The Reading / Listening - Spiderman Climber - Level 4

A stuntman who climbs skyscrapers for fun was banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, got a suspended prison sentence and a $7,000 fine for climbing up a 201-metre-tall tower in London. This was for causing a "large scale" emergency response. Robert is called "the French Spiderman". Robert climbed the London tower using only his bare hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.



A judge told Robert: "You are...an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitated by those less proficient, with [deadly results]." Another judge said the climb was a publicity stunt. He said Robert was sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt with a company logo on it. When police arrested Robert, he immediately gave officers his passport and his lawyer's telephone number.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Spiderman Climber - Level 5 or  Spiderman Climber - Level 6

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/26/french-spiderman-banned-from-climbing-any-building-in-uk-after-scaling-heron-tower-8079586/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6321181/French-Spiderman-banned-climbing-UK-buildings-arrested-scaling-Heron-Tower.html
  • https://www.foxnews.com/world/french-daredevil-scales-londons-heron-tower


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. climbs skyscrapers
  2. banned from
  3. any building
  4. a suspended prison
  5. a $7,000
  6. a "large scale"
  7. using only his bare
  8. safety
  1. fine
  2. hands
  3. climbing
  4. equipment
  5. for fun
  6. sentence
  7. in the UK
  8. emergency response

Paragraph 2

  1. You are an accomplished
  2. your actions could be
  3. less
  4. the climb was a publicity
  5. Robert was sponsored
  6. wearing a T-shirt with a company
  7. he immediately gave officers
  8. his lawyer's
  1. stunt
  2. his passport
  3. imitated
  4. telephone number
  5. logo on it
  6. proficient
  7. climber
  8. to climb the building

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A stuntman who climbs skyscrapers (1) ___________________ banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, (2) ___________________ prison sentence and a $7,000 fine (3) ___________________ a 201-metre-tall tower in London. This was for causing (4) ___________________ emergency response. Robert is called "the French Spiderman". Robert climbed the London tower using only (5) ___________________. He never uses ropes or (6) ___________________.

A judge told Robert: "You (7) ___________________ climber, but there is always the danger (8) ___________________ could be imitated by those less proficient, (9) ___________________." Another judge said the climb was a publicity stunt. He said Robert (10) ___________________ climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt with (11) ___________________ on it. When police arrested Robert, he immediately gave officers his passport (12) ___________________ telephone number.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astuntmanwhoclimbsskyscrapersforfunwasbannedfromclimbingan
ybuildingintheUK.AlainRobert,56,gotasuspendedprisonsentencean
da$7,000fineforclimbingupa201-metre-talltowerinLondon.Thiswa
sforcausinga"largescale"emergencyresponse".Robertiscalled"theFr
enchSpiderman".RobertclimbedtheLondontowerusingonlyhisbareh
ands.Heneverusesropesorothersafetyequipment.AjudgetoldRobert
:"Youare...anaccomplishedclimber,butthereisalwaysthedangerthat
youractionscouldbeimitatedbythoselessproficient,with[deadlyresul
ts]."Anotherjudgesaidtheclimbwasapublicitystunt.HesaidRobertwa
ssponsoredtoclimbthebuildingbecausehewaswearingaT-shirtwith
acompanylogoonit.WhenpolicearrestedRobert,heimmediatelygave
officershispassportandhislawyer'stelephonenumber.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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