The Reading / Listening - Indonesia - Level 4

Indonesia has started counting its islands. It wants to locate and name 1,700 islands in time for a UN conference on geographical names in August. Indonesia wants the islands and fishing rights surrounding them so its neighbors can't claim them. Indonesia says illegal fishing is costing billions of dollars in lost money each year. A spokeswoman said 60% of islands in Indonesia don't have a name or legal status, so other countries can easily take them.



Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago. In 2012, it registered 13,466 islands but there could be 17,508. The UN says an island is, "a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed at high tide". It is a big job to count the islands. A spokesman said: "We have to visit every one of these islands, and then we note the coordinates, the name, the meaning of the name…and describe the landscape and its geographical history."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Indonesia - Level 5 or  Indonesia - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40168981
  • https://www.ft.com/content/3acc43f0-45f5-11e7-8519-9f94ee97d996
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-many-islands-does-indonesia-have-asia-pacific-nation-tries-get-exact-count-1625142


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Indonesia has started counting
  2. locate and
  3. in time for
  4. geographical
  5. fishing
  6. its neighbors can't
  7. illegal fishing is costing
  8. legal
  1. names
  2. a UN conference
  3. status
  4. claim them
  5. its islands
  6. billions of dollars
  7. rights
  8. name 1,700 islands

Paragraph 2

  1. Indonesia is the world's largest
  2. it registered
  3. a naturally formed area of
  4. surrounded
  5. still exposed at high
  6. It is a big job to count
  7. and then we note the
  8. describe the
  1. 13,466 islands
  2. tide
  3. by water
  4. landscape
  5. archipelago
  6. coordinates
  7. the islands
  8. land

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Indonesia has started counting its islands. It (1) ___________________ and name 1,700 islands (2) ___________________ UN conference on geographical names in August. Indonesia wants (3) ___________________ fishing rights surrounding (4) ___________________ neighbors can't claim them. Indonesia says illegal fishing is costing billions of dollars (5) ___________________ year. A spokeswoman said 60% of islands in Indonesia don't have a name (6) ___________________, so other countries can easily take them.

Indonesia (7) ___________________ largest archipelago. In 2012, it registered 13,466 islands but there could be 17,508. (8) ___________________ island is, "a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed (9) ___________________". It is a big job (10) ___________________ islands. A spokesman said: "We have to visit every (11) ___________________ islands, and then we note the coordinates, the name, the meaning of the name…and describe the (12) ___________________ geographical history."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Indonesiahasstartedcountingitsislands.Itwantstolocateandname1,
700islandsintimeforaUNconferenceongeographicalnamesinAugust.
Indonesiawantstheislandsandfishingrightssurroundingthemsoitsne
ighborscan'tclaimthem.Indonesiasaysillegalfishingiscostingbillions
ofdollarsinlostmoneyeachyear.Aspokeswomansaid60%ofislandsinI
ndonesiadon'thaveanameorlegalstatus,soothercountriescaneasilyt
akethem.Indonesiaistheworld'slargestarchipelago.In2012,itregiste
red13,466islandsbuttherecouldbe17,508.TheUNsaysanislandis,"an
aturallyformedareaofland,surroundedbywater,whichisstillexposeda
thightide".Itisabigjobtocounttheislands.Aspokesmansaid:"Wehave
tovisiteveryoneoftheseislands,andthenwenotethecoordinates,then
ame,themeaningofthename…anddescribethelandscapeanditsgeogr
aphicalhistory."

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.

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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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