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dateline: 19 July 2017

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Canal Swimming Pools Open in Paris

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • canal: a long, man-made waterway
  • filtered: with unwanted material removed
  • deemed: considered; declared
  • lounging: relaxing
  • bid: an offer or attempt to achieve something
  • banned: officially disallowed

Canal Swimming Pools Open in Paris

Three pools filled with filtered water from the Bassin de la Villette canal opened in Paris this week. The water was tested and deemed safe for swimming. 300 swimmers can enjoy the pools at one time, while others can enjoy the beachside lounging areas. Paris is hoping to win the bid to host the 2024 , and cleaning up its waterways for swimming events is an important step. Organizers hope to hold Olympic swimming events in the Seine River which the city of Paris was built around. Swimming in Paris’s section of the Seine River was banned in 1923, but in recent years efforts have been made to improve water quality.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What opened this week in Paris?
  2. What goal is mentioned in this report?
  3. What was banned in 1923?

Discussion Questions: Do you like swimming in natural areas such as rivers, lakes, and oceans, or do you prefer heated and treated swimming pools? Explain your preference.

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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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