The Reading / Listening - Thai Cave Rescue - Level 2

There is good news. The twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai cave are alive. The group has been missing for nine days. Thailand has been praying for them since June 23. The search for the group has been 24-hour news. It was unclear whether or not 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 in northern Thailand when it was dry, but there was suddenly heavy rain. This blocked the exit to the cave. The rain flooded it and the boys and their coach were trapped.



The bad news is the team could be trapped for months. Rescuers have to wait until the water goes down before the team can get out. Another possibility is for the boys to learn to dive. However, none of the boys can swim. Rescuers say they will take food and medicine to the boys for the next four months. They are now trying to put power and telephones in the cave. Two British rescuers said the boys were happy, but very, very hungry. A mother of one of the boys saw a video of them and described her happiness. She 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 1   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. There is good
  2. trapped
  3. The group has been missing
  4. Thailand has been praying
  5. unclear whether or not they
  6. when it was
  7. there was suddenly heavy
  8. This blocked the exit
  1. dry
  2. for them
  3. to the cave
  4. for nine days
  5. news
  6. rain
  7. were still alive
  8. in a Thai cave

Paragraph 2

  1. the team could be trapped
  2. wait until the water
  3. before the team can
  4. Another possibility is for the
  5. none
  6. take food and medicine
  7. put power and telephones
  8. I'm so happy I can't put
  1. it into words
  2. get out
  3. boys to learn to dive
  4. to the boys
  5. for months
  6. in the cave
  7. of the boys can swim
  8. goes down

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________. The twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a Thai (2) ___________________. The group has been missing for nine days. Thailand has been praying for them since June 23. The (3) ___________________ group has been 24-hour news. It was unclear (4) ___________________ 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 in northern Thailand when (5) ___________________, but there was suddenly heavy rain. This blocked the exit to the cave. The (6) ___________________ and the boys and their coach were trapped.

The bad news is the team (7) ___________________ for months. Rescuers have to wait until the water (8) ___________________ the team can get out. Another possibility is for the boys to learn to dive. However, (9) ___________________ boys can swim. Rescuers say they will take food and medicine to the boys for the next four months. They are now trying (10) ___________________ and telephones in the cave. Two British rescuers said the boys were (11) ___________________, very hungry. A mother of one of the boys saw a video of them and described her happiness. She said: "I'm so happy I can't put (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisgoodnews.ThetwelveboysandtheirfootballcoachtrappedinaT
haicavearealive.Thegrouphasbeenmissingforninedays.Thailandhas
beenprayingforthemsinceJune23.Thesearchforthegrouphasbeen24
-hournews.Itwasunclearwhetherornottheywerestillalive.Theboys,a
gedbetween11and16,andtheir25-year-oldcoachwentmissingon23J
une.TheywentintothecaveinnorthernThailandwhenitwasdry,butthe
rewassuddenlyheavyrain.Thisblockedtheexittothecave.Therainfloo
deditandtheboysandtheircoachweretrapped.Thebadnewsistheteam
couldbetrappedformonths.Rescuershavetowaituntilthewatergoesd
ownbeforetheteamcangetout.Anotherpossibilityisfortheboystolear
ntodive.However,noneoftheboyscanswim.Rescuerssaytheywilltake
foodandmedicinetotheboysforthenextfourmonths.Theyarenowtryin
gtoputpowerandtelephonesinthecave.TwoBritishrescuerssaidthebo
yswerehappy,butvery,veryhungry.Amotherofoneoftheboyssawavid
eoofthemanddescribedherhappiness.Shesaid:"I'msohappyIcan'tpu
titintowords."

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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