photo Tara Benwell Listen to News with Tara Benwell - Instructions:
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 August 2017

Dozens Rescued in Germany After Cable Car Accident

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • cable car: a mode of transportation where small compartments travel along a cable (thick wire)
  • dozens: a large number of people, but usually less than 100
  • incident: an event
  • pillar: a tall structure that offers support
  • dangle: to hang above something
  • crane: a piece of machinery that allows people to reach very high places

Dozens Rescued in Germany After Cable Car Accident

Dozens of people were in Cologne, Germany on Sunday after a crashed into a support pillar. The cable car system stopped working after the incident, leaving adults and dangling 40 metres above the River Rhine. Fire crews used a mobile crane to rescue about 75 people. No major were reported. The cable car system the zoo to a popular park on the other side of the river.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did this incident take place?
  2. Why did the cable cars stop working?
  3. How did the stranded people get to safety?

Discussion Questions: Are you afraid of heights or are you fine with them? How do you think you would react if you were stranded for hours in a cable car?

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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.

8 Comments on Dozens Rescued in Germany After Cable Car Accident

  1. Ali Salah says:

    This is a very useful material for my students’ listening activities. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Delilah Pangan says:

    This is a very useful material for my ESL students’ listening activities. Thanks for sharing it. I am looking forward for more of these wonderful instructional materials.

  3. Alberto says:

    I am very afraid of heights.

    Not only would I react in a calm way if I were stranded for hours but also I would try to help the people arround me.

  4. Muhammad Amin Mehrvi says:

    Very good & useful

  5. harry terrafrank says:

    I’ve enjoyed the listening exercise.
    Thank you so much.

  6. qasim says:

    practical and interesring method to acquire and practice
    using English and knowing the about the new the world nnews.

  7. Erin says:

    Very useful

  8. Bijan says:

    Hi Tara,

    First, thank you for this news report.

    Second, this week’s news report is easier than other news reports that I studied them before. I guess it has two reasons:

    1. I could understand the subject in the first step without seeing the text, so I think this news report is very easy for me.

    2. It’s very short news, so I believe that it is very easy for improving my listening.

    I suggest that the news reports be short because I myself as a student think that in this way, the students can improve their listening better than before.

    Sometimes, I listen to BBC news, but I cannot understand it completely because it is very fast while you pronounce the news reports slowly and clearly.
    Thank you Tara for your method.

    I wish you and English Club all the best,

    Bijan from the Persian Gulf

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