The Reading / Listening - Commercial Whaling - Level 6

Japan has resumed commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium. However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all whalers will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast. The Japanese fisheries agency set a quota for killing 227 whales every six months. In the first days of resumed whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the northern port of Kushiro. The whale meat was auctioned in Tokyo and sold for record prices. Eager restaurant owners snapped up the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.



Japan has engaged in the practice of whaling for centuries. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani summed up why he thought the return of commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not preserve its food culture has no future." He also promoted the health benefits of whale meat. 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." However, Japan's return to whaling has brought international outcry. The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new and shocking era of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Commercial Whaling - Level 4  or  Commercial Whaling - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. WHALING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about whaling. 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?
       commercial / whaling / three decades / whalers / coast / fisheries / port / restaurant /
       practice / important / food culture / health benefits / calories / cholesterol / protection
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BANNED: Students A strongly believe whaling should be banned; Students B strongly believe it shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ANIMALS: Should these things be stopped? Why do they continue? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Should this be stopped?

Why does it continue?

Whaling

 

 

Hunting

 

 

The fur trade

 

 

Cosmetics testing
on animals

 

 

Keeping a pet

 

 

Eating meat

 

 

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5. PORT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "port". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CONTROVERSIAL FOOD: Rank these with your partner. Put the most controversial food at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • monkey meat
  • beluga caviar
  • monkey meat
  • rat
  • whale
  • foie gras
  • shark fin
  • dog

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. resumed a. Begin to do something again after a pause or interruption.
      2. hiatus b. Sold or offered for sale at an auction.
      3. decade c. A pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process.
      4. moratorium d. A limited quantity of a particular product which under official controls can be produced, exported, or imported.
      5. quota e. A period of ten years.
      6. auctioned f. A temporary prohibition of an activity.
      7. snapped up g. Quickly and eagerly bought or secured something that is in short supply or being sold cheaply.

    Paragraph 2

      8. engaged h. A strong expression of public disapproval or anger.
      9. summed up i. Totally filled with or full of.
      10. preserve j. Participated or become involved in.
      11. packed k. Having or showing compassion or benevolence.
      12. outcry l. Gave a brief summary.
      13. humane m. A long and distinct period of history with a particular feature or characteristic.
      14. era n. Maintain or keep something in its original or existing state.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Japan had stopped commercial whaling for more than 30 years.     T / F
  2. Japan is a member of the International Whaling Commission.     T / F
  3. Whalers promised to stay within 320 kilometers of the Japanese coast.    T / F
  4. A kilo of whale meat cost $140 at an auction in Tokyo.     T / F
  5. The article said Japan has been whaling for millennia.     T / F
  6. A chef said eating whale is important to preserve Japanese culture.     T / F
  7. Chicken contains less fat than whale.     T / F
  8. The Humane Society suggested private whaling would increase.     T / F

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

  1. resumed
  2. banned
  3. withdrew
  4. quota
  5. snapped up
  6. engaged
  7. preserve
  8. promoted
  9. outcry
  10. era
  1. advocated
  2. pulled out of
  3. participated
  4. age
  5. prohibited
  6. protests
  7. recommenced
  8. bought
  9. conserve
  10. limit

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

  1. resumed commercial whaling after a
  2. Commercial whaling was
  3. The Japanese fisheries agency set
  4. The whale meat
  5. restaurant owners snapped
  6. Japan has engaged in the practice
  7. preserve its
  8. He also promoted the health
  9. it's packed
  10. Japan's return to whaling has brought
  1. was auctioned in Tokyo
  2. with iron
  3. up the meat
  4. food culture
  5. banned in 1986
  6. benefits of whale meat
  7. hiatus of over three decades
  8. international outcry
  9. of whaling for centuries
  10. a quota

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
first
resumed
moratorium
auctioned
port
quota
snapped
whalers

Japan has (1) ____________ commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) (2) ____________. However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all (3) ____________ will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast. The Japanese fisheries agency set a (4) ____________ for killing 227 whales every six months. In the (5) ____________ days of resumed whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the northern (6) ____________ of Kushiro. The whale meat was (7) ____________ in Tokyo and sold for record prices. Eager restaurant owners (8) ____________ up the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
outcry
engaged
preserve
accused
packed
era
calories
summed

Japan has (9) ____________ in the practice of whaling for centuries. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani (10) ____________ up why he thought the return of commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not (11) ____________ its food culture has no future." He also promoted the health benefits of whale meat. He said: "It is five times lower in (12) ____________ than beef, 10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's (13) ____________ with iron. But abroad, people do not know this." However, Japan's return to whaling has brought international (14) ____________. The Humane Society (15) ____________ Japan of starting a "new and shocking (16) ____________ of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Japan has resumed commercial whaling after a hiatus of ______
     a.  over three decadence
     b.  overly three decades
     c.  over three decades
     d.  overly three decants
2)  whalers will stay within 320 kilometers ______
     a.  from its coats
     b.  from its cost
     c.  from its crust
     d.  from its coast
3)  whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the ______ Kushiro
     a.  northern port of
     b.  northern part of
     c.  northern pert of
     d.  northern pot of
4)  The whale meat was auctioned in Tokyo and sold ______
     a.  four recorded prices
     b.  fore record prices
     c.  for recorded prices
     d.  for record prices
5)  Eager restaurant owners snapped up the meat at prices of up to ______
     a.  $140 per kilo
     b.  $140 par kilo
     c.  $140 pre kilo
     d.  $140 perk kilo

6)  Japan has engaged in the practice of ______
     a.  whaling for centuries
     b.  whale in for century is
     c.  whaling form centuries
     d.  whale for centuries
7)  He said it is five times lower in ______
     a.  calories that beef
     b.  calories than beef
     c.  calories then beef
     d.  calories them beef
8)  10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's ______
     a.  pact with iron
     b.  parked with iron
     c.  poked with iron
     d.  packed with iron
9)  However, Japan's return to whaling has brought ______
     a.  international outer cry
     b.  international at cried
     c.  international out cry
     d.  international out cried
10)  The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new and shocking ______ whaling
     a.  area of pirate
     b.  arena of pirate
     c.  aura of pirate
     d.  era of pirate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Japan has resumed commercial whaling after (1) ___________________ over three decades. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium. However, Japan (2) ___________________ IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all whalers (3) ___________________ 320 kilometers from its coast. The Japanese fisheries agency (4) ___________________ for killing 227 whales every six months. In the first (5) ___________________ whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the northern port of Kushiro. The whale meat was auctioned in Tokyo and sold for record prices. Eager restaurant (6) ___________________ the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.

Japan has engaged in (7) ___________________ whaling for centuries. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani (8) ___________________ he thought the return of commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not preserve its food culture has no future." He also (9) ___________________ benefits of whale meat. 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 (10) ___________________. But abroad, people do not know this." However, Japan's (11) ___________________ has brought international outcry. The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new (12) ___________________ of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."

Comprehension questions

  1. For how long has Japan stopped commercial whaling?
  2. When did Japan withdraw from the International Whaling Commission?
  3. Who set a quota for the number of whales Japan can catch?
  4. How many minke whales were caught in the first week?
  5. How much did a kilo of whale meat sell for at a Tokyo auction?
  6. Who is Mitsuo Tani?
  7. What did someone say a country had to protect?
  8. How many more calories does beef have than whale meat?
  9. What did the article say whale meat is packed with?
  10. What is the name of the group that called this news a "sad day"?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  For how long has Japan stopped commercial whaling?
a) exactly thirty years
b) over thirty years
c) just under thirty years
d) about thirty years
2)  When did Japan withdraw from the International Whaling Commission?
a) in March
b) in February
c) in January
d) in December
3) Who set a quota for the number of whales Japan can catch?
a) the Japanese fisheries agency
b) the International Whaling Commission
c) Greenpeace
d) local villagers
4) How many minke whales were caught in the first week?
a) one
b) three
c) two
d) 27
5) How much did a kilo of whale meat sell for at a Tokyo auction?
a) $150 per kilo
b) $140 per kilo
c) $130 per kilo
d) $160 per kilo

6) Who is Mitsuo Tani?
a) a chef
b) a whaler
c) the International Whaling Commission boss
d) a Greenpeace activist
7) What did someone say a country had to protect?
a) its coastal waters
b) its fish
c) its food culture
d) whales
8) How many more calories does beef have than whale meat?
a) five times more
b) seven times more
c) two times more
d) ten times more
9) What did the article say whale meat is packed with?
a) iron
b) fat
c) protein
d) goodness
10) What is the name of the group that called this news a "sad day"?
a) World Wildlife Fund
b) Friends of the Earth
c) Greenpeace
d) The Humane Society

Role play

Role  A – Whaler
You are a whaler living in a very remote coastal village. Your community has whaled for centuries. Without whaling the whole community would die an economic death. You hate Greenpeace. They don't respect tradition.

Role  B – Activist
You are a Greenpeace activist. You believe it is ethically and morally wrong to kill whales. They are endangered and very intelligent. There is no reason to kill whales and that whales are too intelligent to eat. You think whaling is terrible.

Role  C – President
You are president of a whale meat processing company. You believe whales are a sustainable source of food. You believe that when deforestation makes it uneconomical to raise cows on land, whales will become an important source of food.

Role  D – Whale
You are a whale with a family.

After reading / listening

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

'whaling'

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  • and 'commercial'.

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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:

    • practice
    • return
    • future
    • 10
    • return
    • sad
    • three
    • 1986
    • 320
    • 227
    • two
    • 140




    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 - Japan begins commercial whaling after 30 years

    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 whales?
    4. Why did Japan stop whaling for three decades?
    5. What do you think of the quota?
    6. What do you think of whaling?
    7. What is the difference between eating whale meat and beef?
    8. What do you think of the price of the auctioned whale meat?
    9. What arguments do whaling nations give in support of whaling?
    10. What advice do you have for the International Whaling Commission?

    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 'commercial'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Japanese whaling?
    5. Would you eat whale meat?
    6. How would you describe your country's food culture?
    7. Is there a problem with a country whaling if it is part of its tradition?
    8. Do you understand the international outcry at Japan's actions?
    9. Should all whales be protected?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the whalers?

    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)

    Japan has (1) ____ commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades. Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) (2) ____. However, Japan withdrew from the IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all whalers will stay (3) ____ 320 kilometers from its coast. The Japanese fisheries agency set a (4) ____ for killing 227 whales every six months. In the first days of resumed whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the northern port of Kushiro. The whale meat was (5) ____ in Tokyo and sold for record prices. Eager restaurant owners (6) ____ up the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.

    Japan has engaged in the practice of whaling for centuries. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani (7) ____ up why he thought the return of commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not (8) ____ its food culture has no future." He also promoted the health benefits of whale meat. 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 (9) ____ with iron. But abroad, people do not know this." However, Japan's return to whaling has brought international (10) ____. The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new and shocking (11) ____ of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     presumed     (b)     resumed     (c)     assumed     (d)     subsumed    
    2. (a)     crematorium     (b)     moratorium     (c)     emporium     (d)     auditorium    
    3. (a)     withal     (b)     without     (c)     wither     (d)     within    
    4. (a)     ratio     (b)     quota     (c)     pro rata     (d)     errata    
    5. (a)     reacted     (b)     acted     (c)     actioned     (d)     auctioned    
    6. (a)     slapped     (b)     swapped     (c)     snapped     (d)     sapped    
    7. (a)     summed     (b)     gummed     (c)     hummed     (d)     mummed    
    8. (a)     cook     (b)     acculturate     (c)     preserve     (d)     flavor    
    9. (a)     tracked     (b)     specked     (c)     flacked     (d)     packed    
    10. (a)     outcry     (b)     decry     (c)     acrid     (d)     mimicry    
    11. (a)     era     (b)     aura     (c)     aurora     (d)     aural    
    12. (a)     globally     (b)     oceanic     (c)     mammalian     (d)     atmospherically

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. Japan has deruems commercial whaling
    2. after a sihuta of over three decades
    3. The Japanese fisheries agency set a utqao
    4. taken to the notrhnre port of Kushiro
    5. The whale meat was aucidonte in Tokyo
    6. Japan has eeagdng in the practice of whaling

    Paragraph 2

    1. A country that does not eveerrsp its food culture
    2. five times lower in liasoecr
    3. 10 times lower in tloerhcsloe
    4. whaling has brought international utroyc
    5. The Humane Society caucesd Japan
    6. a sad day for whale nooircptet

    Put the text back together

    (...)  320 kilometers from its coast. The Japanese fisheries agency set a quota for killing 227 whales every six months. In the first
    (...)  days of resumed whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, which were taken to the northern
    (...)  international outcry. The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new and shocking era
    (...)  owners snapped up the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.
    (...)  of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection globally."
    (...)  lower in calories than beef, 10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's packed with
    1  ) Japan has resumed commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades. Commercial whaling was
    (...)  banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium. However, Japan withdrew
    (...)  up why he thought the return of commercial whaling was important. He said: "A country that does not
    (...)  from the IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all whalers will stay within
    (...)  Japan has engaged in the practice of whaling for centuries. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani summed
    (...)  iron. But abroad, people do not know this." However, Japan's return to whaling has brought
    (...)  preserve its food culture has no future." He also promoted the health benefits of whale meat. He said: "It is five times
    (...)  port of Kushiro. The whale meat was auctioned in Tokyo and sold for record prices. Eager restaurant

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. from   within   will   Whalers   the   320km   stay   coast   .
    3. fisheries   set   a   Japanese   quota   .   agency   The
    4. The   auctioned   in   was   whale   Tokyo   .   meat
    5. the   snapped   restaurant   Eager   up   owners   meat   .
    6. engaged   has   whaling   .   practice   Japan   in   of   the
    7. the   was   return   of   thought   important   .   He   whaling
    8. five   than   lower   It's   in   calories   times   beef   .
    9. has   brought   whaling   outcry   .   Japan's   to   international   return
    10. whale   protection   .   a   is   day   This   for   sad

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Japan has resumed / presumed commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades. Commercial whaling was binned / banned in 1986 by an International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium. However, Japan withdrew / withered from the IWC in December. Japan's government has promised all whalers will stay without / within 320 kilometers from its coastal / coast. The Japanese fisheries agency set a quote / quota for killing 227 whales every six months. In the first / fast days of resumed whaling, whalers caught two minke whales, what / which were taken to the northern port of Kushiro. The whale meat was auctioned in Tokyo and sold for record prices / price. Eager restaurant owners snapped up / down the meat at prices of up to $140 per kilo.

    Japan has engaged / divorced in the practice of whaling for centuries / century. Whale restaurant chef Mitsuo Tani summed up / down why he thought the return of commercial whaling was importantly / important. He said: "A country that does not preserve its food cultured / culture has no future." He also promoted the health beneficial / benefits of whale meat. He said: "It is five times lower on / in calories than beef, 10 times lower in cholesterol, two times less fat than chicken and it's packed by / with iron. But abroad, people do not know this." However, Japan's return to whaling has brought international outcry / crying. The Humane Society accused Japan of starting a "new and shocking era of pirate whaling". It added: "This is a sad day for whale protection globe / globally."

    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

    japan has resumed commercial whaling after a hiatus of over three decades commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by an international whaling commission iwc moratorium however japan withdrew from the iwc in december japans government has promised all whalers will stay within 320 kilometers from its coast the japanese fisheries agency set a quota for killing 227 whales every six months in the first days of resumed whaling whalers caught two minke whales which were taken to the northern port of kushiro the whale meat was auctioned in tokyo and sold for record prices eager restaurant owners snapped up the meat at prices of up to 140 per kilo

    japan has engaged in the practice of whaling for centuries whale restaurant chef mitsuo tani summed up why he thought the return of commercial whaling was important he said a country that does not preserve its food culture has no future he also promoted the health benefits of whale meat he said it is five times lower in calories than beef 10 times lower in cholesterol two times less fat than chicken and its packed with iron but abroad people do not know this however japans return to whaling has brought international outcry the humane society accused japan of starting a new and shocking era of pirate whaling it added this is a sad day for whale protection globally

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    Japanhasresumedcommercialwhalingafterahiatusofoverthreedeca
    des.Commercialwhalingwasbannedin1986byanInternationalWhalin
    gCommission(IWC)moratorium.However,JapanwithdrewfromtheI
    WCinDecember.Japan'sgovernmenthaspromisedallwhalerswillstay
    within320kilometersfromitscoast.TheJapanesefisheriesagencyseta
    quotaforkilling227whaleseverysixmonths.Inthefirstdaysofresumed
    whaling,whalerscaughttwominkewhales,whichweretakentothenort
    hernportofKushiro.ThewhalemeatwasauctionedinTokyoandsoldforr
    ecordprices.Eagerrestaurantownerssnappedupthemeatatpricesofu
    pto$140perkilo.Japanhasengagedinthepracticeofwhalingforcenturi
    es.WhalerestaurantchefMitsuoTanisummedupwhyhethoughttheret
    urnofcommercialwhalingwasimportant.Hesaid:"Acountrythatdoesn
    otpreserveitsfoodculturehasnofuture."Healsopromotedthehealthbe
    nefitsofwhalemeat.Hesaid:"Itisfivetimeslowerincaloriesthanbeef,1
    0timeslowerincholesterol,twotimeslessfatthanchickenandit'spacke
    dwithiron.Butabroad,peopledonotknowthis."However,Japan'sretur
    ntowhalinghasbroughtinternationaloutcry.TheHumaneSocietyaccu
    sedJapanofstartinga"newandshockingeraofpiratewhaling".Itadded:
    "Thisisasaddayforwhaleprotectionglobally."

    Free writing

    Write about commercial whaling for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Whaling should be banned globally forever. 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. WHALING: Make a poster about whaling. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MORATORIUM: Write a magazine article about a global moratorium on whaling lasting forever. 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 whaling. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on whaling. 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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