The Reading / Listening - Commercial Whaling - Level 5

Japan has restarted commercial whaling after a three-decade break. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan has promised its whalers will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast. It has set a quota for killing 227 whales every six months. This week, whalers caught two minke whales. These were taken to a northern Japanese port. The whale meat was sold in Tokyo for record prices. Eager restaurant owners bought the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.



Japan has engaged in whaling for centuries. A whale chef summed up why he thought commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not preserve its food culture has no future." He said whale meat was healthy. He said: "It is five times lower in calories than beef, 10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's packed with iron. But abroad, people do not know this." Japan's return to whaling has brought international outcry. The Humane Society said: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Commercial Whaling - Level 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. after a three-decade
  2. Japan withdrew
  3. stay within 320 kilometers
  4. It has set a quota for
  5. taken to a northern
  6. sold in Tokyo
  7. Eager restaurant owners
  8. at prices of up
  1. killing 227 whales
  2. bought the meat
  3. from the IWC
  4. to $140 per kilo
  5. for record prices
  6. from its coast
  7. break
  8. Japanese port

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan has engaged in whaling
  2. A country that does not preserve
  3. It is five times lower in calories
  4. 10 times lower
  5. two times less
  6. packed with
  7. whaling has brought international
  8. This is a sad day for whale
  1. its food culture
  2. outcry
  3. fat than chicken
  4. protection globally
  5. iron
  6. for centuries
  7. than beef
  8. in cholesterol

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has restarted commercial whaling after (1) ___________________. Commercial whaling (2) ___________________ 1986 by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan has (3) ___________________ will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast. It has (4) ___________________ for killing 227 whales every six months. This week, whalers caught two minke whales. These were taken to a (5) ___________________. The whale meat was sold in Tokyo for record prices. Eager restaurant (6) ___________________ meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.

Japan has engaged in whaling for centuries. A whale (7) ___________________ why he thought commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not (8) ___________________ culture has no future." He said whale meat was healthy. He said: "It is (9) ___________________ in calories than beef, 10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's (10) ___________________. But abroad, people do not know this." Japan's (11) ___________________ has brought international outcry. The Humane Society said: "This is a sad day for (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Japanhasrestartedcommercialwhalingafterathree-decadebreak.Co
mmercialwhalingwasbannedin1986bytheInternationalWhalingCom
mission(IWC).However,JapanwithdrewfromtheIWCinDecember.Ja
panhaspromiseditswhalerswillstaywithin320kilometersfromitscoas
t.Ithassetaquotaforkilling227whaleseverysixmonths.Thisweek,wha
lerscaughttwominkewhales.TheseweretakentoanorthernJapanesep
ort.ThewhalemeatwassoldinTokyoforrecordprices.Eagerrestaurant
ownersboughtthemeatatpricesofupto$140perkilo.Japanhasengage
dinwhalingforcenturies.Awhalechefsummedupwhyhethoughtcomm
ercialwhalingwasimportant.Hesaid:"Acountrythatdoesnotpreservei
tsfoodculturehasnofuture."Hesaidwhalemeatwashealthy.Hesaid:"It
isfivetimeslowerincaloriesthanbeef,10timeslowerincholesterol,twot
imeslessfatthanchickenandit'spackedwithiron.Butabroad,peopledo
notknowthis."Japan'sreturntowhalinghasbroughtinternationaloutcr
y.TheHumaneSocietysaid:"Thisisasaddayforwhaleprotectiongloball
y."

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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