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Unit 13 :
Escalator and Elevator



To know the difference between escalator and elevator.

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Which do you prefer: elevators or escalators?

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Repeat the following words and phrases with your teacher and use them in a sentence.

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  • escalator (n)
  • elevator (n)
  • cabins (n)
  • sign (n)
  • injury (n)
  • operate (v)
  • usage ( n)
  • carry (v)


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Dialogue 1

Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hi, excuse me, do you know where the escalator is?

Sure. It’s on the other side of the building. Just walk straight and turn left at the corner.

Over there?

Yes. But it might be easier for you to take the elevator since you’ve got a lot of luggage.

Oh, that would be nice. Do you know where I can find one?

 It’s at the back. Just walk towards the end of the building. You’ll see a sign.

Got it. Thank you!

No problem.

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Let’s practice

Answer the following questions.

  1. Where is the location of the elevator?
  2. Where is the location of the escalator?
  3. What will A probably take?
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Read the article with your teacher.

Difference between Escalator and Elevator

Many people fail to understand the difference between an Escalator and an Elevator. They are not similar in any way and are two totally different things. The only similarity between the two is that they are both a means of travelling from one floor of a building to another one. The most common places where escalators and elevators are used are shopping malls and hotels.

Escalators are basically moving stairways that carry people from one floor to the other. They are very similar to stairs but the main difference is that they are moving ones. On the other hand, Elevators are basically closed cabins that carry people from one floor to the other.

Escalators move at a relatively slower speed in comparison to elevators. The main reason for this may be to maintain a good balance for the people who are using them. There is always a chance of an injury if they are travelling at a higher speed. On the other hand, elevators do not have this issue as they are closed cabins and move in a vertical direction.

Escalators are ideal for places that have more traffic. They may be used in places such as malls, airports and railway stations. On the other hand, elevators are mostly used in places where there is lesser traffic. These may include places such as hotels and malls which have many floors.

One of the main differences between the two is the usage of energy. Escalators operate all the time no matter how many passengers are using them whereas elevators only use electricity when they are in operation.

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Let’s Practice

Answer the following questions.

  1. What are the differences between escalator and elevator?
  2. What is the similarity of escalator and elevator?
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Share your  ideas with your teacher.

  1.  What things do you look at while the elevator is going up or down?
  2. Do you always try to squeeze in even if the elevator looks full?
  3. What improvements do you think could be made to elevators?