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US Coast Guard Sinks Tsunami Ghost Ship (7th April, 2012)

The U.S. Coast Guard sank a Japanese fishing boat off the coast of Alaska on Thursday. The 60-metre ship was washed away by the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. The boat, named the Ryou-Un Maru, was becoming a danger to other ships near Alaska. It had no lights and contained more than 7,500 litres of diesel fuel. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley said it was safer to sink the ship even though it would create a little pollution. It is now almost two km under the sea.

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There are many more things floating from Japan towards the U.S. Mr Mosley said: "The Ryou-Un Maru is really one of the first [big] pieces of tsunami debris to make its way across the Pacific Ocean." He said many people followed the news to see what would happen to it. Mr Mosley said: "I think it [interested] a lot of people because it survived. It was believed lost…and it spends an entire year at sea - A summer, a winter and it makes it all the way across the Pacific Ocean."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

off the

a.

the Japanese tsunami

2

washed away by

b.

other ships

3.

becoming a danger to

c.

under the sea

4.

7,500 litres of

d.

little pollution

5.

it would create a

e.

coast of Alaska

6.

two km

f.

diesel fuel

 

Paragraph 2

1.

many more things floating

a.

way across

2

pieces of

b.

news

3.

make its

c.

tsunami debris

4.

many people followed the

d.

Pacific Ocean

5.

an entire

e.

from Japan

6.

across the

f.

year at sea


LISTENING GAP FILL

The U.S. Coast Guard sank a Japanese fishing boat _______________ of Alaska on Thursday. The 60-metre ship was _______________ the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. The boat, named the Ryou-Un Maru, was becoming _______________ ships near Alaska. It had no lights and _______________ than 7,500 litres of diesel fuel. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley said it was _______________ the ship even though it would _______________ pollution. It is now almost two km under the sea.

There are many more _______________ from Japan towards the U.S. Mr Mosley said: "The Ryou-Un Maru is really one of the first [big] pieces of _______________ to make its way across the Pacific Ocean." He said many people _______________ to see what would happen to it. Mr Mosley said: "I think it [interested] a lot of people _______________. It was believed lost…and it _______________ year at sea - A summer, a winter and it makes it _________________ the Pacific Ocean."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The U.S. Coast Guard sank a Japanese fishing boat (1) ____ the coast of Alaska on Thursday. The 60-metre ship was washed (2) ____ by the Japanese tsunami in March 2011. The boat, named the Ryou-Un Maru, was (3) ____ a danger to other ships near Alaska. It had no lights and (4) ____ more than 7,500 litres of diesel fuel. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley said it was safer to sink the ship (5) ____ though it would create a (6) ____ pollution. It is now almost two km under the sea.

There are many more things (7) ____ from Japan towards the U.S. Mr Mosley said: "The Ryou-Un Maru is really one of the first [big] (8) ____ of tsunami debris to (9) ____ its way across the Pacific Ocean." He said many people (10) ____ the news to see what would happen to it. Mr Mosley said: "I think it [interested] a lot of people because it survived. It was believed  (11) ____ …and it spends an entire year at sea - A summer, a winter and it makes it all the way (12) ____ the Pacific Ocean."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

of

(b)

off

(c)

under

2.

(a)

away

(b)

down

(c)

through

3.

(a)

became

(b)

becomes

(c)

becoming

4.

(a)

container

(b)

contained

(c)

contains

5.

(a)

even

(b)

ever

(c)

event

6.

(a)

few

(b)

small

(c)

little

7.

(a)

floating

(b)

floats

(c)

float

8.

(a)

bites

(b)

pieces

(c)

puzzles

9.

(a)

do

(b)

have

(c)

make

10.

(a)

followed

(b)

stalked

(c)

chased

11.

(a)

cost

(b)

most

(c)

lost

12

(a)

though

(b)

across

(c)

at


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

hngsifi boat

2.

off the tscao of Alaska

3.

dwaehs away

4.

a ednrga to other ships

5.

nedicanot more than 7,500 litres

6.

it would rceeat a little

 

Paragraph 2

7.

more things lnaitogf from Japan

8.

iscpee of tsunami debris

9.

people efodwlol the news

10.

it esedtitenr a lot of people

11.

it ivrusevd

12.

an iernet year at sea


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

of Alaska on Thursday. The 60-metre ship was washed away by the Japanese

(    )

tsunami in March 2011. The boat, named the Ryou-Un Maru, was becoming a danger to other

(    )

fuel. U.S. Coast Guard spokesman David Mosley said it was safer to sink the ship even

(    )

across the Pacific Ocean." He said many people followed the news to

1  )

The U.S. Coast Guard sank a Japanese fishing boat off the coast

(    )

There are many more things floating from Japan towards the U.S. Mr Mosley said:

(    )

ships near Alaska. It had no lights and contained more than 7,500 litres of diesel

(    )

because it survived. It was believed lost…and it spends an entire

(    )

see what would happen to it. Mr Mosley said: "I think it [interested] a lot of people

(    )

year at sea - A summer, a winter and it makes it all the way across the Pacific Ocean."

(    )

though it would create a little pollution. It is now almost two km under the sea.

(    )

"The Ryou-Un Maru is really one of the first [big] pieces of tsunami debris to make its way


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Alaska     Japanese     off     of     A     boat     coast     fishing     the.    

2.

was     60     washed     -     away     metre     ship     The.    

3.

A     Alaska     near     ships     other     to     danger.    

4.

pollution     It     create     little     would     a.    

5.

two     the     It     almost     under     now     km     sea     is.    

6.

from     many     Japan     more     things     There     floating     are.    

7.

tsunami     One     first     of     the     pieces     debris     of     big.    

8.

the     see    happen    followed    to    would    People     news     what.     

9.

a     I     lot     think     of     it     people     interested.    

10.

spends     It     sea     at     year     entire     an.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about ghost ships for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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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. GHOST SHIPS: Search the Internet and find more information about ghost ships. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the Japanese ghost ship. Include an imaginary interview with the Coast Guard. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a ghost ships expert. Ask him/her three questions about ghost ships. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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