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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: 24 September 2013

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Costa Concordia Set Upright

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • upright: in standing position
  • capsize: to turn over in the water
  • luxury liner: expensive cruise ship
  • platform: a raised structure with a flat surface
  • unprecedented: never happened before
  • manslaughter: a criminal charge of killing someone without intention

Costa Concordia Set Upright

The Costa Concordia, a that capsized off the coast of Italy in January 2012, has been set upright. The damaged luxury liner was onto an underwater platform that was built on the sea bed. The massive operation took a crew of over 500 people working for 18 hours. It was unprecedented both in terms of size and cost. Many doubted that it could be done. In the upcoming weeks and months, repairs will be made so that the ship can be and destroyed. When the boat capsized, 32 of the 4,200 people on board were killed. The captain of the Costa Concordia, who is accused of abandoning the ship, is currently for manslaughter.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the Costa Concordia?
  2. What needs to be done now?
  3. What does the report say about the ship’s captain?

Discussion Question: What environmental concerns do you think engineers had to take into account during this operation?

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Written 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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