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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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22 Killed at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester

dateline: 24 May 2017

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • arena: a large seating area for entertainment events
  • suicide bomber: a terrorist who detonates a bomb and kills him or herself in the process
  • descent: origin
  • critical: very serious, severe
  • ISIS: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a terrorist group

22 Killed at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester

Moments after pop star Ariana Grande finished her in Manchester, England on Monday, a bomb went off just outside the arena. At least 22 people were killed and over 50 were in the Manchester Arena attack, which was carried out by a suicide bomber of descent. Investigators now believe that the bomber was not alone, and the UK has raised its terror threat to critical. ISIS has taken for the attack. The UK will hold a moment of silence to remember the victims at 11:00 am on Thursday.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where and when did this terrorist attack take place?
  2. Who was responsible for the attack?
  3. What does the report say about Thursday morning?

Discussion Questions: Many parents dropped their kids off at Manchester Arena for the concert. After the bomb went off, family members panicked and feared the worst when they could not find each other. How can families plan ahead for emergencies?

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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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2 Comments on “22 Killed at Ariana Grande Concert in Manchester”

  1. Alberto says:

    As far as I can tell it is very difficult to be prepared to these situations. Families cannot do anything if a terrorist wants to kill people. They choose the moments when we are more confident.

  2. Bijan says:

    Dear Tara,

    First, I’m so sorry for hearing bad news. I hope all of us to see peace and love everywhere.

    Second, this news report is easy and understandable for me. I could understand the subject in the first step.

    Thank you and best wishes,

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