The Reading / Listening - Level 5

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has given a warning about the future of the world's natural World Heritage sites. Half of the sites are at risk from harmful activities, such as mining, dredging or drilling for oil. Other dangers include illegal logging, using too much water, and climate change. The WWF says 114 of 229 sites are affected. These include Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA, and China's Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, where over thirty per cent of the world's endangered pandas live.



The director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre said: "World Heritage is humankind's common heritage, and the responsibility for its conservation is shared by everyone." She said governments were trying to take less from the Earth, saying: "Governments and the private sector around the world are stepping up their action against harmful extractive uses." However, the WWF said over 11 million people worldwide rely on World Heritage sites for food, water, shelter, jobs and medicine. Non-stop development could harm these people as well as the environment.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=11618421
  • http://whc.unesco.org/en/news/1473
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3524564/World-Heritage-sites-including-Great-Barrier-Reef-Grand-Canyon-National-Park-Belize-Barrier-Reef-risk-industry.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

the world's natural World Heritage

a.

activities

2.

Half of the sites are

b.

Sanctuaries

3.

harmful

c.

are affected

4.

illegal

d.

sites

5.

114 of 229 sites

e.

pandas

6.

Australia's Great Barrier

f.

at risk

7.

China's Sichuan Giant Panda

g.

logging

8.

the world's endangered

h.

Reef



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

humankind's common

a.

from the Earth

2.

the responsibility for

b.

up their action

3.

shared

c.

heritage

4.

trying to take less

d.

harm these people

5.

the private

e.

by everyone

6.

stepping

f.

for food

7.

rely on World Heritage sites

g.

its conservation

8.

Non-stop development could

h.

sector

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has given (1) ___________________ the future of the world's natural World Heritage sites. (2) ___________________ are at risk from harmful activities, (3) ___________________, dredging or drilling for oil. Other dangers include (4) ___________________, using too much water, and climate change. The WWF says (5) ___________________ sites are affected. These include Australia's Great Barrier Reef, the Grand Canyon National Park in the USA, and China's Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, (6) ___________________ per cent of the world's endangered pandas live.

The director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre said: "World Heritage is humankind's (7) ___________________, and the responsibility for its conservation is (8) ___________________." She said governments were trying (9) ___________________ from the Earth, saying: "Governments and the private sector around the world are (10) ___________________ action against harmful extractive uses." However, the WWF said over 11 million people (11) ___________________ World Heritage sites for food, water, shelter, jobs and medicine. Non-stop development could harm these people (12) ___________________ environment.





WORLD HERITAGE SITES SURVEY

Write five GOOD questions about World Heritage sites in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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  • Now return to your original partner and share and talk about what you found out. Change partners often.
  • Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

a)

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b)

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c)

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d)

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e)

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f)

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g)

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h)

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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b)

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h)

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FREE WRITING

Write about World Heritage sites for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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