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William Wordsworth, poet, 1770-1850

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P.M. Roget, lexicographer, 1779-1869

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Oil rig rescue - video lesson 11

Level: Advanced / C1

An oil rig has run aground on the Alaskan coast. Here is a short BBC news video about it.

Watch the video and answer the following questions:

1) How many salvage experts are on board the rig?
2) The rig is stuck on a                       bank.
3) How high are the waves that are mentioned in the report?
4) Where was the rig being taken to?
5) What sea-life is possibly being in danger? (Three things are mentioned in the video.)

Answers below!


1) 5
2) The rig is stuck on a  shingle  bank.
3) 35 feet
4) Seattle
5) Sea Lions, Sea Otters, Salmon

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