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Australian police have recently retrieved a boy from Bali and brought him home to Sydney, Australia. The boy ran away from home after a spat with his parents. The spat was triggered when his parents cancelled their upcoming trip to Bali, Indonesia.  The boy was angry and in retaliation, stole his parents credit card and booked himself a holiday. He bought a flight to the Indonesian island and a hotel stay for himself. Then, left on his solo excursion.

At the airport, the boy was careful to only use a self-service machine to obtain his ticket and easily got onto the flight this way. The boy missed school and was reported missing for nine days.

In order to check into the hotel, the boy lied that he was waiting for his sister to meet him. The hotel allowed him into his room with this line.

The Australian police were notified of his presence in Bali on March 17th. Then, he was immediately taken into custody. The police then proceeded to return him to his parents in Sydney. The boy’s mother said she was “shocked” and continued, “There is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left overseas.”

The boy is reported as explaining his excursion by saying, “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”

The Australian police are now investigating the details of the case to ensure that a child cannot do the same in the future.

Difficult words

Retrieve: To get or bring back

Spat: An argument

Trigger: To cause something else to happen

Retaliation: To seek revenge

Solo: Alone

Excursion: A trip or journey

Presence: To exist or be somewhere

Custody: To be guarded or be cared for by someone

Ensure: Make certain

Activities

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British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

Match the Synonym!

1. Retrieve A. Argument
2. Spat B. Trip
3. Trigger C. Alone
4. Retaliation D. Guarded
5. Solo E. Get
6. Excursion F. Prompt
7. Presence G. Exist
8. Custody H. Guarantee
9. Ensure I.  Revenge

True or False?

1.  A father recently went to Bali to retrieve his son. T / F

2. The boy ran away because he was frightened of his parents. T / F

3. The family had an argument because of a cancelled vacation. T / F

4. The boy stole from his parents. T / F

5. The boy asked his friend to come on the trip with him. T / F

6. The boy tried to avoid adults at the airport. T / F

7. The hotel would not allow the boy to check into the hotel. T / F

8. The boy was missing for more than a week. T / F

9.  The boy said he wanted an adventure. T / F

10. The police are not ensuring this doesn’t occur again. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. retrieved / a / Bali / boy / Australian / police / recently / have / from

2. from / home / a / ran / his / after / parents / boy / The / away / spat / with

3. bought / island / to / the / flight / Indonesian / a / He

4. machine / to / use / self-service / careful / a / The / boy / only / was

5. him / allowed / room / this / hotel / into / line / with / The / his

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English: Coming Soon!

American English:

 Overseas Line Recently
Details Triggered  Notified
 Missing  Excursion  Obtain

Australian police have _____________ retrieved a boy from Bali and brought him home to Sydney, Australia. The boy ran away from home after a spat with his parents. The spat was ___________ when his parents cancelled their upcoming trip to Bali, Indonesia.  The boy was angry and in retaliation, stole his parents credit card and booked himself a holiday. He bought a flight to the Indonesian island and a hotel stay for himself. Then, left on his solo excursion.

At the airport, the boy was careful to only use a self-service machine to _________ his ticket and easily got onto the flight this way. The boy missed school and was reported _____________ for nine days.

In order to check into the hotel, the boy lied that he was waiting for his sister to meet him. The hotel allowed him into his room with this _______.

The Australian police were _________ of his presence in Bali on March 17th. Then, he was immediately taken into custody. The police then proceeded to return him to his parents in Sydney. The boy’s mother said she was “shocked” and continued, “There is no emotion to feel what we felt when we found he left ___________.”

The boy is reported as explaining his _____________ by saying, “It was great because I wanted to go on an adventure.”

The Australian police are now investigating the __________ of the case to ensure that a child cannot do the same in the future.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think about this boy running away to another country?
4. Did you ever runaway from your home?
5. Do you know any stories of people running away?
6. What would you do if your own child stole your credit card?
7. Did you ever steal as a child or know someone who did?
8. Do you think the boy should be punished? If so, what punishment?
9. Do you think this could happen in your country?
10. What is the youngest age you think someone should travel alone?
11. What do you think of children who travel on planes alone?
12. Have you ever traveled alone?
13. Do you prefer to travel alone or with other people?
14. What are the advantages to traveling alone?
15. What are the disadvantages to traveling alone?
16. What are the advantages to traveling with other people?
17. What are the disadvantages to traveling with other people?
18. Would you have liked to go on an adventure like this as a child?
19. What do you think about the character of this boy?
20. Do you think the boy will do similar things in the future?