Interviews

“Island Survival”

Level

High-intermediate

Pre-Listening Question

If you got lost at sea and ended up on a deserted island, what five things would want to have with you to survive? Assume that you cannot have any electronics (smartphone or similar devices) to communicate with the outside world.

Vocabulary and Expressions

Here are some words and expressions that appear in the video:

salvage (verb): rescue or save
– The shipping company is trying to salvage cars that were washed away during the storm.

– My brother is trying to salvage his marriage by meeting with a counselor.

wash up (verb): be carried by water onto a shore or beach
– A lot of garbage washes up on this beach every day.

demise (noun): end of life
– Without food and water, the sailors met a terrible demise on their disabled boat.

gross (adjective): very disgusting
– We found some really gross fish on the beach yesterday. It looks like the warmer-than-normal weather led to their demise.

habitat (noun): a place where plants and animals typically live
– Water and air pollution have affected the habitat of many local species of birds and fish.

propagate (verb): breed or grow a type of plant or animal
– If you save some of the seeds from these plants, you might be able to propagate more next year.

versatile (adjective): having many different uses
– This tool is very versatile because I can do so many things with it.

cumbersome (adjective): hard to manage or use, something complicated or difficult to say
– Applying for a student visa is often a cumbersome process. There are so many complicated steps you must take to secure one.

utility (noun): the state of something being useful
– Some people question the utility of using phones for language learning because they can cause students to become distracted.

Listening Comprehension Questions

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Conversation Questions

Do you agree or disagree with Aubrey and Emily on their choices of survival items? Explain your ideas.

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