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photo Tara Benwell Instructions:
  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.

Prince William And Duchess Kate Are Expecting

dateline: 04 December 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • admitted: accepted for patient service in a hospital or other medical facility
  • acute: severe (often short-term)
  • the throne: the head role in a monarchy
  • succession: the order in which a person receives a title or responsibility

Prince William And Duchess Kate Are Expecting

Britain’s favourite royal couple, Prince William and Duchess Kate, are expecting a baby. The announcement was released on Monday after the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to a London hospital for acute morning sickness. The Royal Family has not released the due date, but the pregnancy is believed to be in its early stages. of the baby’s gender, Kate’s child will be in line for the throne after Charles and William. This is the result of a Commonwealth rule passed last year that gives daughters equal rights of succession.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What does the word “expecting” mean in the headline?
  2. Why was Duchess Kate admitted to the hospital?
  3. Why will it be historic if Kate has a baby girl?

Discussion Question: Would you want to be born into a royal family? Why or why not?

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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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