The Reading / Listening - Suez Canal - Level 4

The Suez Canal is open again after the ship that blocked it is free. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship got stuck last week. The blockage disrupted global trade and international markets. It cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. There is now a backlog of 450 ships waiting to go through the canal. They are anchored in the Red Sea and Mediterranean near the ends of the canal. Authorities will try and double the daily average of ships to go through the channel.



There have been big efforts to free the 400-metre-long ship. Dredgers cleared sand underneath it to refloat it. Around 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. A high tide helped the salvage operation. Egypt's president said it was a "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the passage of goods through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians proved that they are always up to the challenge."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Suez Canal - Level 5 or  Suez Canal - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thenationalnews.com/mena/egypt/suez-canal-cleared-as-ever-given-gets-under-way-1.1192868
  • https://www.voanews.com/middle-east/massive-ship-blocking-suez-canal-freed
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/3/29/ever-given-turned-80-percent-in-right-direction-live-news


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. the giant ship that
  2. wedged
  3. disrupted global
  4. there is a backlog
  5. They are anchored
  6. near the ends
  7. double the daily
  8. 50 ships to pass through
  1. in the Red Sea
  2. average
  3. of 450 ships
  4. the channel
  5. trade
  6. had blocked it
  7. of the canal
  8. between the sides

Paragraph 2

  1. a huge effort over
  2. in an attempt to
  3. pull it away from
  4. helped by a high
  5. during the salvage
  6. The world can now rest
  7. through this pivotal
  8. they are always up
  1. tide
  2. shipping route
  3. operation
  4. to the challenge
  5. the past week
  6. refloat it
  7. assured
  8. the canal's banks

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Suez Canal (1) ___________________ after the ship that blocked it is free. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship (2) ___________________ week. The blockage disrupted global trade and international markets. It cost Egypt $100 million (3) ___________________. There is now a backlog of 450 ships waiting to go through the canal. They (4) ___________________ the Red Sea and Mediterranean near (5) ___________________ the canal. Authorities will try and double (6) ___________________ of ships to go through the channel.

There have (7) ___________________ to free the 400-metre-long ship. Dredgers cleared sand underneath it (8) ___________________. Around 30 tug boats worked to (9) ___________________ from the canal's banks. A high tide helped (10) ___________________. Egypt's president said it was a "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the (11) ___________________ through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians proved that they are always up (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheSuezCanalisopenagainaftertheshipthatblockeditisfree.The220,
000-tonEverGivencontainershipgotstucklastweek.Theblockagedis
ruptedglobaltradeandinternationalmarkets.ItcostEgypt$100million
inlostrevenue.Thereisnowabacklogof450shipswaitingtogothrought
hecanal.TheyareanchoredintheRedSeaandMediterraneannearthee
ndsofthecanal.Authoritieswilltryanddoublethedailyaverageofshipst
ogothroughthechannel.Therehavebeenbigeffortstofreethe400-me
tre-longship.Dredgersclearedsandunderneathittorefloatit.Around3
0tugboatsworkedtopullitawayfromthecanal'sbanks.Ahightidehelpe
dthesalvageoperation.Egypt'spresidentsaiditwasa"massivetechnic
alcomplexity".Headded:"Theworldcannowrestassuredaboutthepas
sageofgoodsthroughthispivotalshippingroute.Egyptiansprovedthatt
heyarealwaysuptothechallenge."

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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