Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Six Questions for Six Minutes: Captain Scott’s Expedition to the Antarctic

Hello everyone. It’s the one hundredth anniversary of British explorer Captain Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic which ended in the deaths of all its members. So here is a short listening exercise based on the BBC’s Six Minute English.

1. This week's official question: Which other famous British explorer led the first successful expedition across the Antarctic Circle in 1773? Was it: a) Captain James Cook; b) Sir Francis Drake; c) Admiral Horatio Nelson?
Choose a, b or c.

Can you write short answers to these questions? (Put your answers on the Tag Board or in a Comment.)

2. What sort of extreme conditions did Scott and his team have to face?

3. How low did the temperatures go?

4. What effect did the low temperatures have on the men's teeth?

5. What did the team collect during the expedition?

6. What items of expedition equipment is the museum curator describing?

I look forward to answers from as many of you as possible!

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Marco Prosseda said...

Hi Mike,
this my answer :)
1 Captain James Cook
2 Freezer Conditions, Polar Endeavour
3 temperature endured ( -40°C)
4 I'ts difficult for them ( 3 man ) to understand their abilitys function (????)
5 A number of intersting scientific items (e.g. Rocks )
6 The Balaclava
See you soon,
Marco P.

Mike said...

Many thanks Marco! I think you have done quite well. I'll wait for a few more replies before posting the official answers.

Keep visiting the Blog!eur

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike,
4. Men's teeth cracked.
5. The team collected rocks and penguin eggs.
I share other Marco's answers.

Domenico said...

Hi Mike,
1- Captain James Cook
2-The men died of exposure in the freezing conditions
3-Minus 40 degrees
4-The men's teeth cracked
5-? I don't know the answer to this question
6- A "balaclava"

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael!
1)Capitan James Cook
2)The team walking in pitch darkness for five weeks in the freezing contitions
3)Minus forty degrees
4)The men's teeth cracked
5)The team collects some scientific items (rocks)
6)A balaclava

Bye Giorgia Tarini