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3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 17 July 2019

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Homeless People Offer Walking Tours in Ireland

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • unique: different and interesting; uncommon
  • capital: the city in a country or state where the central government is located
  • opportunity: a chance to do something
  • tour: a look around an area with someone acting as a guide
  • passionate: having a strong interest or attachment
  • income: money earned through work

Homeless People Offer Walking Tours in Ireland

A unique tourist opportunity is available in Ireland’s capital, and you can feel good about how you spend your . The My Streets program teaches homeless people how to be tour guides. The are then to give tours of an area of Dublin that they feel passionate about. The program teaches the homeless a variety of skills including research, storytelling, and creative writing. In addition to an income, the program gives the My Streets guides a sense of .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What do homeless people learn in this program?
  3. How do these tours differ from traditional city tours?

Discussion Question

If you could choose between a tour of an interesting part of a city from a trained homeless person vs. a traditional tour guide showing you the common sites, which would you choose and why?

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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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