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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.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 31 May 2017

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Great White Shark Jumps Onto Fishing Boat

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • taken by surprise: to not be expecting something to happen
  • leap: to jump
  • radio (verb): to call for assistance or to share information over a radio
  • thrash about: to shake one’s body wildly

Great White Shark Jumps Onto Fishing Boat

An Australian fisherman was taken by this week when a great white shark leapt out of the air and landed in his fishing boat in New South Wales. The shark the fisherman to his feet and the skin off his arm. The 72-year-old fisherman quickly radioed for help and was taken off his boat where the shark was still thrashing around. The boat was metres long, and the shark was about 2.5 and weighed about 200 kilograms.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How did the shark get on the boat?
  2. What did the man do after the shark landed on his boat?
  3. How did the size of the boat compare to the size of the shark?

Discussion Questions: Does this story remind you of a novel or movie? What do you think would have happened if the man had been unable to radio for help?

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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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