The Reading / Listening - Pacific Ocean - Level 1

A French man is swimming across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the USA. Ben Lecomte, 51, set off on Tuesday. It will take him six months to swim the 9,000km. He will swim for eight hours a day. There will be many dangers, like sharks, storms, rough seas, and very cold water. He will also have to fight exhaustion, loneliness and injuries. Lecomte said the mental part was most important. He said: "You have to...always think about something positive."



Lecomte trained his body and mind for six years for this challenge. He swam in the sea every day. He is in top physical condition. He needs to be mentally strong. He is doing the swim to raise awareness of climate change, and the effects of plastic rubbish and the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the ocean. Scientists will check his body to see how so much exercise affects the heart. In 1998, he swam across the Atlantic. After that, he said: "Never again."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pacific Ocean - Level 0 Pacific Ocean - Level 2   or  Pacific Ocean - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44358680
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/05/asia/cross-pacific-swim-intl/index.html
  • https://sports.yahoo.com/swimmer-faces-sharks-massive-garbage-patch-record-pacific-033021157--spt.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. swimming across
  2. It will take him
  3. He will swim for eight
  4. There will be many
  5. very cold
  6. He will also have to fight
  7. the mental part
  8. think about something
  1. was most important
  2. hours a day
  3. positive
  4. exhaustion
  5. six months
  6. dangers
  7. water
  8. the Pacific

Paragraph 2

  1. Lecomte trained his body
  2. He swam in the sea
  3. He is in top physical
  4. He needs to be mentally
  5. He is doing the swim to raise
  6. climate
  7. the Fukushima nuclear
  8. exercise affects the
  1. condition
  2. heart
  3. awareness
  4. disaster
  5. and mind
  6. strong
  7. every day
  8. change

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A French man (1) ___________________ the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the USA. Ben Lecomte, 51, (2) ___________________ Tuesday. It will take him six months to swim the 9,000km. He (3) ___________________ eight hours a day. There will be many dangers, like sharks, storms, rough seas, (4) ___________________ water. He will also have to fight exhaustion, loneliness and injuries. Lecomte (5) ___________________ part was most important. He said: "You have to... (6) ___________________ something positive."

Lecomte trained his body (7) ___________________ six years for this challenge. He swam in the (8) ___________________. He is in top physical condition. He needs to be mentally strong. He is doing the (9) ___________________ awareness of climate change, and (10) ___________________ plastic rubbish and the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the ocean. Scientists will check his body to (11) ___________________ much exercise affects the heart. In 1998, he swam across the Atlantic. After (12) ___________________: "Never again."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AFrenchmanisswimmingacrossthePacificOceanfromJapantotheUSA
.BenLecomte,51,setoffonTuesday.Itwilltakehimsixmonthstoswimth
e9,000km.Hewillswimforeighthoursaday.Therewillbemanydangers,
likesharks,storms,roughseas,andverycoldwater.Hewillalsohavetofi
ghtexhaustion,lonelinessandinjuries.Lecomtesaidthementalpartwa
smostimportant.Hesaid:"Youhaveto...alwaysthinkaboutsomething
positive."Lecomtetrainedhisbodyandmindforsixyearsforthischallen
ge.Heswamintheseaeveryday.Heisintopphysicalcondition.Heneedst
obementallystrong.Heisdoingtheswimtoraiseawarenessofclimatech
ange,andtheeffectsofplasticrubbishandtheFukushimanucleardisast
erontheocean.Scientistswillcheckhisbodytoseehowsomuchexercise
affectstheheart.In1998,heswamacrosstheAtlantic.Afterthat,hesaid
:"Neveragain."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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