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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: 18 April 2018

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Castro Era Comes to a Close

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • era: a time period featuring a significant event or series
  • hand over: to give someone something
  • appoint: to choose a person for a position without having an election
  • one-party: having only one political party
  • decade: a ten-year period

Castro Era Comes to a Close

The Castro era is coming to a close in Cuba after almost decades. Fidel Castro took control of the country in and remained in power until 2008 when, due to health, he handed the power over to his brother Raul. This Thursday, Raul Castro is expected to step down as president and appoint vice president Miguel Diaz-Canel as . Raul Castro will likely remain the leader of the Communist Party of Cuba, which Diaz-Canel is a long-term member of in this one-party state. Most Cubans today, including Diaz-Canel, have never had a that was not a member of the Castro family.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is this news story mainly about?
  2. Why does the report mention that Cuba is a one-party state?
  3. What does Miguel Diaz-Canel have in common with most Cubans today?

Discussion Question

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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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