Treasure Hunting (text for intermediate)

text treasure hunting

This text is adapted for the intermediate level. It can help you to activate your vocabulary on the topic «Travelling». Before reading the text, you study some grammar points or learn some words on the topic «Travelling»:

  1. Английские прилагательные, оканчивающиеся на ed/ing
  2. Прилагательные по теме «Travelling» (общая лексика)

Before reading, answer two questions:

  1. Can you name the objects in the picture?
  2. What is treasure, in your opinion?

Reading for full understanding

Text on the topic “Travelling. Adventures» (for intermediate)

Hunting for Treasure

Hunting for treasure = treasure hunting  — поиски сокровищ

If you dream of adventures, you probably picture to yourself desert islands, wrecks of sunken ships and old chests filled with jewellery and coins. For some people these dreams have come true. It is because they really know where to look for treasure.

picture to yourself (= imagine) — представлять себе, воображать

come true (about dreams) — осуществиться

One of the best places for treasure hunting is the Atlantic Ocean near the eastern coast of Florida. This place is called “Treasure Coast”. Between the 16th and 18th century many Spanish ships sank near the coast and their wrecks were buried in the sand among the coral reefs. These ships sailed from Mexico to Spain and carried gold, silver and precious stones. They also transported Spanish soldiers and governors who were coming back home from the colonies with their own gold.

Most ships sank not very far from the coast. There was only one narrow channel, which ran between the massive and dangerous coral reefs. Besides, tropical storms or hurricanes were very common in late summer or early autumn and the ships often broke into pieces.

be very common (= happen very often) — очень распространены

break into pieces — разбиться на части

The exploration of the sea near the coast has begun in the twentieth century when records of shipwrecks were found in the Spanish archives. First, there came scuba divers with metal detectors. Then, with the discovery of the first Spanish ship in the early 1970s, many people started treasure hunting. They were looking for anchors, captains’ diaries and obviously for gold, silver and coins.

Today, the treasure hunting is an expensive game, which requires professional equipment and expert divers. It is exhausting and quite dangerous.  It takes divers long hours to search for a ship under water but if they are lucky, they feel excited.

(adapted from The World of English)

After reading the text, remember some adventureous story and try to retell it, using the adjectives in italic: desert, sunken, precious, massive, dangerous, exhausting, excited (7). 

If you can’t remember any story, retell the text «Treasure Hunting». Also you can read a story by Jack London «To Build a fire» (for intermediate level)

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