The Reading / Listening - Vanishing Beaches - Level 4

Scientists predict that rising sea levels could put half the world's beaches under water by the end of the century. They blame climate change. The scientists are from the European Commission. They warned that beaches in tourist hot-spots are threatened by erosion from increasing sea levels. Well-known beaches in Australia's Surfers' Paradise, the islands of Hawaii, Brazil's Copacabana Beach, and the Costa del Sol in Spain could disappear.



Countries like The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau in Africa could lose 60% of their beaches. Australia could lose 12,000km of its beaches. The researchers said: "A substantial proportion of the world's sandy coastline is already eroding." They said we could see, "the near extinction of the world's sandy beaches". There are two ways we can help to save the beaches. One is to reduce emissions; the other is to manage our coastline in a more sustainable way.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Vanishing Beaches - Level 5 or  Vanishing Beaches - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11079158/half-of-worlds-beaches-lost-climate-change/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8065697/Half-worlds-beaches-disappear-end-century-climate-change.html
  • https://time.com/5793668/sandy-beaches-climate-change/


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. rising sea
  2. put half the world's beaches
  3. by the end
  4. They blame
  5. scientists are from the
  6. beaches in tourist
  7. threatened by
  8. the islands of
  1. of the century
  2. Hawaii
  3. European Commission
  4. erosion
  5. under water
  6. climate change
  7. hot-spots
  8. levels

Paragraph 2

  1. lose 60%
  2. Australia could lose 12,000km of
  3. coastline is already
  4. the near extinction of the world's
  5. There are two ways
  6. reduce
  7. the other is to
  8. in a more sustainable
  1. emissions
  2. sandy beaches
  3. way
  4. their beaches
  5. manage our coastline
  6. its beaches
  7. we can help
  8. eroding

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists predict that (1) ___________________ could put half the world's beaches under water by the end (2) ___________________. They blame climate change. The (3) ___________________ the European Commission. They warned that beaches in tourist hot-spots (4) ___________________ erosion from increasing sea levels. Well-known beaches in Australia's Surfers' Paradise, (5) ___________________, Brazil's Copacabana Beach, and the Costa del Sol in (6) ___________________.

Countries like The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau in Africa (7) ___________________ of their beaches. Australia could lose 12,000km (8) ___________________. The researchers said: "A substantial proportion of the world's sandy coastline (9) ___________________." They said we could see, "(10) ___________________ of the world's sandy beaches". There are two ways we can (11) ___________________ the beaches. One is to reduce emissions; the other is to manage our coastline in (12) ___________________ way.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistspredictthatrisingsealevelscouldputhalftheworld'sbeaches
underwaterbytheendofthecentury.Theyblameclimatechange.Thesc
ientistsarefromtheEuropeanCommission.Theywarnedthatbeachesi
ntouristhot-spotsarethreatenedbyerosionfromincreasingsealevel
s.Well-knownbeachesinAustralia'sSurfers'Paradise,theislandsofHa
waii,Brazil'sCopacabanaBeach,andtheCostadelSolinSpaincoulddisa
ppear.CountrieslikeTheGambiaandGuinea-BissauinAfricacouldlose
60%oftheirbeaches.Australiacouldlose12,000kmofitsbeaches.Ther
esearcherssaid:"Asubstantialproportionoftheworld'ssandycoastline
isalreadyeroding."Theysaidwecouldsee,"thenearextinctionofthewor
ld'ssandybeaches".Therearetwowayswecanhelptosavethebeaches.
Oneistoreduceemissions;theotheristomanageourcoastlineinamore
ustainableway.

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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