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Climber Falls 305 Metres and Lives (31st January, 2011)

A climber is lucky to be alive today after he fell 305m down a mountain. Adam Potter, 36, was climbing near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, when he slipped on some ice. Falling the height of the Empire State Building would kill most people, but Mr. Potter escaped with just a few cuts and bruises. The helicopter rescue team were shocked when they arrived at the rescue area to see Potter standing up talking on his mobile phone. Royal Navy rescuer Tim Barker said: “We did expect to…find the worst-case scenario."

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It’s a miracle how Adam Potter survived the fall. Mountain climbing is a dangerous sport and many people die every year in accidents. Potter told reporters that his fall won’t stop him climbing. He said he wants to climb Mount Everest one day. Potter remembers what he was thinking as he was falling. His first thoughts were: “This is going to hurt.” Then he thought about Mount Everest: “I was thinking about my trip I’m about to go on in two months to climb Everest. I was thinking it would put a stop to that,” he said.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

lucky to

a.

bruises

2

he slipped

b.

the Empire State Building

3.

Falling the height of

c.

area

4.

a few cuts and

d.

be alive

5.

they arrived at the rescue

e.

case scenario

6.

the worst-

f.

on some ice

 

Paragraph 2

1.

It’s a miracle

a.

stop him climbing

2

many people die

b.

how Adam Potter survived

3.

his fall won’t

c.

stop to that

4.

This is going

d.

about my trip

5.

I was thinking

e.

every year in accidents

6.

it would put a

f.

to hurt


LISTENING GAP FILL

A climber is __________________ today after he fell 305m down a mountain. Adam Potter, 36, __________________ Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, __________________ some ice. Falling the height of the Empire State Building would kill most people, but Mr. Potter escaped __________________ and bruises. The helicopter rescue team were shocked when they arrived __________________ to see Potter standing up talking on his mobile phone. Royal Navy rescuer Tim Barker said: “We did expect to…__________________ scenario."

It’s a miracle how Adam Potter __________________. Mountain climbing is a dangerous sport and many people die every year in accidents. Potter told reporters __________________ stop him climbing. He said he wants to climb Mount Everest one day. Potter remembers what he was thinking __________________. His first thoughts were: “This __________________.” Then he thought about Mount Everest: “I was thinking about my trip I’m about __________________ months to climb Everest. I was __________________ a stop to that,” he said.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A (1) ____ is lucky to be alive today after he fell 305m down a mountain. Adam Potter, 36, was climbing near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, when he slipped (2) ____ some ice. Falling the (3) ____ of the Empire State Building would kill most people, but Mr. Potter escaped (4) ____ just a few cuts and bruises. The helicopter rescue team were shocked when they arrived at the rescue area to see Potter (5) ____ up talking on his mobile phone. Royal Navy rescuer Tim Barker said: “We did expect to…find the (6) ____ -case scenario."

It’s a miracle (7) ____ Adam Potter survived the fall. Mountain climbing is a dangerous sport and many people (8) ____ every year in accidents. Potter told reporters that his fall wouldn’t stop him climbing. He said he wants to climb Mount Everest (9) ____ day. Potter remembers what he was thinking (10) ____ he was falling. His first thoughts were: “This is going to hurt.” Then he thought about Mount Everest: “I was thinking about my trip I’m about to go (11) ____ in two months to climb Everest. I was thinking it would put a (12) ____ to that,” he said.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

climber

(b)

climb

(c)

climbs

2.

(a)

on

(b)

up

(c)

at

3.

(a)

high

(b)

tall

(c)

height

4.

(a)

by

(b)

with

(c)

so

5.

(a)

stood

(b)

stands

(c)

standing

6.

(a)

best

(b)

worst

(c)

medium

7.

(a)

how

(b)

when

(c)

who

8.

(a)

death

(b)

dead

(c)

die

9.

(a)

one

(b)

in

(c)

bad

10.

(a)

was

(b)

as

(c)

has

11.

(a)

in

(b)

an

(c)

on

12

(a)

end

(b)

stop

(c)

discontinue


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

yuklc to be alive

2.

he edslipp on some ice

3.

the ihhget of the Empire State Building

4.

cuts and isuserb

5.

they arrived at the ueercs area

6.

the trosw-case scenario

 

Paragraph 2

7.

It’s a mrcalei

8.

Potter disurvve the fall

9.

people die every year in scnaetdci

10.

Potter beeesrrmm what he was thinking

11.

His first uhhtotsg

12.

my trip I’m buaot to go on


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

stop him climbing. He said he wants to climb Mount Everest one day. Potter remembers what

(    )

sport and many people die every year in accidents. Potter told reporters that his fall won’t

(    )

people, but Mr. Potter escaped with just a few cuts and bruises. The helicopter rescue

(    )

climbing near Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland, when he slipped

(    )

he was thinking as he was falling. His first thoughts were: “This is going to

1  )

A climber is lucky to be alive today after he fell 305m down a mountain. Adam Potter, 36, was

(    )

on in two months to climb Everest. I was thinking it would put a stop to that,” he said.

(    )

hurt.” Then he thought about Mount Everest: “I was thinking about my trip I’m about to go

(    )

It’s a miracle how Adam Potter survived the fall. Mountain climbing is a dangerous

(    )

on his mobile phone. Royal Navy rescuer Tim Barker said: “We did expect to…find the worst-case scenario."

(    )

team were shocked when they arrived at the rescue area to see Potter standing up talking

(    )

on some ice. Falling the height of the Empire State Building would kill most


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

be     climber     alive     is     today     lucky     to     A.    

2.

Empire     the     State     height     Building     of     the     Falling.    

3.

cuts     with     few     bruises     escaped     a     and     Potter     just.    

4.

The     rescue     were     helicopter     team     shocked.    

5.

the    find    …    to    expect    did    We    scenario    case    -    worst.   

6.

It’s     how     survived     miracle     Potter     fall     a     Adam     the.    

7.

in     year     every     die     people     Many     accidents.    

8.

said     he     wants     to     climb     Mt     Everest     one     day     He.    

9.

my     about     on     about     I’m     go     Thinking     trip     to.    

10.

a     stop     to     that     I     was     thinking     it     would     put.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about luck for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. MOUNTAIN CLIMBING: Search the Internet and find more information about mountain climbing. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about luck. Include imaginary interviews with people who have good and bad luck. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to Adam. Ask him three questions about luck. Give him three of your opinions on what he should do from now. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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