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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: 02 November 2016

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Mysterious Green Light Over Japan

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • astronomer: a person who studies and observes space and stars
  • asteroid: a small rocky object that orbits the sun
  • atmosphere: the gases that surround a planet
  • meteor: a piece of rock or metal that burns in the atmosphere

Mysterious Green Light Over Japan

A mysterious green light that shot over Japan on Halloween morning was caught on camera by many different sources. Astronomers say the flying object may have been a piece from an asteroid or rocket that the earth’s atmosphere. When a large of rock or metal explodes in the atmosphere it can appear as a streak of light or a fireball. A fireball is a large, bright meteor. At this time, no debris has been .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where did the UFO sighting take place?
  2. Why was the date significant?
  3. What have astronomers speculated about this event?

Discussion Questions: Do you believe that life exists on other planets? If yes, do you expect aliens will succeed in communicating with Earth?

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Written and recorded 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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