding 486 kg (after initially breaking the hook that held the weights at 363 kg the day before).