The Reading / Listening - Statue of Unity - Level 2

Workers in India are moving 300 crocodiles because they are too near a new tourist sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat say the crocs could be a danger to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. The statue opened last October. It is 182m high and is the tallest statue in the world. It is next to a reservoir. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so tourist seaplanes can land on the reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could attack tourists. Officials are using cages to catch the animals. Some of the crocs are over 3m long. They are going to a new home in another part of Gujarat.



Animal lovers are angry the crocodiles are moving. One said: "The government is disturbing their habitat and putting their lives at risk. [It] hasn't thought out where it will release the captured crocodiles safely." The editor of an environmental magazine, Bittu Sahgal, said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. He asked if people had lost their minds. An Indian journalist and activist, Pritish Nandy, said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. Another official said the crocodiles had to go for "security reasons".

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    Statue of Unity - Level 0 Statue of Unity - Level 1   or  Statue of Unity - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47010656
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/crocodiles-removed-worlds-tallest-statue-india-scli-intl/index.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/300-crocodiles-relocated-to-protect-tourists-at-worlds-tallest-statue-11618604


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. they are too
  2. the crocs could be a
  3. The statue
  4. the tallest statue
  5. land on a reservoir, where
  6. Some of the crocs are over
  7. They are going to
  8. in another
  1. the crocs live
  2. a new home
  3. danger to tourists
  4. part of India
  5. in the world
  6. near a tourist sight
  7. three meters long
  8. opened last October

Paragraph 2

  1. Animal lovers
  2. putting their lives at
  3. it will release the
  4. An environmental magazine
  5. the idea to move the crocodiles
  6. An Indian journalist
  7. break India's wildlife
  8. move the crocodiles
  1. was crazy
  2. protection laws
  3. risk
  4. for security reasons
  5. crocodiles safely
  6. editor
  7. are angry
  8. and activist

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Workers in India are moving 300 crocodiles because they are too near (1) ___________________ sight. Officials in India's state of Gujarat say the crocs could (2) ___________________ to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity. The statue opened last October. It is 182m high and is (3) ___________________ in the world. It is next to a reservoir. Tourism officials want the giant reptiles moved so tourist seaplanes can (4) ___________________ reservoir. If the crocodiles stayed, they could attack tourists. Officials are using (5) ___________________ the animals. Some of the crocs are over 3m long. They are going to a new home (6) ___________________ of Gujarat.

Animal (7) ___________________ the crocodiles are moving. One said: "The government (8) ___________________ habitat and putting their lives at risk. [It] hasn't (9) ___________________ it will release the captured crocodiles safely." The editor of an environmental magazine, Bittu Sahgal, (10) ___________________ to move the crocodiles was crazy. He asked if people had lost their minds. An Indian (11) ___________________, Pritish Nandy, said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. Another official said the crocodiles had to go (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

WorkersinIndiaaremoving300crocodilesbecausetheyaretoonearan
ewtouristsight.OfficialsinIndia'sstateofGujaratsaythecrocscouldbea
dangertotouristsvisitingtheStatueofUnity.ThestatueopenedlastOct
ober.Itis182mhighandisthetalleststatueintheworld.Itisnexttoareser
voir.Tourismofficialswantthegiantreptilesmovedsotouristseaplanes
canlandonthereservoir.Ifthecrocodilesstayed,theycouldattacktouri
sts.Officialsareusingcagestocatchtheanimals.Someofthecrocsareov
er3mlong.TheyaregoingtoanewhomeinanotherpartofGujarat.Anim
alloversareangrythecrocodilesaremoving.Onesaid:"Thegovernmen
tisdisturbingtheirhabitatandputtingtheirlivesatrisk.[It]hasn'tthoug
htoutwhereitwillreleasethecapturedcrocodilessafely."Theeditorofan
environmentalmagazine,BittuSahgal,saidtheideatomovethecrocodi
leswascrazy.Heaskedifpeoplehadlosttheirminds.AnIndianjournalist
andactivist,PritishNandy,saidmovingthecrocodilescouldbreakIndia'
swildlifeprotectionlaws.Anotherofficialsaidthecrocodileshadtogofor
"securityreasons".

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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