The Reading / Listening - Marine Creatures - Level 5

A leading travel website, TripAdvisor, will stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have marine creatures like dolphins and whales. TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for SeaWorld in Florida. A spokesperson said the ban is a continuation of the company's policy of prohibiting the sale of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical contact with animals. TripAdvisor ended ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban applies to attractions that "contribute to the captivity" of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.



TripAdvisor elaborated on its new initiative. It said: "Whales and dolphins do not thrive in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild." It added: "We believe the current generation of...dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely throughout the travel industry." SeaWorld said it was disappointed by TripAdvisor's action "that ignores the educational value and conservation" of zoos and aquariums. SeaWorld said it cares for all its animals.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Marine Creatures - Level 4 or  Marine Creatures - Level 6

Sources
  • https://abcnews.go.com/Business/tripadvisor-ban-sales-tickets-dolphin-whale-attractions/story?id=66013085
  • https://www.foxnews.com/travel/tripadvisor-stops-tickets-seaworld-breed-import-whales-dolphins
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-04/sea-world-trip-advisor-ticket-ban/11573886


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. selling tickets to attractions and
  2. marine creatures
  3. a continuation of the company's
  4. prohibiting the sale
  5. come into physical contact
  6. animal shows and
  7. The latest ban applies
  8. contribute to the captivity
  1. to attractions
  2. of tickets
  3. like dolphins
  4. of dolphins
  5. performances
  6. aquariums
  7. with animals
  8. policy

Paragraph 2

  1. TripAdvisor elaborated on its new
  2. dolphins do not
  3. in limited captive
  4. free and in
  5. the current generation of
  6. seeing this position adopted
  7. the educational
  8. SeaWorld said it cares
  1. environments
  2. value
  3. thrive
  4. for all its animals
  5. more widely
  6. initiative
  7. the wild
  8. dolphins

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A leading travel website, TripAdvisor, will stop selling (1) ___________________ and aquariums that have (2) ___________________ dolphins and whales. TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for SeaWorld in Florida. A spokesperson said the ban (3) ___________________ of the company's policy of prohibiting the sale of tickets to attractions where tourists come (4) ___________________ with animals. TripAdvisor ended ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The (5) ___________________ to attractions that "contribute (6) ___________________" of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.

TripAdvisor elaborated on (7) ___________________. It said: "Whales and dolphins do not (8) ___________________ captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild." It added: "We believe (9) ___________________ of...dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing (10) ___________________ more widely throughout the travel industry." SeaWorld said it was disappointed by TripAdvisor's (11) ___________________ the educational value and conservation" of zoos and aquariums. SeaWorld said it (12) ___________________ its animals.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Aleadingtravelwebsite,TripAdvisor,willstopsellingticketstoattractio
nsandaquariumsthathavemarinecreatureslikedolphinsandwhales.T
ripAdvisorwillnotsellticketsforSeaWorldinFlorida.Aspokespersonsai
dthebanisacontinuationofthecompany'spolicyofprohibitingthesaleo
fticketstoattractionswheretouristscomeintophysicalcontactwithani
mals.TripAdvisorendedticketsalesto"demeaninganimalshowsandpe
rformances"in2018.Thelatestbanappliestoattractionsthat"contribut
etothecaptivity"ofdolphins,orcas,porpoisesandwhales.TripAdvisore
laboratedonitsnewinitiative.Itsaid:"Whalesanddolphinsdonotthrivei
nlimitedcaptiveenvironments,andwehopetoseeafuturewheretheyliv
eastheyshould-freeandinthewild."Itadded:"Webelievethecurrentge
nerationof...dolphinsincaptivityshouldbethelast,andwelookforward
toseeingthispositionadoptedmorewidelythroughoutthetravelindust
ry."SeaWorldsaiditwasdisappointedbyTripAdvisor'saction"thatignor
estheeducationalvalueandconservation"ofzoosandaquariums.Sea
Worldsaiditcaresforallitsanimals.

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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