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dateline: 27 March 2012

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“Titanic” Director Takes Deep Sea Voyage

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • voyage: an adventure trip
  • emerge: to come into view
  • dove: past tense of “dive” in American English (“dived” British English)
  • sub: short for “submarine”; a vehicle that travels under the water
  • remote: far away from action or populated areas
  • technical glitch: a small mechanical problem
  • premier: the first showing of a film

“Titanic” Director Takes Deep Sea Voyage

Filmmaker James Cameron emerged safely from a dive to the deepest known point of the world’s oceans. Cameron dove 11 kilometres down in the western Pacific in a one-man sub called Deepsea . He spent four hours exploring the ocean floor, which he called the most “remote, isolated place on the planet.” Though Cameron was hoping to samples from the dive, the robotic arm on board suffered a technical glitch. He was able to the dive, and plans to release a documentary. The entire trip took about seven hours, and Cameron resurfaced just hours before the premier of “Titanic” in .

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is James Cameron?
  2. What did James Cameron do at the bottom of the ocean?
  3. What was the explorer unable to do?

Discussion Question: What is interesting about the timing of this deep sea voyage? Do you think it was partly a publicity stunt?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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