The Reading / Listening - Deep Dive Dubai - Level 3

Dubai is famous for world records. It has the world's tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping mall and the most luxurious hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is filled with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water temperature is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick wetsuits. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-seat restaurant and conference rooms. There is also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater scenes.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the first guests at Deep Dive Dubai. He tested the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website invites visitors to "explore a stunning underwater attraction that is themed to resemble an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this vast underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods." The pool is staffed by a team of expert international diving professionals.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Deep Dive Dubai - Level 0 Deep Dive Dubai - Level 1   or  Deep Dive Dubai - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/2021/07/09/worlds-deepest-dive-pool-dubai-has-underwater-sunken-city/7912317002/
  • https://nypost.com/2021/07/09/worlds-deepest-pool-with-underwater-city-exploration-caves/
  • https://gulfnews.com/entertainment/look-will-smith-is-in-dubai-and-among-first-to-try-worlds-deepest-pool-1.1625726553375


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Warm-ups

1. WORLD RECORDS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about world records. 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?
       Dubai / famous / world / record / skyscraper / shopping mall / swimming pool / film /
       crown / prince / guests / water / dive / attraction / underwater / lighting / sound
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DIVING: Students A strongly believe we should all learn to scuba dive; Students B strongly believe we shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FAMOUS CITES: What are these cities famous for? How could they be more famous? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Famous For...

Increased Fame

Dubai

 

 

London

 

 

Tokyo

 

 

New York

 

 

Cairo

 

 

Rio

 

 

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

  • Tallest building
  • Ski Dubai
  • Deep Dive Dubai
  • Burj al Arab hotel
  • The desert
  • Shopping malls
  • Restaurants
  • Water parks

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. skyscraper a. A quantity of something.
      2. luxurious b. A very, very, very tall building with many floors.
      3. amount c. How hot or cold something is (measured in degrees C or F).
      4. temperature d. A shellfish rough that can be eaten raw and contain pearls.
      5. oyster e. Very comfortable, stylish, or enjoyable, especially in a way that needs a lot of money.
      6. complex f. A part of continuous action in a play, movie, opera, or book.
      7. scene g. Consisting of many different and connected parts.

    Paragraph 2

      8. guest h. Travel in or through an unfamiliar country or area to learn about or familiarize oneself with it
      9. explore i. Look or seem like.
      10. stunning j. A person who is asked visit the home of or take part in an event by another person.
      11. attraction k. Very, very beautiful or impressive.
      12. resemble l. Having the newest ideas and the most up-to-date features.
      13. state-of-the-art m. A place that gets visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure.
      14. expert n. A person who has a lot of knowledge of or skill in a particular area.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says Dubai has the widest hotel.     T / F
  2. The pool at Deep Dive Dubai contains 14 million litres of water.     T / F
  3. Divers at the pool never need to wear a wetsuit.     T / F
  4. The Deep Dive Dubai site is shaped like an oyster.     T / F
  5. The actor Will Smith was the first person to dive in the pool.     T / F
  6. The pool contains an attraction that looks like an abandoned city.     T / F
  7. All of the pool's attractions can be seen in just one dive.     T / F
  8. All of the diving staff at Deep Dive Dubai are from the UAE.     T / F

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

  1. famous
  2. luxurious
  3. wear
  4. amount
  5. film
  6. guests
  7. stunning
  8. vast
  9. equipped
  10. expert
  1. put on
  2. huge
  3. shoot
  4. specialist
  5. upmarket
  6. well known
  7. fitted out
  8. extraordinary
  9. volume
  10. visitors

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

  1. the most luxurious
  2. The water temperature
  3. oyster-
  4. conference
  5. use the complex to film
  6. explore a stunning underwater
  7. filled with adventure
  8. State-of-the-
  9. create a variety of underwater
  10. staffed by a team of expert international
  1. moods
  2. rooms
  3. art lighting
  4. shaped
  5. diving professionals
  6. underwater scenes
  7. is 30º Celsius
  8. and wonder
  9. attraction
  10. hotel

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
luxurious
complex
temperature
scenes
skyscraper
rooms
filled
wetsuits

Dubai is famous for world records. It has the world's tallest (1) _____________________, the largest shopping mall and the most (2) _____________________ hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is (3) _____________________ with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water (4) _____________________ is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick (5) _____________________. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground (6) _____________________. It has an 80-seat restaurant and conference (7) _____________________. There is also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater (8) _____________________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
resemble
equipped
tested
expert
guests
variety
stunning
vast

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the first (9) _____________________ at Deep Dive Dubai. He (10) _____________________ the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website invites visitors to "explore a (11) _____________________ underwater attraction that is themed to (12) _____________________ an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this (13) _____________________ underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder. The pool is (14) _____________________ with 56 cameras to ensure the safety of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a (15) _____________________ of underwater moods." The pool is staffed by a team of (16) _____________________ international diving professionals.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Dubai is famous for world records. It has the ______
     a.  world's tallest cry scraper
     b.  world's tallest cries caper
     c.  world's tallest skies scraper
     d.  world's tallest skyscraper
2)  the largest shopping mall and the ______
     a.  most luxury us hotel
     b.  most luxury as hotel
     c.  most luxury yes hotel
     d.  most luxurious hotel
3)  The water temperature is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to ______
     a.  wear thick west suits
     b.  wear thick wets suits
     c.  wear thick wetsuits
     d.  wear thick whet suits
4)  There is also an aquatic film studio with a ______
     a.  complete edit in room
     b.  complete edit ditty room
     c.  complete edit tin room
     d.  complete editing room
5)  This means movie-makers will use the complex to ______
     a.  film underwater seas
     b.  film underwater scenes
     c.  film underwater screams
     d.  film underwater sheens

6)  Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai ______
     a.  website invites visitors
     b.  website invitations visitors
     c.  website in vibes visitors
     d.  website in bites visitors
7) underwater attraction that is themed to resemble an ______
     a.  a ban donned sunken city
     b.  abandoned sunken city
     c.  Abba donned sunken city
     d.  a band owned sunken city
8)  explore this vast underwater city, which is filled with ______
     a.  adventurous and wonder
     b.  adventurous and wander
     c.  adventure and wonder
     d.  adventure and wander
9)  The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety ______
     a.  of the drivers
     b.  of the diver
     c.  of the diverse
     d.  of the divers
10)  lighting and sound systems create a variety ______
     a.  of underwater mood
     b.  of underwater nodes
     c.  of underwater maids
     d.  of underwater moods

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Dubai is (1) ____________________ records. It has the world's tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping mall and (2) ____________________ hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is (3) ____________________ 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water temperature is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick wetsuits. The (4) ____________________ of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-seat restaurant and conference rooms. There is (5) ____________________ film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will (6) ____________________ to film underwater scenes.

The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the (7) ____________________ Deep Dive Dubai. He tested the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website (8) ____________________ "explore a stunning underwater attraction that is (9) ____________________ an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to (10) ____________________ underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to (11) ____________________ of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods." The pool (12) ____________________ a team of expert international diving professionals.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of hotel is mentioned in the article?
  2. What is the temperature of the Deep Dive Dubai pool?
  3. What is the shape of the Deep Dive Dubai complex?
  4. How many seats does the Deep Dive Dubai restaurant have?
  5. What will movie-makers be able to shoot at Deep Dive Dubai?
  6. What did Dubai's Crown Prince do at Deep Dive Dubai?
  7. How many dives are needed to explore Deep Dive Dubai's city?
  8. What do the 56 cameras do at Deep Dive Dubai?
  9. What does state-of-the-art lighting and sound create a variety of?
  10. What is Deep Dive Dubai staffed by a team of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of hotel is mentioned in the article?
a) a scuba-diving hotel
b) a luxurious hotel
c) a 10-star hotel
d) an underwater pool
2) What is the temperature of the Deep Dive Dubai pool?
a) 32º C
b) 28º C
c) 26º C
d) 30º C
3) What is the shape of the Deep Dive Dubai complex?
a) an oyster
b) a clam
c) a crab
d) a flipper
4) How many seats does the Deep Dive Dubai restaurant have?
a) 60
b) 70
c) 80
d) 90
5) What will movie-makers be able to shoot at Deep Dive Dubai?
a) movies
b) underwater scenes
c) fish
d) plankton

6) What did Dubai's Crown Prince do at Deep Dive Dubai?
a) he did a dive
b) he cut a ribbon
c) he swam
d) he made a speech
7) How many dives are needed to explore Deep Dive Dubai's city?
a) just one
b) a few
c) several
d) seven
8) What do the 56 cameras do at Deep Dive Dubai?
a) keep divers safe
b) monitor for cracks
c) provide video souvenirs
d) keep the water clean
9) What does state-of-the-art lighting and sound create a variety of?
a) underground moods
b) soundscapes
c) water vibrations
d) images
10) What is Deep Dive Dubai staffed by a team of?
a) marine biologists
b) scuba diving champions
c) movie-makers
d) diving professionals

Role play

Role  A – World's Tallest Building
You think the world's tallest building is the best thing about Dubai. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Ski Dubai, Deep Dive Dubai or shopping malls.

Role  B – Ski Dubai
You think Ski Dubai is the best thing about Dubai. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the world's tallest building, Deep Dive Dubai or shopping malls.

Role  C – Deep Dive Dubai
You think Deep Dive Dubai is the best thing about Dubai. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Ski Dubai, the world's tallest building or shopping malls.

Role  D – Shopping Malls
You think shopping malls are the best thing about Dubai. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as good. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): Ski Dubai, Deep Dive Dubai or the world's tallest building.

After reading / listening

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

'deep'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'dive'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • famous
    • city
    • amount
    • thick
    • part
    • scenes
    • guests
    • invites
    • resemble
    • several
    • 56
    • team

    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 - Deep Dive Dubai

    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 'dive'?
    3. What do you know about Dubai?
    4. What do you think of Dubai?
    5. What is your city famous for?
    6. What do you think of a 60-metre-deep pool for diving?
    7. What do you think of scuba diving?
    8. How popular do you think Deep Dive Dubai will be?
    9. Would you like to go to Deep Dive Dubai?
    10. What do you think of the pool having a film studio?

    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 'pool'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do people go scuba diving?
    5. What attractions could Deep Dive Dubai add?
    6. Should Disneyland have a scuba diving attraction?
    7. What would you like to hear while you are scuba diving?
    8. Is it better to see marine life or an attraction while scuba diving?
    9. What would it be like to be a scuba diving professional?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Deep Dive Dubai's boss?

    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)

    Dubai is famous for world records. It has the world's tallest (1) ____, the largest shopping mall and the most (2) ____ hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is filled with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount (3) ____ water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water temperature is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick (4) ____. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-seat restaurant and (5) ____ rooms. There is also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater (6) ____.

    The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the first guests at Deep Dive Dubai. He (7) ____ the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website invites visitors to "explore a stunning underwater (8) ____ that is themed to resemble an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this (9) ____ underwater city, which is filled with adventure and (10) ____. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety of the divers. State-of-the-(11) ____ lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods." The pool is (12) ____ by a team of expert international diving professionals.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     spring     (b)     skyscraper     (c)     installation     (d)     ice scraper    
    2. (a)     luxury     (b)     luxurious     (c)     Luxor     (d)     luxuries    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     leggings     (b)     wetsuits     (c)     flippers     (d)     arm bands    
    5. (a)     affluence     (b)     conference     (c)     inference     (d)     deference    
    6. (a)     seas     (b)     sheens     (c)     scenes     (d)     seeks    
    7. (a)     toasted     (b)     tasted     (c)     tested     (d)     tussled    
    8. (a)     pull     (b)     magnetism     (c)     attraction     (d)     current    
    9. (a)     paste     (b)     cast     (c)     baste     (d)     vast    
    10. (a)     windier     (b)     winder     (c)     wander     (d)     wonder    
    11. (a)     art     (b)     painting     (c)     creativity     (d)     designer    
    12. (a)     worker     (b)     employer     (c)     staffed     (d)     contract

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the most uliuxusor hotel
    2. The water ettpaemrreu is 30º Celsius
    3. tesyor-shaped
    4. nfeonrecce rooms
    5. There is also an tiucaqa film studio
    6. film underwater esnsce

    Paragraph 2

    1. one of the first gsuset
    2. a stunning underwater raitotntca
    3. lesmeber an abandoned sunken city
    4. equpdpei with 56 cameras
    5. create a vtiryae
    6. teerxp international diving professionals

    Put the text back together

    (...)  swimming pools. The water temperature is 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick
    1  ) Dubai is famous for world records. It has the world's tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping
    (...)  adventure and wonder. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety
    (...)  seat restaurant and conference rooms. There is also an aquatic film studio with a complete
    (...)  filled with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of water that is in six Olympic-sized
    (...)  mall and the most luxurious hotel. The city in the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is
    (...)  guests at Deep Dive Dubai. He tested the water and did a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website
    (...)  wetsuits. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-
    (...)  invites visitors to "explore a stunning underwater attraction that is themed to resemble
    (...)  moods." The pool is staffed by a team of expert international diving professionals.
    (...)  of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater
    (...)  editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater scenes.
    (...)  an abandoned sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this vast underwater city, which is filled with
    (...)  The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the first

    Put the words in the right order

    1. skyscraper   .   It   for   record   has   tallest   the   the
    2. has   city   The   pool   .   deepest   the   dive   world's
    3. the   amount   of   is   water   .   This   same
    4. not   Divers   do   to   wetsuits   .   need   thick   wear
    5. with   An   an   editing   room   .   studio   film   aquatic
    6. dive   .   the   He   and   water   tested   a   did
    7. to   sunken   abandoned   an   resemble   Themed   city   .
    8. to   ensure   the   divers   .   Cameras   the   safety   of
    9. Sound   a   moods   .   variety   create   underwater   systems   of
    10. diving   professionals   .   international   expert   of   team   A

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Dubai is famous / famously for world records. It has the world's tallest skyscraper, the largest shopping / shop mall and the most luxurious hotel. The city in / on the UAE now has the world's deepest dive pool. Deep Dive Dubai is 60 metres deep and is filling / filled with nearly 14 million litres of water. This is the same amount of / to water that is in six Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water temperature is / be 30º Celsius, so divers do not need to wear thick / thickly wetsuits. The pool is part of an oyster-shaped underground complex. It has an 80-seat restaurant and conference brooms / rooms. There is addition / also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room. This means movie-makers will use the complex to film underwater scenes / seas.

    The Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, was one of the / a first guests at Deep Dive Dubai. He tested the water and did / gave a dive. Actor Will Smith also visited the pool. The Deep Dive Dubai website invites / orders visitors to "explore a stunning / stunned underwater attraction that is theme / themed to resemble an abandoned sink / sunken city". The site adds: "It will take several dives to explore this cast / vast underwater city, which is filled with adventure and wonder / wonderful. The pool is equipped with 56 cameras to surf / ensure the safety of the divers. State-of-the-art lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods." The pool is staffed / staff by a team of expert international diving professionals.

    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)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    dubai is famous for world records it has the worlds tallest skyscraper the largest shopping mall and the most luxurious hotel the city in the uae now has the worlds deepest dive pool deep dive dubai is 60 metres deep and is filled with nearly 14 million litres of water this is the same amount of water that is in six olympicsized swimming pools the water temperature is 30 celsius so divers do not need to wear thick wetsuits the pool is part of an oystershaped underground complex it has an 80seat restaurant and conference rooms there is also an aquatic film studio with a complete editing room this means moviemakers will use the complex to film underwater scenes

    the crown prince of dubai sheikh hamdan bin mohammed al maktoum was one of the first guests at deep dive dubai he tested the water and did a dive actor will smith also visited the pool the deep dive dubai website invites visitors to explore a stunning underwater attraction that is themed to resemble an abandoned sunken city the site adds it will take several dives to explore this vast underwater city which is filled with adventure and wonder the pool is equipped with 56 cameras to ensure the safety of the divers stateoftheart lighting and sound systems create a variety of underwater moods the pool is staffed by a team of expert international diving professionals

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Dubaiisfamousforworldrecords.Ithastheworld'stallestskyscraper,th
    elargestshoppingmallandthemostluxurioushotel.ThecityintheUAEn
    owhastheworld'sdeepestdivepool.DeepDiveDubaiis60metresdeepa
    ndisfilledwithnearly14millionlitresofwater.Thisisthesameamountof
    waterthatisinsixOlympic-sizedswimmingpools.Thewatertemperatur
    eis30ºCelsius,sodiversdonotneedtowearthickwetsuits.Thepoolispar
    tofanoyster-shapedundergroundcomplex.Ithasan80-seatrestaura
    ntandconferencerooms.Thereisalsoanaquaticfilmstudiowithacompl
    eteeditingroom.Thismeansmovie-makerswillusethecomplextofilmu
    nderwaterscenes.TheCrownPrinceofDubai,SheikhHamdanbinMoha
    mmedAlMaktoum,wasoneofitsfirstguestsatDeepDiveDubai.Heteste
    dthewateranddidadive.ActorWillSmithalsovisitedthepool.TheDeep
    DiveDubaiwebsiteinvitesvisitorsto"exploreastunningunderwateratt
    ractionthatisthemedtoresembleanabandonedsunkencity".Thesitea
    dds:"Itwilltakeseveraldivestoexplorethisvastunderwatercity,whichi
    sfilledwithadventureandwonder.Thepoolisequippedwith56camerast
    oensurethesafetyofthedivers.State-of-the-artlightingandsoundsys
    temscreateavarietyofunderwatermoods."Thepoolisstaffedbyateam
    ofexpertinternationaldivingprofessionals.

    Free writing

    Write about Deep Dive Dubai for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Everybody should go to Dubai to see its record-breaking sights. 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. DUBAI: Make a poster about Dubai. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RECORDS: Write a magazine article about all cities trying to break records. 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 Dubai. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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