The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Loss - Level 0

Wildlife is disappearing faster than before. The world's wildlife population fell by 60 per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF said the loss of wildlife is like a "mass extinction". This is because of "exploding human consumption". There are more people on Earth. They are eating more and using more resources and energy.



Humans have changed three-quarters of the Earth. In South and Central America, there has been an 89 per cent loss of wildlife since 1970. The WWF said this was shocking. It said the loss was "a [depressing] reminder...of the pressure we [put] on the planet." It warned we must act now and not "let Earth slip away".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Loss - Level 1 Wildlife Loss - Level 2   or  Wildlife Loss - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/10/30/living-planet-report-60-percent-animal-populations-gone-wwf/1817210002/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46028862
  • https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2018/10/30/18042150/wwf-living-planet-report-vertebrate-loss


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. Wildlife is disappearing faster
  2. The world's wildlife
  3. the loss of
  4. mass
  5. exploding human
  6. There are more
  7. They are eating
  8. using more resources
  1. more
  2. than before
  3. people on Earth
  4. and energy
  5. population fell
  6. extinction
  7. consumption
  8. wildlife

Paragraph 2

  1. three-quarters
  2. South and Central
  3. an 89 per cent loss of wildlife
  4. The WWF said this was
  5. the loss was a depressing
  6. the pressure we put on
  7. It warned we must
  8. let Earth slip
  1. since 1970
  2. act now
  3. reminder
  4. away
  5. America
  6. shocking
  7. of the Earth
  8. the planet

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wildlife (1) ___________________ than before. The world's wildlife population (2) ___________________ per cent between 1970 and 2014. The WWF (3) ___________________ of wildlife is like a "mass extinction". (4) ___________________ of "exploding human consumption". There (5) ___________________ on Earth. They are eating more and using (6) ___________________ energy.

Humans (7) ___________________-quarters of the Earth. In South and Central America, there (8) ___________________ 89 per cent loss of (9) ___________________. The WWF said this was shocking. It said (10) ___________________ "a [depressing] reminder... (11) ___________________ we [put] on the planet." It warned we must act (12) ___________________ "let Earth slip away".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wildlifeisdisappearingfasterthanbefore.Theworld'swildlifepopulatio
nfellby60percentbetween1970and2014.TheWWFsaidthelossofwildli
feislikea"massextinction".Thisisbecauseof"explodinghumanconsu
mption".TherearemorepeopleonEarth.Theyareeatingmoreandusing
moreresourcesandenergy.Humanshavechangedthree-quarterso
ftheEarth.InSouthandCentralAmerica,therehasbeenan89percentlo
ssofwildlifesince1970.TheWWFsaidthiswasshocking.Itsaidthelossw
as"a[depressing]reminder...ofthepressurewe[put]ontheplanet."It
warnedwemustactnowandnot"letEarthslipaway".

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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

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Answers

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