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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.
5. Click "show Answers" to see the full text.
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dateline: 11 December 2019

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Time Magazine Names Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Person of the Year

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • activist: a person who protests for political change
  • campaign: a course of action that aims to make a difference
  • emission: the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, especially when caused by human activity
  • conference: a meeting where people gather to discuss a common issue
  • announce: to officially declare something to the public

Time Magazine Names Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Person of the Year

16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg has been named Time Magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year. Thunberg was first recognized for her activism in 2018 when she began to spend her days protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building. She soon gained the
of other students and formed a student strike campaign called “Fridays for Future”. Since then, she has
world leaders to reduce carbon emissions at several United Nations (UN) conferences. Time announced their
to name her their Person of the Year on Wednesday. She is the youngest person ever to be chosen.

Comprehension Questions

1. Thunberg was first recognized for her activism after

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Thunberg was first recognized for her activism after she started protesting in front of the Swedish parliament building.

2. She formed the "Fridays for Future" campaign after receiving

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3. At the UN conferences, she challenged world leaders to

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At the UN conferences, she challenged world leaders to reduce carbon emissions.

Discussion Question: Have you made changes in your life to help prevent climate change? What kind?

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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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