The Reading / Listening - Suez Canal - Level 5

The Suez Canal is open again after the giant ship that had blocked it for a week is free. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship got wedged between the sides of the canal last week. A blockage followed that disrupted global trade and international markets. Analysts say it has cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. The jam means there is 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 50 ships to pass through the channel.



There has been a huge effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long ship. Dredgers cleared sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it. Around 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by a high tide during the salvage operation. Egypt's president thanked everyone in the effort to refloat the ship. He said the refloating was a "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the passage of goods through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always up to the challenge."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Suez Canal - Level 4 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 ship that blocked it
  2. The blockage disrupted
  3. $100 million in lost
  4. There is now a backlog
  5. They are anchored
  6. near the ends
  7. double the daily
  8. go through the
  1. average
  2. of 450 ships
  3. global trade
  4. channel
  5. revenue
  6. is free
  7. of the canal
  8. in the Red Sea

Paragraph 2

  1. big efforts to free the
  2. Dredgers cleared sand
  3. tug
  4. pull it away from
  5. high
  6. the salvage
  7. rest
  8. up to the
  1. challenge
  2. assured
  3. the canal's banks
  4. underneath it
  5. operation
  6. 400-metre-long ship
  7. boats
  8. tide

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Suez Canal (1) ___________________ after the giant ship that had blocked it for a week is free. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship (2) ___________________ the sides of the canal last week. A (3) ___________________ disrupted global trade and international markets. Analysts say it has cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. The jam means there (4) ___________________ of 450 ships waiting to go through the canal. They are anchored in the Red Sea and Mediterranean (5) ___________________ of the canal. Authorities will try and double the (6) ___________________ 50 ships to pass through the channel.

There has been a (7) ___________________ the past week to free the 400-metre-long ship. Dredgers cleared sand underneath it in an (8) ___________________ it. Around 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by (9) ___________________ during the salvage operation. Egypt's president thanked everyone (10) ___________________ to refloat the ship. He said the refloating was a "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can (11) ___________________ about the passage of goods through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always up (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheSuezCanalisopenagainafterthegiantshipthathadblockeditforawe
ekisfree.The220,000-tonEverGivencontainershipgotwedgedbetwee
nthesidesofthecanallastweek.Ablockagefollowedthatdisruptedglob
altradeandinternationalmarkets.AnalystssayithascostEgypt$100mi
llioninlostrevenue.Thejammeansthereisabacklogof450shipswaiting
togothroughthecanal.TheyareanchoredintheRedSeaandMediterran
eanneartheendsofthecanal.Authoritieswilltryanddoublethedailyave
rageof50shipstopassthroughthechannel.Therehasbeenahugeeffort
overthepastweektofreethe400-metre-longship.Dredgerscleareds
andunderneathitinanattempttorefloatit.Around30tugboatsworkedt
opullitawayfromthecanal'sbanks.Theywerehelpedbyahightidedurin
gthesalvageoperation.Egypt'spresidentthankedeveryoneintheeffor
ttorefloattheship.Hesaidtherefloatingwasa"massivetechnicalcompl
exity".Headded:"Theworldcannowrestassuredaboutthepassageofg
oodsthroughthispivotalshippingroute.Egyptianstodayprovedthatth
eyarealwaysuptothechallenge."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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