The Reading / Listening - Salmon - Level 2

Rescuers are working hard to airlift thousands of salmon to safety. The salmon are trapped in part of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. They have been trapped since a landslide in June. The landslide means the salmon cannot swim upstream to spawn (lay their eggs). Conservationists have spent several weeks looking at how to help the fish. They decided the best way was to fly the fish to the other side of the landslide by helicopter. The fish will then be free to swim up to their breeding ground. Rescuers have been "working around the clock" to help the salmon.



If the fish cannot lay their eggs, the local salmon population will be at risk. Salmon numbers will fall to dangerously low levels. This will impact many of Canada's First Nations indigenous people. They need the salmon for food. Salmon also play an important role in the culture and traditions of these people, who have lived along the river for hundreds of years. Their way of life will continue thanks to the rescuers. The rescuers are looking at other ways to help the fish. Rescuers said three million salmon want to swim north of the rockslide, so they need alternate methods to help the fish.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Salmon - Level 0 Salmon - Level 1   or  Salmon - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49066718
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/holding-pen-helicopter-big-bar-salmon-1.5219433
  • https://bc.ctvnews.ca/salmon-to-be-transported-past-fraser-river-rock-slide-by-helicopter-1.4517537


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. airlift thousands of salmon
  2. They have been trapped
  3. salmon cannot swim
  4. spent several
  5. the other side
  6. The fish will then
  7. swim up to their breeding
  8. Rescuers have been working
  1. weeks
  2. ground
  3. since a landslide
  4. around the clock
  5. be free
  6. upstream to spawn
  7. to safety
  8. of the landslide

Paragraph 2

  1. If the fish cannot lay
  2. the local salmon population will
  3. fall to dangerously
  4. Canada's First Nations
  5. Their way of
  6. looking at other
  7. three million salmon want to
  8. they need alternate methods
  1. ways
  2. swim north
  3. indigenous people
  4. to help the fish
  5. be at risk
  6. their eggs
  7. low levels
  8. life will continue

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Rescuers are working (1) ___________________ thousands of salmon to safety. The salmon are (2) ___________________ of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. They have been trapped (3) ___________________ in June. The landslide means the salmon cannot swim upstream to spawn (lay their eggs). Conservationists have (4) ___________________ looking at how to help the fish. They decided the best way was to fly the fish to (5) ___________________ of the landslide by helicopter. The fish will then be free to swim up to their breeding ground. Rescuers have been "working (6) ___________________" to help the salmon.

If the fish cannot (7) ___________________, the local salmon population will be at risk. Salmon numbers will fall to (8) ___________________. This will impact many of Canada's First Nations indigenous people. They need the salmon for food. Salmon also play (9) ___________________ in the culture and traditions of these people, who have lived along the river for hundreds of years. Their (10) ___________________ will continue thanks to the rescuers. The rescuers are looking (11) ___________________ to help the fish. Rescuers said three million salmon want to (12) ___________________ the rockslide, so they need alternate methods to help the fish.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Rescuersareworkinghardtoairliftthousandsofsalmontosafety.Thesal
monaretrappedinpartoftheFraserRiverinBritishColumbia,Canada.T
heyhavebeentrappedsincealandslideinJune.Thelandslidemeansthe
salmoncannotswimupstreamtospawn(laytheireggs).Conservationis
tshavespentseveralweekslookingathowtohelpthefish.Theydecidedt
hebestwaywastoflythefishtotheothersideofthelandslidebyhelicopter
.Thefishwillthenbefreetoswimuptotheirbreedingground.Rescuersha
vebeen"workingaroundtheclock"tohelpthesalmon.Ifthefishcannotla
ytheireggs,thelocalsalmonpopulationwillbeatrisk.Salmonnumbers
willfalltodangerouslylowlevels.ThiswillimpactmanyofCanada'sFirst
Nationsindigenouspeople.Theyneedthesalmonforfood.Salmonalsop
layanimportantroleinthecultureandtraditionsofthesepeople,whohav
elivedalongtheriverforhundredsofyears.Theirwayoflifewillcontinuet
hankstotherescuers.Therescuersarelookingatotherwaystohelpthefi
sh.Rescuerssaidthreemillionsalmonwanttoswimnorthoftherockslide
,sotheyneedalternatemethodstohelpthefish.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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