The Reading / Listening - Locust Invasion - Level 5

The living of farmers in East Africa is under attack from locusts. Authorities say swarms of locusts are destroying large areas of farmland. Millions of people are at risk. The insects destroyed crops in Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and other countries. The swarms are spreading and could affect neighbouring countries. The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation say some swarms have been sighted as far away as Yemen and Oman in the Gulf. It is the worst locust invasion in 70 years. Some say it is nearing a Biblical scale.



The locust invasion is affecting over 12 million people. Many of these were experiencing food insecurity due to poor harvests and no rain. The locusts will only worsen the plight of people. Locusts are very voracious pests. One locust can eat its body weight in just 24 hours. A small swarm could eat enough food to feed 35,000 people for a day. A farmer in Kenya was concerned. She said: "We depend a lot on this season and we worry that the locusts will destroy our harvest. We will end up remaining hungry through the rest of the year [until next year's harvest]."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Locust Invasion - Level 4 or  Locust Invasion - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/scienceandhealth/Locust-swarms-threaten-more-countries-in-eastern-Africa-FAO/3073694-5443824-vpesa1/index.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/worst-locust-invasion-in-70-years-threatens-countries-in-eastern-africa-11925606
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/locusts-somalia-national-emergency-2645027649.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. The living of farmers in East Africa
  2. swarms of locusts are destroying
  3. Millions of people are
  4. affect neighbouring
  5. some swarms have been
  6. as far away
  7. the worst locust invasion
  8. Some say it is nearing a Biblical
  1. at risk
  2. as Yemen
  3. scale
  4. large areas
  5. countries
  6. is under attack
  7. sighted
  8. in 70 years

Paragraph 2

  1. experiencing food
  2. worsen the plight
  3. Locusts are very voracious
  4. feed 35,000 people
  5. We depend a lot
  6. the locusts will destroy
  7. remaining hungry through the rest
  8. until next year's
  1. of the year
  2. on this season
  3. harvest
  4. insecurity
  5. our harvest
  6. for a day
  7. of people
  8. pests

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The (1) ___________________ in East Africa is under attack from locusts. Authorities say swarms of locusts are destroying (2) ___________________ farmland. Millions of people are at risk. The insects destroyed crops in Somalia, Kenya, Uganda (3) ___________________. The swarms are spreading (4) ___________________ neighbouring countries. The United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organisation say some swarms have been (5) ___________________ away as Yemen and Oman in the Gulf. It is the worst locust invasion in 70 years. Some say it (6) ___________________ Biblical scale.

The locust invasion (7) ___________________ 12 million people. Many of these were experiencing food insecurity due to poor harvests and no rain. The locusts will only (8) ___________________ of people. Locusts are very voracious pests. One locust can eat (9) ___________________ in just 24 hours. A (10) ___________________ eat enough food to feed 35,000 people for a day. A farmer in Kenya was concerned. She said: "We (11) ___________________ on this season and we worry that the locusts will destroy our harvest. We will end up remaining hungry through the rest of the year [until (12) ___________________]."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThelivingoffarmersinEastAfricaisunderattackfromlocusts.Authoritie
ssayswarmsoflocustsaredestroyinglargeareasoffarmland.Millionsof
peopleareatrisk.TheinsectsdestroyedcropsinSomalia,Kenya,Ugand
aandothercountries.Theswarmsarespreadingandcouldaffectneighb
ouringcountries.TheUnitedNations'FoodandAgriculturalOrganisatio
nsaysomeswarmshavebeensightedasfarawayasYemenandOmanint
heGulf.Itistheworstlocustinvasionin70years.SomesayitisnearingaBi
blicalscale.Thelocustinvasionisaffectingover12millionpeople.Manyo
fthesewereexperiencingfoodinsecurityduetopoorharvestsandnorain
.Thelocustswillonlyworsentheplightofpeople.Locustsareveryvoracio
uspests.Onelocustcaneatitsbodyweightinjust24hours.Asmallswarm
couldeatenoughfoodtofeed35,000peopleforaday.AfarmerinKenyaw
asconcerned.Shesaid:"Wedependalotonthisseasonandweworrythat
thelocustswilldestroyourharvest.Wewillendupremaininghungrythro
ughtherestoftheyear[untilnextyear'sharvest]."

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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