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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: 19 December 2018

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Elon Musk Reveals Tunnel Prototype

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • reveal: to show for the first time
  • prototype: a model of a future building, machine, or other invention
  • modified: having changes
  • alleviate: to make a problem less severe
  • boring: drilling a hole in the ground
  • confirm: to state that something is true

Elon Musk Reveals Tunnel Prototype

SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk revealed a prototype of an underground tunnel for cars this week. The prototype is 1.6 kilometres long and runs under the city of Hawthorne, where Musk’s Boring Company is headquartered. Musk’s goal is to build underground high-speed for modified electric cars in order to alleviate traffic in centres like LA. While the test ride was bumpy and slow, Musk confirmed that the ride will be fast (up to 150 km/hour) and “smooth as .”

Comprehension Questions

  1. What invention did Elon Musk unveil this week?
  2. Where is the prototype located?
  3. What is the main purpose of this invention?

Discussion Question

Do you think tunnels and electric cars are the answer to traffic problems, or can you think of better ways to alleviate traffic in the future?

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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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