Bosphorus Trial Run: Learning English using current events!
Dear Students, welcome to our latest video in our İngilizce Dersleri series. These videos comprise reading and listening exercises designed for Turkish English language students. They are a great compliment to live conversation classes. We take a current event news story, and use it to create a video learning lesson.
The video introduces vocabulary from the article. If you find the video is moving too fast, we encourage you to pause, take notes and continue. Alternatively, go back in the video to sections where you struggled. In this video series, we like to focus on current events relevant to Turkish students. This week – the first tunnel to be built under the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul!
Bosphorus Trial Run: background
This article was originally published on the Guardian’s website on August 5th, 2013. You can find a copy of the article here. The article reports on the first “trial” run of the new metro line that will run under the Bosphorus connecting both sides of Istanbul.
The new metro line (when opened) will connect the European and Asian sides of Istanbul via a 13.6 km long tunnel with a 1.4 km immersed tube. The Turkish prime minister boarded the Bosphorus trial run on Sunday August 4th, 2013. This project will be the first of PM Erdogan’s “mega projects” for Istanbul. It is designed to significantly reduce the travel time and commutes for passengers living and working on both sides of Istanbul.
The project is being constructed by a Japanese consortium and is expected to be opened to the public at the end of October 2013. It forms an integral part of the Marmaray project, which will include a rehabilitation of the suburban rail lines on both sides of the Bosphorus.
Bosphorus Trial Run: Vocabulary
Below is an graphic showing some of the vocabulary that we cover in this article: