The Reading / Listening - Level 5

New Zealand has declared war on pests. It wants to make the country predator-free by 2050. Its ambitious target is to remove all non-native species from the country within three decades. Prime Minister John Key says he will introduce strategies to kill introduced species, especially predators that kill New Zealand's native birds. He said: "Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as lizards….We must do more to protect them." His government has given $28 million to a company that will help action his plans.



Mr Key said: "This is the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but we believe if we all work together as a country, we can achieve it." It will take all the efforts of the private and public sectors as well as community groups. New Zealanders do not want more of their country's native birds to become extinct. When European settlers arrived 300 years ago, they brought with them rats and other predators that have killed many different birds. The country's national bird, the kiwi, is now under threat. Only five per cent of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/82454116/government-sets-target-to-make-new-zealand-predatorfree-by-2050
  • http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/309439/predator-free-drive-'game-changer'-or-ecological-blunder
  • http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11681006


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. New Zealand has declared
  2. ambitious
  3. within
  4. strategies to kill introduced
  5. especially predators
  6. prey
  7. We must do more to
  8. a company that will help action
  1. on other native species
  2. three decades
  3. his plans
  4. target
  5. protect them
  6. war on pests
  7. species
  8. that kill

Paragraph 2

  1. conservation
  2. anywhere
  3. if we all work together
  4. the private and public
  5. native birds to become
  6. under
  7. kiwi
  8. survive to
  1. as a country
  2. chicks
  3. extinct
  4. threat
  5. project
  6. adulthood
  7. sectors
  8. in the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New Zealand has declared (1) ___________________. It wants to make the country predator-free by 2050. Its (2) ___________________ is to remove all non-native species from the country (3) ___________________. Prime Minister John Key says he will introduce strategies to kill introduced species, especially (4) ___________________ New Zealand's native birds. He said: "Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and (5) ___________________ native species such as lizards….We must do more to protect them." His government has given $28 million to a company that will (6) ___________________ plans.

Mr Key said: "This is (7) ___________________ conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but we believe if we all work together as a country, we (8) ___________________." It will take all the efforts of the private and (9) ___________________ well as community groups. New Zealanders do not want more of their country's native birds (10) ___________________. When European settlers arrived 300 years ago, they brought with them rats and (11) ___________________ that have killed many different birds. The country's national bird, the kiwi, is now under threat. Only five per cent of kiwi chicks (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NewZealandhasdeclaredwaronpests.Itwantstomakethecountrypre
dator-freeby2050.Itsambitioustargetistoremoveallnon-nativesp
eciesfromthecountrywithinthreedecades.PrimeMinisterJohnKeysay
shewillintroducestrategiestokillintroducedspecies,especiallypredat
orsthatkillNewZealand'snativebirds.Hesaid:"Rats,possumsandstoa
tskill25millionofournativebirdseveryyear,andpreyonothernativespe
ciessuchaslizards….Wemustdomoretoprotectthem."Hisgovernment
hasgiven$28milliontoacompanythatwillhelpactionhisplans.MrKeysa
id:"Thisisthemostambitiousconservationprojectattemptedanywher
eintheworld,butwebelieveifweallworktogetherasacountry,wecanac
hieveit."Itwilltakealltheeffortsoftheprivateandpublicsectorsaswella
scommunitygroups.NewZealandersdonotwantmoreoftheircountry's
nativebirdstobecomeextinct.WhenEuropeansettlersarrived300year
sago,theybroughtwiththemratsandotherpredatorsthathavekilledm
anydifferentbirds.Thecountry'snationalbird,thekiwi,isnowunderthr
eat.Onlyfivepercentofkiwichickssurvivetoadulthood.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic 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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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