The Reading / Listening - Spiderman Climber - Level 6

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



The judge who presided over Mr Robert's case told the climber: "You are demonstrably 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 described the incident as a "publicity stunt". He pointed out that it appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a company. Robert was prepared for his arrest. When London Police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on Thursday, he immediately handed officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Spiderman Climber - Level 4  or  Spiderman Climber - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CLIMBING SKYSCRAPERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about climbing skyscrapers. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       stuntman / skyscrapers / climbing / prison sentence / Spiderman / emergency / bare /
       judge / danger / proficient / fatal / publicity stunt / sponsored / logo / arrest / lawyer
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PUBLICITY STUNT: Students A strongly believe publicity stunts should be banned; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CHARACTERS: What might people dubbed with these nicknames do? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

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Spiderman/Spiderwoman

 

 

Batman/Batwoman

 

 

Atom Boy / Atom Girl

 

 

Snow White

 

 

Mulan

 

 

Wonder Woman / Wonder Man

 

 

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5. BUILDING: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "building". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. STUNTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most dangerous at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • land speed record
  • freefall onto air bag
  • fast food for a month
  • swimming the Atlantic
  • climbing skyscrapers
  • standing on airplanes
  • wrestling tigers
  • high wire

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. scaling a. Given an unofficial name or nickname to someone or something.
      2. skyscrapers b. The punishment (usually time in prison) assigned to someone found guilty by a court.
      3. sentence c. A very tall building with many stories.
      4. suspended d. Without any covering.
      5. dubbed e. Climb up or over something high and steep.
      6. disruption f. Delayed (or stopped for a time) an action, event, or judgment.
      7. bare g. Problems or actions that stop an event, activity, or process, or get in the way of their smooth operation.

    Paragraph 2

      8. presided h. Highly trained or skilled.
      9. accomplished i. Causing death; deadly.
      10. imitated j. Gave money for a project or activity or the person carrying it out.
      11. proficient k. Copied.
      12. fatal l. An event designed to shock or surprise the public in order to advertize or promote something or someone.
      13. publicity stunt m. The results or effects of an action or condition.
      14. sponsored n. Be in the position of authority in a meeting, court or other gathering.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The UK has banned a 20-year-old stuntman climber.     T / F
  2. The stuntman has to go to prison.     T / F
  3. The stuntman was responsible for emergency services being called out.   T / F
  4. The stuntman used a special type of rope to climb the building.     T / F
  5. A judge recognized the stuntman as being a good climber.     T / F
  6. Another judge said the stuntman took part in a publicity stunt.     T / F
  7. The stuntman wore a T-shirt with a company's logo on it.     T / F
  8. Police arrested the man at passport control at a London airport.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. banned
  2. scaling
  3. response
  4. a number of
  5. equipment
  6. accomplished
  7. imitated
  8. fatal
  9. emblazoned
  10. handed
  1. decorated
  2. several
  3. gear
  4. copied
  5. climbing
  6. deadly
  7. barred
  8. gave
  9. reaction
  10. expert

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. A French stuntman who specializes
  2. Robert, 56, was handed a
  3. a $7,000 fine
  4. a number of emergency services
  5. He never uses ropes or other
  6. your actions could be imitated by those
  7. potentially fatal
  8. Robert had been sponsored
  9. wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with
  10. Police apprehended him at
  1. to climb the building
  2. for disruption
  3. safety equipment
  4. consequences
  5. 20-week prison sentence
  6. the logo of a company
  7. in scaling skyscrapers
  8. the foot of the tower
  9. were called
  10. less proficient

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
banned
method
dubbed
specializes
bare
handed
number
disruption

A French stuntman who (1) ____________ in scaling skyscrapers has been (2) ____________ from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, was (3) ____________ a 20-week prison sentence on Friday, suspended for two years, for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, (4) ____________ "the French Spiderman," was also handed a $7,000 fine for (5) ____________ and for causing a "large scale" emergency response. Hundreds of people stopped in the street to watch him climb the building and a (6) ____________ of emergency services were called. Using his usual climbing (7) ____________, Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only his (8) ____________ hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
less
stunt
arrest
case
fatal
handed
logo
danger

The judge who presided over Mr Robert's (9) ____________ told the climber: "You are demonstrably an accomplished climber, but there is always the (10) ____________ that your actions could be imitated by those (11) ____________ proficient, with potentially (12) ____________ consequences." Another judge described the incident as a "publicity (13) ____________ ". He pointed out that it appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the (14) ____________ of a company. Robert was prepared for his (15) ____________. When London Police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on Thursday, he immediately (16) ____________ officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Alain Robert, 56, was handed a 20-week prison ______ Friday
     a.  sentence in
     b.  sentenced on
     c.  sentence on
     d.  sentences on
2) suspended for two years, for ______ London's 201-metre Heron Tower
     a.  scrambling up
     b.  scramble in up
     c.  scrambled egg
     d.  scramble line-up
3)  Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," was also handed a $7,000 ______
     a.  fine for disruption
     b.  fined for disruption
     c.  fines for disruption
     d.  finely for disruption
4)  Hundreds of people stopped in the street to watch him ______
     a.  climb a building
     b.  climb up building
     c.  climb the building
     d.  climb that building
5)  Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only ______
     a.  his bares hands
     b.  his bear hands
     c.  his barely hands
     d.  his bare hands

6)  there is always the danger that your actions ______
     a.  could be imitated
     b.  could be imitated
     c.  could be imitated
     d.  could be imitated
7)  by those less proficient, with potentially ______
     a.  fatally consequences
     b.  fete all consequences
     c.  fatal consequences
     d.  fate all consequences
8)  Another judge described the incident as a "______"
     a.  publicize stunt
     b.  publicity stunt
     c.  publicity stunts
     d.  publicize stunts
9)  he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the ______ company
     a.  logo of a
     b.  low go of a
     c.  logo off a
     d.  logo offer
10)  When London Police apprehended him at ______ the tower
     a.  the feet off
     b.  the afoot of
     c.  the foot of
     d.  the foot off

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A French stuntman (1) ___________________ scaling skyscrapers has been banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, was handed a 20-week (2) ___________________ Friday, suspended for two years, for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," was (3) ___________________ $7,000 fine for disruption and for causing a "large scale" emergency response. Hundreds of people stopped in the street to (4) ___________________ the building and a number of emergency services were called. (5) ___________________ climbing method, Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only his bare hands. He never uses (6) ___________________ safety equipment.

The judge who presided over Mr Robert's case told the climber: "You are demonstrably (7) ___________________, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitated (8) ___________________ proficient, with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge described the incident as a "publicity stunt". He pointed (9) ___________________ appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with (10) ___________________ a company. Robert was prepared for his arrest. When London Police apprehended him at (11) ___________________ the tower on Thursday, he immediately handed officers his passport and the telephone number (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What sentence did the stuntman receive?
  2. What is the stuntman's nickname?
  3. How much was the fine the stuntman received?
  4. What kind of response did the stuntman's climb create?
  5. What does the stuntman never use?
  6. Who called the stuntman "an accomplished climber"?
  7. What kind of stunt did a judge call the climb?
  8. Why did a judge think the stuntman was sponsored?
  9. Where was the stuntman arrested?
  10. What number did the lawyer give the police?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What sentence did the stuntman receive?
a) 2 years in prison
b) a 20-week prison sentence
c) 100 hours of community service
d) 6 months in prison
2) What is the stuntman's nickname?
a) Mr Climber
b) Monsieur Spider
c) the Scrambler
d) the French Spiderman
3) How much was the fine the stuntman received?
a) $77,000
b) $70,000
c) $7,000
d) $17,000
4) What kind of response did the stuntman's climb create?
a) a "large scale" emergency response
b) a bored response
c) a slow response
d) an angry response
5) What does the stuntman never use?
a) glue
b) safety equipment
c) shoes
d) his teeth

6) Who called the stuntman "an accomplished climber"?
a) a judge
b) a witness
c) another climber
d) a police officer
7) What kind of stunt did a judge call the climb?
a) a film stunt
b) a daredevil stunt
c) a publicity stunt
d) a brave stunt
8) Why did a judge think the stuntman was sponsored?
a) the stuntman wore a T-shirt
b) it was on TV
c) there was a sponsor's banner
d) he said he was
9) Where was the stuntman arrested?
a) in a subway train
b) at his home
c) at the airport
d) at the foot of the tower
10) What number did the climber give the police?
a) his ID number
b) 726
c) his lawyer's telephone number
d) a fake number

Role play

Role  A – Climbing Skyscrapers
You think climbing skyscrapers is the most dangerous stunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their stunts. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): standing on airplanes, wrestling tigers or the high wire.

Role  B – Standing on Airplanes
You think standing on airplanes is the most dangerous stunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their stunts. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): climbing skyscrapers, wrestling tigers or the high wire.

Role  C – Wrestling Tigers
You think wrestling tigers is the most dangerous stunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their stunts. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): standing on airplanes, climbing skyscrapers or the high wire.

Role  D – The High Wire
You think the high wire is the most dangerous stunt. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their stunts. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): standing on airplanes, wrestling tigers or climbing skyscrapers.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'climb'

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  • and 'building'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • over
    • danger
    • less
    • wearing
    • arrest
    • passport
    • banned
    • 20
    • 201
    • 7,000
    • street
    • bare




    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 - French climber banned from scaling UK buildings

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'skyscraper'?
    3. What do you think of skyscrapers?
    4. Should Mr Robert have been given a prison sentence?
    5. How dangerous is it to climb up buildings?
    6. What things have you climbed?
    7. What skills do you need to climb tall buildings?
    8. Would you have stopped to watch Mr Robert climb the building?
    9. What do you think of Mr Robert for causing an emergency response?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Robert?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'stuntman'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How responsible do you think Mr Robert is?
    5. Should Mr Robert tell other people not to copy him?
    6. What publicity stunts do you know of?
    7. Should Mr Robert's sponsor also be prosecuted?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. Why did Mr Robert give police officers his lawyer's phone number?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Robert?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A French stuntman who specializes (1) ____ scaling skyscrapers has been banned from climbing any building in the UK. Alain Robert, 56, was (2) ____ a 20-week prison sentence on Friday, suspended for two years, for scrambling up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, (3) ____ "the French Spiderman," was also handed a $7,000 fine for disruption and for causing a "large scale" emergency (4) ____. Hundreds of people stopped in the street to watch him climb the building and a (5) ____ of emergency services were called. Using his usual climbing method, Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only his (6) ____ hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.

    The judge who (7) ____ over Mr Robert's case told the climber: "You are demonstrably an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be (8) ____ by those less proficient, with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge described the incident as a "publicity (9) ____". He pointed (10) ____ that it appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a company. Robert was prepared (11) ____ his arrest. When London Police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on Thursday, he immediately (12) ____ officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    2. (a)     handled     (b)     handed     (c)     hand     (d)     handing    
    3. (a)     subbed     (b)     scrubbed     (c)     rubbed     (d)     dubbed    
    4. (a)     responsibly     (b)     response     (c)     responsible     (d)     responsive    
    5. (a)     numeral     (b)     number     (c)     numerical     (d)     numeracy    
    6. (a)     nude     (b)     stripped     (c)     bare     (d)     undressed    
    7. (a)     pressed     (b)     presented     (c)     presided     (d)     presumed    
    8. (a)     cremated     (b)     inflated     (c)     imitated     (d)     relegated    
    9. (a)     slant     (b)     shunt     (c)     stint     (d)     stunt    
    10. (a)     out     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     for     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    12. (a)     palmed     (b)     knuckled     (c)     handed     (d)     fingered

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  arrest. When London Police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on Thursday, he immediately
    1  ) A French stuntman who specializes in scaling skyscrapers has been banned from climbing any building in the
    (...)  a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a company. Robert was prepared for his
    (...)  a $7,000 fine for disruption and for causing a "large scale" emergency response. Hundreds of
    (...)  services were called. Using his usual climbing method, Mr Robert ascended the London tower using only his
    (...)  UK. Alain Robert, 56, was handed a 20-week prison sentence on Friday, suspended for two years, for scrambling
    (...)  proficient, with potentially fatal consequences." Another judge described the incident as a "publicity
    (...)  climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitated by those less
    (...)  people stopped in the street to watch him climb the building and a number of emergency
    (...)  bare hands. He never uses ropes or other safety equipment.
    (...)  The judge who presided over Mr Robert's case told the climber:  "You are demonstrably an accomplished
    (...)  up London's 201-metre Heron Tower. Mr Robert, dubbed "the French Spiderman," was also handed
    (...)  handed officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.
    (...)  stunt". He pointed out that it appeared Robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. him   .   street   watch   to   stopped   in   the   People
    3. were   services   number   of   A   called   .   emergency
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    9. emblazoned   company's   logo   .   T-shirt   with   a   A
    10. tower   .   him   apprehended   London   at   police   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The judge who presided over / under Mr Robert's case told the climber: "You are demonstrably / demonstration an accomplished climber, but there is always the danger that your actions could be imitation / imitated by those less proficient, with potentially fatally / fatal consequences." Another judge described the incident was / as a "publicity stunt". He pointed out / up that it appeared Robert had been response / sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the logo / Lego of a company. Robert was prepared for his arrest / detest. When London Police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on Thursday, he immediately headed / handed officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a french stuntman who specializes in scaling skyscrapers has been banned from climbing any building in the uk alain robert 56 was handed a 20week prison sentence on friday suspended for two years for scrambling up londons 201metre heron tower mr robert dubbed the french spiderman was also handed a 7000 fine for disruption and for causing a large scale emergency response hundreds of people stopped in the street to watch him climb the building and a number of emergency services were called using his usual climbing method mr robert ascended the london tower using only his bare hands he never uses ropes or other safety equipment

    the judge who presided over mr roberts case told the climber you are demonstrably 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 described the incident as a publicity stunt he pointed out that it appeared robert had been sponsored to climb the building because he was wearing a tshirt emblazoned with the logo of a company robert was prepared for his arrest when london police apprehended him at the foot of the tower on thursday he immediately handed officers his passport and the telephone number of his lawyer.

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    AFrenchstuntmanwhospecializesinscalingskyscrapershasbeenbann
    edfromclimbinganybuildingintheUK.AlainRobert,56,washandeda20
    -weekprisonsentenceonFriday,suspendedfortwoyears,forscramblin
    gupLondon's201-metreHeronTower.MrRobert,dubbed"theFrenchS
    piderman,"wasalsohandeda$7,000finefordisruptionandforcausinga
    "largescale"emergencyresponse.Hundredsofpeoplestoppedinthest
    reettowatchhimclimbthebuildingandanumberofemergencyservices
    werecalled.Usinghisusualclimbingmethod,MrRobertascendedtheLo
    ndontowerusingonlyhisbarehands.Heneverusesropesorothersafety
    equipment.ThejudgewhopresidedoverMrRobert'scasetoldtheclimbe
    r:"Youaredemonstrablyanaccomplishedclimber,butthereisalwaysth
    edangerthatyouractionscouldbeimitatedbythoselessproficient,with
    potentiallyfatalconsequences."Anotherjudgedescribedtheincidenta
    sa"publicitystunt".HepointedoutthatitappearedRoberthadbeenspon
    soredtoclimbthebuildingbecausehewaswearingaT-shirtemblazon
    edwiththelogoofacompany.Robertwaspreparedforhisarrest.WhenL
    ondonPoliceapprehendedhimatthefootofthetoweronThursday,heim
    mediatelyhandedofficershispassportandthetelephonenumberofhisl
    awyer.

    Free writing

    Write about spiderman climber for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    People who do publicity stunts should go to prison. Discuss.

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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. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. CLIMBING: Make a poster about climbing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CLIMBING SKYSCRAPERS: Write a magazine article about climbing skyscrapers. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this hobby.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. 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.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on climbing skyscrapers. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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