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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 11 October 2011

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Apple Fans Mourn The Loss Of Steve Jobs

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • mourn: to express sadness after a major loss
  • CEO: chief executive officer; in charge of operations
  • pancreatic: of the pancreas (digestive organ)
  • retail: related to the sale of goods
  • innovator: a person who introduces new things and ideas to an industry

Apple Fans Mourn The Loss Of Steve Jobs

Apple’s co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was reportedly at a small gathering on Friday, October 7th, two days after he passed away. Jobs died at the age of , following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. While Apple that there would not be a public service, fans around the world set up their own memorials at Apple retail stores. Fans also gathered at Apple’s headquarters in California to leave flowers, , and cards in memory of one of the world’s top innovators. The email address was provided for people who wanted to offer condolences. Apple will hold a event to celebrate the life of Steve Jobs later this month.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What happened on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011?
  2. What did fans of Steve Jobs do at Apple’s headquarters?
  3. Why does the report mention an email address?

Discussion Question: The term iSad was used all over social media networks after people learned of the death of Steve Jobs. Why was Steve Jobs such an icon? What will he be remembered for?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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