The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Three men were rescued from a remote desert island on Thursday. They became marooned on the uninhabited South Pacific island of Fanadik, several hundred kilometres north of Papua New Guinea. Their boat capsized at night, but the men managed to swim for nearly three kilometres to reach land. They stayed on the island for three days and believed they were modern-day castaways. They wrote the word 'HELP' in the sand with palm leaves so that a plane might spot them. Their prayers were answered when a U.S. Coast Guard plane saw their message on the beach.



The Coast Guard spoke about the rescue, saying: "Our combined efforts, coupled with the willingness of many different resources to come together and help, led to the successful rescue of these three men in a very remote part of the Pacific." The men were put on a boat back to the island of Pulap, from where they had first set out to sea. None of the men was injured. The rescue is one of many done by the U.S. Coast Guard recently. They have worked on seven search-and-rescue missions in the South Pacific, saving the lives of 15 people.

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Sources
  • http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/09/men-rescued-help-palm-leaves-island-pacific
  • http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/04/08/three-castaways-rescued-remote-island-pacific-ship-wreck-help/82783676/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/04/09/three-men-rescued-from-remote-island-after-writing-help-on-the-sand/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

a remote desert

a.

day castaways

2.

marooned on the uninhabited

b.

nearly three kilometres

3.

Their boat

c.

were answered

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the men managed to swim for

d.

South Pacific island

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believed they were modern-

e.

on the beach

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palm

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capsized

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Their prayers

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island

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their message

h.

leaves



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Our combined

a.

by the US Coast Guard

2.

the willingness of many

b.

rescue

3.

led to the successful

c.

efforts

4.

a very remote

d.

lives of 15 people

5.

hey had first set

e.

different resources

6.

The rescue is one of many done

f.

missions

7.

search-and-rescue

g.

part of the Pacific

8.

saving the

h.

out to sea

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Three men were rescued (1) ___________________ desert island on Thursday. They became (2) ___________________ uninhabited South Pacific island of Fanadik, several hundred kilometres north of Papua New Guinea. Their boat (3) ___________________, but the men managed to swim for nearly three kilometres (4) ___________________. They stayed on the island for three days and believed they were modern-day castaways. They wrote the word 'HELP' (5) ___________________ palm leaves so that a plane might spot them. Their prayers were answered when a U.S. Coast Guard plane (6) ___________________ on the beach.

The Coast Guard (7) ___________________ rescue, saying: "Our combined efforts, coupled with (8) ___________________ many different resources to come together and help, led to the successful (9) ___________________ three men in a very remote part of the Pacific." The men were put on a boat back to the island of Pulap, from where they (10) ___________________ to sea. None of the men was injured. The rescue (11) ___________________ done by the U.S. Coast Guard recently. They have worked on seven search-and-(12) ___________________ the South Pacific, saving the lives of 15 people.





DESERT ISLANDS SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about desert islands 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.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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c)

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d)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about desert islands for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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