The Reading / Listening - Pacific Ocean - Level 2

A French man will try to swim across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte, 51, set off from Japan on Tuesday. It will take him more than six months to finish the 9,000-km swim. He will swim for eight hours a day to get to the west coast of the USA. He will also face many dangers. There will be sharks, jellyfish, storms, rough seas, and very cold water. He will also have to fight exhaustion and any injuries he gets along the way. However, Mr Lecomte said: "The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to make sure you always think about something positive."



Lecomte trained for six years for this challenge. He has practised every day by swimming in the sea to make sure he is in top physical condition. He also trained his mind. He will be very lonely and he needs to be mentally strong. He is doing the swim to raise awareness of climate change, the effects of plastic rubbish in the ocean, and the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Scientists will check his body to see how so much exercise affects the heart. In 1998, Lecomte made the first solo trans-Atlantic swim. When he reached dry land, his first words were, "never again".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pacific Ocean - Level 0 Pacific Ocean - Level 1   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. A French man will try
  2. set
  3. It will take him more
  4. He will swim for eight
  5. get to the west
  6. He will also face
  7. He will also have to fight
  8. think about something
  1. than six months
  2. exhaustion
  3. coast
  4. many dangers
  5. to swim
  6. hours a day
  7. positive
  8. off from Japan

Paragraph 2

  1. Lecomte trained for six years
  2. He has practised every
  3. make sure he is in top physical
  4. He will be very
  5. he needs to be mentally
  6. He is doing the swim to raise
  7. exercise affects
  8. he reached dry
  1. the heart
  2. condition
  3. strong
  4. land
  5. for this challenge
  6. lonely
  7. awareness
  8. day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A French man (1) ___________________ swim across the Pacific Ocean. Ben Lecomte, 51, (2) ___________________ Japan on Tuesday. It will take him more than six months to finish the 9,000-km swim. He will swim for eight hours (3) ___________________ get to the west coast of the USA. He will also face many dangers. There (4) ___________________, jellyfish, storms, rough seas, and very cold water. He will also have to fight exhaustion and any injuries he gets (5) ___________________. However, Mr Lecomte said: "The mental part is much more important than the physical. You have to (6) ___________________ always think about something positive."

Lecomte trained for six (7) ___________________ challenge. He has practised every day by swimming in the sea (8) ___________________ he is in top physical condition. He also trained his mind. He (9) ___________________ lonely and he needs to be mentally strong. He is doing the swim to raise awareness of climate change, (10) ___________________ plastic rubbish in the ocean, and the effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Scientists will check his body (11) ___________________ so much exercise affects the heart. In 1998, Lecomte made the first solo trans-Atlantic swim. When he reached dry land, (12) ___________________ were, "never again".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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etofffromJapanonTuesday.Itwilltakehimmorethansixmonthstofinis
hthe9,000-kmswim.Hewillswimforeighthoursadaytogettothewes
tcoastoftheUSA.Hewillalsofacemanydangers.Therewillbesharks,jell
yfish,storms,roughseas,andverycoldwater.Hewillalsohavetofightex
haustionandanyinjurieshegetsalongtheway.However,MrLecomtesa
id:"Thementalpartismuchmoreimportantthanthephysical.Youhavet
omakesureyoualwaysthinkaboutsomethingpositive."Lecomtetraine
dforsixyearsforthischallenge.Hehaspractisedeverydaybyswimmingi
ntheseatomakesureheisintopphysicalcondition.Healsotrainedhismi
nd.Hewillbeverylonelyandheneedstobementallystrong.Heisdoingth
eswimtoraiseawarenessofclimatechange,theeffectsofplasticrubbish
intheocean,andtheeffectsoftheFukushimanucleardisaster.Scientist
swillcheckhisbodytoseehowsomuchexerciseaffectstheheart.In1998
,Lecomtemadethefirstsolotrans-Atlanticswim.Whenhereacheddryla
nd,hisfirstwordswere,"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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Free writing

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Answers

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