Checking Your Luggage

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I May 06, 2023
General English, Free Lessons, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Prepositions, 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 Overview

Have you ever lived out of a suitcase? In this lesson, students will listen to an audio recording of an airline employee assisting a traveler, giving them a feel for real airport conversations. They'll explore different aspects of airports through discussion, learning specific language and phrases used in these settings. Aimed at adults and teens, the lesson combines engaging activities with practical learning to help students navigate the language of air travel. Additionally, students will complete interactive worksheets from the workbook, enhancing their understanding. There's also a review section encompassing vocabulary terms that serves as homework, reinforcing the lesson's key concepts.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn prepositions of direction, essential for airport scenarios, like using "towards" to describe walking to a check-in counter, or "through" when passing security checks.

  • Speaking: They will practice speaking about airport activities, such as explaining the process of boarding or describing experiences in the departure lounge, enhancing real-world conversational abilities.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson introduces specific travel-related terms like "boarding pass," "carousel," and idioms such as "red-eye flight" (a flight taking off late at night), broadening their travel vocabulary.

  • Listening: In this task, students listen to an airport check-in conversation, learning about the check-in process, luggage rules, and getting directions to the gate. It helps improve understanding of common airport phrases and directions, making them more familiar with flying-related conversations.

  • Homework: The homework involves exercises where students practice using their language knowledge by making choices about travel, like choosing between a long wait at the airport or hurrying to not miss their plane. This helps students get better at using language in real situations and thinking about travel decisions.


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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