This lesson is about the first ever air attacks on Britain, which occurred during the First World War. It provides students with reading practice in the form of a graded authentic text and listening practice based on a short podcast with authentic eyewitness accounts of Zeppelin attacks.

The podcast is from the Imperial War Museum’s series of podcasts ‘Voices of the First World War’ and can be accessed from the First World War Centenary site:

Only a small section of the original podcast has been exploited in this lesson, from -13:47 to -11:39.

Topic:   The first air attacks in Britain during the First World War

Level:   B2

Time:    Approximately 70 minutes


  • To develop students’ ability to read for gist and detail
  • To develop students’ ability to listen for gist and detail
  • To develop students’ war-related vocabulary

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