TOEIC lesson 16: Airlines

Directions

In this lesson, your tutor will help you go over a type-4 question from TOEIC speaking test. Take a look at the information provided below. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Test Question

Directions: In this part of the test, you will answer three questions based on the information provided. You will have 30 seconds to read the information before the questions begin. For each question, begin responding immediately. No additional preparation time is provided. You will have 15 seconds to respond to question 7 and 8 and 30 seconds to respond to question 9.

Information Provided

Flights from New York to Hong Kong (All flights listed below are non-stop flights)

Allflights offer flight from New York to Hong Kong (NY to HK). Tickets start at $906, and ticket prices are subject to changes depending on the departure date. The average flight time is around 17h 26m.

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*Prices, flight times, and schedules for flights from New York to Hong Kong may change. Please search on specific dates for actual schedule on our website. Once you pick up your flight ticket, 20% cancellation fee will be charged. For more information, either call us at (123) 456-7890 or visit http://www.allflights.com.

Question 7

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I am looking for the cheapest flight ticket from New York to Hong Kong  departing on June 14th. Could you tell me which airline offers the best deal on airfare?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • China Airline offers the cheapest ticket at $906.
  • The ticket price may change depending on the departure day, so I will have to check this for you.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 15 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 8

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

I would like to stop in Tokyo on the way to Hong Kong from New York, so could you tell me which airlines provide stopovers in Tokyo?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • All flights from New York to Hong Kong are nonstop.
  • I am afraid that there aren’t any flights with a stopover in Tokyo.

Directions

Let’s try another one. Your tutor will read the question to you, and you have 30 seconds to answer on your own.

Question 9

(Tutor: read the text to the student. The question is not presented to the student in the actual test)

Could you tell me about any early morning flights to Hong Kong from New York and about your cancellation policy?

Your Answer

How did you do? Here are some pointers if you want to try again.

  • The early morning flights to Hong Kong are on Japan Airlines, Asiana Airlines, and Singapore Airlines.
  • The average flight time is 17 hours and 26 minutes.
  • A 20% cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel after you pick up your flight ticket.

Sample Answer

Reading great sample answers is one way to improve. Go over the sample answer with your tutor. Ask questions if you have any.

Sample Answer

Q7: China Airline offers the cheapest airfare at $906, but the ticket price may change depending on the departure day. I will have to check this for you give you the exact price.

Q8: You said that you are looking for a stopover flight to Tokyo on the way to Hong Kong from New York. I am afraid that we only offer nonstop flights on our website.

Q9: For early morning flights, you have Asiana Airline departing at 5:30am, Japan Airline at 6:30am, and Singapore Airline at 6:25am. The average flight time is 17 hours and 26 minutes, and the planes’ arrival times are 8:23 am, 2:20 am, and 6:25 am, respectively. Regarding cancellation fees, a 20% cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel after you pick up your flight ticket. For further information, you can visit our website http://www.allflights.com.

Further Study

Got more time? Here is a list of common vocab words related to the text you studied today. Go over each one with your tutor.

Additional Expressions

airfare (n) the price charged for transportation by airplane
e.g. round-trip airfare
round-trip (n) a trip to a given place and back again
e.g. It’s a 50-mile round-trip to my parents’ house.
open ticket (n) ticket without fixed returning date
e.g. Do you have a fixed date in mind or do you want an open ticket?
flexible (adj) capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent
e.g. a material that is both strong and flexible
departure (n) the act of departing
e.g. What is your time of departure?
offer (v) give, provide, or supply
e.g. They offer a wide range of services at reasonable prices.
 on the way to~ (idiom) moving toward a place
e.g. My car stopped suddenly on the way to the hospital
stopover (n) a brief stop in the course of a journey, as to eat, sleep, or visit friends
e.g. We have a six-hour stopover in Puerto Rico.
respectively (adv) in precisely the order given; sequentially
e.g. The boy and girl are 12 and 13 years old, respectively.
cancellation fee (n) penalty incurred for annulling a confirmed arrangement or order
e.g. If you cancel your reservation, you will be charged a cancellation fee.
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