The End of the World

A Short Listening Exercise

News reports are excellent resources for sharpening your listening skills, especially when they cover strange or very local events.  Watch the following news report about the predicted end of the world, and see if you can answer the questions below.

Useful phrases / words:

  • Much vaunted – talked about by lots of people, in anticipation of something big
  • Materialise – appear or occur
  • Flocking – people or animals (especially birds) gathering together
  • Winter solstice – the longest day of the year in Europe
  • Druids – ancient people from the UK
  • Anti-climax – disappointing
  • Whisk to safety – take someone away to protect them
  • New age – people who believe in new forms of spirituality
  • Sacred site – a place of sacred significance


  1. How many people turned up last year?
  2. Which two groups of people believe in cycles of time?
  3. What did the Druid in the interview wish for in the new age?
  4. Where did the two ceremonies take place?
  5. At the very end of the report, what does the presenter mean by the phrase ‘we’ve had some pretty apocalyptic rain’?

Extra writing challenge. 

In 100 words or less in the comments section, explain why you think some people believe in the end of the world?

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