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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.
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dateline: 05 September 2018

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One Million Evacuated In Japan Due To Typhoon

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • evacuate: to escape one’s home or location due to danger
  • typhoon: a tropical storm in the northwestern Pacific region
  • make landfall: to reach the ground
  • compulsory: required
  • tanker: a large boat or vehicle for carrying oil or other liquid

One Million Evacuated In Japan Due To Typhoon

At least 10 people died and more than 1 people were under compulsory evacuation orders as Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western Japan this week. The strongest typhoon to hit Japan’s in 25 years caused traffic nightmares throughout the country due to flight and rail . Thousands of travellers spent the night trapped at Kansai Airport after a tanker into a nearby bridge. Japan has experienced a summer of weather including floods, landslides, and a deadly heat wave.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Why does the report mention a tanker?
  3. What does the report imply about this season in Japan?

Discussion Question

What extreme weather have you experienced in your region? Have you ever had to evacuate due to extreme weather?

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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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