The British Airways London Eye: A Webquest

Go to the official British Airways London Eye web site

and answer the questions below:


Click here to download the question sheet: eye.doc
Dear Students,
You may not understand certain words used in the questionnaire or on the web site. Don't worry!  There are wonderful  free tools that enable us to look up difficult words online. Try not to look up too many and don't forget to make a vocabulary list and learn them. 
Go to PONSline, das ONline Wörterbuch (c) PONS-Klett and use the search mask at the bottom of the page. Select the right languages before you start.
Go to QuickDic online (c)
Go to the online edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (c) Cornelsen
Go to Linguadict, das große Online Wörterbuch  (c) Linguatec Sprachtechnologien                                          
Go to AltaVista's Babel Fish Translation (c)
Cambridge Dictionaries Online

01 - What invitation greets the visitor to the London Eye web site?
Welcome / Pre-flight Information
02 – What kind of an attraction is the "London Eye"?
03 – What does the Eye offer its passengers?
04 – How long does a "flight" on the "Eye" last?
05 – What height does the flight take you to?
06 – What do we learn about the "capsules"?

Admission Charges

07 – How much does an adult normally pay to fly?
08 – How much more do adults pay during the summer?
09 – What day is the "Eye" closed on?
10 – Name 6 ways of getting there.
11 – What is the name of the nearest tube station?
12 – What piece of advice are motorists given?

World of the Eye

13 – What does the wheel represent and celebrate?
14 – What new opportunity does a "flight" offer tourists?
15 – Who came up with the idea of installing the wheel near Westminster Bridge?
16 – What did the architects create when they realised their concept/design?
17 – Which partners did they find to make their dream come true?
18 – What occasion was the wheel installed for?
19 – Why was the wheel built in many different places?
20 – What’s the wheel's diameter?
21 – How many tonnes does it weigh?
22 – How far can you see from the top? a) in miles b) in km?
23 – How did the pieces of the wheel arrive at Westminster Bridge?
24 – Which part was the heaviest piece?
25 – How were the pieces put together?
26 – What were they assembled on?
27 – How was traffic on the Thames taken into consideration?
28 – What is "Taklift 1" the name of?
29 – What letter do the London Eye’s "legs" resemble?
30 – When were the passenger capsules attached to the rim?
31 – What did the designers try to ensure when they planned the capsules?
32 – Name 2 London sights you may see if the weather is fine.

Extension activities:

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(c) This webquest was created by Jürgen Wagner

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