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Surfer Breaks Record For Biggest Wave (13th May, 2012)

A surfer has broken the world record for riding the biggest wave. The Guinness Book of World Records said a Hawaiian man caught a wave that was 23.7 metres tall, which broke the previous record by more than 30 cm. The surfer, Garrett McNamara, 44, told the Associated Press news agency that he nearly stayed in bed the day he broke the record because he was exhausted. However, he knew he would have fun when he got into the ocean and on his surfboard. “Everything came together. Everything felt right,” he said.

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Mr McNamara’s record-breaking surf was off the coast of Portugal, above an undersea canyon that is famous for producing some of the highest waves on the planet. He took up surfing at the age of 11 and turned professional when he was 17. He said he was happy about breaking the record but that it was more important his story could encourage people to follow their passions in life. He said: “The world would be a much better place if everyone was doing what they wanted to do.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

A surfer has broken

a.

was 23.7 metres tall

2

a wave that

b.

in bed

3.

broke the previous

c.

the ocean

4.

he nearly stayed

d.

right

5.

he got into

e.

the world record

6.

Everything felt

f.

record

Paragraph 2

1.

off the coast

a.

highest waves

2

some of the

b.

follow their passions

3.

He took

c.

better place

4.

turned

d.

up surfing

5.

encourage people to

e.

of Portugal

6.

The world would be a much

f.

professional


LISTENING GAP FILL

A surfer has broken the world record ____________________ wave. The Guinness Book of World Records said a Hawaiian man caught a wave that was 23.7 metres tall, ____________________ record by more than 30 cm. The surfer, Garrett McNamara, 44, told the Associated Press news agency that he ____________________ the day he broke the record because ____________________. However, he knew he would have fun when he ____________________ and on his surfboard. “Everything came together. ____________________,” he said.

Mr McNamara’s record-breaking surf ____________________ of Portugal, above an undersea canyon that is famous for producing some of the highest ____________________. He took up surfing at the age of 11 and ____________________ when he was 17. He said he was happy about breaking the record but that it was more important his story could ____________________ follow their ____________________. He said: “The world would be a much better place ____________________ doing what they wanted to do.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A surfer has broken the world record (1) ____ riding the biggest wave. The Guinness Book of World Records said a Hawaiian man (2) ____ a wave that was 23.7 metres tall, which broke the (3) ____ record by more than 30 cm. The surfer, Garrett McNamara, 44, told the Associated Press news agency that he (4) ____ stayed in bed the day he broke the record because he was (5) ____. However, he knew he would have fun when he got into the ocean and on his surfboard. “Everything came together. Everything (6) ____ right,” he said.

Mr McNamara’s record-breaking surf was (7) ____ the coast of Portugal, above an undersea canyon that is (8) ____ for producing some of the highest waves on the planet. He took (9) ____ surfing at the age of 11 and turned professional when he was 17. He said he was happy about breaking the record but that it was (10) ____ important his story could encourage people to follow their passions (11) ____ life. He said: “The world would be a (12) ____ better place if everyone was doing what they wanted to do.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

of

(b)

from

(c)

for

2.

(a)

taken

(b)

caught

(c)

threw

3.

(a)

swimming

(b)

after

(c)

previous

4.

(a)

nearly

(b)

near

(c)

neared

5.

(a)

exhaustion

(b)

exhausted

(c)

exhaust

6.

(a)

feeling

(b)

felt

(c)

feels

7.

(a)

through

(b)

under

(c)

off

8.

(a)

famous

(b)

fame

(c)

famously

9.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

on

10.

(a)

more

(b)

much

(c)

many

11.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

in

12

(a)

much

(b)

many

(c)

some


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

enrbok the world record

2.

riding the sgibteg wave

3.

the riousvpe record

4.

he was tsaxdeeuh

5.

he got into the aceon

6.

Everything came htegerto

 

Paragraph 2

7.

off the sotac of Portugal

8.

the highest waves on the tealpn

9.

nterud professional when he was 17

10.

his story could gneuaocre people

11.

follow their sipassno

12.

a much better calpe


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

life. He said: “The world would be a much better place if everyone was doing what they wanted to do.”

(    )

agency that he nearly stayed in bed the day he broke the record because he was

(    )

Mr McNamara’s record-breaking surf was off the coast of Portugal, above an undersea

(    )

of World Records said a Hawaiian man caught a wave that was 23.7 metres tall, which broke

(    )

17. He said he was happy about breaking the record but that it was more

(    )

important his story could encourage people to follow their passions in

(    )

exhausted. However, he knew he would have fun when he got into the ocean and

(    )

on his surfboard. “Everything came together. Everything felt right,” he said.

(    )

canyon that is famous for producing some of the highest waves on the

1  )

A surfer has broken the world record for riding the biggest wave. The Guinness Book

(    )

the previous record by more than 30 cm. The surfer, Garrett McNamara, 44, told the Associated Press news

(    )

planet. He took up surfing at the age of 11 and turned professional when he was


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

the     broken     has     surfer     A     record     world.    

2.

that      wave     A     7.23     Caught     tall     was      metres.    

3.

cm     the     by     30     Broke     record     than     previous     more.    

4.

the    broke    he    day    the    bed   in    stayed   nearly   He    record.    

5.

got     into     the     ocean     He    would     have     fun     when     he.    

6.

Famous     the     for     highest     producing     waves     some     of.     

7.

surfing     age     up     the     11     took     at     of     He.    

8.

people     follow     passions     Encourage     to     their.    

9.

much     world     better     would     place     be     a     The.    

10.

they     Everyone     wanted     was     to     doing     do     what.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING


Write about world records 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. WORLD RECORDS: Search the Internet and find more information about world records. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about world record for surfing the biggest wave. Include an imaginary interview with the record breaker. 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 world records expert. Ask him/her three questions about world records. 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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