The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Trade - Level 0

The coronavirus pandemic could cut the trade in wildlife. COVID-19 probably started at a market selling wild animals. It crossed over to humans. Eating wild animals with diseases can be dangerous. A conservationist wants to end the wildlife trade. He said this could help to prevent the spread of disease.



London Zoo said animal markets could be "time bombs". They are perfect places for new viruses to start. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. Animal diseases lead to millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide. An expert said the next virus could come along soon.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Trade - Level 1 Wildlife Trade - Level 2   or  Wildlife Trade - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52125309
  • https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/04/the-new-coronavirus-may-be-what-ends-the-global-wildlife-trade/
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/illegal-wildlife-trade-online-china-shuts-markets-200324040543868.html


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. cut the trade
  2. started at a
  3. It crossed over
  4. wild
  5. can be
  6. end the wildlife
  7. He said this could
  8. prevent the spread
  1. trade
  2. animals
  3. of disease
  4. market
  5. help
  6. in wildlife
  7. dangerous
  8. to humans

Paragraph 2

  1. London
  2. animal markets could be time
  3. They are perfect
  4. About
  5. diseases come
  6. Animal
  7. millions of illnesses
  8. the next virus could come
  1. bombs
  2. and deaths
  3. Zoo
  4. along soon
  5. places
  6. from animals
  7. 75 per cent
  8. diseases

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The coronavirus pandemic could cut (1) ___________________ wildlife. COVID-19 (2) ___________________ a market selling wild animals. It (3) ___________________ humans. Eating wild (4) ___________________ can be dangerous. A conservationist (5) ___________________ the wildlife trade. He said this could help to prevent the (6) ___________________.

London Zoo said animal markets could (7) __________________. They (8) ___________________ for new viruses to start. About 75 per cent (9) ___________________ diseases come from animals. Animal (10) ___________________ millions of illnesses (11) ___________________. An expert said the next virus could (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thecoronaviruspandemiccouldcutthetradeinwildlife.COVID-19pro
bablystartedatamarketsellingwildanimals.Itcrossedovertohumans.
Eatingwildanimalswithdiseasescanbedangerous.Aconservationistw
antstoendthewildlifetrade.Hesaidthiscouldhelptopreventthespread
ofdisease.LondonZoosaidanimalmarketscouldbe"timebombs".They
areperfectplacesfornewvirusestostart.About75percentofnewinfecti
ousdiseasescomefromanimals.Animaldiseasesleadtomillionsofillne
ssesanddeathsworldwide.Anexpertsaidthenextviruscouldcomealon
gsoon.

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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