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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.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 01 June 2016

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Boy Falls into Cincinnati Gorilla Enclosure

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • enclosure: an area that is closed off from others
  • frantically: without control of one’s emotions
  • moat: a narrow barrier of water
  • tranquilize: to administer a drug that puts an animal to sleep temporarily
  • agitated: showing signs of stress and nervousness

Boy Falls Into Cincinnati Gorilla Enclosure

Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla, was shot and killed by zoo on Saturday after a four-year-old boy into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. The mother of the boy frantically called 911 as the 450-pound gorilla her son through a moat. Zoo officials their decision to kill the animal, saying that tranquilizing him was not an option. The gorilla was already agitated, and a tranquilizer would have resulted in death for the boy.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What did the mother do?
  3. Why wasn’t a tranquilizer used?

Discussion Questions: Did zoo officials make the right decision by shooting the gorilla, even though it is an endangered species? Why or why not?

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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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