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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.
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dateline: 01 May 2012

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NYC Tower Surpasses Empire State Building

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • surpass: to go beyond
  • column: a vertical beam in a building that is used for support
  • milestone: an important achievement or event in a timeline
  • skyscraper: a very tall building

NYC Tower Surpasses Empire State Building

On Monday, April 30th, the new One World Trade Center tower became the building in New York City when a column was added to the 100th floor. Currently under, the replacement tower is now 1,271 feet, just a bit higher than the Empire State Building. This milestone in construction took place the day before the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. When the building is complete in 2014, the One World Trade Center tower will be America’s tallest skyscraper. This is currently held by Chicago’s Willis Tower, which stands at 1,450 feet. The new One World Trade Center, which stands close to the memorial , will be a little bit taller than the original tower that was destroyed in a terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001. Dubai’s Bhurj Khalifa will remain the tallest building in the world.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What did this tower replace?
  2. Why is the timing of this milestone significant?
  3. Why does the report mention Dubai?

Discussion Question: Approximately half of the real estate inside the replacement tower has already been rented. Would you want to work in this tower? Why or why not?

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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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