airport luggage check in
Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 5, 2022 and last updated on July 26, 2023

The topic of airports is crucial for English learners as it offers valuable vocabulary and practical knowledge for travel and communication. This introduction explores the significance of airports as international gateways, enhancing cultural understanding and global connections.

By familiarising themselves with airport jargon, security procedures and passenger interactions, learners can build confidence in real-life travel situations.


Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About Airports

Most people at some point in their life have been to an airport.

Airports are full of people going on holiday, travelling back home from a holiday or maybe taking a business trip.

Usually, most people will spend 2 or 3 hours waiting at an airport before eventually getting on a plane.

Airports commonly have lots of shops and restaurants that take advantage of the influx of passengers to try and sell them (sometimes overpriced) products.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • take off (phrasal verb)
  • crowded (adjective)
  • frustrating (adjective)
  • commonly (adverb)
  • check in (phrasal verb)
  • passport control (noun)
  • overpriced (adjective)
  • make the most of something (idiom)
  • personally (adjective)

Conversation Questions

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  • What do you usually buy when you are at an airport?
  • How many airports have you been to in your lifetime?
  • What was your favourite airport? Why?
  • Do you feel stressed when you are in an airport?
  • What do you dislike the most about airports?
  • If you were going to build a new airport, how would you make it better than the rest?
  • When was the last time you were at an airport? What was your experience like?
  • Do you think products are overpriced at the airport?
  • Do you usually buy food at the airport or take food with you from home?
  • Have you ever had a really bad experience at an airport?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.