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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: 20 January 2016

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 112

Listen to the news in English with Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • super-centenarian: someone who is older than 110
  • longevity: a long life
  • former: having previously filled a role
  • tailor: a person whose job is to make clothes fit people well

World’s Oldest Man Dies at 112

A Japanese man who was recently by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man died this week at the age of 112. In an with Guinness last summer, Yasutaro Koide revealed that his secret to longevity was to avoid and drinking and to live with joy. The super-centenarian, a former tailor, died of in Nagoya, Japan. The oldest living woman recognized by Guinness is Susannah Mushatt Jones of Brooklyn, New York. At 116, she is one of only two living in the world born in the 1800s.

Comprehension Questions

  1. How old was Yasutaro Koide when he died?
  2. What title did Guinness World Records give this super-centenarian?
  3. Why does the report mention Brooklyn, New York?

Discussion Questions: Do you want to live to be a super-centenarian? Why or why not? What do you think your chances are?

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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.

5 Comments on World’s Oldest Man Dies at 112

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  2. maria says:

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  3. Bernadette Cannon from Melbourne, Australia says:

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  5. Robyn Sklar says:

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