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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.

New York Roller Coaster Breaks Down

dateline: 31 March 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • roller coaster: an amusement park ride that runs on a track like a train
  • run: a journey on a vehicle
  • unharmed: without injury
  • stall: to stop working temporarily
  • up and running: operating normally
  • Coney Island Roller Coaster Breaks Down

    A world-famous wooden roller coaster on New York’s Coney Island on the first run of the season this weekend. The Cyclone stalled before the first , forcing riders to get out and walk down the hill . Though everyone escaped unharmed, many who were on the stalled roller coaster said the was terrifying. Some said they would in line when it was up and running again. The Cyclone has been in operation since 1927.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. What is The Cyclone?
    2. What happened at a Coney Island amusement park on opening day?
    3. What did passengers have to do?

Discussion Questions: How would you react if a roller coaster broke down while you were on it?

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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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