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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: 04 April 2018

Female Shooter Attacks YouTube Headquarters

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • headquarters (HQ): the main office of a company
  • unsatisfied/disgruntled: not happy
  • distribution: the act of supplying a product to users
  • activist: a person who cares deeply about a cause and fights for it
  • vegan: a person who does not eat or use animal products
  • complex: a large building with many parts
  • self-inflicted: caused (harm) to oneself

Female Shooter Attacks YouTube Headquarters

A woman shot three workers at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, this week before turning the gun on herself. According to the brother, the woman was unsatisfied with YouTube’s policies and how they affected the distribution of her . Nasim Najafi Aghadam was an animal rights activist who often posted videos about her vegan lifestyle. Police say the disgruntled woman went to a gun range to practise shooting before heading over to the complex on Tuesday. Two of the victims have been released from hospital and one remains in serious condition. The shooter died of self-inflicted gun .

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. What is the suspected motive of the shooter?
  3. What do you know about the victims?

Discussion Questions

The trauma surgeon that treated the YouTube staff noted that a fatal shooting with multiple victims took place at a nearby barbershop last week but did not make the news. Why do you think it was important for the doctor to share this with the media?

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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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