The Reading / Listening - Uluru - Level 5

People are now banned from climbing Uluru in the desert of Australia's Northern Territory. Uluru is one of the most sacred sites in indigenous Australian culture. It is the world's largest monolith. The site is now off-limits to climbers in recognition of its cultural significance to the traditional owners. The giant site used to be called Ayers Rock. It has been a major attraction for decades. Tourists flocked there in their droves to climb the rock. However, it is a sacred site in Anangu culture. The Anangu custodians campaigned for the ban for a long time.



The ban was first announced in 2017. Most visitors complied with it. Only 16 per cent of visitors have actually climbed it since 2017. A local Anangu man who grew up in a tiny community near Uluru told the BBC about the importance of the rock. He said: "That place is a very sacred place. That's like our church. I've been telling them since I was a little boy, 'We don't want you to climb the rock. All of our stories are on the rock." He said tourists who climbed the rock had no respect. Another resident said: "If I tried to climb on top of that parliament house at Canberra, they wouldn't let me in."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Uluru - Level 4 or  Uluru - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50064572
  • https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6456290/ulurus-owners-face-future-without-climb/
  • https://www.sbs.com.au/news/a-controversial-chapter-in-uluru-s-long-history-will-close-this-weekend-for-good


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. People are now banned from
  2. the desert of Australia's
  3. indigenous Australian
  4. It is the world's largest
  5. The site is now off-
  6. cultural
  7. It has been a major attraction
  8. custodians campaigned
  1. culture
  2. for the ban
  3. monolith
  4. significance
  5. for decades
  6. climbing Uluru
  7. limits
  8. Northern Territory

Paragraph 2

  1. The ban was first
  2. Most visitors complied
  3. grew up in a tiny
  4. That place is a very sacred
  5. I've been
  6. All of our stories are on
  7. tourists who climbed the
  8. they wouldn't let
  1. telling them
  2. me in
  3. rock had no respect
  4. the rock
  5. announced in 2017
  6. place
  7. with it
  8. community

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ from climbing Uluru in the desert of Australia's Northern Territory. Uluru is one of the (2) ___________________ in indigenous Australian culture. It is the world's largest monolith. The site is (3) ___________________ to climbers in recognition of its cultural significance to the traditional owners. The (4) ___________________ to be called Ayers Rock. It has been (5) ___________________ for decades. Tourists flocked there in their droves to climb the rock. However, it is a sacred site in Anangu culture. The Anangu custodians (6) ___________________ ban for a long time.

The ban (7) ___________________ in 2017. Most visitors complied with it. Only 16 per cent of (8) ___________________ climbed it since 2017. A local Anangu man who grew up in (9) ___________________ near Uluru told the BBC about the importance of the rock. He said: "That place is a very sacred place. That's like our church. I've been (10) ___________________ I was a little boy, 'We don't want you to climb the rock. All of our stories are on the rock." He said (11) ___________________ the rock had no respect. Another resident said: "If I tried to climb on top of (12) ___________________ at Canberra, they wouldn't let me in."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplearenowbannedfromclimbingUluruinthedesertofAustralia'sNo
rthernTerritory.UluruisoneofthemostsacredsitesinindigenousAustra
lianculture.Itistheworld'slargestmonolith.Thesiteisnowoff-limitstoc
limbersinrecognitionofitsculturalsignificancetothetraditionalowners
.ThegiantsiteusedtobecalledAyersRock.Ithasbeenamajorattractionf
ordecades.Touristsflockedthereintheirdrovestoclimbtherock.Howe
ver,itisasacredsiteinAnanguculture.TheAnangucustodianscampaig
nedforthebanforalongtime.Thebanwasfirstannouncedin2017.Mostv
isitorscompliedwithit.Only16percentofvisitorshaveactuallyclimbedi
tsince2017.AlocalAnangumanwhogrewupinatinycommunitynearUl
urutoldtheBBCabouttheimportancetherock.Hesaid:"Thatplaceisave
rysacredplace.That'slikeourchurch.I'vebeentellingthemsinceIwasal
ittleboy,'Wedon'twantyoutoclimbtherock.Allofourstoriesareonthero
ck."Hesaidtouristswhoclimbedtherockhadnorespect.Anotherreside
ntsaid:"IfItriedtoclimbontopofthatparliamenthouseatCanberra,the
ywouldn'tletmein."

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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