The Reading / Listening - Beluga Whale - Level 6

A professor at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost point could be part of Russia's spy network. Local residents reported that the beluga was extremely tame and enjoyed being petted. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a harness and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is most likely that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written on the harness in English. A local said: "The talk in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military facility or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language text."



There is much speculation online as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking whether it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to help divers on military missions. A Russian naval analyst, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any links the beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military programs for using marine animals for navy purposes, they are unlikely to be belugas." A Russian military official agreed. He told the BBC: "If we were using this animal for spying, do you really think we'd attach a mobile phone number with the message 'please call this number?'"

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Beluga Whale - Level 4  or  Beluga Whale - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/beluga-whale-linked-to-russian-military-is-affectionate-fetches-rings-for-locals-in-norway/
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/norway-thinks-captured-beluga-whale-030744381.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48090616


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. WHALES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about whales. 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?
       professor / Arctic Ocean / whale / spy / network / tame / news / images / military /
       speculation / journalists / divers / missions / marine / official / animal / message
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPYING: Students A strongly believe spying is beneficial; Students B strongly believe its isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SPY ANIMALS: How could these animals be used for spying? What might the drawbacks be of using these animals? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Uses

Drawbacks

Dog

 

 

Dolphin

 

 

Rabbit

 

 

Snake

 

 

Parrot

 

 

Mouse

 

 

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5. ARCTIC: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "Arctic". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SPY GADGETS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best spy gadgets at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • fingerprint recorder
  • voice copier
  • contact lens camera
  • password finder
  • invisibility cloak
  • X-Ray glasses
  • pen recorder
  • thought recorder

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. resident a. To a very great degree; very, vey, very.
      2. extremely b. An arrangement of straps for fastening something to a person's body, such as a parachute, or for restraining a young child.
      3. tame c. Stroke or patted an animal affectionately.
      4. petted d. Not dangerous or frightened of people; domesticated.
      5. harness e. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on along-term basis.
      6. military f. A place, amenity, or piece of equipment provided for a particular purpose.
      7. facility g. Relating to or characteristic of soldiers or armed forces.

    Paragraph 2

      8. speculation h. Made something appear less important than it really is.
      9. diver i. The forming of a theory or conjecture without firm evidence.
      10. mission j. A person who conducts investigations, examinations and research.
      11. naval k. Of, found in, or produced by the sea; relating to shipping or naval matters.
      12. analyst l. An important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, usually involving travel.
      13. downplayed m. About the ships and operations of armed forces at sea or of commercial shipping businesses.
      14. marine n. A person who wears a special waterproof suit to work under water.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A professor at a Finnish university said a beluga whale could be a spy.     T / F
  2. Local people said the beluga whale was totally wild.     T / F
  3. The beluga whale was fitted with equipment to hold a camera.     T / F
  4. The city name of St Petersburg was written on a harness in Russian.     T / F
  5. Some people think the whale came from St Petersburg in Florida.     T / F
  6. The US Navy does not use dolphins to help their missions.     T / F
  7. A Russian official said Russia would be unlikely to use beluga whales.     T / F
  8. A Russian official said Russia would not write down phone numbers.     T / F

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

  1. found
  2. tame
  3. likely
  4. hamlet
  5. escaped
  6. speculation
  7. missions
  8. purposes
  9. official
  10. attach
  1. docile
  2. village
  3. reasons
  4. conjecture
  5. probable
  6. affix
  7. discovered
  8. representative
  9. assignments
  10. broke free

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

  1. a beluga whale that was found
  2. the beluga was extremely
  3. the creature was
  4. It is most
  5. it could have
  6. There is much speculation
  7. downplayed any
  8. military
  9. using marine animals
  10. we'd attach
  1. for navy purposes
  2. fitted with a harness
  3. online
  4. a mobile phone number
  5. in the Arctic Ocean
  6. programs
  7. tame
  8. likely
  9. links
  10. escaped

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
residents
involved
facility
petted
text
point
talk
harness

A professor at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost (1) ____________ could be part of Russia's spy network. Local (2) ____________ reported that the beluga was extremely tame and enjoyed being (3) ____________. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a (4) ____________ and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is most likely that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was (5) ____________." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written on the harness in English. A local said: "The (6) ____________ in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military (7) ____________ or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
analyst
online
attach
military
message
marine
facilities
unlikely

There is much speculation (9) ____________ as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking whether it came from whale and dolphin training (10) ____________ in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to help divers on (11) ____________ missions. A Russian naval (12) ____________, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any links the beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military programs for using (13) ____________ animals for navy purposes, they are (14) ____________ to be belugas." A Russian military official agreed. He told the BBC: "If we were using this animal for spying, do you really think we'd (15) ____________ a mobile phone number with the (16) ____________ 'please call this number?'"

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Local residents reported that the beluga was extremely tame and enjoyed ______
     a.  being pet it
     b.  being patted
     c.  be in pet it
     d.  being petted
2)  Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a harness ______
     a.  and meant
     b.  and mound
     c.  and mount
     d.  amount
3)  It is most likely that the Russian Navy in Murmansk ______
     a.  was involve
     b.  was involved
     c.  was involving
     d.  was solved
4)  The talk in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian ______
     a.  militia facility
     b.  millet tree facility
     c.  miller tree facility
     d.  military facility
5)  could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-______
     a.  language text
     b.  language texts
     c.  language texted
     d.  language textual

6)  There is much speculation online ______ the whale came from
     a.  was to where
     b.  as to where
     c.  has to where
     d.  is to where
7)  The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to help divers on ______
     a.  military emissions
     b.  military missions
     c.  military mission
     d.  military machines
8) programs for using marine animals for navy purposes, they are ______ belugas
     a.  unliked to be
     b.  unlikely to be
     c.  unlikely too be
     d.  unlikely to been
9)  He told the BBC: "If we were using this ______
     a.  animals for spying
     b.  animal four spying
     c.  animal for spying
     d.  animal form spying
10)  do you really think we'd attach a mobile phone number ______
     a.  with the massage
     b.  with the messy
     c.  with the mass sage
     d.  with the message

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A professor (1) ___________________ in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost point could (2) ___________________ Russia's spy network. Local residents reported that the beluga was (3) ___________________ enjoyed being petted. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a harness and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is (4) ___________________ the Russian Navy in Murmansk was involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written (5) ___________________ in English. A local said: "The talk in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military facility or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the (6) ___________________."

There is much speculation online (7) ___________________ the whale came from. Journalists are asking whether it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy (8) ___________________ use dolphins to help divers on military missions. A Russian naval analyst, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed (9) ___________________ beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military programs (10) ___________________ animals for navy purposes, they are unlikely to be belugas." A Russian (11) ___________________. He told the BBC: "If we were using this animal for spying, do you really think we'd (12) ___________________ phone number with the message 'please call this number?'"

Comprehension questions

  1. In what part of Norway was the whale discovered?
  2. Who said the beluga whale was tame?
  3. Who did a professor say was involved?
  4. What was written on a harness?
  5. Where did people in a hamlet say the whale could have swum from?
  6. What is there much of online regarding the whale?
  7. Who do dolphins help in the U.S. Navy?
  8. Who is Mikhail Barabanov?
  9. Which news agency did a Russian military official talk to?
  10. What did an official say Russia's military would not attach to the whale?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  In what part of Norway was the whale discovered?
a) the southernmost point
b) the northernmost point
c) the easternmost point
d) the westernmost point
2)  Who said the beluga whale was tame?
a) the navy
b) divers
c) a zoologist
d) local residents
3) Who did a professor say was involved?
a) the Russian Navy
b) Greenpeace
c) the US Navy
d) Norway's navy
4) What was written on a harness?
a) "Made in Russia"
b) "Top Secret"
c) "Equipment of St. Petersburg"
d) "My Name is Bel"
5) Where did people in a hamlet say the whale could have swum from?
a) the North Pole
b) St. Petersburg, Florida
c) the South Pole
d) Moscow

6) What is there much of online regarding the whale?
a) speculation
b) Facebook likes
c) discussion
d) anger
7) Who do dolphins help in the U.S. Navy?
a) surfers
b) trainers
c) divers
d) beluga whales
8) Who is Mikhail Barabanov?
a)  a Russian naval analyst
b) a Russian journalist
c) a Russian navy diver
d) a Russian marine biologist
9) Which news agency did a Russian military official talk to?
a) the BBC
b) CNN
c) Russia Today
d) Norway Today
10) What did an official say Russia's military would not attach to the whale?
a) great importance
b) a serial number
c) a Russian flag
d) a mobile phone number

Role play

Role  A – Invisibility Cloak
You think an invisibility cloak is the best spy gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): thought recorder, contact lens camera or password finder.

Role  B – Thought Recorder
You think a thought recorder is the best spy gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): invisibility cloak, contact lens camera or password finder.

Role  C – Contact Lens Camera
You think a contact lens camera is the best spy gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): thought recorder, invisibility cloak or password finder.

Role  D – Password Finder
You think a password finder is the best spy gadget. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their gadgets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): thought recorder, contact lens camera or invisibility cloak.

After reading / listening

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

'spy'

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  • and 'whale'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • whether
    • divers
    • help
    • marine
    • official
    • number
    • found
    • extremely
    • fitted
    • most
    • talk
    • text




    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 - Could a friendly beluga whale be a spy?

    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 'whale'?
    3. What do you know about beluga whales?
    4. What do you think of petting a beluga whale?
    5. Why do you think the whale had a camera harness?
    6. Who do you think put the harness on the whale, and why?
    7. Do you think the St Petersburg in the text is in Russia or the USA?
    8. What do you think of whales being used to spy?
    9. How can governments get animals to spy for them?
    10. Could you become a spy?

    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 'spy'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about spying?
    5. Why don't authorities know where the whale came from?
    6. What is the best way to spy?
    7. Why do governments spy on each other?
    8. Would Russia put text in English on a spy whale?
    9. What would change if the whale was found to be a Russian spy?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a whale expert?

    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)

    A professor at a university in Norway (1) ____ a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost point could be (2) ____ of Russia's spy network. Local residents reported that the beluga was extremely tame and enjoyed being (3) ____. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a harness and (4) ____ for a spy camera. He said: "It is most likely that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written on the harness in English. A local said: "The (5) ____ in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military facility or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language (6) ____."

    There is (7) ____ speculation online as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking whether it came from whale and dolphin training (8) ____ in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to help divers on military missions. A Russian (9) ____ analyst, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any links the beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military programs for using marine animals for navy (10) ____, they are unlikely to be belugas." A Russian military official (11) ____. He told the BBC: "If we were using this animal for spying, do you really think we'd (12) ____ a mobile phone number with the message 'please call this number?'"

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     believe     (b)     believes     (c)     beliefs     (d)     believing    
    2. (a)     party     (b)     parted     (c)     partner     (d)     part    
    3. (a)     potted     (b)     petted     (c)     pitted     (d)     putted    
    4. (a)     amount     (b)     surmount     (c)     mount     (d)     remount    
    5. (a)     talk     (b)     speak     (c)     speech     (d)     voice    
    6. (a)     text     (b)     article     (c)     tome     (d)     prose    
    7. (a)     any     (b)     most     (c)     many     (d)     much    
    8. (a)     facilities     (b)     frailties     (c)     fragilities     (d)     faculties    
    9. (a)     revel     (b)     naval     (c)     gavel     (d)     bevel    
    10. (a)     porpoises     (b)     proposes     (c)     purposes     (d)     prospers    
    11. (a)     concur     (b)     matched     (c)     agreed     (d)     conformed    
    12. (a)     fixate     (b)     attach     (c)     fastener     (d)     sticky

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Norway's tnrhenoomrst point
    2. the beluga was terxmeley tame
    3. the reatucre was fitted with a harness
    4. Murmansk was vilonved
    5. upiqmenet of St. Petersburg
    6. it could have scapeed

    Paragraph 2

    1. There is much peustalicon online
    2. dolphin training aclftiiies
    3. A Russian naval nlaayst
    4. help divers on ilitamry missions
    5. using marine animals for navy rpopuses
    6. ttacah a mobile phone number

    Put the text back together

    (...)  facility or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language text."
    (...)  with a harness and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is most likely that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was
    (...)  involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written
    1  ) A professor at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's
    (...)  northernmost point could be part of Russia's spy network. Local residents reported that the beluga was extremely
    (...)  help divers on military missions. A Russian naval analyst, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any links the beluga might have
    (...)  There is much speculation online as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking
    (...)  whether it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is known to use dolphins to
    (...)  on the harness in English. A local said: "The talk in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military
    (...)  with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are military programs for using marine animals for navy
    (...)  purposes, they are unlikely to be belugas." A Russian military official agreed. He told
    (...)  tame and enjoyed being petted. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted
    (...)  the BBC: "If we were using this animal for spying, do you really think we'd attach a mobile
    (...)  phone number with the message 'please call this number?'"

    Put the words in the right order

    1. beluga   in   found   whale   the   A   Arctic   Ocean   .
    2. reported   the   Residents   was   beluga   that   extremely   tame   .
    3. fitted   was   creature   with   The   a   harness   .
    4. is   likely   It   Russia   that   most   was   involved   .
    5. escaped   have   It   from   could   military   Russia's   facility   .
    6. to   Speculation   the   where   as   whale   came   from   .
    7. to   use   dolphins   Known   help   to   divers
    8. beluga   Links   have   might   the   with   the   military   .
    9. are   military   programs   for   using   There   marine   animals   .
    10. we   this   using   were   animal   If   for   spying   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A professor at a university in Norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the Arctic Ocean near Norway's northernmost point could be party / part of Russia's spy network. Local residence / residents reported that the beluga was extremely / extreme tame and enjoyed being petted / potted. Professor Audun Rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a hairnet / harness and mount for a spy camera. He said: "It is most likely / liking that the Russian Navy in Murmansk was involvement / involved." However, news images show there is "Equipment of St. Petersburg" written on the harness in English. A local said: "The talk / speak in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a Russian military facility / faculty or could have swum from St. Petersburg, Florida, because of the English-language textual / text."

    There is much / many speculation online as to where the whale came from. Journalists are asking weather / whether it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in St. Petersburg, Florida. The U.S. Navy is knowing / known to use dolphins to help divers on military missions / mission. A Russian naval analysis / analyst, Mikhail Barabanov, downplayed any linked / links the beluga might have with the Russian military. He said: "Even if there are militia / military programs for using marine animals for navy purposes, they are unlikely to being / be belugas." A Russian military official agreed. He told the BBC: "If we were using / used this animal for spying, do you really think we'd attachment / attach a mobile phone number with the message 'please call this number?'"

    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

    a professor at a university in norway believes a beluga whale that was found in the arctic ocean near norways northernmost point could be part of russias spy network local residents reported that the beluga was extremely tame and enjoyed being petted professor audun rikardsen said the creature was fitted with a harness and mount for a spy camera he said it is most likely that the russian navy in murmansk was involved however news images show there is equipment of st petersburg written on the harness in english a local said the talk in this hamlet is that it could have escaped from a russian military facility or could have swum from st petersburg florida because of the englishlanguage text

    there is much speculation online as to where the whale came from journalists are asking whether it came from whale and dolphin training facilities in st petersburg florida the us navy is known to use dolphins to help divers on military missions a russian naval analyst mikhail barabanov downplayed any links the beluga might have with the russian military he said even if there are military programs for using marine animals for navy purposes they are unlikely to be belugas a russian military official agreed he told the bbc if we were using this animal for spying do you really think wed attach a mobile phone number with the message please call this number

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AprofessoratauniversityinNorwaybelievesabelugawhalethatwasfou
    ndintheArcticOceannearNorway'snorthernmostpointcouldbepartof
    Russia'sspynetwork.Localresidentsreportedthatthebelugawasextre
    melytameandenjoyedbeingpetted.ProfessorAudunRikardsensaidth
    ecreaturewasfittedwithaharnessandmountforaspycamera.Hesaid:"
    ItismostlikelythattheRussianNavyinMurmanskwasinvolved."Howev
    er,newsimagesshowthereis"EquipmentofSt.Petersburg"writtenont
    heharnessinEnglish.Alocalsaid:"Thetalkinthishamletisthatitcouldha
    veescapedfromaRussianmilitaryfacilityorcouldhaveswumfromSt.Pe
    tersburg,Florida,becauseoftheEnglish-languagetext."Thereismuc
    hspeculationonlineastowherethewhalecamefrom.Journalistsareaski
    ngwhetheritcamefromwhaleanddolphintrainingfacilitiesinSt.Peters
    burg,Florida.TheU.S.Navyisknowntousedolphinstohelpdiversonmili
    tarymissions.ARussiannavalanalyst,MikhailBarabanov,downplayed
    anylinksthebelugamighthavewiththeRussianmilitary.Hesaid:"Eveni
    ftherearemilitaryprogramsforusingmarineanimalsfornavypurposes,
    theyareunlikelytobebelugas."ARussianmilitaryofficialagreed.Hetold
    theBBC:"Ifwewereusingthisanimalforspying,doyoureallythinkwe'da
    ttachamobilephonenumberwiththemessage'pleasecallthisnumber?'
    "

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Animals should never be used to help the military. 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. SPYING: Make a poster about spying. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SPY ANIMALS: Write a magazine article about using animals for spying. 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 spying. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. 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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