The Reading / Listening - Jet Ski Love - Level 2

A man broke lockdown rules to be with his girlfriend. Dale McLaughlan, 28, wanted to see his love Jessica Radcliffe. He was in lockdown in Scotland. She was 43 kilometres away on a small island in the Irish Sea. Dale decided he had to see Jessica. He bought a jet ski for $10,800 and rode it across the sea. He didn't know how dangerous this would be. The sea was very rough. A huge wave washed away his GPS. He thought it would take 45 minutes to get to the island, but it took over four hours. For most of that time, he thought he was lost. He had no idea where he was.

The police arrested Dale. A court gave him four weeks in prison for breaking lockdown. He said his adventure was worth it. He risked his life to see Jessica. He described his experience. He said: "The first time I stood on a jet ski was in that harbour....I thought, 'Oh my God'. It was terrible. It wasn't fun. I followed the GPS, but after half an hour a massive wave wiped it away. I didn't have a clue where I was going. I thought I was lost....I was so scared." He added: "I broke the law, but I did it for love....It could be called a crime of passion." Jessica loves Dale and wants to marry him.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jet Ski Love - Level 0 Jet Ski Love - Level 1   or  Jet Ski Love - Level 3

Sources
  • https://nypost.com/2021/01/03/jet-ski-romeo-felt-like-crappy-james-bond-on-ride-across-irish-sea/
  • https://www.itv.com/news/granada/2021-01-03/romeo-jailed-for-riding-a-jet-ski-from-scotland-to-girlfriend-in-the-isle-of-man-tells-newspaper-i-did-it-for-love
  • https://www.thesun.ie/news/6361772/jet-ski-romeo-james-bond-terror-irish-sea-love/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A man broke lockdown
  2. She was 43 kilometres away
  3. Dale decided he had
  4. He didn't know how dangerous
  5. The sea was very
  6. A huge wave washed
  7. For most of that time, he
  8. He had no idea where
  1. he was
  2. to see Jessica
  3. rough
  4. thought he was lost
  5. this would be
  6. rules
  7. away his GPS
  8. on a small island

Paragraph 2

  1. A court gave him four weeks
  2. He said his adventure
  3. He risked his life to
  4. He described his
  5. a massive wave wiped
  6. I did it
  7. It could be called a crime
  8. Jessica loves Dale and wants
  1. of passion
  2. see Jessica
  3. to marry him
  4. for love
  5. in prison
  6. it away
  7. was worth it
  8. experience

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man broke lockdown (1) ___________________ with his girlfriend. Dale McLaughlan, 28, wanted to (2) ___________________ Jessica Radcliffe. He was in lockdown in Scotland. She was 43 kilometres away on a small island in the Irish Sea. Dale (3) ___________________ to see Jessica. He bought a jet ski for $10,800 and rode it across the sea. He didn't know how dangerous (4) ___________________. The sea was very rough. A huge (5) ___________________ his GPS. He thought it would take 45 minutes to get to the island, but it took over four hours. For most of that time, he thought he was lost. He had (6) ___________________ he was.

The police arrested Dale. A court gave him four weeks (7) ___________________ breaking lockdown. He said his adventure was worth it. He (8) ___________________ to see Jessica. He described his experience. He said: "The first (9) ___________________ on a jet ski was in that harbour....I thought, 'Oh my God'. (10) ___________________. It wasn't fun. I followed the GPS, but after half an hour a massive wave wiped it away. I didn't (11) ___________________ where I was going. I thought I was lost....I was so scared." He added: "I broke the law, but I did it for love....It could be (12) ___________________ of passion." Jessica loves Dale and wants to marry him.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amanbrokelockdownrulestobewithhisgirlfriend.DaleMcLaughlan,28
,wantedtoseehisloveJessicaRadcliffe.HewasinlockdowninScotland.
Shewas43kilometresawayonasmallislandintheIrishSea.Daledecide
dhehadtoseeJessica.Heboughtajetskifor$10,800androdeitacrossth
esea.Hedidn'tknowhowdangerousthiswouldbe.Theseawasveryroug
h.AhugewavewashedawayhisGPS.Hethoughtitwouldtake45minutes
togettotheisland,butittookoverfourhours.Formostofthattime,hetho
ughthewaslost.Hehadnoideawherehewas.ThepolicearrestedDale.A
courtgavehimfourweeksinprisonforbreakinglockdown.Hesaidhisadv
enturewasworthit.HeriskedhislifetoseeJessica.Hedescribedhisexper
ience.Hesaid:"ThefirsttimeIstoodonajetskiwasinthatharbour....Itho
ught,'OhmyGod'.Itwasterrible.Itwasn'tfun.IfollowedtheGPS,butaft
erhalfanhouramassivewavewipeditaway.Ididn'thaveacluewhereIw
asgoing.IthoughtIwaslost....Iwassoscared."Headded:"Ibrokethela
w,butIdiditforlove....Itcouldbecalledacrimeofpassion.JessicalovesD
aleandwantstomarryhim.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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