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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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dateline: 31 May 2018

Human “Spiderman” Earns French Citizenship

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • citizenship: the right to live and work in a nation
  • migrant: a person who travels to a new country, usually in search of a better life
  • commotion: a lot of noise and activity
  • scale: to climb up something difficult, such as a high wall or steep mountain
  • storey: a floor of a building
  • neglect: the lack of proper care for a person or animal

Human “Spiderman” Earns French Citizenship

A migrant from West Africa a 4-year-old boy who was dangling from a balcony in Paris this week. The brave 22-year-old migrant had been watching football at a nearby restaurant when he heard the commotion. Seeing the child in trouble, he quickly scaled the front of an building, pulling himself up four storeys to the child. The rescue, which took under 30 seconds, was caught on camera and shared around the world. After seeing the footage, France’s president offered Mamoudou Gassama French citizenship. The Paris fire brigade also offered the migrant a job. The father of the child, who was out shopping and playing Pokémon GO during the rescue, is facing of neglect.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is the hero in this story?
  2. How did the rescue unfold?
  3. How did the French president reward the West African migrant for his bravery?

Discussion Questions

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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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