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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.
6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 25 July 2018

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Wildfires Tear Through Greece

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • tear through: to race quickly through an area
  • abandon: to give up; to leave
  • arson: the purposeful setting of a fire
  • death toll: the number of people killed
  • century: a span of 100 years

Wildfires Tear Through Greece

At least 80 people are confirmed dead and dozens more are injured or after wildfires tore through seaside towns in Greece this week. In the resort of Mati, many people abandoned their homes and cars and ran into the sea to escape the smoke and flames. are looking into the cause of the fires. While some it was arson others are blaming the high temperatures. The death toll remains unknown; however, officials are calling this the second worst fire in this century.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is the report mainly about?
  2. Where did people flee to for safety?
  3. What are two possible causes of this disaster?

Discussion Questions

Wildfires are raging in many countries in northern Europe following record-high temperatures this season. Do you think climate change is to blame, or are these fires more likely caused by arson or carelessness?

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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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