The Reading / Listening - Spiderman Climber - Level 5

A stuntman who specializes in climbing skyscrapers was banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, received a 20-week suspended prison sentence on Friday for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," also got a $7,000 fine for disruption and causing a "large scale" emergency response. Hundreds of people stopped to watch him climb the building and called the emergency services. Robert climbed the London tower using only his bare hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.



In court, the judge told the climber: "You are...an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitated by those less proficient, with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge called the climb a publicity stunt. He pointed out that Robert was sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt with the logo of a company on it. Robert was prepared for his arrest. When police arrested Robert on Thursday, he immediately handed officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Spiderman Climber - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A stuntman who specializes
  2. a 20-week suspended prison
  3. got a $7,000
  4. a "large scale" emergency
  5. Hundreds of people
  6. called the emergency
  7. using only his bare
  8. safety
  1. stopped to watch
  2. in climbing
  3. hands
  4. fine
  5. equipment
  6. response
  7. services
  8. sentence

Paragraph 2

  1. an accomplished
  2. imitated by those less
  3. potentially fatal
  4. a publicity
  5. Robert was sponsored to
  6. wearing a T-shirt
  7. he immediately handed officers
  8. the telephone number
  1. climb the building
  2. his passport
  3. proficient
  4. of his lawyer
  5. climber
  6. stunt
  7. consequences
  8. with the logo

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A stuntman (1) ___________________ climbing skyscrapers was banned from climbing (2) ___________________ the UK. Alain Robert, 56, received a 20-week suspended (3) ___________________ Friday for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," also got a $7,000 (4) ___________________ and causing a "large scale" emergency response. Hundreds of people (5) ___________________ him climb the building and called the emergency services. Robert climbed the London tower using only his bare hands. He never uses (6) ___________________ safety equipment.

In court, (7) ___________________ the climber: "You are...an accomplished climber, but there is (8) ___________________ that your actions could be imitated by (9) ___________________, with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge called the (10) ___________________ stunt. He pointed out that Robert was sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt with (11) ___________________ a company on it. Robert was prepared for his arrest. When police arrested Robert on Thursday, he immediately (12) ___________________ passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astuntmanwhospecializesinclimbingskyscraperswasbannedfromcli
mbinganybuildingintheUK.AlainRobert,56,receiveda20-weeksuspe
ndedprisonsentenceonFridayforscramblingupLondon's201-metr
eHeronTower.MrRobert,dubbed"theFrenchSpiderman,"alsogota$7,
000finefordisruptionandcausinga"largescale"emergencyresponse".
Hundredsofpeoplestoppedtowatchhimclimbthebuildingandcalledth
eemergencyservices.RobertclimbedtheLondontowerusingonlyhisba
rehands.Heneverusesropesorothersafetyequipment.Incourt,thejud
getoldtheclimber:"Youare...anaccomplishedclimber,butthereisalwa
ysthedangerthatyouractionscouldbeimitatedbythoselessproficient,
withpotentiallyfatalconsequences."Anotherjudgecalledtheclimbapu
blicitystunt.HepointedoutthatRobertwassponsoredtoclimbthebuildi
ngbecausehewaswearingaT-shirtwiththelogoofacompanyonit.Ro
bertwaspreparedforhisarrest.WhenpolicearrestedRobertonThursda
y,heimmediatelyhandedofficershispassportandthetelephonenumbe
rofhislawyer.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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