The Reading / Listening - Suez Canal - Level 6

The Suez Canal is finally open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed to get wedged between both sides of the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent blockage disrupted global trade and international markets. Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. The week-long jam means there is a backlog of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean near both ends of the canal. Authorities say they will try and double the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the channel to around 90 to 100 vessels.



There has been a monumental effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it, and a flotilla of 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by a high tide in the final hours of the salvage operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful despite there being "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 easier levels:

    Suez Canal - Level 4  or  Suez Canal - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. THE SUEZ CANAL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about the Suez Canal. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       canal / vessel / container / waterway / global trade / revenue / backlog / average /
       dredger / sand / banks / effort / social media / technical / complexity / shipping
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SHIPPING: Students A strongly believe shipping is the best method of transporting goods; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WATERWAYS: How important are these waterways? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How important?

Why?

The Suez Canal

 

 

The Panama Canal

 

 

The Straits of Hormuz

 

 

The Amazon River

 

 

The River Nile

 

 

The Bering Strait

 

 

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5. JAM: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "jam". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. VESSELS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Container ships
  • Cruise ships
  • Fishing boats
  • Yachts
  • Ferries
  • Oil tankers
  • Speed boats
  • Aircraft carriers

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. vessel a. Secured a ship to the sea bottom or river bed.
      2. wedged b. Relating to the identification of long-term or overall aims and interests and the means of achieving them.
      3. strategic c. An obstruction which makes movement or flow difficult or impossible.
      4. subsequent d. A ship or boat.
      5. blockage e. Interrupt an event, activity, or process by causing a disturbance or problem.
      6. disrupted f. Forced into a narrow space.
      7. anchored g. Coming after something in time; following.

    Paragraph 2

      8. monumental h. Rescue a wrecked or disabled ship or its cargo from loss at sea.
      9. dredger i. A special floating crane designed for removing sand from rivers.
      10. flotilla j. Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.
      11. salvage k. Great in importance, extent, or size.
      12. bank l. The land alongside or sloping down to a river or lake.
      13. complexity m. A large group of boats or ships.
      14. pivotal n. The state or quality of being intricate or very difficult.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The Suez Canal was blocked for over 10 days.     T / F
  2. The container ship weighed over a quarter of a million tons.     T / F
  3. Egypt lost over $100 billion because the ship got stuck.     T / F
  4. Over 450 ships are waiting to pass through the Suez Canal.     T / F
  5. A flotilla of 30 tug boats helped to shift the container ship.     T / F
  6. A low tide helped the boats to refloat the container ship.     T / F
  7. Egypt's leader said the operation involved massive technical complexity.  T / F
  8. Egypt's leader said Egyptians are always ready for a challenge.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. blocked
  2. wedged
  3. forecast
  4. backlog
  5. channel
  6. monumental
  7. salvage
  8. complexity
  9. pivotal
  10. proved
  1. passage
  2. pileup
  3. crucial
  4. stuck
  5. huge
  6. difficulty
  7. obstructed
  8. showed
  9. predicted
  10. rescue

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. the giant vessel that had
  2. get wedged between both sides of the
  3. The subsequent blockage
  4. The week-long jam means there
  5. double the daily
  6. There has been a monumental effort
  7. a flotilla of
  8. They were helped by a high
  9. through this pivotal
  10. they are always up
  1. tide
  2. disrupted global trade
  3. over the past week
  4. average of 50 ships
  5. shipping route
  6. strategic waterway
  7. to the challenge
  8. is a backlog of ships
  9. 30 tug boats
  10. blocked it for a week

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
blockage
anchored
double
wedged
backlog
ends
finally
lost

The Suez Canal is (1) _____________________ open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed to get (2) _____________________ between both sides of the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent (3) _____________________ disrupted global trade and international markets. Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million in (4) _____________________ revenue. The week-long jam means there is a (5) _____________________ of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are (6) _____________________ in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean near both (7) _____________________ of the canal. Authorities say they will try and (8) _____________________ the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the channel to around 90 to 100 vessels.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
flotilla
challenge
tide
monumental
banks
assured
clearing
effort

There has been a (9) _____________________ effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been (10) _____________________ sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it, and a (11) _____________________ of 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's (12) _____________________. They were helped by a high (13) _____________________ in the final hours of the salvage operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the (14) _____________________ to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful despite there being "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest (15) _____________________ about the passage of goods through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always up to the (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed ______
     a.  to get edged
     b.  to get wedged
     c.  to get ledged
     d.  to get fledged
2) the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent blockage ______
     a.  disrupt it global trade
     b.  disrupted globally trade
     c.  disrupted global trader
     d.  disrupted global trade
3)  Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million ______
     a.  in lost revenue
     b.  on lost revenue
     c.  inn lost revenue
     d.  an lost revenue
4)  to sail through the canal. More than 450 ______
     a.  ships are anchor
     b.  ships are accorded
     c.  ships are anchor
     d.  ships are anchored
5)  try and double the daily average of 50 ships to pass ______
     a.  though the channel
     b.  thorough the channel
     c.  thought the channel
     d.  through the channel

6)  They were helped by a high tide in the final hours of the ______
     a.  savage operation
     b.  salvage operation
     c.  sausage operation
     d.  sail verge operation
7)  Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort to ______
     a.  reef float the ship
     b.  reef load the ship
     c.  refloat the ship
     d.  real float the ship
8)  refloating was successful despite there being massive ______
     a.  technical complexity
     b.  technical complex it
     c.  technical complex city
     d.  technical complexion
9)  rest assured about the passage of goods through this ______
     a.  pivotal shipping route
     b.  pivot all shipping lout
     c.  pivotal shipping loot
     d.  pivot all shipping route
10)  Egyptians today proved that they are always up ______
     a.  tomb the challenge
     b.  two the challenge
     c.  to the challenge
     d.  true the challenge

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Suez Canal is (1) ____________________ after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed (2) ____________________ between both sides of the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent blockage (3) ____________________ and international markets. Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. The week-long jam means there (4) ____________________ of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean (5) ____________________ of the canal. Authorities say they will try (6) ____________________ daily average of 50 ships to pass through the channel to around 90 to 100 vessels.

There has been a monumental (7) ____________________ past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it in an attempt (8) ____________________, and a flotilla of 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by a high tide in the final hours of (9) ____________________. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort to (10) ____________________. On social media, he said the refloating was successful (11) ____________________ "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the passage of goods through this (12) ____________________. Egyptians today proved that they are always up to the challenge."

Comprehension questions

  1. How much does the Ever Given weigh?
  2. How much money has Egypt lost because of the canal being blocked?
  3. What did the ship disrupt besides global trade?
  4. How many ships are waiting to pass through the canal?
  5. How many ships do authorities want to pass through the canal?
  6. How long is the ship?
  7. How many tug boats were used to refloat the Ever Given?
  8. What were the rescuers helped by?
  9. Who thanked the rescuers?
  10. What did Egypt's leader say Egyptians are always up to?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  How much does the Ever Given weigh?
a) 210,000 tons
b) 220,000 tons
c) 230,000 tons
d) 240,000 tons
2) How much money has Egypt lost because of the canal being blocked?
a) $200 million
b) $400 million
c) $50 million
d) $100 million
3) What did the ship disrupt besides global trade?
a) neighbourly relations
b) sand
c) international markets
d) the peace and quiet
4) How many ships are waiting to pass through the canal?
a) more than 450
b) less than 450
c) about 450
d) exactly 450
5) How many ships do authorities want to pass through the canal?
a) 80 to 90
b) 90 to 100
c) 50 to 60
d) a dozen or so

6) How long is the ship?
a) 400 metres
b) 300 metres
c) 200 metres
d) 100 metres
7) How many tug boats were used to refloat the Ever Given?
a) 12
b) 28
c) 30
d) 50
8) What were the rescuers helped by?
a) a high tide
b) an international team
c) perfect weather
d) special cranes
9) Who thanked the rescuers?
a) tug boat pilots
b) the ship's crew
c) the ship's captain
d) Egypt's president
10) What did Egypt's leader say Egyptians are always up to?
a) meeting targets
b) achieving success
c) the challenge
d) helping out

Role play

Role  A – Container Ships
You think container ships are the most important vessels. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vessels. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): cruise ships, oil tankers or aircraft carriers.

Role  B – Cruise Ships
You think cruise ships are the most important vessels. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vessels. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): container ships, oil tankers or aircraft carriers.

Role  C – Oil Tankers
You think oil tankers are the most important vessels. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vessels. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): cruise ships, container ships or aircraft carriers.

Role  D – Aircraft Carriers
You think aircraft carriers are the most important vessels. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their vessels. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): cruise ships, oil tankers or container ships.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'canal'

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  • and 'ship'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • finally
    • between
    • global
    • cost
    • 450
    • double
    • past
    • attempt
    • pull
    • thanked
    • rest
    • always




    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 - Suez Canal

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'canal'?
    3. What do you know about the Suez Canal?
    4. What are the good and bad things about container ships?
    5. How might the blockage disrupt international markets?
    6. How could the ship have got stuck?
    7. What harm does shipping do to the environment?
    8. What would life be like as a sailor on a container ship?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. How important is the Suez Canal?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'ship'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How important are canals?
    5. What are the differences between canals and rivers?
    6. What canals are there in your country?
    7. What do you think of Egypt?
    8. What technical complexities would refloating the ship have?
    9. How up to a challenge are you?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the ship's captain?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The Suez Canal is finally open again after the giant (1) ____ that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given (2) ____ ship managed to get wedged between both sides of the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent blockage (3) ____ global trade and international markets. Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million (4) ____ lost revenue. The week-long jam means there is a (5) ____ of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean near both ends of the canal. Authorities say they will try and double the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the (6) ____ to around 90 to 100 vessels.

    There has been a (7) ____ effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it, and a (8) ____ of 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by a (9) ____ tide in the final hours of the salvage operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful despite (10) ____ being "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the (11) ____ of goods through this pivotal shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always (12) ____ to the challenge."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     vessel     (b)     vassal     (c)     wassail     (d)     vase    
    2. (a)     contents     (b)     contentment     (c)     container     (d)     contains    
    3. (a)     enraptured     (b)     erupted     (c)     disrupted     (d)     corrupted    
    4. (a)     by     (b)     as     (c)     on     (d)     in    
    5. (a)     log     (b)     logger     (c)     backlog     (d)     logging    
    6. (a)     Chunnel     (b)     channel     (c)     tunnel     (d)     groove    
    7. (a)     moment     (b)     monumental     (c)     monument     (d)     momentary    
    8. (a)     espadrille     (b)     flotilla     (c)     scintilla     (d)     villa    
    9. (a)     tall     (b)     up     (c)     high     (d)     increase    
    10. (a)     these     (b)     how     (c)     what     (d)     there    
    11. (a)     alleyway     (b)     road     (c)     corridor     (d)     passage    
    12. (a)     in     (b)     down     (c)     of     (d)     up

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the giant seelsv that had blocked it
    2. The 220,000-ton Ever Given cnnoatrei ship
    3. geewdd between both sides
    4. The usuqensebt blockage
    5. $100 million in lost rnueeev
    6. ndhrocae in the Red Sea

    Paragraph 2

    1. There has been a ntmlnuomea effort
    2. a lltfiloa of 30 tug boats
    3. the glvseaa operation
    4. massive technical ipmyxolcte
    5. rest deurssa
    6. through this avtpiol shipping route

    Put the text back together

    (...)  sides of the strategic waterway last week. The subsequent blockage disrupted global trade and international
    (...)  or in the Mediterranean near both ends of the canal. Authorities say they will try and double the daily
    (...)  of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea
    (...)  refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed to get wedged between both
    (...)  markets. Analysts forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million in lost revenue. The week-long jam means there is a backlog
    (...)  clearing sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it, and a flotilla of 30 tug boats worked to pull
    (...)  average of 50 ships to pass through the channel to around 90 to 100 vessels.
    (...)  There has been a monumental effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been
    (...)  shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always up to the challenge."
    1  ) The Suez Canal is finally open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is
    (...)  it away from the canal's banks. They were helped by a high tide in the final hours of the salvage
    (...)  complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured about the passage of goods through this pivotal
    (...)  operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort
    (...)  to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful despite there being "massive technical

    Put the words in the right order

    1. had   that   vessel   blocked   The   it   .   giant
    2. between   to   both   get   wedged   It   sides   .   managed
    3. forecast   $100   has   it   Analysts   Egypt   million   .   cost
    4. through   .   of   backlog   ships   waiting   to   A   sail
    5. average   .   the   will   daily   and   It   try   double
    6. effort   the   past   A   monumental   over   week   .
    7. tide   by   hours   .   the   Helped   in   the   final
    8. participated   who   Sisi   thanked   everyone   the   in   effort   .
    9. of   The   this   route   .   goods   through   passage   shipping
    10. challenge   .   are   the   to   Proved   always   up   they

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Suez Canal is finally / finale open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed to get widget / wedged between both sides of the strategy / strategic waterway last week. The subsequent / subsequently blockage disrupted global trade and international markets. Analysts / Analysis forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million on / in lost revenue. The week-long preserve / jam means there is a log / backlog of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean near both ends of the canal. Authorities say they will try and twice / double the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the channel / tunnel to around 90 to 100 vessels.

    There has been a monument / monumental effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it in / on an attempt to refloat it, and a flotilla of 30 hug / tug boats worked to pull it away from the canal's banks / bankers. They were helped by a high / tall tide in the final hours of the salvage operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took party / part in the effort to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful spiteful / despite there being "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest assured / sure about the passage of goods through this pivotal / pivot shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always down / up to the challenge."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    Th_  S__z  C_n_l  _s  f_n_lly  _p_n  _g__n  _ft_r  th_  g__nt  v_ss_l  th_t  h_d  bl_ck_d  _t  f_r  _  w__k  _s  r_fl__t_d.  Th_  220,000-t_n  _v_r  G_v_n  c_nt__n_r  sh_p  m_n_g_d  t_  g_t  w_dg_d  b_tw__n  b_th  s_d_s  _f  th_  str_t_g_c  w_t_rw_y  l_st  w__k.  Th_  s_bs_q__nt  bl_ck_g_  d_sr_pt_d  gl_b_l  tr_d_  _nd  _nt_rn_t__n_l  m_rk_ts.  _n_lysts  f_r_c_st  _t  h_s  c_st  _gypt  $100  m_ll__n  _n  l_st  r_v_n__.  Th_  w__k-l_ng  j_m  m__ns  th_r_  _s  _  b_ckl_g  _f  sh_ps  w__t_ng  t_  s__l  thr__gh  th_  c_n_l.  M_r_  th_n  450  sh_ps  _r_  _nch_r_d  _n  th_  R_d  S__  _r  _n  th_  M_d_t_rr_n__n  n__r  b_th  _nds  _f  th_  c_n_l.  __th_r_t__s  s_y  _t  w_ll  try  _nd  d__bl_  th_  d__ly  _v_r_g_  _f  50  sh_ps  t_  p_ss  thr__gh  th_  ch_nn_l  t_  _r__nd  90  t_  100  v_ss_ls.

    Th_r_  h_s  b__n  _  m_n_m_nt_l  _ff_rt  _v_r  th_  p_st  w__k  t_  fr__  th_  400-m_tr_-l_ng  _v_r  G_v_n.  Dr_dg_rs  h_v_  b__n  cl__r_ng  s_nd  _nd_rn__th  _t  _n  _n  _tt_mpt  t_  r_fl__t  _t,  _nd  _  fl_t_ll_  _f  30  t_g  b__ts  w_rk_d  t_  p_ll  _t  _w_y  fr_m  th_  c_n_l's  b_nks.  Th_y  w_r_  h_lp_d  by  _  h_gh  t_d_  _n  th_  f_n_l  h__rs  _f  th_  s_lv_g_  _p_r_t__n.  _gypt's  Pr_s_d_nt  _bd_l  F_tt_h  _l  S_s_  th_nk_d  _v_ry_n_  wh_  t__k  p_rt  _n  th_  _ff_rt  t_  r_fl__t  th_  sh_p.  _n  s_c__l  m_d__,  h_  s__d  th_  r_fl__t_ng  w_s  s_cc_ssf_l  d_sp_t_  th_r_  b__ng  "m_ss_v_  t_chn_c_l  c_mpl_x_ty".  H_  _dd_d:  "Th_  w_rld  c_n  n_w  r_st  _ss_r_d  _b__t  th_  p_ss_g_  _f  g__ds  thr__gh  th_s  p_v_t_l  sh_pp_ng  r__t_.  _gypt__ns  t_d_y  pr_v_d  th_t  th_y  _r_  _lw_ys  _p  t_  th_  ch_ll_ng_."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    the suez canal is finally open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated the 220000ton ever given container ship managed to get wedged between both sides of the strategic waterway last week the subsequent blockage disrupted global trade and international markets analysts forecast it has cost egypt 100 million in lost revenue the weeklong jam means there is a backlog of ships waiting to sail through the canal more than 450 ships are anchored in the red sea or in the mediterranean near both ends of the canal Authorities say they will try and double the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the channel to around 90 to 100 vessels

    there has been a monumental effort over the past week to free the 400metrelong ever given dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it in an attempt to refloat it and a flotilla of 30 tug boats worked to pull it away from the canals banks they were helped by a high tide in the final hours of the salvage operation egypts president abdel fattah el sisi thanked everyone who took part in the effort to refloat the ship on social media he said the refloating was successful despite there being 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

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    TheSuezCanalisfinallyopenagainafterthegiantvesselthathadblocked
    itforaweekisrefloated.The220,000-tonEverGivencontainershipman
    agedtogetwedgedbetweenbothsidesofthestrategicwaterwaylastwe
    ek.Thesubsequentblockagedisruptedglobaltradeandinternationalm
    arkets.AnalystsforecastithascostEgypt$100millioninlostrevenue.Th
    eweek-longjammeansthereisabacklogofshipswaitingtosailthrought
    hecanal.Morethan450shipsareanchoredintheRedSeaorintheMediter
    raneannearbothendsofthecanal.Authoritiessaytheywilltryanddoubl
    ethedailyaverageof50shipstopassthroughthechanneltoaround90to
    100vessels.Therehasbeenamonumentaleffortoverthepastweektofr
    eethe400-metre-longEverGiven.Dredgershavebeenclearingsandun
    derneathitinanattempttorefloatit,andaflotillaof30tugboatsworkedto
    pullitawayfromthecanal'sbanks.Theywerehelpedbyahightideinthefi
    nalhoursofthesalvageoperation.Egypt'sPresidentAbdelFattahElSisit
    hankedeveryonewhotookpartintheefforttorefloattheship.Onsocialm
    edia,hesaidtherefloatingwassuccessfuldespitetherebeing"massivet
    echnicalcomplexity".Headded:"Theworldcannowrestassuredaboutt
    hepassageofgoodsthroughthispivotalshippingroute.Egyptianstoday
    provedthattheyarealwaysuptothechallenge."

    Free writing

    Write about Suez Canal for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Shipping is the best way to transport goods. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. THE SUEZ CANAL: Make a poster about the Suez Canal. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. CANALS: Write a magazine article about building more canals to help international shipping. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the Suez Canal. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on international shipping. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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