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The Titanic

The TITANIC

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • voyage: a journey across an ocean
  • construct: to build something
  • luxury: designed for comfort and pleasure
  • collide: to crash into something
  • evacuate: to leave a dangerous place
  • lifeboat: a small boat used to escape a sinking ship

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank to the bottom of the during its first voyage. The ship was constructed during the 1900s by a transportation known as White Star. This was a part of their plan to introduce a new set of luxury passenger ships that would transport wealthy people across the Atlantic Ocean. White Star finished building the Titanic in 1911. At that time, it was the biggest ship that had ever been . The Titanic was designed with safety compartments that could fill up with water if any issues occurred. Because of this, many people that the Titanic was unsinkable. In April 1912, the Titanic began its trip from England to the United States, carrying over 2,000 passengers. While at sea, the ship collided with an iceberg and began to overflow. Passengers and crew evacuated the ship, but there were not enough lifeboats on board to save everyone. Out of the original 2,000 passengers, only 705 . The sinking of the Titanic has since been known as one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century.

Comprehension questions

1. The purpose of the Titanic was

Correct! Wrong!

The purpose of the Titanic was to transport people across the Atlantic Ocean.

2. People believed the Titanic was unsinkable because

Correct! Wrong!

People believed the Titanic was unsinkable because it had safety compartments to prevent overflowing.

3. The Titanic began its journey in

Correct! Wrong!

The Titanic began its journey in 1912.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. The sinking of the Titanic has inspired many books, movies, and conspiracy theories. Why do you think people are still so fascinated by this event?

Transcript

The Titanic was a British passenger ship that sank to the bottom of the ocean during its first voyage. The ship was constructed during the 1900s by a transportation company known as White Star. This was a part of their plan to introduce a new set of luxury passenger ships that would transport wealthy people across the Atlantic Ocean. White Star finished building the Titanic in 1911. At that time, it was the biggest ship that had ever been built. The Titanic was designed with safety compartments that could fill up with water if any issues occurred.  Because of this, many people believed that the Titanic was unsinkable. In April 1912, the Titanic began its trip from England to the United States, carrying over 2,000 passengers. While at sea, the ship collided with an iceberg and began to overflow. Passengers and crew evacuated the ship, but there were not enough lifeboats on board to save everyone. Out of the original 2,000 passengers, only 705 survived. The sinking of the Titanic has since been known as one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century. 

Written and recorded by Jaksyn Peacock for EnglishClub

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