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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.

German Co-Pilot Was Suffering from Depression

dateline: 07 April 2015

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • deliberately: on purpose; in a planned way
  • antidepressant: medication that helps a person feel happier and more able to cope with life
  • tablet: a handheld mobile computer with a touch screen
  • pound: to hit hard repeatedly
  • German Co-Pilot Was Suffering from Depression

    believe that Andreas Lubitz, the 27-year-old German accused of deliberately crashing a passenger plane into the French Alps last week, was suffering from depression. Investigators found a torn up doctor’s note and several bottles of antidepressants at the co-pilot’s home. An analysis of the co-pilot’s tablet that he had searched for information about “suicide methods” and “cockpit door security” in the weeks the crash that killed 149 people. Information from the black box suggests that Lubitz sped up the Airbus and crashed it into the while the captain, who had left momentarily for a washroom break, pounded on the locked cockpit door.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. Who is Andreas Lubitz?
    2. Where did the crash take place?
    3. What does the black box suggest?

Discussion Questions: What major changes need to happen in the airline industry to prevent this type of disaster from happening again?

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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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