The Reading / Listening - Thai Cave Rescue - Level 1

The twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave are alive. They were missing for nine days. The search for the group has been 24-hour news. No one knew if they were still alive. The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach went missing on 23 June. They went into the cave when it was dry. There was heavy rain, which blocked the exit to the cave. The rain flooded it and trapped the boys and their coach.



The bad news is the team could be trapped for four months. Rescuers have to wait for the water to go down. The boys could learn to dive, but none of them can swim. Rescuers say they will take food and medicine to the boys. They are trying to put power and telephones in the cave. Two rescuers said the boys were happy, but very hungry. A mother of one of the boys saw a video of them and said: "I'm so happy I can't put it into words."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Thai Cave Rescue - Level 0 Thai Cave Rescue - Level 2   or  Thai Cave Rescue - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44692813
  • http://www.asiaone.com/
  • https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1496678/rescuers-seek-totally-safe-cave-extraction-for-boys


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. They were missing
  2. 24-hour
  3. No one knew if they
  4. They went into the cave
  5. There was heavy
  6. blocked the
  7. The rain
  8. trapped the boys
  1. were still alive
  2. flooded it
  3. news
  4. and their coach
  5. when it was dry
  6. rain
  7. for nine days
  8. exit to the cave

Paragraph 2

  1. The bad
  2. the team could be trapped
  3. Rescuers have
  4. The boys could
  5. none of
  6. they will take food
  7. put power and telephones
  8. I'm so happy I can't put
  1. it into words
  2. to wait
  3. them can swim
  4. and medicine
  5. news
  6. in the cave
  7. for four months
  8. learn to dive

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The twelve boys and their football (1) ___________________ a Thai cave are alive. They were (2) ___________________ days. The search for the group has been (3) ___________________. No one knew if they were still alive. The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach (4) ___________________ 23 June. They went into the cave when it was dry. There was heavy rain, which (5) ___________________ to the cave. The rain flooded it and (6) ___________________ and their coach.

The bad news is the team could (7) ___________________ four months. Rescuers have to wait for the (8) ___________________ down. The boys could learn to dive, but (9) ___________________ can swim. Rescuers say they will take food and medicine to the boys. They are (10) ___________________ power and telephones in the cave. Two rescuers said the (11) ___________________, but very hungry. A mother of one of the boys saw a video of them and said: "I'm so happy I can't put (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThetwelveboysandtheirfootballcoachtrappedinaThaicavearealive.T
heyweremissingforninedays.Thesearchforthegrouphasbeen24-ho
urnews.Nooneknewiftheywerestillalive.Theboys,agedbetween11an
d16,andtheir25-year-oldcoachwentmissingon23June.Theywentin
tothecavewhenitwasdry.Therewasheavyrain,whichblockedtheexitt
othecave.Therainfloodeditandtrappedtheboysandtheircoach.Theba
dnewsistheteamcouldbetrappedforfourmonths.Rescuershavetowai
tforthewatertogodown.Theboyscouldlearntodive,butnoneofthemca
nswim.Rescuerssaytheywilltakefoodandmedicinetotheboys.Theyar
etryingtoputpowerandtelephonesinthecave.Tworescuerssaidthebo
yswerehappy,butveryhungry.Amotherofoneoftheboyssawavideooft
hemandsaid:"I'msohappyIcan'tputitintowords."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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