News Report

Intermediate level

Brussels lockdown

Episode 151123 / 23 Nov 2015

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report. Before you listen, read these three summaries.

a) The authorities in Belgium are certain that a terrorist attack will happen.

b) The authorities in Belgium are expecting a terrorist attack.

c) The police are looking for people who committed a terrorist attack in Belgium.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

on high alert
expecting and being prepared for a bad event

moving around an area checking for danger

people who the police think could be responsible for a crime

Step 3: Transcript and answer

The Belgian capital Brussels remains on high alert for possible attacks with most facilities shut for a third day running and soldiers patrolling the streets.

Police are still hunting several suspects, including Salah Abdeslam, who's thought to have been involved in the Paris attacks. 

Sixteen people were arrested on Sunday night. 


b) The authorities in Belgium are expecting a terrorist attack.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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