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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: 14 August 2019

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Salmon Cannon Attracts Global Attention

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • cannon: a device that pushes an object out at a fast speed
  • contraption: a complicated device or machine
  • propel: to send forward
  • spawning: laying eggs
  • mist: to spray very lightly with water
  • bypass: to take an alternative route
  • obstruction: something that blocks entry

Salmon Cannon Attracts Global Attention

A contraption that launches salmon to their spawning has caught the attention of people across the globe. Video of the salmon cannon, developed by Whooshh Innovations, has gone viral on the . The video shows the fish swimming into a tube that propels them across a dam and them out on the other side. Inside the flexible tube, the fish are misted with water so they can keep during their journey. The cannons are an alternative to traditional fish that salmon have to jump up to bypass a dam or other obstruction.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What is Whooshh Innovations?
  3. Why does the report mention ladders?

Discussion Question

Do you think it’s a good idea to help nature along in this way? Why or why not?

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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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