The Reading / Listening - Lost at Sea - Level 6

Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away from it all – of getting far from the madding crowd. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days escaping the rat race. They got lost at sea for over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from Mono Island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was a trip they had embarked on several times before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a storm which played havoc with their navigation system. They lost their ability to detect their location or find their bearings at sea. The storm blew them off course and they ended up off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

The two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed about their once-precarious plight, they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not expect to be in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they scooped out of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and authorities rescued them. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be able to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a little while yet.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Lost at Sea - Level 4  or  Lost at Sea - Level 5

Sources
  • https://nypost.com/2021/10/08/men-rescued-after-29-days-lost-at-sea-it-was-a-nice-break/
  • https://thehill.com/changing-america/resilience/smart-cities/575911-two-men-rescued-after-29-days-lost-at-sea-survived
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/08/it-was-a-nice-break-from-everything-two-men-rescued-after-29-days-lost-at-sea


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about getting away from it all. 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?
       dreaming / getting away / the rat race / motorboat / storm / travel / navigation / sea
       adventure / escapade / survive / journey / oranges / coconuts / fishermen / home
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SURVIVAL: Students A strongly believe we should all be taught survival skills; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. GETTING AWAY: What are the pros and cons of getting away to these places? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Pros

Cons

A small island

 

 

A dessert oasis

 

 

A jungle hideaway

 

 

A safari lodge

 

 

A mountaintop cabin

 

 

A city hotel

 

 

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5. CROWD: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "crowd". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. A NICE BREAK: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to do for a nice break at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Go to the beach
  • Go to museums
  • Go hiking
  • Stay at home
  • Go cycling
  • Do voluntary work
  • Go fishing
  • Go to a health spa

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. getting away a. A way of life in which people are caught up in a daily struggle for money and getting ahead.
      2. inadvertently b. Going somewhere for a short holiday.
      3. rat race c. Began a course of action or journey.
      4. embarked d. Great confusion or disorder.
      5. havoc e. Accidentally.
      6. detect f. The position of something, or the direction of movement, relative to a fixed point.
      7. bearings g. Discover or identify the presence or existence of.

    Paragraph 2

      8. upbeat h. Not securely held or in position; dangerously likely to fall or collapse.
      9. precarious i. Picked up something from the sea.
      10. plight j. Cheerful; optimistic.
      11. escapade k. A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.
      12. scooped l. Saved someone from a dangerous or difficult situation.
      13. rescued m. An act involving excitement, daring, or adventure.
      14. restriction n. A limiting condition or measure.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Two men spent many hours dreaming of leaving the Solomon Islands.     T / F
  2. The men were lost at sea on their yacht.     T / F
  3. The two men were on their first trip at sea.     T / F
  4. A storm blew the two men's boat off course.     T / F
  5. The two men seemed positive about their unplanned adventure.     T / F
  6. The men ate coconuts they bought for the trip and oranges from the sea.  T / F
  7. An Australian fisherman rescued the two men.     T / F
  8. The two men's return home will be delayed because of COVID-19.     T / F

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

  1. getting away
  2. inadvertently
  3. embarked
  4. havoc
  5. bearings
  6. upbeat
  7. escapade
  8. scooped
  9. spotted
  10. restrictions
  1. chaos
  2. took
  3. curbs
  4. sense of direction
  5. accidentally
  6. saw
  7. undertaken
  8. positive
  9. escaping
  10. adventure

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

  1. Many of us spend hours dreaming
  2. escaping the rat
  3. a trip they had embarked
  4. find their
  5. The storm blew them
  6. The two men were
  7. They survived
  8. coconuts they scooped
  9. authorities
  10. due to COVID-19
  1. on several times before
  2. rescued them
  3. off course
  4. upbeat
  5. out of the sea
  6. bearings at sea
  7. restrictions
  8. of getting away
  9. by eating oranges
  10. race

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
set
storm
bearings
embarked
coast
crowd
escaping
system

Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away from it all - of getting far from the madding (1) _____________________. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days (2) _____________________ the rat race. They got lost at sea for over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni                      (3) _____________________ off from Mono Island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was a trip they had (4) _____________________ on several times before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a                         (5) _____________________ which played havoc with their navigation   (6) _____________________. They lost their ability to detect their location or find their (7) _____________________ at sea. The storm blew them off course and they ended up off the                            (8) _____________________ of Papua New Guinea.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
potentially
while
scooped
upbeat
restrictions
expect
plight
authorities

The two men were (9) _____________________ about their unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed about their once-precarious (10) _____________________, they enjoyed the (11) _____________________ life-threatening escapade at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not (12) _____________________ to be in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they (13) _____________________ out of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and (14) _____________________ rescued them. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19 (15) _____________________, they will not be able to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a little (16) _____________________ yet.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away ______
     a.  for it all
     b.  from it tall
     c.  from it all
     d.  from meet all
2)  inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days escaping ______
     a.  the rate race
     b.  the rat race
     c.  the rat trace
     d.  the rate trace
3)  after they set out, they were hit by a storm ______
     a.  what played havoc
     b.  which plays havoc
     c.  which played havoc
     d.  which player havoc
4)  They lost their ability to detect their location or find their ______
     a.  borings at sea
     b.  bar rings at sea
     c.  berries at sea
     d.  bearings at sea
5)  The storm blew them off course and they ended up ______
     a.  of the coast
     b.  off the coast
     c.  otter coast
     d.  offer coast

6)  Rather than be distressed about their once-______
     a.  precarious flight
     b.  precarious plight
     c.  precarious blight
     d.  precarious slight
7)  they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening ______
     a.  escape aid at sea
     b.  escaped at sea
     c.  esplanade at sea
     d.  escapade at sea
8)  eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they ______ the sea
     a.  scoped out of
     b.  scoop out of
     c.  scooped out of
     d.  skipped out of
9)  I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was ______
     a.  a nice break
     b.  a nicely break
     c.  a nicer break
     d.  a niece break
10)  travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a ______
     a.  little whiles yet
     b.  little whiled yet
     c.  little whiling yet
     d.  little while yet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many of us (1) ____________________ of getting away from it all - of getting far from the madding crowd. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days (2) ____________________ race. They got lost at sea for over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from Mono Island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was a trip they (3) ____________________ several times before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a storm which (4) ____________________ their navigation system. They lost their ability to detect their location or (5) ____________________ at sea. The storm blew them off course and they ended up (6) ____________________ of Papua New Guinea.

The two men were (7) ____________________ unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed about their (8) ____________________, they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not (9) ____________________ in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts (10) ____________________ of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and (11) ____________________. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be able to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a (12) ____________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say we dream of getting far from?
  2. When did the two men set off on their journey?
  3. How many times had the men made the journey before?
  4. What did a storm do to the men's navigation system?
  5. Where did the two men end up?
  6. How did the men feel about their unplanned adventure?
  7. What did the two men scoop out from the sea?
  8. Who spotted the two men?
  9. Where did one of the men say he looked forward to going?
  10. What is stopping the men from returning home immediately?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What does the article say we dream of getting far from?
a) home
b) each other
c) the madding crowd
d) danger
2) When did the two men set off on their journey?
a) September 3
b) at 3am
c) on a Wednesday morning
d) after they bought their boat
3) How many times had the men made the journey before?
a) several times
b) zero
c) one
d) many
4) What did a storm do to the men's navigation system?
a) confused it
b) played havoc with it
c) destroyed it
d) assisted it
5) Where did the two men end up?
a) off the coast of Australia
b) off the coast of the Philippines
c) off the coast of Tajiti
d) off the coast of Papua New Guinea

6) How did the men feel about their unplanned adventure?
a) excited
b) upbeat
c) relieved
d) sad
7) What did the two men scoop out from the sea?
a) coconuts
b) driftwood
c) fish
d) seaweed
8) Who spotted the two men?
a) an oil tanker
b) the coast guard
c) a fisherman
d) people on a beach
9) Where did one of the men say he looked forward to going?
a) PNG
b) on vacation
c) back to sea
d) home
10) What is stopping the men from returning home immediately?
a) COVID-19 restrictions
b) money
c) visa problems
d) bad weather

Role play

Role  A – The Beach
You think the beach is the best place for a break. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the mountains, a health spa or staying at home.

Role  B – The Mountains
You think the mountains is the best place for a break. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the beach, a health spa or staying at home.

Role  C – A Health Spa
You think a health spa is the best place for a break. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the mountains, the beach or staying at home.

Role  D – Staying at Home
You think staying at home is the best place for a break. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their places. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): the mountains, a health spa or the beach.

After reading / listening

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

'lost'

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  • and 'sea'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • hours
    • rat
    • small
    • several
    • havoc
    • coast
    • upbeat
    • plight
    • expect
    • scooped
    • guess
    • able

    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 - Lost at Sea

    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 'sea'?
    3. What do you know about the Solomon Islands?
    4. How often do you get away from it all?
    5. Where do you go to get away from it all?
    6. What is the 'all' in 'get away from it all'?
    7. What do you think of the rat race?
    8. Have you ever been really lost?
    9. How would you feel if you were lost at sea?
    10. What advice do you have for the two men?

    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 'break'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Papua New Guinea?
    5. How often do you think about getting away from it all?
    6. Have you ever had an unplanned adventure?
    7. How would you have dealt with being lost at sea?
    8. When was the last time you had a nice break?
    9. What would you say about the character of the two men?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the two men?

    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)

    Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting (1) ____ from it all - of getting far from the madding crowd. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days escaping the (2) ____ race. They got lost at sea for over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni (3) ____ off from Mono Island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was a trip they had (4) ____ on several times before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a storm which (5) ____ havoc with their navigation system. They lost their ability to detect their location or find their bearings at sea. The storm blew them off (6) ____ and they ended up off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

    The two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed about their once-precarious (7) ____, they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not (8) ____ to be in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they (9) ____ out of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and (10) ____ rescued them. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I (11) ____ it was a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be able to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a little (12) ____ yet.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     up     (b)     over     (c)     away     (d)     down    
    (a)     rat     (b)     mouse     (c)     hamster     (d)     guinea pig    
    (a)     set     (b)     let     (c)     get     (d)     met    
    (a)     embarked     (b)     earmarked     (c)     embankment     (d)     embraced    
    (a)     did     (b)     enjoyed     (c)     gamed     (d)     played    
    (a)     cause     (b)     coarse     (c)     case     (d)     course    
    (a)     plight     (b)     blight     (c)     might     (d)     freight    
    (a)     distant     (b)     extant     (c)     except     (d)     expect    
    (a)     scooped     (b)     scampered     (c)     skippered     (d)     scuppered    
    (a)     authors     (b)     authorities     (c)     authorise     (d)     authority    
    (a)     clue     (b)     guess     (c)     hint     (d)     theory    
    (a)     while     (b)     awhile     (c)     whilst     (d)     whiling

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. far from the dimdnag crowd
    2. itaerndetnvly did just that
    3. a trip they had braeemdk on several times
    4. a storm which played hcvao
    5. They lost their ability to tcdtee their location
    6. they ended up off the oatcs of Papua New Guinea

    Paragraph 2

    1. The two men were tpeaub
    2. their once-eupcorrsai plight
    3. the potentially life-threatening sdpecaae
    4. coconuts they sodcepo out of the sea
    5. ttuiseahiro rescued them
    6. due to COVID-19 rtsrecionsti

    Put the text back together

    (...)  plight, they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not
    (...)  rescued them. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was
    (...)  to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a little while yet.
    (...)  expect to be in another country." They survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and
    (...)  crowd. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days escaping the rat
    (...)  The two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure. Rather than be distressed about their once-precarious
    (...)  coconuts they scooped out of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and authorities
    (...)  a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was a trip they had embarked on several
    (...)  times before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a storm which played
    (...)  havoc with their navigation system. They lost their ability to detect their location or find their
    (...)  a nice break from everything." However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, they will not be able
    (...)  race. They got lost at sea for over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off from Mono Island on September the 3rd in
    (...)  bearings at sea. The storm blew them off course and they ended up off the coast of Papua New Guinea.
    1  ) Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away from it all - of getting far from the madding

    Put the words in the right order

    1. all   getting   We   away   .   hours   of   spend   dreaming
    2. the   race   .   29   They   rat   days   escaping   spent
    3. A   several   trip   times   .   embarked   had   on   they
    4. played   havoc   storm   navigation   with   their   system   .   A
    5. their   They   their   detect   location   .   lost   ability   to
    6. two   The   were   unplanned   about   their   upbeat   adventure   .
    7. the   at   potentially   sea  .  escapade   enjoyed   They   life-threatening
    8. in   They   country   .   to   another   didn't   be   expect
    9. had   bought   Eating   they   journey   .   for   their   oranges
    10. forward   to   looking   am   I   home   .   going   back

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away from / for it all - of getting far from the madding crowd. Two men from the Solomon Islands inadvertently did adjust / just that and spent 29 days escaped / escaping the rat race. They got lost at sea for overly / over four weeks. Livae Nanjikana and Junior Qoloni set off / on from Mono Island on September the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to New Georgia Island. It was the / a trip they had embarked on several times afore / before. Soon after they set out, they were hit by a storm which did / played havoc with their navigation system. They lost their ability to defect / detect their location or find their bearings at sea. The storm blew them off course and they ended up / down off the coast of Papua New Guinea.

    The two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure. Prefer / Rather than be distressed about their once-precarious plight / blight, they enjoyed the potentially life-threatening escapade / escape at sea. Mr Nanjikana said: "We didn't know where we were but did not excerpt / expect to be in another country." They survival / survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they scooped / scoped out of the sea. A Papua New Guinean fisherman spotted their boat and authority / authorities rescued them. Nanjikana said: "I look forward to going back home, but I guess it was a nice break from something / everything." However, due to COVID-19 reductions / restrictions, they will not be able to travel from Papua New Guinea to the Solomon Islands for a little while / awhile yet.

    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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    Th_  tw_  m_n  w_r_  _pb__t  _b__t  th__r  _npl_nn_d  _dv_nt_r_.  R_th_r  th_n  b_  d_str_ss_d  _b__t  th__r  _nc_-pr_c_r___s  pl_ght,  th_y  _nj_y_d  th_  p_t_nt__lly  l_f_-thr__t_n_ng  _sc_p_d_  _t  s__.  Mr  N_nj_k_n_  s__d:  "W_  d_dn't  kn_w  wh_r_  w_  w_r_  b_t  d_d  n_t  _xp_ct  t_  b_  _n  _n_th_r  c__ntry."  Th_y  s_rv_v_d  by  __t_ng  _r_ng_s  th_y  h_d  b__ght  f_r  th__r  j__rn_y  _nd  c_c_n_ts  th_y  sc__p_d  __t  _f  th_  s__.  _  P_p__  N_w  G__n__n  f_sh_rm_n  sp_tt_d  th__r  b__t  _nd  __th_r_t__s  r_sc__d  th_m.  N_nj_k_n_  s__d:  "_  l__k  f_rw_rd  t_  g__ng  b_ck  h_m_,  b_t  _  g__ss  _t  w_s  _  n_c_  br__k  fr_m  _v_ryth_ng."  H_w_v_r,  d__  t_  C_V_D-19  r_str_ct__ns,  th_y  w_ll  n_t  b_  _bl_  t_  tr_v_l  fr_m  P_p__  N_w  G__n__  t_  th_  S_l_m_n  _sl_nds  f_r  _  l_ttl_  wh_l_  y_t.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    many of us spend hours dreaming of getting away from it all  of getting far from the madding crowd two men from the solomon islands inadvertently did just that and spent 29 days escaping the rat race they got lost at sea for over four weeks livae nanjikana and junior qoloni set off from mono island on september the 3rd in a small motorboat to travel 200km to new georgia island it was a trip they had embarked on several times before soon after they set out they were hit by a storm which played havoc with their navigation system they lost their ability to detect their location or find their bearings at sea the storm them offcourse and they ended up of the coast of papua new guinea

    the two men were upbeat about their unplanned adventure rather than be distressed about their onceprecarious plight they enjoyed the potentially lifethreatening escapade at sea mr nanjikana said we didnt know where we were but did not expect to be in another country they survived by eating oranges they had bought for their journey and coconuts they scooped out of the sea a papua new guinean fisherman spotted their boat and authorities rescued them nanjikana said i look forward to going back home but i guess it was a nice break from everything however due to covid19 restrictions they will not be able to travel from papua new guinea to the solomon islands for a little while yet

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Manyofusspendhoursdreamingofgettingawayfromitall-ofgettingfa
    rfromthemaddingcrowd.TwomenfromtheSolomonIslandsinadverte
    ntlydidjustthatandspent29daysescapingtheratrace.Theygotlostats
    eaforoverfourweeks.LivaeNanjikanaandJuniorQolonisetofffromMon
    oIslandonSeptemberthe3rdinasmallmotorboattotravel200kmtoNe
    wGeorgiaIsland.Itwasatriptheyhadembarkedonseveraltimesbefore
    .Soonaftertheysetout,theywerehitbyastormwhichplayedhavocwitht
    heirnavigationsystem.Theylosttheirabilitytodetecttheirlocationorfin
    dtheirbearingsatsea.Thestormblewthemoffcourseandtheyendedup
    offthecoastofPapuaNewGuinea.Thetwomenwereupbeatabouttheiru
    nplannedadventure.Ratherthanbedistressedabouttheironce-prec
    ariousplight,theyenjoyedthepotentiallylife-threateningescapadeats
    ea.MrNanjikanasaid:"Wedidn'tknowwherewewerebutdidnotexpectt
    obeinanothercountry."Theysurvivedbyeatingorangestheyhadboug
    htfortheirjourneyandcoconutstheyscoopedoutofthesea.APapuaNew
    Guineanfishermanspottedtheirboatandauthoritiesrescuedthem.Na
    njikanasaid:"Ilookforwardtogoingbackhome,butIguessitwasaniceb
    reakfromeverything."However,duetoCOVID-19restrictions,theyw
    illnotbeabletotravelfromPapuaNewGuineatotheSolomonIslandsfora
    littlewhileyet.

    Free writing

    Write about lost at sea for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We all need to get away from it all a few times a year. 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. GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL: Make a poster about getting away from it all. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TWO MONTHS: Write a magazine article about all workers getting two months paid holiday a year. 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 getting away from it all. Ask him/her three questions about that. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to get away from it all. 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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