The Reading / Listening - Shipwrecks - Level 0

Ocean explorers filmed the deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The Japanese Navy sunk the World War II battleship in 1944. It is now on the ocean floor, 6,456 metres deep. The film crew went down to that depth in a special submarine that can work in the deep-sea pressure. The filming happened in two eight-hour dives.



The lead explorer was in the US Navy. He is an adventurer. He is the first person ever to get to the top of all the world's continents, both poles, and the bottom of all the world's oceans. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the [battleship]."

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    Shipwrecks - Level 1 Shipwrecks - Level 2   or  Shipwrecks - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/uss-johnston-worlds-deepest-shipwreck-intl-hnk/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/04/us-navy-ship-sunk-nearly-80-years-ago-reached-in-worlds-deepest-shipwreck-dive
  • https://www.navytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2021/04/02/wreck-of-uss-johnston-discovered-77-years-after-its-sinking-at-the-battle-of-leyte-gulf/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the deepest known
  2. for the first
  3. the World War II
  4. It is now on the ocean
  5. The film crew went
  6. in a special
  7. work in the deep-sea
  8. filming happened in two
  1. eight-hour dives
  2. shipwreck
  3. down to that depth
  4. battleship
  5. pressure
  6. floor
  7. submarine
  8. time

Paragraph 2

  1. The lead explorer was in
  2. He is
  3. He is the first person
  4. top of all the world's
  5. bottom of all the world's
  6. a US Navy
  7. I'm proud to have
  8. bring clarity
  1. ever
  2. helped
  3. oceans
  4. and closure
  5. continents
  6. an adventurer
  7. officer
  8. the US Navy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ocean explorers (1) ___________________ known shipwreck for (2) ___________________. The Japanese Navy sunk the World War II battleship in 1944. It is now on (3) ___________________, 6,456 metres deep. The film (4) ___________________ to that depth in a special submarine that (5) ___________________ the deep-sea pressure. The filming (6) ___________________ eight-hour dives.

The lead (7) ___________________ the US Navy. He is an adventurer. He is the (8) ___________________ to get to the top of all the world's continents, (9) ___________________ the bottom of all (10) ___________________. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm (11) ___________________ helped bring clarity and closure (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Oceanexplorersfilmedthedeepestknownshipwreckforthefirsttime.T
heJapaneseNavysunktheWorldWarIIbattleshipin1944.Itisnowonth
eoceanfloor,6,456metresdeep.Thefilmcrewwentdowntothatdepthin
aspecialsubmarinethatcanworkinthedeep-seapressure.Thefilmingh
appenedintwoeight-hourdives.TheleadexplorerwasintheUSNavy.H
eisanadventurer.Heisthefirstpersonevertogettothetopofalltheworld
'scontinents,bothpoles,andthebottomofalltheworld'soceans.Hesaid
:"AsaUSNavyofficer,I'mproudtohavehelpedbringclarityandclosuret
othe[battleship]."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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