Checking Your Luggage

General English, Free Lessons, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Prepositions of Direction
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Students in an English lesson discussing vocabulary and scenarios related to the airport experience, with definitions, examples

Lesson Description

Have you ever lived out of a suitcase? In this lesson, students will listen to audio of an airline employee helping a man check in to his flight. Students will discuss things they see and do at an airport. Students will also learn and practice prepositions of direction, learn common idioms used at an airport, and practice vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and review prepositions of direction

  • To discuss things you see and do at an airport

  • To practice vocabulary and idioms relating to the topic




Listen to the audio of a man checking in to his flight at the airport. Will the airline employee be able to help the passenger find the correct gate? Did the man pack too much luggage, or will he have problems with security?

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

live out of a suitcase [idiom]: means to briefly stay in several locations but never staying in the same place long enough to unpack your bags
check in [verb]: (to a flight) to report one’s presence or arrival
domestic [adjective]: relating to or originating within one’s own country
international [adjective]: relating to or affecting two or more countries
luggage [noun]: suitcases for a traveler’s belongings; baggage
terminal [noun]: (at an airport) is a building where passengers go to depart on a flight or the building at which they arrive upon landing
gate [noun]: (at an airport) the area where passengers board an aircraft
baggage claim [noun]: the area in an airport where arriving passengers pick up their checked baggage
conveyer belt [noun]: (at the airport) a baggage transport system where passengers can pick up their baggage
check luggage [verb]: to turn in one’s luggage at the ticket counter at the airport
overweight baggage fee [noun]: money you have to pay when your baggage weighs too much
travel light [idiom]: means to travel with very little luggage or baggage
security checkpoint [noun]: (at an airport) an area where passengers and boarding passes are checked under certain security factors before getting accepted to boarding
aisle seat [noun]: a seat on or next to an aisle or an area where seats are separated
red-eye [noun]: is a flight in the middle of the night in which a passenger cannot expect to get much sleep because of the time of departure or arrival
go off the beaten track [idiom]: means to travel to a place that isn’t well known or visited often by others
layover [noun]: a stop between flights; a connection
connecting flight [noun]: a transit flight you take in order to reach the final destination
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