The Reading / Listening - Shipwrecks - Level 3

An American ocean exploration team has filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The ship is a World War II US Navy battleship called the USS Johnston. It was sunk by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits on the ocean floor at a depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed to go down to that incredible depth and darkness and map and film the whole shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal with the pressure of the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than previously thought. The filming took place during two eight-hour dives.



The explorers are from a company called Caladan Oceanic. Its founder is Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He has a passion for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the record for being 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. Mr Vescovo said the mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both served in the US Navy. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the Johnston, its crew, and the families of those who died on it."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Shipwrecks - Level 0 Shipwrecks - Level 1   or  Shipwrecks - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. SHIPWRECKS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about shipwrecks. 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?
       exploration / shipwreck / battleship / ocean / depth / darkness / pressure / filming /
       company / record / passion / continents / poles / mission / shipyard / clarity / crew
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BATTLESHIPS: Students A strongly believe countries should stop building battleships; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. OCEANS: What do you know about these oceans? What do you want to know? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

What I Want to Know

South Pacific

 

 

North Pacific

 

 

Atlantic

 

 

Indian

 

 

Southern (Antarctic)

 

 

Arctic

 

 

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

  • Deep-sea diving
  • Bungee jumping
  • White-water rafting
  • Climbing Mt Everest
  • Trekking to the South Pole
  • Camping in the Amazon
  • Skydiving
  • A trip into space

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. exploration a. The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.
      2. sunk b. Do something about a problem to put it right.
      3. ocean c. Made to go to the bottom of a sea, ocean, river, etc.
      4. depth d. A group of people who work on and operate a ship, boat, aircraft, spacecraft, or train.
      5. crew e. A very large area of sea, for example, the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, etc.
      6. deal with f. How far it is from the top or surface to the bottom of something.
      7. previously g. At an earlier time; before.

    Paragraph 2

      8. founder h. Any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America).
      9. commander i. The very best of something.
      10. passion j. A person who starts a business, university or other place.
      11. record k. A feeling of deep happiness because of what someone has done or has.
      12. continent l. The boss of soldiers or of a military operation.
      13. proud m. How easy to understand something is.
      14. clarity n. A very strong like or enthusiasm for something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The shipwreck in the article is from the 18th century.     T / F
  2. The shipwreck in the article was sunk by the Japanese Navy.     T / F
  3. The shipwreck is over 6,000 metres deep.     T / F
  4. The shipwreck was 300 metres deeper than people thought.     T / F
  5. The exploration team leader is an-ex soldier.     T / F
  6. The exploration team leader has been to the North and South Pole.     T / F
  7. The exploration team leader served in the US Navy.     T / F
  8. The exploration team leader is proud of his mission.     T / F

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

  1. filmed
  2. called
  3. incredible
  4. deal with
  5. discovered
  6. former
  7. passion
  8. made
  9. served
  10. died
  1. found
  2. handle
  3. worked
  4. recorded
  5. love
  6. built
  7. named
  8. ex-
  9. perished
  10. amazing

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

  1. It was sunk
  2. The wreck now sits
  3. deal with the
  4. it was about 30 metres deeper
  5. two eight-
  6. He has a passion
  7. visiting some of the world's hardest-
  8. get to the top of all the
  9. made in the same
  10. helped bring clarity
  1. for adventure
  2. than previously thought
  3. and closure
  4. on the ocean floor
  5. pressure
  6. world's continents
  7. shipyard
  8. hour dives
  9. to-get-to places
  10. by the Japanese Navy

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sunk
pressure
floor
dives
team
previously
battleship
depth

An American ocean exploration (1) _____________________ has filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The ship is a World War II US Navy (2) _____________________ called the USS Johnston. It was (3) _____________________ by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits on the ocean (4) _____________________ at a depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed to go down to that incredible (5) _____________________ and darkness and map and film the whole shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal with the (6) _____________________ of the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than (7) _____________________ thought. The filming took place during two eight-hour (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
record
poles
personal
passion
proud
founder
served
mission

The explorers are from a company called Caladan Oceanic. Its (9) _____________________ is Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He has a (10) _____________________ for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the (11) _____________________ for being the first person ever to get to the top of all the world's continents, both (12) _____________________, and the bottom of all the world's oceans. Mr Vescovo said the (13) _____________________ to film the USS Johnston was a (14) _____________________ one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both (15) _____________________ in the US Navy. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm (16) _____________________ to have helped bring clarity and closure to the Johnston, its crew, and the families of those who died on it."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) It was sunk by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 ______
     a.  during the Battle
     b.  daring the Battle
     c.  dueling the Battle
     d.  doing the Battle
2)  The film crew managed to go down to ______
     a.  that incredibly depth
     b.  that incredible depth
     c.  that indelible depth
     d.  that inedible depth
3)  They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal ______
     a.  with the press shore
     b.  with the press sure
     c.  with the pressured
     d.  with the pressure
4)  They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper ______
     a.  than previously fought
     b.  than previously thought
     c.  than previously throughout
     d.  than previous thought
5)  The filming took place during two ______
     a.  eight-hour drives
     b.  eight-hour dives
     c.  eight-hour divides
     d.  eight-hour devise

6)  Its founder is Victor Vescovo, a former ______
     a.  US Navy commandeer
     b.  US Navy commandant
     c.  US Navy commando
     d.  US Navy commander
7)  He has a passion for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-______
     a.  get-two places
     b.  get-too places
     c.  get-to places
     d.  ghetto places
8)  the first person ever to get to the top of all ______
     a.  the world's continence
     b.  the world's incontinence
     c.  the world's continents
     d.  the world's continent
9)  that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both _____ US Navy
     a.  served in the
     b.  saved in the
     c.  sieved in the
     d.  swerved in the
10)  I'm proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the Johnston, ______
     a.  its queue, and
     b.  its accrue, and
     c.  its clue, and
     d.  its crew, and

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An American ocean exploration (1) ____________________ the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The ship is a World War II US Navy (2) ____________________ USS Johnston. It was sunk by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits on (3) ____________________ at a depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed to go down to that incredible depth and darkness and map and (4) ____________________ shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal with (5) ____________________ the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than previously thought. The filming took (6) ____________________ eight-hour dives.

The explorers are from a company called Caladan Oceanic. (7) ____________________ Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He (8) ____________________ for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the (9) ____________________ the first person ever to get to the top of all the world's continents, both poles, and (10) ____________________ all the world's oceans. Mr Vescovo said the mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard (11) ____________________ in the US Navy. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity (12) ____________________ the Johnston, its crew, and the families of those who died on it."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the nationality of the exploration team?
  2. In what year was the warship sunk?
  3. How deep is the shipwreck?
  4. How much of the shipwreck did the exploration team film?
  5. How many dives did the exploration team make?
  6. What position did the exploration team leader have in the US Navy?
  7. What does the exploration team leader have a passion for?
  8. How many of the world's oceans has the team leader been to?
  9. What was made in the same shipyard as the team's submersible?
  10. What is the team leader proud of bringing besides clarity?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the nationality of the exploration team?
a) Japanese
b) Russian
c) Kenyan
d) American
2) In what year was the warship sunk?
a) 1945
b) 1944
c) 1943
d) 1946
3) How deep is the shipwreck?
a) 6,546 metres
b) 6,465 metres
c) 6,654 metres
d) 6,456 metres
4) How much of the shipwreck did the exploration team film?
a) some of it
b) a bit of it
c) all of it
d) most of it
5) How many dives did the exploration team make?
a) five
b) four
c) three
d) two

6) What position did the exploration team leader have in the US Navy?
a) admiral
b) general
c) commander
d) lieutenant
7) What does the exploration team leader have a passion for?
a) adventure
b) ships
c) diving
d) life
8) How many of the world's oceans has the team leader been to?
a) four of them
b) just one
c) all of them
d) two
9) What was made in the same shipyard as the team's submersible?
a) F1 cars
b) the battleship
c) the QEII cruise ship
d) America's biggest aircraft carrier
10) What is the team leader proud of bringing besides clarity?
a) closure
b) a documentary
c) film footage
d) souvenirs

Role play

Role  A – Deep-sea Diving
You think deep-sea diving is the greatest adventure. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their adventures. Also, tell the others which is the least adventurous of these (and why): climbing Mt Everest, camping in the Amazon or a trip into space.

Role  B – Climbing Mt Everest
You think climbing Mt Everest is the greatest adventure. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their adventures. Also, tell the others which is the least adventurous of these (and why): deep-sea diving, camping in the Amazon or a trip into space.

Role  C – Camping in the Amazon
You think camping in the Amazon is the greatest adventure. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their adventures. Also, tell the others which is the least adventurous of these (and why): climbing Mt Everest, deep-sea diving or a trip into space.

Role  D – A Trip into Space
You think a trip into space is the greatest adventure. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their adventures. Also, tell the others which is the least adventurous of these (and why): climbing Mt Everest, camping in the Amazon or deep-sea diving.

After reading / listening

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

'ocean'

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  • and 'explorer'.

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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:

    • team
    • sunk
    • floor
    • crew
    • deal
    • place
    • founder
    • some
    • top
    • personal
    • served
    • proud




    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 - Shipwrecks

    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 'ship'?
    3. What do you think of ocean exploration?
    4. What do you know about World War II?
    5. What do you know about battleships?
    6. How important is it to film the battleship?
    7. What might the film tell us about history?
    8. Would you like to explore the world's oceans?
    9. What is life like 6,000 metres below the surface of the sea?
    10. What three adjectives best describe this story?

    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 'shipwreck'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you have a passion for?
    5. What big adventures would you like to go on?
    6. Would you like to copy the adventures Mr Vescovo went on?
    7. Would you like to be a sailor?
    8. Would you rather go to the top of a mountain or the bottom of a sea?
    9. Should the battleship be put in a museum?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the explorers?

    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)

    An American ocean exploration team has filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first (1) ____. The ship is a World War II US Navy battleship        (2) ____ the USS Johnston. It was (3) ____ by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits on the ocean (4) ____ at a depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed to go down to that incredible depth and darkness and map and film the (5) ____ shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal with the pressure of the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than previously thought. The filming took place (6) ____ two eight-hour dives.

    The explorers are from a company called Caladan Oceanic. Its (7) ____ is Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He has a passion (8) ____ adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the record for being the first person (9) ____ to get to the top of all the world's continents, both poles, and the bottom of all the world's oceans. Mr Vescovo said the mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal (10) ____ because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both served in the US Navy. He said: "(11) ____ a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the Johnston, its (12) ____, and the families of those who died on it."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     time     (b)     times     (c)     timing     (d)     timed    
    2. (a)     name     (b)     title     (c)     called     (d)     is    
    3. (a)     sinks     (b)     sinking     (c)     sunk     (d)     sink    
    4. (a)     carpet     (b)     ground     (c)     mat     (d)     floor    
    5. (a)     hole     (b)     wholly     (c)     whole     (d)     holy    
    6. (a)     while     (b)     during     (c)     through     (d)     of    
    7. (a)     finder     (b)     founder     (c)     flounder     (d)     fender    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     for     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    9. (a)     even     (b)     every     (c)     ever     (d)     event    
    10. (a)     so     (b)     as     (c)     that     (d)     one    
    11. (a)     Is     (b)     Has     (c)     Was     (d)     As    
    12. (a)     accrue     (b)     que     (c)     clue     (d)     crew

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  time. The ship is a World War II US Navy battleship called the USS Johnston. It was sunk
    (...)  one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both served
    (...)  in the US Navy. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud to have helped bring clarity
    (...)  darkness and map and film the whole shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal
    1  ) An American ocean exploration team has filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first
    (...)  by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits
    (...)  with the pressure of the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper
    (...)  The explorers are from a company called Caladan Oceanic. Its founder is Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He has a
    (...)  for being 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. Mr Vescovo said the mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal
    (...)  than previously thought. The filming took place during two eight-hour dives.
    (...)  on the ocean floor at a depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed to go down to that incredible depth and
    (...)  passion for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the record
    (...)  and closure to the Johnston, its crew, and the families of those who died on it."

    Put the words in the right order

    1. the   The   shipwreck   .   filmed   team   known   world's   deepest
    2. The   floor   .   wreck   ocean   the   on   sits   now
    3. deal   can   that   with   the   pressure   .   A   submersible
    4. discovered   it   metres   was   about   30   deeper   .   They
    5. filming   took   dives   .   The   eight-hour   during   place   two
    6. of   places   .   world's   the   some   Visiting   hardest-to-get-to
    7. to   the   The   to   person   first   top   .   get
    8. was   to   USS Johnston   The   personal   .   mission   the   film
    9. proud   helped   I'm   clarity   .   to   have   bring
    10. who   of   it   .   The   died   families   those   on

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    An American ocean exploration team has filming / filmed the world's deepest known shipwreck for the first time. The ship is a World War II US Navy battleship calling / called the USS Johnston. It was sunk to / by the Japanese Navy on October the 25th, 1944 during / while the Battle of Samar in the Philippine Sea. The wreck now sits on the ocean floor at a deep / depth of around 6,456 metres. The film crew managed / management to go down to that / what incredible depth and darkness and map and film the whole shipwreck. They filmed the ship from a specially / special built submersible that can deal / ideal with the pressure of the deep ocean. They discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than previously thought. The filming happened / took place during two eight-hour dives.

    The explorers are from / to a company called Caladan Oceanic. Its finder / founder is Victor Vescovo, a former US Navy commander. He has a passionate / passion for adventure and for visiting some of the world's hardest-to-get-to places. He holds the record for / of being the first person ever to get to the top / stop of all the world's continents, both poles, and the bottom of all the world's oceans. Mr Vescovo said the emission / mission to film the USS Johnston was a personal one because / so that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both saved / served in the US Navy. He said: "As a US Navy officer, I'm proud / pride to have helped bring clarity and closure to the Johnston, its crew, and the families of those / them who died on it."

    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)

    _n  _m_r_c_n  _c__n  _xpl_r_t__n  t__m  h_s  f_lm_d  th_  w_rld's  d__p_st  kn_wn  sh_pwr_ck  f_r  th_  f_rst  t_m_.  Th_  sh_p  _s  _  W_rld  W_r  __  _S  N_vy  b_ttl_sh_p  c_ll_d  th_  _SS  J_hnst_n.  _t  w_s  s_nk  by  th_  J_p_n_s_  N_vy  _n  _ct_b_r  th_  25th,  1944  d_r_ng  th_  B_ttl_  _f  S_m_r  _n  th_  Ph_l_pp_n_  S__.  Th_  wr_ck  n_w  s_ts  _n  th_  _c__n  fl__r  _t  _  d_pth  _f  _r__nd  6,456  m_tr_s.  Th_  f_lm  cr_w  m_n_g_d  t_  g_  d_wn  t_  th_t  _ncr_d_bl_  d_pth  _nd  d_rkn_ss  _nd  m_p  _nd  f_lm  th_  wh_l_  sh_pwr_ck.  Th_y  f_lm_d  th_  sh_p  fr_m  _  sp_c__lly  b__lt  s_bm_rs_bl_  th_t  c_n  d__l  w_th  th_  pr_ss_r_  _f  th_  d__p  _c__n.  Th_y  d_sc_v_r_d  _t  w_s  _b__t  30  m_tr_s  d__p_r  th_n  pr_v___sly  th__ght.  Th_  f_lm_ng  t__k  pl_c_  d_r_ng  tw_  __ght-h__r  d_v_s.

    Th_  _xpl_r_rs  _r_  fr_m  _  c_mp_ny  c_ll_d  C_l_d_n  _c__n_c.  _ts  f__nd_r  _s  V_ct_r  V_sc_v_,  _  f_rm_r  _S  N_vy  c_mm_nd_r.  H_  h_s  _  p_ss__n  f_r  _dv_nt_r_  _nd  f_r  v_s_t_ng  s_m_  _f  th_  w_rld's  h_rd_st-t_-g_t-t_  pl_c_s.  H_  h_lds  th_  r_c_rd  f_r  b__ng  th_  f_rst  p_rs_n  _v_r  t_  g_t  t_  th_  t_p  _f  _ll  th_  w_rld's  c_nt_n_nts,  b_th  p_l_s,  _nd  th_  b_tt_m  _f  _ll  th_  w_rld's  _c__ns.  Mr  V_sc_v_  s__d  th_  m_ss__n  t_  f_lm  th_  _SS  J_hnst_n  w_s  _  p_rs_n_l  _n_  b_c__s_  th_t  sh_p  _nd  h_s  s_bm_rs_bl_  w_r_  m_d_  _n  th_  s_m_  sh_py_rd  _nd  b_th  s_rv_d  _n  th_  _S  N_vy.  H_  s__d:  "_s  _  _S  N_vy  _ff_c_r,  _'m  pr__d  t_  h_v_  h_lp_d  br_ng  cl_r_ty  _nd  cl_s_r_  t_  th_  J_hnst_n,  _ts  cr_w,  _nd  th_  f_m_l__s  _f  th_s_  wh_  d__d  _n  _t."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    an american ocean exploration team has filmed the worlds deepest known shipwreck for the first time the ship is a world war ii us navy battleship called the uss johnston it was sunk by the japanese navy on october the 25th 1944 during the battle of samar in the philippine sea the wreck now sits on the ocean floor at a depth of around 6456 metres the film crew managed to go down to that incredible depth and darkness and map and film the whole shipwreck they filmed the ship from a specially built submersible that can deal with the pressure of the deep ocean they discovered it was about 30 metres deeper than previously thought the filming took place during two eighthour dives

    the explorers are from a company called caladan oceanic its founder is victor vescovo a former us navy commander he has a passion for adventure and for visiting some of the worlds hardesttogetto places he holds the record for being the first person ever to get to the top of all the worlds continents both poles and the bottom of all the worlds oceans mr vescovo said the mission to film the uss johnston was a personal one because that ship and his submersible were made in the same shipyard and both served in the us navy he said as a us navy officer im proud to have helped bring clarity and closure to the johnston its crew and the families of those who died on it

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AnAmericanoceanexplorationteamhasfilmedtheworld'sdeepestkno
    wnshipwreckforthefirsttime.TheshipisaWorldWarIIUSNavybattleshi
    pcalledtheUSSJohnston.ItwassunkbytheJapaneseNavyonOctoberth
    e25th,1944duringtheBattleofSamarinthePhilippineSea.Thewreckn
    owsitsontheoceanflooratadepthofaround6,456metres.Thefilmcrew
    managedtogodowntothatincredibledepthanddarknessandmapandfi
    lmthewholeshipwreck.Theyfilmedtheshipfromaspeciallybuiltsubme
    rsiblethatcandealwiththepressureofthedeepocean.Theydiscoveredi
    twasabout30metresdeeperthanpreviouslythought.Thefilmingtookp
    laceduringtwoeight-hourdives.Theexplorersarefromacompanyca
    lledCaladanOceanic.ItsfounderisVictorVescovo,aformerUSNavyco
    mmander.Hehasapassionforadventureandforvisitingsomeoftheworl
    d'shardest-to-get-toplaces.Heholdstherecordforbeingthefirstpers
    onevertogettothetopofalltheworld'scontinents,bothpoles,andthebo
    ttomofalltheworld'soceans.MrVescovosaidthemissiontofilmtheUSSJ
    ohnstonwasapersonalonebecausethatshipandhissubmersiblewere
    madeinthesameshipyardandbothservedintheUSNavy.Hesaid:"Asa
    USNavyofficer,I'mproudtohavehelpedbringclarityandclosuretotheJ
    ohnston,itscrew,andthefamiliesofthosewhodiedonit."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Everybody should learn to scuba dive. 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. SHIPWRECKS: Make a poster about shipwrecks. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HISTORY: Write a magazine article about spending more money on exploring shipwrecks so we understand more about our history. 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 shipwrecks. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on shipwrecks. 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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