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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.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 22 July 2014

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Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • surface-air missile: a weapon launched from the ground to bring down an aircraft or other missile
  • separatist: a member of a group that wants to break away from its own country
  • catastrophe: an extremely tragic event
Malaysia Airlines Plane Shot Down
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane crashed in Ukraine on July 17 killing all 298 people on board. The flight had departed from and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot out of the air by what is a surface-to-air missile. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed near the Ukrainian-Russian border that is currently controlled by pro-Russian separatists. This is the second catastrophe Malaysia Airlines in the past few months. Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing on March 8 and has not been .

  1. What was the planned destination of Flight 17?
  2. Who is in control of the area where Flight 17 crashed?
  3. Why does the report mention Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ?

Discussion Question: Should commercial jets use the most direct route possible even if it means flying over a conflict zone?

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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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