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dateline: 28 May 2013

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Brave Woman Confronts Terrorists

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • butcher: attack with a knife or other sharp object
  • broad daylight: in the middle of the day; not at night when it’s dark
  • CPR: cardiopulmonary resuscitation; emergency compressions to get blood circulating again
  • Cub Scout leader: a supervisor for an organization that teaches life skills to young children
  • confront: to discuss something serious with someone face-to-face
  • fed up: frustrated
  • buy time: to delay something from happening

Brave Woman Confronts Terrorists

A British soldier was butchered to death in broad daylight on a street in Southwest this week. One woman on a bus noticed the soldier on the ground and got out to see if she could CPR. As she the body, one of the attackers, who was covered in blood and still holding a weapon, told her to move away from the body. Instead of running, the brave Cub Scout leader confronted the man and asked why he had killed the soldier. The attacker said he was fed up with people Muslims. The former teacher, who was worried about the nearby school children, continued to engage the attacker, hoping to buy time until the police . The attackers were shot by police and captured alive several minutes later.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who was the victim?
  2. What did the Cub Scout leader do that was so brave?
  3. What did the police do when they arrived on the scene?

Discussion Question:
What do you think you would you do in a situation like this? Would you run for your life, or remain at the scene?

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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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