The Reading / Listening - Shipwrecks - Level 2

An ocean exploration team filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The World War II US Navy battleship, the USS Johnston, was sunk by the Japanese Navy in 1944 in the Philippine Sea. The shipwreck is now on the ocean floor, around 6,456 metres deep. The film crew went down to that incredible depth and darkness in a specially built submersible that can deal with the pressure of the deep ocean. They discovered the wreck was about 30 metres deeper than they thought. The filming took place during two eight-hour dives.



The explorers are from the company Caladan Oceanic. Its founder, Victor Vescovo, was in the US Navy. He has a passion for adventure. He visited the world's hardest-to-get-to places and holds the record for being the first person to get to the top of all the world's continents, both poles, and the bottom of all the world's oceans. His mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the USS Johnston."

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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. An ocean exploration
  2. the world's deepest known
  3. sunk by
  4. The shipwreck is now on
  5. The film crew went down to that
  6. the pressure
  7. the wreck was about 30 metres
  8. filming took place during two
  1. of the deep ocean
  2. the Japanese Navy
  3. eight-hour dives
  4. shipwreck
  5. the ocean floor
  6. deeper
  7. incredible depth
  8. team

Paragraph 2

  1. He has a passion
  2. He visited the world's hardest-to-
  3. get to the top of all the world's
  4. the bottom of all the world's
  5. both
  6. His mission
  7. made in the same
  8. I'm proud to have helped bring
  1. continents
  2. poles
  3. shipyard
  4. to film the USS Johnston
  5. clarity and closure
  6. oceans
  7. for adventure
  8. get-to places

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An ocean exploration (1) ___________________ world's deepest known shipwreck for (2) ___________________. The World War II US Navy battleship, the USS Johnston, (3) ___________________ the Japanese Navy in 1944 in the Philippine Sea. The shipwreck is now on (4) ___________________, around 6,456 metres deep. The film crew went down to that incredible depth and darkness in a specially built submersible that can deal (5) ___________________ of the deep ocean. They discovered the wreck was about 30 metres deeper than they thought. The filming (6) ___________________ two eight-hour dives.

The explorers are (7) ___________________ Caladan Oceanic. Its founder, Victor Vescovo, was in the US Navy. He (8) ___________________ for adventure. He visited the world's hardest-to-get-to places and (9) ___________________ for being the first person to get to the top of all the world's continents, both poles, and the (10) ___________________ the world's oceans. His mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal one because that ship and his submersible were made in (11) ___________________. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity (12) ___________________ the USS Johnston."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anoceanexplorationteamfilmedtheworld'sdeepestknownshipwreckf
orthefirsttime.TheWorldWarIIUSNavybattleship,theUSSJohnston,
wassunkbytheJapaneseNavyin1944inthePhilippineSea.Theshipwre
ckisnowontheoceanfloor,around6,456metresdeep.Thefilmcrewwen
tdowntothatincredibledepthanddarknessinaspeciallybuiltsubmersib
lethatcandealwiththepressureofthedeepocean.Theydiscoveredthew
reckwasabout30metresdeeperthantheythought.Thefilmingtookplac
eduringtwoeight-hourdives.TheexplorersarefromthecompanyCa
ladanOceanic.Itsfounder,VictorVescovo,wasintheUSNavy.Hehasap
assionforadventure.Hevisitedtheworld'shardest-to-get-toplacesa
ndholdstherecordforbeingthefirstpersontogettothetopofalltheworld
'scontinents,bothpoles,andthebottomofalltheworld'soceans.Hismis
siontofilmtheUSSJohnstonwasapersonalonebecausethatshipandhis
submersibleweremadeinthesameshipyard.Hesaid:"AsaUSNavyoffic
er,I'mproudtohavehelpedbringclarityandclosuretotheUSSJohnston.
"

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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