The Reading / Listening - Level 5

Hawaii is proposing a ban on the tourist activity of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian coast. The dolphins have been a magnet for tourists over the past decades. However, officials say the tourism is harmful to the dolphins because they are supposed to be resting and socializing. The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to prohibit swimming with, or approaching within 50 metres of, Hawaii's spinner dolphins. That would end many tour group activities, such as sailing alongside the dolphins in a boat and snorkeling with them.



Ann Garrett, from the National Marine Fisheries Service, said she didn't think the ban would have a big impact on Hawaii's tourist trade. She said: "We think that by identifying 50 metres as the minimum distance, there still can be a viable tourist industry." Tour operators disagreed. Tour company owner Kevin Merrill warned: "It would be the end of legitimate dolphin swimming. We couldn’t offer the people the quality interaction that they expect." Dolphins are most active at night and sleep and relax during the day. Garrett said the interaction affects the dolphins' health and fitness.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/26/us/federal-officials-seek-ban-on-swimming-with-spinner-dolphins-in-hawaii.html
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/0826/Ban-on-swimming-with-dolphins-in-Hawaii-How-animal-ethics-are-changing-video
  • http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/swimming-dolphins-may-soon-be-banned-hawaii


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Hawaii is proposing a ban
  2. off the
  3. dolphins have been a
  4. over the past
  5. tourism is
  6. they are supposed
  7. approaching within
  8. sailing alongside
  1. magnet for tourists
  2. to be resting
  3. the dolphins
  4. Hawaiian coast
  5. 50 metres
  6. on the tourist activity
  7. decades
  8. harmful to the dolphins

Paragraph 2

  1. the ban would have a big
  2. Hawaii's tourist
  3. identifying 50 metres as the
  4. a viable
  5. It would be
  6. the quality interaction that
  7. Dolphins are most
  8. interaction affects the dolphins' health
  1. the end
  2. tourist industry
  3. and fitness
  4. trade
  5. impact
  6. active at night
  7. minimum distance
  8. they expect

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hawaii is proposing a ban on (1) ___________________ of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian coast. The dolphins have (2) ___________________ for tourists over the past decades. However, officials say the (3) ___________________ to the dolphins because they are supposed to be resting and socializing. The National Marine Fisheries Service (4) ___________________ swimming with, or approaching within 50 metres of, Hawaii's spinner dolphins. That would (5) ___________________ group activities, such (6) ___________________ the dolphins in a boat and snorkeling with them.

Ann Garrett, from the National Marine Fisheries Service, said she didn't think the ban would have (7) ___________________ Hawaii's tourist trade. She said: "We think that by identifying 50 metres as (8) ___________________, there still can (9) ___________________ industry." Tour operators disagreed. Tour company owner Kevin Merrill warned: "It would be the end of legitimate dolphin swimming. We couldn’t offer the people the (10) ___________________ that they expect." Dolphins are most active at night and sleep and (11) ___________________ day. Garrett said the interaction affects the dolphins' (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Hawaiiisproposingabanonthetouristactivityofswimmingwithdolphin
sofftheHawaiiancoast.Thedolphinshavebeenamagnetfortouristsove
rthepastdecades.However,officialssaythetourismisharmfultothedol
phinsbecausetheyaresupposedtoberestingandsocializing.TheNatio
nalMarineFisheriesServiceproposestoprohibitswimmingwith,orappr
oachingwithin50metresof,Hawaii'sspinnerdolphins.Thatwouldendm
anytourgroupactivities,suchassailingalongsidethedolphinsinaboata
ndsnorkelingwiththem.AnnGarrett,fromtheNationalMarineFisheries
Service,saidshedidn'tthinkthebanwouldhaveabigimpactonHawaii'st
ouristtrade.Shesaid:"Wethinkthatbyidentifying50metresasthemini
mumdistance,therestillcanbeaviabletouristindustry."Touroperators
disagreed.TourcompanyownerKevinMerrillwarned:"Itwouldbethee
ndoflegitimatedolphinswimming.Wecouldn’tofferthepeoplethequali
tyinteractionthattheyexpect."Dolphinsaremostactiveatnightandsle
epandrelaxduringtheday.Garrettsaidtheinteractionaffectsthedolphi
ns'healthandfitness.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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