The Reading / Listening - Commercial Whaling - Level 4

Japan restarted commercial whaling after three decades. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission. Japan has promised its whalers will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast. It set a yearly quota for killing whales. This week, whalers caught two minke whales. The whale meat was sold in Tokyo for record prices. Restaurant owners bought the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.



Japan has done whaling for centuries. A whale chef believes commercial whaling is important. He said: "A country that does not preserve its food culture has no future." He said whale meat was healthy. It is five times lower in calories than beef and 10 times lower in cholesterol. It is also full of iron. Japan's return to whaling has angered people worldwide. The Humane Society said: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Commercial Whaling - Level 5 or  Commercial Whaling - Level 6

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/asia/japan-first-whale-catch-31-years-trnd/index.html
  • https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-whale-restaurants-cheer-hunt-resumption
  • https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12246215


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. after three
  2. Commercial whaling was
  3. within 320 kilometers
  4. It set a yearly quota
  5. whalers caught
  6. sold in Tokyo
  7. Restaurant owners
  8. prices of up to
  1. for record prices
  2. for killing whales
  3. $140 per kilo
  4. decades
  5. bought the meat
  6. banned in 1986
  7. two minke whales
  8. from its coast

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan has done whaling
  2. A country that does not preserve
  3. He said whale meat was
  4. It is five times lower in
  5. It is also full
  6. Japan's return to
  7. whaling has angered people
  8. a sad day for whale
  1. of iron
  2. worldwide
  3. for centuries
  4. protection globally
  5. healthy
  6. calories than beef
  7. its food culture
  8. whaling

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan restarted commercial whaling (1) ___________________. Commercial whaling (2) ___________________ 1986 by the International Whaling Commission. Japan has promised its whalers (3) ___________________ 320 kilometers from its coast. It set (4) ___________________ for killing whales. This week, whalers caught two minke whales. The whale meat was sold in Tokyo (5) ___________________. Restaurant owners bought the meat at prices (6) ___________________ $140 per kilo.

Japan has done (7) ___________________. A whale chef believes commercial whaling is important. He said: "A country that does (8) ___________________ food culture has no future." He said whale meat was healthy. It is five times (9) ___________________ than beef and 10 times lower in cholesterol. It is also (10) ___________________. Japan's return to whaling has (11) ___________________. The Humane Society said: "This is a sad day for (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanrestartedcommercialwhalingafterthreedecades.Commercialw
halingwasbannedin1986bytheInternationalWhalingCommission.Ja
panhaspromiseditswhalerswillstaywithin320kilometersfromitscoas
t.Itsetayearlyquotaforkillingwhales.Thisweek,whalerscaughttwomi
nkewhales.ThewhalemeatwassoldinTokyoforrecordprices.Restaura
ntownersboughtthemeatatpricesofupto$140perkilo.Japanhasdone
whalingforcenturies.Awhalechefbelievescommercialwhalingisimpor
tant.Hesaid:"Acountrythatdoesnotpreserveitsfoodculturehasnofutu
re."Hesaidwhalemeatwashealthy.Itisfivetimeslowerincaloriesthanb
eefand10timeslowerincholesterol.Itisalsofullofiron.Japan'sreturnto
whalinghasangeredpeopleworldwide.TheHumaneSocietysaid:"Thisi
sasaddayforwhaleprotectionglobally."

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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