The Reading / Listening - The Beach - Level 5

Thailand will close one of its famous beaches to try and reverse the damage done to its coral by tourism. The beach is on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It got worldwide attention after it featured in the blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the beach on the bucket lists of millions of travellers. The result has been up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day to its shores. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have caused irreversible damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral has died. The beach will close between June and September to let the coral recover.



Experts predict that 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed. Once untouched beaches have been damaged by tourism. A professor at Bangkok's Kasetsart University has criticized the tourism that is damaging Thailand's coastline. He said the biggest problems were beachfront hotels, boat anchors breaking the coral, and plastic waste dumped in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is to close Maya Bay permanently. He said: "While it's a very pretty bay, visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract from the magic."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    The Beach - Level 4 or  The Beach - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/famous-location-for-dicaprio-film-the-beach-being-destroyed-by-tourists-11275464
  • https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/feb/14/thailand-maya-bay-the-beach-movie-close-to-tourists-leonardo-dicaprio
  • http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2018/03/04/thai-officials-may-ban-boats-from-bay-where-beach-was-set-to-protect-reef.html


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. reverse the damage
  2. It got worldwide
  3. it featured in the blockbuster
  4. bucket
  5. 5,000 sun
  6. caused irreversible
  7. most of the coral has
  8. let the coral
  1. died
  2. movie
  3. lists
  4. recover
  5. attention
  6. done to its coral
  7. damage
  8. worshippers

Paragraph 2

  1. coral reefs have
  2. untouched
  3. damaging Thailand's
  4. beachfront
  5. plastic waste dumped
  6. the "ideal solution" is
  7. visiting it with a
  8. detract
  1. flotilla of boats
  2. coastline
  3. in the sea
  4. from the magic
  5. been destroyed
  6. hotels
  7. beaches
  8. to close Maya Bay

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Thailand will close one of (1) ___________________ to try and reverse the damage done to its (2) ___________________. The beach is on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It got worldwide attention (3) ___________________ in the blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the beach on the bucket lists of millions of travellers. The (4) ___________________ up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day (5) ___________________. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have caused irreversible damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral has died. The beach will close between June and September to let (6) ___________________.

Experts predict that 80 per cent of Thailand's (7) ___________________ been destroyed. Once untouched beaches have been (8) ___________________. A professor at Bangkok's Kasetsart University has criticized the tourism that is damaging Thailand's coastline. He said the biggest problems were beachfront hotels, (9) ___________________ the coral, and (10) ___________________ in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is to close Maya Bay permanently. He said: "While it's a (11) ___________________, visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thailandwillcloseoneofitsfamousbeachestotryandreversethedamag
edonetoitscoralbytourism.ThebeachisontheislandofKohPhiPhiLeh.It
gotworldwideattentionafteritfeaturedintheblockbustermovieTheBe
ach.Thefilmputthebeachonthebucketlistsofmillionsoftravellers.Ther
esulthasbeenupto5,000sunworshippersadaytoitsshores.Theyarrive
onhundredsofboats,whichhavecausedirreversibledamagetothebay'
scoral.Officialssaythatmostofthecoralhasdied.Thebeachwillclosebet
weenJuneandSeptembertoletthecoralrecover.Expertspredictthat80
percentofThailand'scoralreefshavebeendestroyed.Onceuntouchedb
eacheshavebeendamagedbytourism.AprofessoratBangkok'sKasets
artUniversityhascriticizedthetourismthatisdamagingThailand'scoas
tline.Hesaidthebiggestproblemswerebeachfronthotels,boatanchors
breakingthecoral,andplasticwastedumpedinthesea.Hebelievesthe"i
dealsolution"istocloseMayaBaypermanently.Hesaid:"Whileit'savery
prettybay,visitingitwithaflotillaofboatsandhordesofothertouristsrat
herdetractfromthemagic."

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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