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Calais 'Jungle' clearance

Episode 160301 / 01 Mar 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 1 March 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) Authorities are coming back to Calais to continue the work of destroying migrants' temporary homes.

b) Authorities are coming to Calais to begin the work of destroying migrants' temporary homes.

c) Authorities are planning to destroy homes in Calais which are too close to the jungle.

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.

demolition
destruction of a building

dismantle
take something apart so it no longer functions

makeshift
temporary and of poor quality

Step 3: Transcript and answer

Demolition teams are due to return to the French port of Calais shortly to dismantle more makeshift shelters in the migrant camp known as the 'Jungle'.

During the night there were clashes between police and migrants trying to reach Britain.

Answer

a) Authorities are coming back to Calais to continue the work of destroying migrants' temporary homes.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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