The Reading / Listening - Marine Creatures - Level 6

One of the world's leading travel websites, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have marine creatures like dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. One top attraction that TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation of the company's 2016 policy that prohibited sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical contact with animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban applies to any attractions that "contribute to the captivity" of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.



A TripAdvisor spokesman elaborated on his company's new initiative. He 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." He added: "We believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely throughout the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new position that ignores the educational value and conservation mission of professionally accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest standards of care for all animals."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Marine Creatures - Level 4  or  Marine Creatures - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. MARINE ANIMALS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about marine animals. 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?
       travel / website / attraction / dolphin / policy / aquarium / ticket / animal shows /orca
       spokesman / whale / captive / generation / industry / disappointed / conservation
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. IN THE WILD: Students A strongly believe all creatures belong in the wild and not in zoos and aquariums; Students B strongly believe it's OK to have creatures in zoos and aquariums.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ANIMALS: What are the goods and bad things about using animals fir these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

As pets

 

 

In zoos

 

 

In circuses

 

 

Guide dogs for the blind

 

 

Police dogs

 

 

In movies

 

 

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

  • Dolphin shows
  • Circuses
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Ancient ruins
  • Mountains
  • Theme parks

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. leading a. Most important.
      2. attraction b. That has been forbidden; banned.
      3. aquarium c. A place which gets visitors by providing something of interest or pleasure.
      4. marine d. An animal, as distinct from a human being.
      5. creature e. A building containing large tanks of water for fish and other sea life to swim in, especially one that is open to the public.
      6. prohibited f. Of, found in, or produced by the sea.
      7. demeaning g. Causing someone to lose their dignity and the respect of others.

    Paragraph 2

      8. elaborated h. The condition of being imprisoned or confined.
      9. initiative i. All of the people (or animals) born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.
      10. thrive j. Developed or presented a theory, policy, or system in detail.
      11. generation k. An important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes.
      12. captivity l. An act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something.
      13. mission m. Officially recognized or authorized.
      14. accredited n. Grow or develop well or vigorously.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article called TripAdvisor the world's leading website.     T / F
  2. The article said TripAdvisor would stop selling tickets to SeaWorld.     T / F
  3. TripAdvisor stopped selling tickets for elephant rides in 2016.     T / F
  4. TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for attractions with porpoises.     T / F
  5. TripAdvisor said whales thrive in captivity.     T / F
  6. TripAdvisor hopes this generation of captive dolphins will be the last.     T / F
  7. TripAdvisor hopes other companies will not copy its actions.     T / F
  8. SeaWorld says it maintains the highest standards of animal care.     T / F

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

  1. leading
  2. creatures
  3. spokesperson
  4. prohibited
  5. captivity
  6. elaborated
  7. thrive
  8. adopted
  9. ignores
  10. standards
  1. taken up
  2. representative
  3. confinement
  4. levels
  5. animals
  6. flourish
  7. disregards
  8. foremost
  9. banned
  10. expanded on

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

  1. One of the world's leading
  2. marine
  3. a continuation of the company's
  4. come into physical
  5. contribute to the captivity
  6. dolphins do not
  7. free and in the
  8. we look forward to
  9. travel
  10. the highest standards of
  1. 2016 policy
  2. seeing this
  3. of dolphins
  4. thrive
  5. creatures
  6. travel websites
  7. care for all animals
  8. industry
  9. contact with animals
  10. wild

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
contact
attraction
aquariums
captivity
leading
demeaning
prohibited
continuation

One of the world's (1) ____________ travel websites, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and                     (2) ____________ that have marine creatures like dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. One top (3) ____________ that TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a (4) ____________ of the company's 2016 policy that (5) ____________ sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical (6) ____________ with animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to "(7) ____________ animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban applies to any attractions that "contribute to the            (8) ____________ " of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ignores
last
thrive
standards
elaborated
mission
widely
wild

A TripAdvisor spokesman (9) ____________ on his company's new initiative. He said: "Whales and dolphins do not (10) ____________ in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the (11) ____________." He added: "We believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the (12) ____________, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more (13) ____________ throughout the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new position that (14) ____________ the educational value and conservation (15) ____________ of professionally accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest (16) ____________ of care for all animals."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have ______
     a.  marring creatures
     b.  mare in creatures
     c.  marine creatures
     d.  mariner creatures
2)  A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation of the ______
     a.  company's 2016 policing
     b.  company's 2016 policy
     c.  company's 2016 police see
     d.  company's 2016 politics
3)  attractions where tourists come into physical contact with animals, like ______
     a.  elephant rides
     b.  elephant rights
     c.  elephant slides
     d.  elephant prides
4)  TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to demeaning ______
     a.  animal shows
     b.  animal shown
     c.  animal slows
     d.  animal showers
5)  The latest ban applies to any attractions that contribute ______
     a.  to the captivate
     b.  to the captivated
     c.  to the captive ability
     d.  to the captivity

6)  A TripAdvisor spokesman elaborated on his company's _______
     a.  new initiative
     b.  new initiatives
     c.  new initiation
     d.  new initially
7)  we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free ______
     a.  and in the wind
     b.  and in the wide
     c.  and in the wild
     d.  and in the word
8)  we look forward to seeing this position adopted ______
     a.  more widely
     b.  more widen
     c.  more width
     d.  more wider
9)  ignores the educational value and conservation mission of professionally ______
     a.  accredited zoos
     b.  a credited zoos
     c.  a credit did zoos
     d.  a credit it zoos
10)  SeaWorld maintains the highest ______
     a.  standards off care
     b.  standards of cared
     c.  standards of care
     d.  standards of cares

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

One of the world's (1) ___________________, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to (2) ___________________ that have marine creatures like dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. (3) ___________________ that TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is (4) ___________________ the company's 2016 policy that prohibited sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into (5) ___________________ animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban (6) ___________________ attractions that "contribute to the captivity" of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.

A TripAdvisor spokesman (7) ___________________ company's new initiative. He said: "Whales and dolphins (8) ___________________ in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild." He added: "We believe (9) ___________________ of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing (10) ___________________ more widely throughout the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new (11) ___________________ the educational value and conservation mission of professionally accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the (12) ___________________ care for all animals."

Comprehension questions

  1. What marine animals did the article mention besides whales and orcas?
  2. What will TripAdvisor stop selling tickets for besides attractions?
  3. Which top attraction did the article mention?
  4. When did TripAdvisor ban tickets for places tourists could touch animals?
  5. What "demeaning" things did TripAdvsor stop selling tickets for in 2018?
  6. Where did a spokesman say dolphins did not thrive?
  7. Where does the spokesman hope dolphins will live in the future?
  8. What did the spokesman hope for this generation of dolphins?
  9. How did SeaWorld feel about TripAdvisor's decision?
  10. What did SeaWorld say it maintained the highest standards of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What marine animals did the article mention besides whales and orcas?
a) dolphins and otters
b) seals and porpoises
c) dolphins and porpoises
d) seals and otters
2) What will TripAdvisor stop selling tickets for besides attractions?
a) aquariums
b) fishing parks
c) whale-watching trips
d) sushi tours
3) Which top attraction did the article mention?
a) SeaWorld
b) Disneyland
c) Universal Studios
d) London Aquarium
4) When did TripAdvisor ban tickets for places tourists could touch animals?
a) 2015
b) 2016
c) 2018
d) 2017
5) What "demeaning" things did TripAdvsor stop selling tickets for in 2018?
a) goldfish bowls
b) weekend breaks
c) circuses
d) animal shows

6) Where did a spokesman say dolphins did not thrive?
a) in cold water
b) in captivity
c) in polluted oceans
d) in the northern hemisphere
7) Where does the spokesman hope dolphins will live in the future?
a) in the wild
b) in aquariums
c) in the Pacific Ocean
d) in rivers
8) What did the spokesman hope for this generation of dolphins?
a) it will make people happy
b) it will thrive
c) it is the last in captivity
d) it survives
9) How did SeaWorld feel about TripAdvisor's decision?
a) puzzled
b) angry
c) it understood
d) disappointed
10) What did SeaWorld say it maintained the highest standards of?
a) care for animals
b) breeding
c) water quality
d) animal feed

Role play

Role  A – Dolphin Shows
You think dolphin shows are the best attractions. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): zoos, art galleries or theme parks.

Role  B – Zoos
You think zoos are the best attractions. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): dolphin shows, art galleries or theme parks.

Role  C – Art Galleries
You think art galleries are the best attractions. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): zoos, dolphin shows or theme parks.

Role  D – Theme Parks
You think theme parks are the best attractions. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their attractions. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): zoos, art galleries or dolphin shows.

After reading / listening

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

'trip'

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'dolphin'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • leading
    • top
    • 2016
    • shows
    • 2018
    • latest
    • new
    • thrive
    • wild
    • last
    • position
    • care




    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 - TripAdvisor stops selling tickets for dolphin shows

    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 'dolphin'?
    3. What are your favorite travel websites?
    4. What do you think of aquariums?
    5. What do you know about TripAdvisor?
    6. What is your favorite attraction?
    7. Should marine creatures be kept in captivity?
    8. What do you think of companies that offer elephant rides?
    9. What do you think of TripAdvisor's new policy?
    10. How strongly do you feel about animal rights?

    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 'aquarium'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of places that have dolphin shows?
    5. Are there any cases in which animals should be in captivity?
    6. Should the whole travel industry ban ticket sales to animal shows?
    7. How educational are zoos and aquariums?
    8. How would you feel if aquariums disappear?
    9. What are the 'highest standards of care' for animals in aquariums?
    10. What questions would you like to ask SeaWorld's boss?

    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)

    One of the world's (1) ____ travel websites, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have (2) ____ creatures like dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. (3) ____ top attraction that TripAdvisor will not sell tickets for is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation (4) ____ the company's 2016 policy that prohibited sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical (5) ____ with animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban applies (6) ____ any attractions that "contribute to the captivity" of dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.

    A TripAdvisor spokesman (7) ____ on his company's new initiative. He said: "Whales and dolphins do not (8) ____ in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wild." He added: "We believe the current (9) ____ of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more (10) ____ throughout the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new position that ignores the educational value and conservation mission of (11) ____ accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest (12) ____ of care for all animals."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     leading     (b)     leader     (c)     leadership     (d)     leads    
    2. (a)     channel     (b)     estuary     (c)     marine     (d)     coastal    
    3. (a)     This     (b)     That     (c)     One     (d)     Thus    
    4. (a)     as     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    5. (a)     contact     (b)     connect     (c)     cataract     (d)     contract    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     by    
    7. (a)     purchased     (b)     competed     (c)     likened     (d)     elaborated    
    8. (a)     rhyme     (b)     thrive     (c)     affect     (d)     propose    
    9. (a)     capacity     (b)     reverberation     (c)     generation     (d)     pack    
    10. (a)     width     (b)     widely     (c)     widen     (d)     widest    
    11. (a)     professors     (b)     professional     (c)     profession     (d)     professionally    
    12. (a)     flags     (b)     standards     (c)     ensigns     (d)     banners

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new position that ignores
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    (...)  thrive in limited captive environments, and we hope to see a future where they live as they should - free and in the
    (...)  of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical contact with animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted
    (...)  and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest standards of care for all animals."
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    Put the words in the right order

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    8. widely   travel   more   the   throughout   Adopted   industry   .
    9. zoos   .   mission   The   conservation   professionally   accredited   of
    10. animals   .   for   all   standards   The   care   of   highest

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    One of the world's leaving / leading travel websites, TripAdvisor, has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have marine creatives / creatures like dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales. One atop / top attraction that TripAdvisor will not sell / sale tickets for is SeaWorld in Florida. A TripAdvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation / continue of the company's 2016 policy that prorated / prohibited sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical / physically contact with animals, like elephant rides. TripAdvisor halted / exalted ticket sales to "demeaning animal shows and performances" in 2018. The latest ban appliances / applies to any attractions that "contribute to the captivity" of / off dolphins, orcas, porpoises and whales.

    A TripAdvisor spokesman elaborated / exonerated on his company's new initiation / initiative. He said: "Whales and dolphins do not thrive / trip in limited captive environments, and we hope to look / see a future where they live as they should - free and in the wildly / wild." He added: "We believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captive / captivity should be the last, and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely / width throughout the travel industry." A SeaWorld spokesman said: "We are disappointed by TripAdvisor's new posting / position that ignores the educational value and conservation missive / mission of professionally accredited zoos and aquariums....SeaWorld maintains the highest standards of care for all / every animals."

    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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    A   T r_p A d v_s_r   s p_k_s m_n  _l_b_r_t_d  _n   h_s   c_m p_n y ' s   n_w  _n_t__ t_v_.   H_  s__ d :   " W h_l_s  _n d   d_l p h_n s   d_  n_t   t h r_v_ _n   l_m_t_d   c_p t_v_ _n v_r_n m_n t s ,  _n d   w_  h_p_  t_  s__  _  f_t_r_  w h_r_  t h_y   l_v_ _s   t h_y   s h__ l d   -   f r__  _n d  _n   t h_  w_l d . "   H_ _d d_d :   " W_  b_l__ v_  t h_  c_r r_n t   g_n_r_t__ n  _f   w h_l_s  _n d   d_l p h_n s  _n   c_p t_v_t y   s h__ l d   b_  t h_  l_s t ,  _n d   w_  l__ k   f_r w_r d   t_  s___n g   t h_s   p_s_t__ n  _d_p t_d   m_r_  w_d_l y   t h r__ g h__ t   t h_  t r_v_l  _n d_s t r y . "   A   S__ W_r l d   s p_k_s m_n   s__ d :   " W_ _r_  d_s_p p__ n t_d   b y   T r_p A d v_s_r ' s   n_w   p_s_t__ n   t h_t  _g n_r_s   t h_ _d_c_t__ n_l   v_l__  _n d   c_n s_r v_t__ n   m_s s__ n  _f   p r_f_s s__ n_l l y  _c c r_d_t_d   z__ s  _n d  _q__ r__ m s . . . . S__ W_r l d   m__ n t__ n s   t h_  h_g h_s t   s t_n d_r d s  _f   c_r_  f_r  _l l  _n_m_l s . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    one of the worlds leading travel websites tripadvisor has decided to stop selling tickets to attractions and aquariums that have marine creatures like dolphins orcas porpoises and whales one top attraction that tripadvisor will not sell tickets for is seaworld in florida a tripadvisor spokesperson said the ban is a continuation of the companys 2016 policy that prohibited sales of tickets to attractions where tourists come into physical contact with animals like elephant rides tripadvisor halted ticket sales to demeaning animal shows and performances in 2018 the latest ban applies to any attractions that contribute to the captivity of dolphins orcas porpoises and whales

    a tripadvisor spokesman elaborated on his companys new initiative he 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 he added we believe the current generation of whales and dolphins in captivity should be the last and we look forward to seeing this position adopted more widely throughout the travel industry a seaworld spokesman said we are disappointed by tripadvisors new position that ignores the educational value and conservation mission of professionally accredited zoos and aquariums sea world maintains the highest standards of care for all animals

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Oneoftheworld'sleadingtravelwebsites,TripAdvisor,hasdecidedtost
    opsellingticketstoattractionsandaquariumsthathavemarinecreature
    slikedolphins,orcas,porpoisesandwhales.OnetopattractionthatTrip
    AdvisorwillnotsellticketsforisSeaWorldinFlorida.ATripAdvisorspokes
    personsaidthebanisacontinuationofthecompany's2016policythatpr
    ohibitedsalesofticketstoattractionswheretouristscomeintophysicalc
    ontactwithanimals,likeelephantrides.TripAdvisorhaltedticketsalest
    o"demeaninganimalshowsandperformances"in2018.Thelatestbana
    ppliestoanyattractionsthat"contributetothecaptivity"ofdolphins,orc
    as,porpoisesandwhales.ATripAdvisorspokesmanelaboratedonhisco
    mpany'snewinitiative.Hesaid:"Whalesanddolphinsdonotthriveinlimi
    tedcaptiveenvironments,andwehopetoseeafuturewheretheyliveast
    heyshould-freeandinthewild."Headded:"Webelievethecurrentgene
    rationofwhalesanddolphinsincaptivityshouldbethelast,andwelookfo
    rwardtoseeingthispositionadoptedmorewidelythroughoutthetraveli
    ndustry."ASeaWorldspokesmansaid:"WearedisappointedbyTripAdv
    isor'snewpositionthatignorestheeducationalvalueandconservation
    missionofprofessionallyaccreditedzoosandaquariums....SeaWorld
    maintainsthehigheststandardsofcareforallanimals."

    Free writing

    Write about marine creatures for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All shows and attractions with animals should close down. 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. MARINE ANIMALS: Make a poster about marine animals. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BANNING AQUARIUMS: Write a magazine article about banning aquariums. 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 marine animals. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on attractions with marine animals. 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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