The Reading / Listening - Botanic Gardens - Level 2

Scientists say that many of the world's plants are in danger of dying out – of becoming extinct. Dr Paul Smith said one in five of the world's plants is in danger. Botanic gardens contain about 100,000 species, including a third of all the world's endangered plants. Botanic gardens help to protect many endangered and rare plants. Dr Smith said: "This is the first time that we have [looked] at the wide range of plants grown, managed and conserved in botanic gardens. For the first time we know what we have and, perhaps more importantly, what is missing from botanic gardens."



Researcher Dr Samuel Brockington said botanic gardens were the best hope for saving the world's endangered plants. He said: "One-fifth of plant diversity is under threat, yet there is no technical reason why any plant species should become extinct." If we do not protect plants, people could have trouble finding food in the future. Dr Brockington said: "If we do not conserve our plant diversity, humanity will struggle to solve the global challenges of food…security…and climate change." Plants are in danger because of humans cutting down forests and climate change.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Botanic Gardens - Level 0 Botanic Gardens - Level 1   or  Botanic Gardens - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41388144
  • http://www.zmescience.com/science/biology/botanic-garden-endangered-plants-26092017/
  • http://www.mirrordaily.com/botanical-gardens-shelter/211575/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. becoming
  2. one in five of the world's plants
  3. Botanic gardens contain
  4. protect many endangered
  5. the wide range of plants
  6. conserved in
  7. For the first
  8. what is missing
  1. botanic gardens
  2. extinct
  3. from botanic gardens
  4. is in danger
  5. time we know
  6. and rare plants
  7. grown
  8. about 100,000 species

Paragraph 2

  1. botanic gardens were the best
  2. saving the world's
  3. One-fifth of plant diversity is under
  4. become
  5. conserve our plant
  6. solve the global challenges of
  7. Plants are in
  8. because of humans cutting
  1. food security
  2. extinct
  3. down forests
  4. hope
  5. danger
  6. endangered plants
  7. diversity
  8. threat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say that many of the world's (1) ___________________ danger of dying out – of becoming extinct. Dr Paul Smith said (2) ___________________ the world's plants is in danger. Botanic gardens contain about 100,000 species, (3) ___________________ of all the world's endangered plants. Botanic gardens help to protect many endangered and rare plants. Dr Smith said: "This is the first time that we have [looked] at (4) ___________________ plants grown, managed (5) ___________________ botanic gardens. For the first time we know what we have and, (6) ___________________, what is missing from botanic gardens."

Researcher Dr Samuel Brockington said botanic gardens were the (7) ___________________ saving the world's endangered plants. He said: "One-fifth of plant diversity (8) ___________________, yet there is no technical reason why (9) ___________________ should become extinct." If we do not protect plants, people could have trouble (10) ___________________ the future. Dr Brockington said: "If we do not conserve our plant diversity, (11) ___________________ to solve the global challenges of food…security…and climate change." Plants are in danger because of humans (12) ___________________ and climate change.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistssaythatmanyoftheworld'splantsareindangerofdyingout–
ofbecomingextinct.DrPaulSmithsaidoneinfiveoftheworld'splantsisin
danger.Botanicgardenscontainabout100,000species,includingathir
dofalltheworld'sendangeredplants.Botanicgardenshelptoprotectma
nyendangeredandrareplants.DrSmithsaid:"Thisisthefirsttimethatw
ehave[looked]atthewiderangeofplantsgrown,managedandconserv
edinbotanicgardens.Forthefirsttimeweknowwhatwehaveand,perha
psmoreimportantly,whatismissingfrombotanicgardens."Researche
rDrSamuelBrockingtonsaidbotanicgardenswerethebesthopeforsavi
ngtheworld'sendangeredplants.Hesaid:"One-fifthofplantdiversityi
sunderthreat,yetthereisnotechnicalreasonwhyanyplantspeciesshou
ldbecomeextinct."Ifwedonotprotectplants,peoplecouldhavetroublef
indingfoodinthefuture.DrBrockingtonsaid:"Ifwedonotconserveourpl
antdiversity,humanitywillstruggletosolvetheglobalchallengesoffood
…security…andclimatechange."Plantsareindangerbecauseofhuman
scuttingdownforestsandclimatechange.

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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