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dateline: 22 April 2014

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Divers Search Sunken South Korea Ferry

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ferry: a ship that transports passengers and vehicles a relatively short distance
  • submerged: to be under the surface of the water
  • field trip: an educational trip outside of school
  • akin: like; very similar to

Divers Search Sunken South Korea Ferry

Divers have gained access inside a ferry that off the coast of South Korea last week. The ferry is now fully submerged in the Yellow Sea, and divers are bringing bodies to the surface one by one. Only 174 of the 462 passengers on board were rescued. The majority of the passengers on the ferry were from a near Seoul. The students were on their way to Jeju Island for a four-day field trip. Many family members of the missing said that they received from that said they were told to stay on board. South Korea’s president the captain and members of the crew saying that their response was akin to murder.

  1. What did many of the passengers have in common?
  2. Why does the report mention murder?
  3. What messages did passengers send to family members?

Discussion Question: The vice-principal who accompanied hundreds of high school students on the ferry committed suicide shortly after being rescued. Why is this known as “survivor’s guilt,” and what other situations may cause someone to suffer from it?

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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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