The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Egypt's President Sisi has attended a ceremony to open an extension of the Suez Canal. The original canal was built in 1869. It took 10 years to build. The new, $8.5 billion canal was built in 12 months. It beat predictions by experts that it would take five years. The canal is a passageway between the Mediterranean and Red seas. President Sisi sailed up the canal in his presidential yacht, the El Mahrousa, to attend the opening. The yacht was the first ship to officially sail through the original canal a century-and-a-half ago. President Sisi said the new canal is Egypt's "gift to the world".



Egypt's government hopes the canal will be a much-needed boost for the economy. The head of the Suez Canal Authority said it was important to ensure Egypt earned money from its waterways in the future. He said: "If I can't handle this and turn it into revenue for the Egyptian treasury, alternative routes will emerge." He hopes revenue will increase from $5.3 billion now to $13.2 billion by 2023. That means shipping traffic must grow from the current 49 ships per day to 97 by 2023. This needs a nine per cent increase in global trade. Some economists doubt whether these figures can be met.

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Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/11787279/Egypt-launches-new-Suez-Canal-celebration.html
  • http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/08/06/egypt-seeks-to-boost-economy-through-expansion-of-suez-canal/
  • http://www.albawaba.com/business/suez-canal-inauguration-kickstarts-new-way-trade-egypt-727878


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MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

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attended a

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half ago

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The original canal was

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his presidential yacht

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It beat predictions

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the original canal

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a passageway between the Mediterranean

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to the world

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sailed up the canal in

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and Red seas

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the first ship to officially sail through

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built in 1869

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a century-and-a-

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ceremony

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Egypt's gift

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by experts



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

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a much-needed

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49 ships per day

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important to ensure Egypt

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in global trade

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If I can't

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earned money

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turn it into

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figures can be met

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alternative routes

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boost for the economy

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shipping traffic must grow from the current

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handle this

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a nine per cent increase

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will emerge

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economists doubt whether these

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revenue

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Egypt's President Sisi has (1) ___________________ to open an extension of the Suez Canal. The original (2) ___________________ 1869. It took 10 years to build. The new, $8.5 billion canal was built in 12 months. It beat predictions by experts (3) ___________________ five years. The canal is a passageway between the Mediterranean and Red seas. President Sisi sailed (4) ___________________ his presidential yacht, the El Mahrousa, to attend the opening. The yacht was the first (5) ___________________ sail through the original canal a century-and-a-half ago. President Sisi said the new canal is Egypt's "(6) ___________________".

Egypt's government hopes the canal will (7) ___________________ boost for the economy. (8) ___________________ Suez Canal Authority said it was important to ensure Egypt earned money from its waterways in the future. He said: "If I (9) ___________________ and turn it into revenue for the Egyptian treasury, alternative (10) ___________________." He hopes revenue will increase from $5.3 billion now to $13.2 billion by 2023. That means shipping traffic (11) ___________________ the current 49 ships per day to 97 by 2023. This needs a nine per cent increase in global trade. Some economists doubt whether (12) ___________________ be met.





CANALS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about canals 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.

 

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