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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: 02 January 2019

Death Toll Climbs Following Russia Explosion

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • death toll: the amount of people who died in a disaster or accident
  • confirm: to state that something is true
  • crib: an enclosed bed for a baby
  • stable: not worsening
  • unaccounted for: not yet found or included in a count
  • frigid: extremely cold

Death Toll Climbs Following Russia Explosion

At least 33 people are confirmed dead following a New Year’s Eve explosion in an building in Russia. An 11-month-old , who was found alive in his crib 35 hours after the blast, remains in serious but stable condition. Several others remain unaccounted for, and investigators say the chances of finding more is unlikely due to the frigid . The cause of the explosion is , though officials believe it was likely caused by a gas leak.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the explosion take place?
  2. What one piece of good news came out of this disaster?
  3. What was the cause of the explosion?

Discussion Question

At least two media outlets speculated that the disaster was an act of terrorism, though no explosives were found. Are today’s journalists too quick to report news instead of facts?

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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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