The Reading / Listening - Microplastics - Level 2

There may be pieces of plastic in seafood. They are called microplastics. These are tiny pieces of plastic from the garbage that is in oceans. They are less than a millimeter wide. They are becoming more common in seafood such as oysters and other kinds of shellfish. Scientists say there are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. More are being added every day. Professor Richard Thompson, a marine biologist, said: "Hundreds of marine organisms [mix with] plastic…in the water…and many of those encounters are harmful if not fatal."



Researchers in Belgium conducted a study into microplastics. They believe people eat up to 11,000 pieces of plastic each year. Only around 60 of these pieces stay in our body - the rest disappear down the toilet. Sixty pieces of microplastic is not a lot but it will build up over time. They could eventually be bad for our health. Things will get worse. By the end of this century, seafood eaters could eat as many as 780,000 pieces of plastic a year. That is likely to cause many health problems. Scientists say we need to recycle more and use other things instead of plastic.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Microplastics - Level 0 Microplastics - Level 1   or  Microplastics - Level 3

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/microplastics-in-seafood-could-be-a-health-risk-experts-fear-10739835
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/why-recycle-plastic-rubbish-oceans-8-million-tonnes-pollution-microplastics-a7541476.html
  • http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/study-shows-wider-impact-of-microplastics/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. tiny pieces of plastic
  2. They are less than a millimeter
  3. They are becoming more common
  4. oysters and other
  5. there are more than
  6. More are being added
  7. Hundreds of marine
  8. harmful if not
  1. five trillion pieces
  2. in seafood
  3. fatal
  4. from the garbage
  5. organisms
  6. kinds of shellfish
  7. wide
  8. every day

Paragraph 2

  1. the rest disappear
  2. it will build
  3. be bad
  4. Things will get
  5. By the end
  6. That is likely to cause
  7. Scientists say we need
  8. use other things instead
  1. to recycle more
  2. down the toilet
  3. of plastic
  4. up over time
  5. many health problems
  6. for our health
  7. of this century
  8. worse

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ of plastic in seafood. They are called microplastics. These are (2) ___________________ plastic from the garbage that is in oceans. They (3) __________________ millimeter wide. They are becoming more common in seafood such as oysters (4) ___________________ of shellfish. Scientists say there are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. More are being (5) ___________________. Professor Richard Thompson, a marine biologist, said: "Hundreds of marine organisms [mix with] plastic…in the water…and (6) ___________________ encounters are harmful if not fatal."

Researchers in Belgium conducted (7) ___________________ microplastics. They believe people eat up to 11,000 pieces of plastic each year. Only around 60 (8) ___________________ stay in our body - the rest (9) ___________________ the toilet. Sixty pieces of microplastic is not a lot but it will build up over time. They could eventually (10) ___________________ health. Things will get worse. By the end of this century, seafood eaters could eat as many as 780,000 pieces of plastic a year. That (11) _________________ cause many health problems. Scientists say we need to recycle more and use other (12) ___________________ plastic.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theremaybepiecesofplasticinseafood.Theyarecalledmicroplastics.T
hesearetinypiecesofplasticfromthegarbagethatisinoceans.Theyarel
essthanamillimeterwide.Theyarebecomingmorecommoninseafoods
uchasoystersandotherkindsofshellfish.Scientistssaytherearemoret
hanfivetrillionpiecesofmicroplasticinouroceans.Morearebeingadded
everyday.ProfessorRichardThompson,amarinebiologist,said:"Hund
redsofmarineorganisms[mixwith]plastic…inthewater…andmanyoft
hoseencountersareharmfulifnotfatal."ResearchersinBelgiumconduc
tedastudyintomicroplastics.Theybelievepeopleeatupto11,000piece
sofplasticeachyear.Onlyaround60ofthesepiecesstayinourbody-ther
estdisappeardownthetoilet.Sixtypiecesofmicroplasticisnotalotbutit
willbuildupovertime.Theycouldeventuallybebadforourhealth.Things
willgetworse.Bytheendofthiscentury,seafoodeaterscouldeatasman
yas780,000piecesofplasticayear.Thatislikelytocausemanyhealthpr
oblems.Scientistssayweneedtorecyclemoreanduseotherthingsinste
adofplastic.

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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