The Reading / Listening - The Beach - Level 6

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



Experts predict that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed, and that once pristine beaches have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is an outspoken critic of the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to endure. He said the biggest culprits were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic waste being dumped in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed 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." He welcomed the temporary closure.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    The Beach - Level 4  or  The Beach - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. BEACHES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about beaches. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       famous / beach / damage / coral / island / movie / bucket list / emerald / recover /
       tourism / critic / coastline / hotels / plastic waste / ideal / solution / boats / magic
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. TOURISM: Students A strongly believe tourism is terrible for the environment; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. BUCKET LIST: What is on your bucket list? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

 

What?

Why?

Travel

 

 

Food

 

 

Hobbies

 

 

Excitement

 

 

Music

 

 

Shopping

 

 

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5. CORAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "coral". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TOURISM: Rank these with your partner. Put the things tourism damages most at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • people's lives
  • cultures
  • villages
  • wildlife
  • beaches
  • rainforests
  • ancient ruins
  • rivers

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. reverse a. Not able to be undone, changed back or altered.
      2. mass b. Gathered or collected something, especially information, something good, or approval.
      3. garnered c. A thing of great power or size, in particular a movie, book, or other product that is a great commercial success.
      4. featured d. Make something the opposite of what it was.
      5. blockbuster e. An arrival or entry of large numbers of people or things.
      6. influx f. A large number of people or objects crowded together.
      7. irreversible g. Had as an important role, actor or participant.

    Paragraph 2

      8. predict h. A person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something.
      9. pristine i. Suffer something painful or difficult patiently.
      10. dean j. Reduce or take away the worth or value of.
      11. critic k. In its original condition; unspoiled.
      12. endure l. The causes of a problem or defect.
      13. culprits m. The head of a college or university faculty or department.
      14. detract n. Say or estimate that a specified thing will happen in the future.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Thailand will soon close a famous beach resort.     T / F
  2. The beach that will close was in a famous movie.     T / F
  3. Almost 5,000 people a day visit the beach.     T / F
  4. Officials say that the damage to coral cannot be repaired.     T / F
  5. Experts believe that around half of Thailand's coral has gone.     T / F
  6. A university deputy dean said he was in favour of tourism.     T / F
  7. The deputy dean believes the beach should be closed forever.     T / F
  8. The deputy dean said tourists brought magic to the island.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. effort
  2. mass
  3. featured
  4. worldwide
  5. irreversible
  6. predict
  7. pristine
  8. culprits
  9. ideal
  10. detract
  1. globally
  2. starred
  3. take away
  4. forecast
  5. wrongdoers
  6. attempt
  7. perfect
  8. unspoiled
  9. large-scale
  10. irreparable

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. mass
  2. bucket
  3. an influx of up
  4. caused irreversible
  5. let the coral
  6. The deputy dean of the
  7. the biggest culprits
  8. plastic waste being
  9. a flotilla
  10. He welcomed the temporary
  1. closure
  2. were beachfront hotels
  3. recover
  4. tourism
  5. lists
  6. of boats
  7. damage
  8. Faculty of Fisheries
  9. to 5,000 sun worshippers
  10. dumped in the sea

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
tiny
emerald
lists
close
reverse
caused
heavily
influx

Thailand will soon close one of its world famous beaches in an effort to (1) ____________ the damage done to its coral by mass tourism. The beach is in Maya Bay on the (2) ____________ island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide attention after it featured (3) ____________ in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the Maya Bay beach on the bucket (4) ____________ of millions of travellers worldwide. The result has been an (5) ____________ of up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day to its (6) ____________ shores. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have (7) ____________ irreversible damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral in the bay has died. The beach will (8) ____________ between June and September to let the coral recover.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
critic
waste
flotilla
predict
closure
endure
pristine
ideal

Experts (9) ____________ that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed, and that once (10) ____________ beaches have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is an outspoken (11) ____________ of the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to (12) ____________. He said the biggest culprits were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic (13) ____________ being dumped in the sea. He believes the "(14) ____________ solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed permanently. He said: "While it's a very pretty bay, visiting it with a (15) ____________ of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract from the magic." He welcomed the temporary (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) close one of its world famous beaches in an effort to ______
     a.  reverses the damage
     b.  reversal the damage
     c.  reversed the damage
     d.  reverse the damage
2)  The beach is in Maya Bay on the ______ Koh Phi Phi
     a.  tinny island of
     b.  tinted island of
     c.  tiny island of
     d.  tie knee island of
3)  it featured heavily in the Leonardo DiCaprio ______
     a.  blocked buster movie
     b.  blockbuster movie
     c.  block basted movie
     d.  black buster movie
4)  The film put the Maya Bay beach on the ______
     a.  bucket lists
     b.  buckets wrists
     c.  bucket list
     d.  bucket wrist
5)  The beach will close between June and September to let ______
     a.  the coral recovery
     b.  the coral recovered
     c.  the coral recovers
     d.  the coral recover

6)  Experts predict that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs ______
     a.  have been destroyed
     b.  have been destroy it
     c.  have been destroying
     d.  have been destroys
7)  The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is ______
     a.  an outspoken critic
     b.  an out speaking critic
     c.  an outs poking critic
     d.  an out spoke in critic
8)  the level of tourism Thailand's coastline ______
     a.  has to ending
     b.  has to end you're
     c.  has to end your
     d.  has to endure
9)  anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic waste being ______
     a.  ramped in the sea
     b.  dumped in the sea
     c.  bumped in the sea
     d.  pumped in the sea
10)  visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract ______
     a.  from a magic
     b.  from the magician
     c.  from the magic
     d.  from the magically

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Thailand will (1) ___________________ of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done to its coral (2) ___________________. The beach is in Maya Bay on the tiny island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide attention after it (3) ___________________ the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the Maya Bay beach on the (4) ___________________ millions of travellers worldwide. The result has been an influx of up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day to its emerald shores. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have (5) ___________________ to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral in the bay has died. The beach will close between June and September to let (6) ___________________.

Experts predict that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed, and that (7) ___________________ have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is an (8) ___________________ the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to endure. He said (9) ___________________ were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic waste (10) ___________________ the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed permanently. He said: "While it's a (11) ___________________, visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract (12) ___________________." He welcomed the temporary closure.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the bay where the beach is?
  2. What was the name of the movie that made the beach famous?
  3. How many people a day visit the beach?
  4. How many boats do people arrive on?
  5. What will happen to the beach between June and September?
  6. How much of Thailand's coral reefs could be damaged?
  7. What is the position of the man from a Bangkok university?
  8. What did the article say was being dumped in the sea?
  9. How long should the beach close for, according to an "ideal situation"?
  10. What did a university worker say boats and tourists took away?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the name of the bay where the beach is?
a) Thaiya Bay
b) Maya Bay
c) Chaya Bay
d) Haya Bay
2)  What was the name of the movie that made the beach famous?
a) Coral Island
b) Love Island
c) The Beach
d) Love Beach
3)  How many people a day visit the beach?
a) around 5,000
b) exactly 5,000
c) over 5,000
d) up to 5,000
4)  How many boats do people arrive on?
a) dozens
b) hundreds
c) thousands
d) scores
5)  What will happen to the beach between June and September?
a) it will close
b) there will be a party
c) it will be re-sanded
d) construction work

6)  How much of Thailand's coral reefs could be damaged?
a) almost 80%
b) 66%
c) about half
d) less than 10%
7)  What is the position of the man from a Bangkok university?
a) head lecturer
b) chancellor
c) principal
d) deputy dean
8)  What did the article say was being dumped in the sea?
a) rubbish
b) coral
c) plastic waste
d) dead fish
9)  How long should the beach close for, according to an "ideal situation"?
a) a year
b) 3 months
c) 5 years
d) permanently
10)  What did a university worker say boats and tourists took away?
a) fish
b) magic
c) sand
d) photos

Role play

Role  A – Beaches
You think tourism damages beaches most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why tourism doesn't damage their things as much. Also, tell the others which is the least damaged of these (and why): rainforests, cultures or wildlife.

Role  B – Rainforests
You think tourism damages rainforests most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why tourism doesn't damage their things as much. Also, tell the others which is the least damaged of these (and why): beaches, cultures or wildlife.

Role  C – Cultures
You think tourism damages cultures most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why tourism doesn't damage their things as much. Also, tell the others which is the least damaged of these (and why): rainforests, beaches or wildlife.

Role  D – Wildlife
You think tourism damages wildlife most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why tourism doesn't damage their things as much. Also, tell the others which is the least damaged of these (and why):  rainforests, cultures or beaches.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'coral'

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  • and 'beach'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 80
    • dean
    • level
    • breaking
    • ideal
    • magic
    • soon
    • tiny
    • heavily
    • lists
    • arrive
    • most




    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 - Thailand to close famous beach to protect coral

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'beach'?
    3. What is your favourite beach, and why?
    4. How important are beaches?
    5. What do you know about Thailand's beaches?
    6. How is tourism affecting beaches?
    7. Should there be a limit on visitors going to beaches?
    8. What do you like to do at the beach?
    9. What can tourists do to better look after beaches?
    10. What are the biggest dangers to beaches?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'coral'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Will any beach in the world stay pristine?
    5. What damage does tourism cause to the environment?
    6. Should hotels be banned from beachfronts?
    7. How can we reduce plastic waste being dumped in the sea?
    8. Should the Maya Bay beach be closed forever?
    9. What is the magic of a beautiful beach?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the university deputy dean?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Thailand will soon (1) ____ one of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done to its coral by (2) ____ tourism. The beach is in Maya Bay on the tiny island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide attention after it (3) ____ heavily in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the Maya Bay beach on the (4) ____ lists of millions of travellers worldwide. The result has been an influx of up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day to its emerald (5) ____. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have caused irreversible damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral in the bay has died. The beach will close between June and September to let the coral (6) ____.

    Experts predict that (7) ____ 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed, and that once (8) ____ beaches have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is an outspoken (9) ____ of the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to (10) ____. He said the biggest culprits were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic waste being (11) ____ in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed permanently. He said: "While it's a very pretty bay, visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather (12) ____ from the magic." He welcomed the temporary closure.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     closely     (b)     close     (c)     closeness     (d)     closed    
    2. (a)     amass     (b)     mass     (c)     masses     (d)     massed    
    3. (a)     fractured     (b)     feted     (c)     fated     (d)     featured    
    4. (a)     picket     (b)     bucket     (c)     bracket     (d)     packet    
    5. (a)     spores     (b)     shores     (c)     shares     (d)     spares    
    6. (a)     recovery     (b)     recovers     (c)     recover     (d)     recovered    
    7. (a)     mostly     (b)     most     (c)     almost     (d)     must    
    8. (a)     praline     (b)     plumbing     (c)     pristine     (d)     prism    
    9. (a)     critically     (b)     criticize     (c)     criticism     (d)     critic    
    10. (a)     insure     (b)     ensure     (c)     ensue     (d)     endure    
    11. (a)     dumped     (b)     damped     (c)     dumbed     (d)     dammed    
    12. (a)     destruct     (b)     defect     (c)     detract     (d)     detox

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. in an effort to vresere the damage
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    3. an fnuixl of up to 5,000 sun worshippers
    4. elemadr shores
    5. caused ersiblvirree damage
    6. let the coral rvoeecr

    Paragraph 2

    1. once snrteiip beaches
    2. the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to reeund
    3. the biggest rtplucsi
    4. be closed nlemepayrtn
    5. ecttrda from the magic
    6. He welcomed the yreatmrop closure

    Put the text back together

    (...)  to its coral by mass tourism. The beach is in Maya Bay on the tiny island of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide
    (...)  endure. He said the biggest culprits were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic
    (...)  waste being dumped in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed
    (...)  permanently. He said: "While it's a very pretty bay, visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes
    (...)  died. The beach will close between June and September to let the coral recover.
    (...)  lists of millions of travellers worldwide. The result has been an influx of up to 5,000 sun
    (...)  beaches have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart
    (...)  damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most of the coral in the bay has
    (...)  Experts predict that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destroyed, and that once pristine
    (...)  worshippers a day to its emerald shores. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have caused irreversible
    (...)  University is an outspoken critic of the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to
    (...)  of other tourists rather detract from the magic." He welcomed the temporary closure.
    (...)  attention after it featured heavily in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the Maya Bay beach on the bucket
    1  ) Thailand will soon close one of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done

    Put the words in the right order

    1. done   tourism   .   Damage   mass   coral   its   by   to
    2. blockbuster   movie   .   the   featured   heavily   It   in
    3. millions   of   bucket   travellers   .   the   of   On   lists
    4. influx   of   An   5,000   to   worshippers   .   sun   up
    5. has   Most   in   coral   of   died   .   the   bay   the
    6. tourism   .   pristine   beaches   been   by   damaged   have   Once
    7. critic   of   tourism   .   level   outspoken   of   An   the
    8. culprits   were   the   hotels   .   said   He   beachfront   biggest
    9. and   breaking   the   Anchors   into   coral   .   crashing
    10. detract   from   other   of   Hordes   the   tourists   magic   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Thailand will soon close / closed one of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done to its coral by amass / mass tourism. The beach is in Maya Bay on the tiny island from / of Koh Phi Phi Leh. It garnered worldwide attention after it featured heavy / heavily in the Leonardo DiCaprio blockbuster movie The Beach. The film put the Maya Bay beach on the bucket / pail lists of millions of travellers worldwide. The result has been an influx / outflow of up to 5,000 sun worshippers a day to its emerald shores / shares. They arrive on hundreds of boats, which have caused irreversible / irreversibly damage to the bay's coral. Officials say that most / many of the coral in the bay has died. The beach will close between June and September to let the coral recover / recovery.

    Experts predict / prediction that almost 80 per cent of Thailand's coral reefs have been destruction / destroyed, and that oncepristine beaches have been damaged by tourism. The deputy dean of the Faculty of Fisheries at Bangkok's Kasetsart University is an outspoken critical / critic of the level of tourism Thailand's coastline has to endure / endurance. He said the biggest culprits / culpable were beachfront hotels, boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral, and plastic waste / wastes being dumped in the sea. He believes the "ideal solution" is for Maya Bay to be closed permanent / permanently. He said: "While it's a very pretty bay, visiting / visited it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather destruct / detract from the magic / magical." He welcomed the temporary closure.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    thailand will soon close one of its world famous beaches in an effort to reverse the damage done to its coral by mass tourism the beach is in maya bay on the tiny island of koh phi phi leh it garnered worldwide attention after it featured heavily in the leonardo dicaprio blockbuster movie the beach the film put the maya bay beach on the bucket lists of millions of travellers worldwide the result has been an influx of up to 5000 sun worshippers a day to its emerald shores they arrive on hundreds of boats which have caused irreversible damage to the bays coral officials say that most of the coral in the bay has died the beach will close between june and september to let the coral recover

    experts predict that almost 80 per cent of thailands coral reefs have been destroyed and that once pristine beaches have been damaged by tourism the deputy dean of the faculty of fisheries at bangkoks kasetsart university is an outspoken critic of the level of tourism thailands coastline has to endure he said the biggest culprits were beachfront hotels boat anchors crashing into and breaking the coral and plastic waste being dumped in the sea he believes the ideal solution is for maya bay to be closed permanently he said while its a very pretty bay visiting it with a flotilla of boats and hordes of other tourists rather detract from the magic he welcomed the temporary closure.

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Thailandwillsooncloseoneofitsworldfamousbeachesinanefforttoreve
    rsethedamagedonetoitscoralbymasstourism.ThebeachisinMayaBay
    onthetinyislandofKohPhiPhiLeh.Itgarneredworldwideattentionafteri
    tfeaturedheavilyintheLeonardoDiCaprioblockbustermovieTheBeach
    .ThefilmputtheMayaBaybeachonthebucketlistsofmillionsoftraveller
    sworldwide.Theresulthasbeenaninfluxofupto5,000sunworshippersa
    daytoitsemeraldshores.Theyarriveonhundredsofboats,whichhavec
    ausedirreversibledamagetothebay'scoral.Officialssaythatmostofthe
    coralinthebayhasdied.ThebeachwillclosebetweenJuneandSeptemb
    ertoletthecoralrecover.Expertspredictthatalmost80percentofThaila
    nd'scoralreefshavebeendestroyed,andthatoncepristinebeacheshav
    ebeendamagedbytourism.ThedeputydeanoftheFacultyofFisheriesat
    Bangkok'sKasetsartUniversityisanoutspokencriticoftheleveloftouris
    mThailand'scoastlinehastoendure.Hesaidthebiggestculpritswerebe
    achfronthotels,boatanchorscrashingintoandbreakingthecoral,andpl
    asticwastebeingdumpedinthesea.Hebelievesthe"idealsolution"isfor
    MayaBaytobeclosedpermanently.Hesaid:"Whileit'saveryprettybay,
    visitingitwithaflotillaofboatsandhordesofothertouristsratherdetractf
    romthemagic."Hewelcomedthetemporaryclosure.

    Free writing

    Write about beach for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Tourism is bad for the environment and should be limited. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BEACHES: Make a poster about beaches. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TOURISM: Write a magazine article about limiting access to beaches to help protect the environment. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on beaches. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to protect them. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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