The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Trade - Level 1

The coronavirus pandemic could greatly cut the trade in wildlife. COVID-19 probably started at a market selling wild animals. It came from either a bat or a pangolin and crossed over to humans. A conservation group said eating wild animals that can carry diseases can be dangerous to human health. A conservationist called for a ban in the wildlife trade. He said: "Not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease, it [might stop] species extinction."



The London Zoological Society said animal markets could be "time bombs". They are perfect places for new viruses to start. It said if we continue to trade in animals, we will be in trouble again. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals, like SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals lead to millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said, "it's just a matter of time before the next [animal] disease risk emerges".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Wildlife Trade - Level 0 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. greatly cut the trade
  2. a market selling wild
  3. either a bat or
  4. crossed over
  5. diseases can be dangerous to
  6. a ban in the wildlife
  7. help to prevent the spread
  8. it might stop species
  1. human health
  2. of disease
  3. animals
  4. extinction
  5. a pangolin
  6. to humans
  7. trade
  8. in wildlife

Paragraph 2

  1. animal markets could be time
  2. perfect places for new viruses
  3. we will be in
  4. About 75 per cent of new infectious
  5. Infections from
  6. millions of illnesses and
  7. it's just a matter of
  8. the next animal disease risk
  1. animals
  2. time
  3. bombs
  4. emerges
  5. trouble again
  6. diseases
  7. deaths
  8. to start

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The coronavirus pandemic (1) ___________________ the trade in wildlife. COVID-19 (2) ___________________ a market selling wild animals. It came from either a bat or a pangolin (3) ___________________ to humans. A conservation group said eating wild animals that can carry diseases can be dangerous (4) ___________________. A conservationist called for a ban in the wildlife trade. He said: "Not (5) ___________________ help to prevent the spread of disease, (6) ___________________ species extinction."

The London Zoological Society said animal (7) ___________________ "time bombs". They are perfect places for new viruses to start. It said (8) ___________________ to trade in animals, we will be (9) ___________________. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals, like SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections (10) ___________________ to millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. (11) ___________________, "it's just a matter of time before the next [animal] (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thecoronaviruspandemiccouldgreatlycutthetradeinwildlife.COVID-
19probablystartedatamarketsellingwildanimals.Itcamefromeithera
batorapangolinandcrossedovertohumans.Aconservationgroupsaide
atingwildanimalsthatcancarrydiseasescanbedangeroustohumanhe
alth.Aconservationistcalledforabaninthewildlifetrade.Hesaid:"Noto
nlywillthishelptopreventthespreadofdisease,it[mightstop]speciese
xtinction."TheLondonZoologicalSocietysaidanimalmarketscouldbe"
timebombs".Theyareperfectplacesfornewvirusestostart.Itsaidifwec
ontinuetotradeinanimals,wewillbeintroubleagain.About75percentof
newinfectiousdiseasescomefromanimals,likeSARS,MERSandEbola.
Infectionsfromanimalsleadtomillionsofillnessesanddeathsworldwid
eeveryyear.Anexpertsaid,"it'sjustamatteroftimebeforethenext[ani
mal]diseaseriskemerges".

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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