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dateline: 08 June 2016

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France Launches Terror Alert App

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • app: a program with a specific purpose, esp. on a mobile device (short for application)
  • venue: a building or space where a show or event takes place
  • alert (noun): the state of being cautious and watchful
  • alert (verb): to warn of something
  • geo-location: a wireless detection of a physical location

France Launches Terror Alert App

The French government has a mobile app (SAIP) to alert its people of terror attacks in their area. With the Euro 2016 football set to begin on Friday, sports venues and hubs are under high alert. The app runs on iOS and Android . Users must have geo-location turned on receive the notifications. Future releases of the app will also be used to alert users of other and dangers including natural disasters.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is SAIP?
  2. What is significant about the timing of this release?
  3. What do users need to do to receive the alerts?

Discussion Questions: Does this type of app make sense, or do you think it will aid terrorists in their operations?

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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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