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  Warmer
a. In pairs, think of all of the rivers, oceans or seas near you.
b. If you dropped something that could float into one of these rivers, oceans or seas, where might
it go? Think about which way the water flows and things that it might have to go around.
  Key words
a. Find words in the article that match the definitions below.
1. sea creatures that stick to objects in the sea (para 2)
2. in or related to the particular area that you are talking about
(para 4)
3. easy to recognize because it is different from other similar things
(para 5)
4. a type of colour that is very bright and reflects light
(para 6)
5. the parts on some surfboards that you put your feet through
(para 6)
6. a strong movement of water in one direction (para 9)
7. the word for when you fall off a surfboard (para 11)
8. wishing you still had something that you used to have
(para 12)
9. a light, strong material used for making objects such as containers and boats
(para 13)
10. found someone or something by asking questions and getting information
(para 14)
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b. Use some of the key words above to complete these sentences.
1. A strong swept their boat out to sea.
2. The coffee had a strong taste.
3. High-vis jackets worn by police and security employees are usually
yellow or orange.
4. They couldn’t find him at first but they finally him to a small
mountain village in Sicily.
5. Why don’t you borrow the book from your library?
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Naaman Zhou
17 March 2021
An Australian surfer has found a surfboard he
lost in 2017 after it floated at sea for thousands
of kilometres, from the bottom of Australia to
the top – probably via New Zealand.
Danny Griffiths, a big-wave surfer, lost his
favourite board after he crashed off a wave
south of Tasmania. It was found, covered in
barnacles, by two brothers near Townsville in
north Queensland, more than 2,700km away.
Griffiths said the brothers had kept the board
for years, until recently, when their parents
took a trip to Tasmania and told local surfers
about it. Those surfers realized that it belonged
to Danny.
“Their parents were on holiday in Tasmania and
told a couple of local surfers about their sons’
finding a surfboard while they were fishing,” he
said. “As Tasmania is a pretty small state, the
surfers all know each other. They soon worked
out it was mine and the brothers sent me
some photos.”
Griffiths said he recognized the board because
it was a distinctive bright green and made by
a small specialist Tasmanian company.
“I knew straight away,” he said. “All my
big-wave boards are fluorescent green, and
there are not that many big-wave surfers
around Australia. Everyone puts their straps
on differently. And the logo on it is from a small
surfboard shaper here in Tasmania.
“I think the brothers hung it on their wall for the
past two years. It’s not the type of surfboard
that a general surfer can use.”
Edward Doddridge, from the Institute for Marine
and Antarctic Studies said that the board could
not have travelled up the Australian east coast
but “must have gone the long way round” via
New Zealand.
“The big current that comes along the east
Australian coast goes north to south, which
means this board must have gone another
way,” he told the ABC. “It must have gone
east from Tasmania to New Zealand and then
north up through the middle of the Pacific
Ocean and then come back in towards the
Australian coast.”
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Griffiths said he had lost the board in 2017
when he was surfing huge swells at Pedra
Branca, a remote island 27km south of
Tasmania’s coast.
“The whole day was going well; we got some
pretty big waves. On my last wave, I fell off
and had a wipeout. When I came up and was
saved by the jet ski, I couldn’t see the board.
We lost it.”
Griffiths said he had been missing the board
for years, and no new ones were as good.
“The old one was so much better.”
“Big-wave boards are very heavy – up to 15 to
20kg – and the amount of fibreglass on them
means they are really, really strong. It’s pretty
much built like a rocket, to be able to punch
through big-waves at high speeds. Possibly
that’s why it’s still in one piece.”
Experts said they could have traced its
journey by looking at what barnacles grew
on it from different parts of the ocean. But the
Queensland brothers had pressure cleaned it
and taken all the barnacles off.
The brothers are getting the board ready to be
sent to Danny. “Hopefully, in a week’s time,
it will be here,” he said.
© Guardian News and Media 2021
First published in The Guardian, 17/03/2021
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  Comprehension check
Are these statements true (T) or false (F) according to the article? Correct any that are false.
1. Danny Griffiths lost his big-wave board off New Zealand. T / F
2. The board was found a few years later far away in the north of Australia. T / F
3. It was found by two brothers who were out surfing. T / F
4. The board probably floated out to sea and then up the east coast of Australia for 2,700km. T / F
5. Danny Griffiths met the brothers’ parents when he was travelling around Queensland. T / F
6. Danny knew it was his board because of the barnacles on it. T / F
7. The board did not break during its long journey. T / F
8. The brothers decided to keep Danny’s board and send him the money to buy a new one. T / F
   Informal language
a. Read the headline again. Which do you think is the correct definition of the informal
adjective stoked?
1. annoyed
2. happy and excited
3. amazing
b. The word pretty appears in the article three times. Circle it and the word that follows it each
time. What meaning does it have in the article?
1. good-looking
2. crazy, mad
3. fairly, mostly
c.
  
Use pretty, with the meaning above, in example sentences of your own.
Discussion
• Have you, or someone you know, ever lost anything that was found somewhere unexpected?
• Have you ever found anything belonging to someone else in an unexpected place?
• Imagine you have lost something that you really want to have back. What can you do to try to
find it?
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  In your own words
a. Research and retell stories from the news, and from books, about items that were lost at sea or
in rivers and floated a long way before they were found.
b. Research ocean currents.
• Which are the fastest, strongest, longest, most dangerous, most important, etc?
• Where are they?
• Which direction do they go?
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Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland
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1. Warmer
a. Ask students to work in pairs and list all the
rivers, oceans or seas near them. Then ask
them to suggest items that float. Tell them these
items should be everyday things that are small
enough to be carried on their person, e.g. a hat,
or plastic lunchbox.
b. Then ask them what would happen to these items if
they dropped them into one of the rivers, oceans or
seas they named. Where might the items end up?
How far are they likely to travel? What factors would
influence where and how they travelled?
2. Key words
a. Students find words in the article that match the
definitions and write them onto the lines provided.
The paragraph numbers are given to help them find
the words.
Key:
1. barnacles
2. local
3. distinctive
4. fluorescent
5. straps
6. current
7. wipeout
8. missing
9. fibreglass
10. traced
Article summary: A surfboard found 2,700km
away from where it was lost is believed to
have taken an unusual route to get there.
Time: 90 minutes
Skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing
Language focus: Vocabulary
Materials needed: One copy of the
worksheet per student
b. Before reading the article carefully, students
use some of the key words to fill the gaps in the
sentences to ensure that they understand and know
how the words are used in other contexts.
Key:
1. current
2. distinctive
3. fluorescent
4. traced
5. local
3. Comprehension check
Students decide whether the statements are true or false
according to the information in the article and correct any
that are false.
Key:
1. False. He lost it off the south of Tasmania.
2. True.
3. False. It was found by two brothers who were
out fishing.
4. False. The board probably floated out to sea, around
New Zealand, out into the Pacific Ocean and back
towards the north of Australia.
5. False. The brothers’ parents were travelling around
Tasmania, which was where they met local surfers.
6. False. He knew it was his board because of the
colour, the logo and the straps.
7. True. It was ‘still in one piece’.
8. False. They are sending it to Danny by post.
4. Language
a. In the first part of this task, which looks more closely
at some of the language in the article, students are
asked to think about the exact meaning of the first
word in the title, stoked.
Key:
2
Explain that it is an Australian English, informal
word. Ask them why they think it is followed by
an exclamation mark in the headline. Ask them
to find other examples of the word stoked in
sentences online.

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The Travelling Surfboard - Intermediate Article Lesson.pdf

  • 1. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS 2 1   Warmer a. In pairs, think of all of the rivers, oceans or seas near you. b. If you dropped something that could float into one of these rivers, oceans or seas, where might it go? Think about which way the water flows and things that it might have to go around.   Key words a. Find words in the article that match the definitions below. 1. sea creatures that stick to objects in the sea (para 2) 2. in or related to the particular area that you are talking about (para 4) 3. easy to recognize because it is different from other similar things (para 5) 4. a type of colour that is very bright and reflects light (para 6) 5. the parts on some surfboards that you put your feet through (para 6) 6. a strong movement of water in one direction (para 9) 7. the word for when you fall off a surfboard (para 11) 8. wishing you still had something that you used to have (para 12) 9. a light, strong material used for making objects such as containers and boats (para 13) 10. found someone or something by asking questions and getting information (para 14) Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E
  • 2. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS b. Use some of the key words above to complete these sentences. 1. A strong swept their boat out to sea. 2. The coffee had a strong taste. 3. High-vis jackets worn by police and security employees are usually yellow or orange. 4. They couldn’t find him at first but they finally him to a small mountain village in Sicily. 5. Why don’t you borrow the book from your library? Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E
  • 3. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS Naaman Zhou 17 March 2021 An Australian surfer has found a surfboard he lost in 2017 after it floated at sea for thousands of kilometres, from the bottom of Australia to the top – probably via New Zealand. Danny Griffiths, a big-wave surfer, lost his favourite board after he crashed off a wave south of Tasmania. It was found, covered in barnacles, by two brothers near Townsville in north Queensland, more than 2,700km away. Griffiths said the brothers had kept the board for years, until recently, when their parents took a trip to Tasmania and told local surfers about it. Those surfers realized that it belonged to Danny. “Their parents were on holiday in Tasmania and told a couple of local surfers about their sons’ finding a surfboard while they were fishing,” he said. “As Tasmania is a pretty small state, the surfers all know each other. They soon worked out it was mine and the brothers sent me some photos.” Griffiths said he recognized the board because it was a distinctive bright green and made by a small specialist Tasmanian company. “I knew straight away,” he said. “All my big-wave boards are fluorescent green, and there are not that many big-wave surfers around Australia. Everyone puts their straps on differently. And the logo on it is from a small surfboard shaper here in Tasmania. “I think the brothers hung it on their wall for the past two years. It’s not the type of surfboard that a general surfer can use.” Edward Doddridge, from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies said that the board could not have travelled up the Australian east coast but “must have gone the long way round” via New Zealand. “The big current that comes along the east Australian coast goes north to south, which means this board must have gone another way,” he told the ABC. “It must have gone east from Tasmania to New Zealand and then north up through the middle of the Pacific Ocean and then come back in towards the Australian coast.” 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Griffiths said he had lost the board in 2017 when he was surfing huge swells at Pedra Branca, a remote island 27km south of Tasmania’s coast. “The whole day was going well; we got some pretty big waves. On my last wave, I fell off and had a wipeout. When I came up and was saved by the jet ski, I couldn’t see the board. We lost it.” Griffiths said he had been missing the board for years, and no new ones were as good. “The old one was so much better.” “Big-wave boards are very heavy – up to 15 to 20kg – and the amount of fibreglass on them means they are really, really strong. It’s pretty much built like a rocket, to be able to punch through big-waves at high speeds. Possibly that’s why it’s still in one piece.” Experts said they could have traced its journey by looking at what barnacles grew on it from different parts of the ocean. But the Queensland brothers had pressure cleaned it and taken all the barnacles off. The brothers are getting the board ready to be sent to Danny. “Hopefully, in a week’s time, it will be here,” he said. © Guardian News and Media 2021 First published in The Guardian, 17/03/2021 10 11 12 13 14 15 Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E
  • 4. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS 5 4 3   Comprehension check Are these statements true (T) or false (F) according to the article? Correct any that are false. 1. Danny Griffiths lost his big-wave board off New Zealand. T / F 2. The board was found a few years later far away in the north of Australia. T / F 3. It was found by two brothers who were out surfing. T / F 4. The board probably floated out to sea and then up the east coast of Australia for 2,700km. T / F 5. Danny Griffiths met the brothers’ parents when he was travelling around Queensland. T / F 6. Danny knew it was his board because of the barnacles on it. T / F 7. The board did not break during its long journey. T / F 8. The brothers decided to keep Danny’s board and send him the money to buy a new one. T / F    Informal language a. Read the headline again. Which do you think is the correct definition of the informal adjective stoked? 1. annoyed 2. happy and excited 3. amazing b. The word pretty appears in the article three times. Circle it and the word that follows it each time. What meaning does it have in the article? 1. good-looking 2. crazy, mad 3. fairly, mostly c.    Use pretty, with the meaning above, in example sentences of your own. Discussion • Have you, or someone you know, ever lost anything that was found somewhere unexpected? • Have you ever found anything belonging to someone else in an unexpected place? • Imagine you have lost something that you really want to have back. What can you do to try to find it? Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E
  • 5. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS 6   In your own words a. Research and retell stories from the news, and from books, about items that were lost at sea or in rivers and floated a long way before they were found. b. Research ocean currents. • Which are the fastest, strongest, longest, most dangerous, most important, etc? • Where are they? • Which direction do they go? Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E
  • 6. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate – Teacher’s notes • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E 1. Warmer a. Ask students to work in pairs and list all the rivers, oceans or seas near them. Then ask them to suggest items that float. Tell them these items should be everyday things that are small enough to be carried on their person, e.g. a hat, or plastic lunchbox. b. Then ask them what would happen to these items if they dropped them into one of the rivers, oceans or seas they named. Where might the items end up? How far are they likely to travel? What factors would influence where and how they travelled? 2. Key words a. Students find words in the article that match the definitions and write them onto the lines provided. The paragraph numbers are given to help them find the words. Key: 1. barnacles 2. local 3. distinctive 4. fluorescent 5. straps 6. current 7. wipeout 8. missing 9. fibreglass 10. traced Article summary: A surfboard found 2,700km away from where it was lost is believed to have taken an unusual route to get there. Time: 90 minutes Skills: Reading, Speaking, Writing Language focus: Vocabulary Materials needed: One copy of the worksheet per student b. Before reading the article carefully, students use some of the key words to fill the gaps in the sentences to ensure that they understand and know how the words are used in other contexts. Key: 1. current 2. distinctive 3. fluorescent 4. traced 5. local 3. Comprehension check Students decide whether the statements are true or false according to the information in the article and correct any that are false. Key: 1. False. He lost it off the south of Tasmania. 2. True. 3. False. It was found by two brothers who were out fishing. 4. False. The board probably floated out to sea, around New Zealand, out into the Pacific Ocean and back towards the north of Australia. 5. False. The brothers’ parents were travelling around Tasmania, which was where they met local surfers. 6. False. He knew it was his board because of the colour, the logo and the straps. 7. True. It was ‘still in one piece’. 8. False. They are sending it to Danny by post. 4. Language a. In the first part of this task, which looks more closely at some of the language in the article, students are asked to think about the exact meaning of the first word in the title, stoked. Key: 2 Explain that it is an Australian English, informal word. Ask them why they think it is followed by an exclamation mark in the headline. Ask them to find other examples of the word stoked in sentences online.
  • 7. Published by Macmillan Education Ltd. © Macmillan Education Limited, 2021. Home >> Adults >> General English >> NEWS LESSONS Stoked! Surfboard lost in Tasmania turns up 2,700km away in Queensland Level: Intermediate – Teacher’s notes • P H O T O C O P I A B L E • C A N B E D O W N L O A D E D F R O M W E B S I T E b. Students find and circle the word pretty three times in the article, including the word that follows it, and decide what it means. Key: 3. fairly, mostly Explain that pretty is a word you can use in spoken language when you want to say that something is quite a bit something, but not very something. In the article, it is followed by the words small, big, much. c. Students use pretty in informal and spoken sentences of their own in which its meaning is fairly or mostly, but not completely. For example, I feel pretty tired today as I didn’t sleep well last night. 5. Discussion Students discuss the questions that are directly related to the topic of the article. Ask them to relate stories relevant to their own lives and to talk about how best to get missing items returned safely in a variety of situations and scenarios. 6. In your own words Students work in groups or with a partner to compete the tasks and then present their results to the rest of the class.