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In this lesson, we are going to use an interesting video about a very dangerous job which is called ice road trucking. We are going to show you how to improve English speaking skills with this practice activity.

Step 1: Watch the video about how to improve your English speaking skills using this lesson.

Step 2: Watch the interesting and suspenseful video about ice road truckers and see what their dilemma is.

Step 3: Watch the last video which has questions for you to answer and practice using the new vocabulary about this interesting topic. You will also hear how a native speaker would answer the questions so you can learn some new phrases and additional words.

Related Vocabulary

  • Semi-truck: A commercial truck that is designed to pull a trailer with a heavy load
  • Current: Flowing or moving water
  • Trucker: The person who drives large trucks that transport or haul prodcuts
  • Crack: To break without complete separation of the parts. A crack in a glass, looks like a line.
  • Loader: A machine that is used to move dirt or other materials.
  • Stuck: Not being able to move. Unstuck: When you are able to move after being stuck.

Questions to Answer:

  1. Why is the ice weak?
  2. Why did the truck get stuck?
  3. How thick to you think the ice has to be in order to support a semi truck and it’s trailer?
  4. What did they do to get the truck unstuck?
  5. Why do you think that these trucks are driving across frozen lakes and rivers?
  6. How would you feel if you were driving a semi truck and it started to break through the ice?
  7. How much would someone have to pay you to do this job?
  8. What aspects of truck driving are dangerous in winter conditions?

Please leave a comment with what you thought about this activity to help you improve your speaking skills. This is a new lesson style for us and we want to hear from you!