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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: 28 December 2016

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World Mourns Beloved Star Wars Princess

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • trilogy: a story with three parts
  • original: first
  • episode: one chapter of a series, usually on screen
  • world-renowned: known around the world
  • confirm: to say that something is officially true

    World Mourns Beloved Star Wars Princess

    Carrie Fisher, known best for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars trilogy, died this week at age 60. The world-renowned actress suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to on December 23 and died in hospital a few days later. Fisher was 19 when the original Star Wars film, A New Hope, was . Fans were delighted when Fisher recently returned to the screen as General Leia Organa in the The Force Awakens (Episode VII), the first of a new Star Wars trilogy. The filming of Episode VIII is already complete, and filmmakers have confirmed that Carrie Fisher’s will be in it.

    Comprehension Questions

    1. What is Carrie Fisher best known for?
    2. How did Carrie Fisher die and how old was she?
    3. Will General Leia Organa appear in Episode VIII?

    Discussion Questions: Carrie Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disease in the 1980s and became a mental health advocate. Why does the world need people like Carrie Fisher to raise awareness about mental health issues?

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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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