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Unit 9 Travellers’ tales

  • Reading

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar

  • Writing
  • Writing a story

    10 Meanings

    Match these words with their meanings.

    1 provisions (n) a to force water out of a place

    2 deck(n) b to be filled with water

    3 broken-down (adj) c supplies of food and drink

    4 to pump d in a very bad condition

    5 flooded e goods carried on a ship

    6 cargo f the floor of a ship


    1 provisions (n) - supplies of food and drink

    2 deck(n) - the floor of a ship

    3 broken-down (adj) - in a very bad condition

    4 to pump - to force water out of a place

    5 flooded - to be filled with water

    6 cargo - goods carried on a ship

    11 Ordering events

    A Read the article about Sophie Green's holiday nightmare and put these events in the correct order.

    1 They decided to travel by boat.

    2 She had second thoughts.

    3 The weather began to get worse.

    4 The engine room was full of water.

    5 The boat's engine stopped.

    6 Matt threw things over the side of the boat.

    7 Sophie felt very afraid.

    8 She found out there were no lifejackets.

    9 The pump started to work.

    10 They arrived in Utila.

    My holiday nightmare

    A year ago I was backpacking in the Caribbean with my friend Matt. After we had spent a week in Honduras, we decided to go to the island of Utila. The 15-minute flight to the island was expensive, so we booked a 4-hour boat trip on the Caribbean Queen, a cargo boat carrying provisions to the islanders.

    The Caribbean Queen was an old, broken-down boat. As we stepped on deck, I wondered if we had made the right decision. There were no other passengers, but it was too late to turn back. As soon as we had climbed on board, the blond, sun-tanned captain shouted orders, and we were off to Utila.

    The sun shone brightly as we set out on our journey. However, an hour later the sea began to get rough. A storm was approaching and very soon waves were pouring over the deck. Suddenly there was a shout from below. The engine room was flooded! But before the crew could start pumping the seawater out, the engine stopped. The boat was in trouble and the crew were told to start throwing the cargo overboard. Matt was the first on his feet, throwing as many things as he could into the sea.

    Meanwhile I was beginning to panic. I asked for a lifejacket, but I was told that there weren't any. Panic turned to fear and I started to cry.

    Fortunately, after a few minutes, the pump started working again. The captain skilfully steered us through four hours of stormy weather, until we reached the calm harbour at Utila. There, as we walked off the Caribbean Queen, I promised myself that whatever the price, we were definitely flying back to Honduras.

    B Answer these questions.

    How does Sophie describe the boat?
      It was an old, broken-down boat.
    How did she feel when she got on board?
      She felt worried. She wasn’t sure they made the right decision.
    Who else was on the boat?
      The captain.
    What did the captain look like?
      He was blond and sun-tanned.
    What was the weather like when they started their journey?
      The weather was fine. The sun shone brightly.
    How did she react to the news about the lifejackets?
      She panicked and started to cry.

    C Now read the article again. Underline the words and phrases used to order events.

    year ago, after, as soon as, an hour later, suddenly, before, meanwhile, after a few minutes, until

    D Choose the correct word or phrase in sentences 1-4.

    1 As soon as she arrived in Honduras, Sophie booked a trip to Utila.

    2 As the storm approached them, the captain started to worry.

    3 The storm was getting worse, so the captain radioed for help.

    4 Sophie didn't feel safe until she had got off the boat.

    E Which word and phrase in D:

    1 shows an event happened at the same time as another?
      As the storm approached them, the captain started to worry.
    2 shows one event happened quickly after another?
      As soon as she arrived in Honduras, Sophie booked a trip to Utila.
    3 means up to the time when?
      Sophie didn't feel safe until she had got off the boat.
    4 introduces a consequence?
      The storm was getting worse, so the captain radioed for help.

    12 Writing

    Now write about another holiday nightmare. Answer these questions.

    1 When did it happen?

    2 Where were you?

    3 Who was with you?

    4 What was the weather like?

    5 What happened?

    6 How did you feel?

    7 How did other people react?

    8 What happened in the end?

    Write about 300 words. If you have never had a holiday nightmare, you can invent one! You could begin your story like this:

    It was my first visit to ... (place). I was looking forward to ... (things you were going to do). However, it was the worst holiday I had ever had ...

    Unit 1. BORN TO BE BRILLIANT. Writing descriptions. Travel and sightseeing.

    Unit 2. THE WRONG MAN. Writing a profile. Words describing appearance.

    Unit 3. TIMES PAST. Writing a Talk. The Millenium Dome.

    Unit 4. SMALL BEGINNINGS. Writing a letter of complaint.

    Unit 5.  FAME AND FORTUNE. Writing a composition. The Lottery.

    Unit 6. TAKING RISKS. Writing a biography.

    Unit 7. MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. Writing a report. ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE INTERNET TO YOUNG PEOPLE.
     

    Unit 8.  WHAT IF ... ? Writing a discursive composition. An ideal job.

    Unit 9. TRAVELLERS' TALES. Writing a story. My holiday nightmare.

    Unit 10. THE RIGHT CHOICE. Writing a job application.