The Reading / Listening - Wildlife Trade - Level 3

Conservation experts are saying that the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus pandemic has finished. They say that the virus probably started at a market selling wild animals in China. The virus came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin. It then crossed over to infect humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said: "The consumption of wild animals which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real threat to human health." The Wildlife Conservation Society called for a ban of animal markets that trade in wildlife. It said: "Not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease, it will address one of the major drivers of species extinction."



A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "time bombs". He said the markets can provide perfect conditions for new viruses to start and grow. He added that if we treated animals like goods to buy and sell, we would be in trouble again in the future. Scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses start in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. Recent examples include SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals cause millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world must act soon, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic disease risk emerges".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Wildlife Trade - Level 0 Wildlife Trade - Level 1   or  Wildlife Trade - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. WILDLIFE TRADE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about wildlife trade. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       conservation / experts / trade / wildlife / coronavirus / bat / diseases / extinction /
       spokesman / time bomb / perfect / trouble / infectious / outbreak / worldwide / time
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BAN: Students A strongly believe all trade in animals should end; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ANIMALS: Are these things OK? Why? Why not? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

OK

Not OK?

Pet shops

 

 

Fur coats

 

 

Zoos

 

 

Eating meat

 

 

Police dogs

 

 

Animal markets

 

 

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5. EXPERT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "expert". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. DANGERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest dangers to the world at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • pandemics
  • global warming
  • overpopulation
  • nuclear war
  • cyber wars
  • GM food
  • artificial intelligence
  • terrorism

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. expert a. The spread of a disease over a whole country or the world.
      2. pandemic b. The eating or buying of things.
      3. infect c. A person who knows many, many things about a topic.
      4. consumption d. Something that keeps people or things apart or stops communication or progress.
      5. species e. A group of living things that are so similar they can produce babies together.
      6. barrier f. When the last ever animal, plant, fish, insect, etc. in its group dies.
      7. extinction g. Affect a person or animal with a disease.

    Paragraph 2

      8. time bomb h. Comes; arrives; becomes known.
      9. provide i. Happened, begun, or been done not long ago or not long before now.
      10. outbreak j. Make something, especially something bad happen.
      11. recent k. A problem that might eventually become very dangerous if no one does anything about it.
      12. cause l. Give.
      13. risk m. The possibility that something bad will happen.
      14. emerge n. The sudden start of something bad, such as war, disease, etc.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Conservationists say COVID-19 will end the trade in wildlife.     T / F
  2. The article said the COVID-19 coronavirus came from a rat.     T / F
  3. The COVID-19 coronavirus crossed over from an animal to humans.     T / F
  4. Conservationists say ending the wildlife trade will end species extinction. T / F
  5. A zoological society said wildlife markets were like time bombs.     T / F
  6. A zoologist said we will be in more trouble if we buy and sell animals.     T / F
  7. About 75% of new infectious diseases come from animals.     T / F
  8. Viruses like SARS and Ebola caused billions of illnesses.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. experts
  2. cut
  3. came
  4. poses
  5. major
  6. perfect
  7. trouble
  8. infectious
  9. worldwide
  10. emerges
  1. presents
  2. comes out
  3. difficulty
  4. originated
  5. ideal
  6. specialists
  7. spreadable
  8. globally
  9. reduced
  10. main

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. after the coronavirus pandemic
  2. the virus probably started
  3. It then crossed over to
  4. wild
  5. help to prevent the spread
  6. animal markets could be
  7. perfect conditions for new viruses
  8. we would be in trouble again
  9. cause millions of illnesses and
  10. it's just a matter of
  1. infect humans
  2. time
  3. of disease
  4. at a market
  5. "time bombs"
  6. in the future
  7. has finished
  8. deaths worldwide
  9. animals
  10. to start

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
infect
probably
spread
carry
either
species
trade
threat

Conservation experts are saying that the (1) ____________ in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus pandemic has finished. They say that the virus (2) ____________ started at a market selling wild animals in China. The virus came from (3) ____________ a bat or an animal called a pangolin. It then crossed over to (4) ____________ humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said: "The consumption of wild animals which can (5) ____________ diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real (6) ____________ to human health." The Wildlife Conservation Society called for a ban of animal markets that trade in wildlife. It said: "Not only will this help to prevent the (7) ____________ of disease, it will address one of the major drivers of (8) ____________ extinction."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
examples
bombs
sell
expert
illnesses
time
trouble
start

A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "time (9) ____________". He said the markets can provide perfect conditions for new viruses to (10) ____________ and grow. He added that if we treated animals like goods to buy and (11) ____________, we would be in (12) ____________ again in the future. Scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses start in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. Recent (13) ____________ include SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals cause millions of (14) ____________ and deaths worldwide every year. An (15) ____________ said the world must act soon, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of (16) ____________ before the next zoonotic disease risk emerges".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Conservation experts are saying that the trade in wildlife could ______
     a.  be greatly cut
     b.  be greatly cuts
     c.  be greatly cutting
     d.  be greatly cutter
2)  They say that the virus probably started at a market ______
     a.  selling wild animals
     b.  selling wild animal
     c.  selling wildly animals
     d.  selling wildly animal
3)  It then crossed over ______
     a.  to inject humans
     b.  to infer humans
     c.  to interject humans
     d.  to infect humans
4)  animals which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier ______ threat
     a.  posses a real
     b.  posies a real
     c.  poses a real
     d.  pose is a real
5)  it will address one of the major drivers of ______
     a.  species eggs tincture
     b.  species extinct
     c.  species extraction
     d.  species extinction

6)  A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could ______
     a.  been timed bombs
     b.  being timed bombs
     c.  be time bombs
     d.  be timer bombs
7)  He said the markets can provide ______
     a.  perfected conditions
     b.  perfect conditions
     c.  perfectly conditions
     d.  perfection conditions
8)  Scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses ______
     a.  starting animals
     b.  start in animals
     c.  starts in animals
     d.  starts sin animals
9)  deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world ______
     a.  must act soon
     b.  must acts soon
     c.  must acted soon
     d.  must action soon
10)  realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic ______
     a.  disease risks emerges
     b.  disease risked emerges
     c.  disease risky emerges
     d.  disease risk emerges

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Conservation (1) ___________________ that the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus pandemic has finished. They say that the virus probably started at a (2) ___________________ animals in China. The virus came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin. It then crossed over (3) ___________________. The conservation group Humane Society International said: "The consumption of wild animals which can carry diseases that can cross the (4) ___________________ a real threat to human health." The Wildlife Conservation Society called for a ban of animal markets that (5) ___________________. It said: "Not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease, it will address one of the (6) ___________________ species extinction."

A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "time bombs". He said the markets (7) ___________________ conditions for new viruses to start and grow. He added that if we treated animals like (8) ___________________ and sell, we would be in trouble again in the future. Scientists say many new (9) ___________________ start in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. (10) ___________________ SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals cause millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world (11) ___________________, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic (12) ___________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. Who said the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the pandemic?
  2. What animal besides a bat might the virus have come from?
  3. What did conservationists say disease-carrying animals could pose?
  4. What did the Wildlife Conservation Society call for a ban of?
  5. What did conservationists say wildlife markets were a major driver of?
  6. What did a zoological society say animal markets could be?
  7. What do animal markets provide the perfect conditions for?
  8. What percentage of new infectious diseases comes from animals?
  9. How many illnesses and deaths do animal infections cause each year?
  10. When did an expert say we had to act?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who said the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the pandemic?
a) the WHO
b) conservation experts
c) wildlife experts
d) hunters
2) What animal besides a bat might the virus have come from?
a) a lumpsucker
b) an armadillo
c) a penguin
d) a pangolin
3) What did conservationists say disease-carrying animals could pose?
a) a threat to human health
b) photographs
c) a danger to fish
d) a big question
4) What did the Wildlife Conservation Society call for a ban of?
a) the fur trade
b) international travel
c) animal markets
d) zoos
5) What did conservationists say wildlife markets were a major driver of?
a) zoos
b) species extinction
c) disease
d) viruses

6) What did a zoological society say animal markets could be?
a) time bombs
b) dangerous
c) interesting
d) specimens
7) What do animal markets provide the perfect conditions for?
a) trading
b) zoos
c) new viruses to grow
d) the fur trade
8) What percentage of new infectious diseases comes from animals?
a) about 75%
b) around a third
c) nearly half
d) almost two-thirds
9) How many illnesses and deaths do animal infections cause each year?
a) millions
b) about 20 million
c) billions
d) hundreds of thousands
10) When did an expert say we had to act?
a) some time in the future
b) in the next few months
c) any time now
d) soon

Role play

Role  A – Pandemics
You think pandemics are the biggest danger to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their danger isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): terrorism, nuclear war or artificial intelligence.

Role  B – Terrorism
You think terrorism is the biggest danger to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their danger isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): pandemics, nuclear war or artificial intelligence.

Role  C – Nuclear War
You think nuclear war is the biggest danger to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their danger isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): terrorism, pandemics or artificial intelligence.

Role  D – Artificial Intelligence
You think artificial intelligence is the biggest danger to the world. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their danger isn't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): terrorism, nuclear war or pandemics.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'wildlife'

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  • and 'trade'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • greatly
    • probably
    • either
    • crossed
    • barrier
    • address
    • time
    • perfect
    • sell
    • 75
    • millions
    • matter




    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 - Wildlife Trade

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'wildlife'?
    3. What do you think of the wildlife trade?
    4. What do you think of the trade in cows, sheep and pigs?
    5. Do you think the wildlife trade will change in the future?
    6. What actions would you take about the wildlife trade?
    7. Should people who trade in wild animals be punished?
    8. How can we educate more people about species extinction?
    9. What do you think of ending the trade in animal fur?
    10. What do you think of trading animals in pet shops?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'trade'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of zoos?
    5. Why might animal markets be like time bombs?
    6. Should we change our lifestyles from now?
    7. Should governments spend more on planning for future outbreaks?
    8. What do you know about other outbreaks?
    9. Do you think humans get too close to animals?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the conservation experts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Conservation experts are (1) ____ that the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus pandemic has finished. They say that the virus probably started at a market (2) ____ wild animals in China. The virus came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin. It then crossed over (3) ____ infect humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said: "The consumption of wild animals which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier (4) ____ a real threat to human health." The Wildlife Conservation Society called for a (5) ____ of animal markets that trade in wildlife. It said: "Not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease, it will address one of the major (6) ____ of species extinction."

    A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "(7) ____ bombs". He said the markets can provide perfect conditions for new viruses to start and grow. He added that if we (8) ____ animals like goods to buy and sell, we would be (9) ____ trouble again in the future. Scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses start in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals. Recent examples (10) ____ SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals cause millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world must (11) ____ soon, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic disease risk (12) ____ ".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    (a)     say     (b)     says     (c)     saying     (d)     said    
    (a)     selling     (b)     sales     (c)     sold     (d)     sale    
    (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     as     (d)     on    
    (a)     possess     (b)     posies     (c)     posses     (d)     poses    
    (a)     bin     (b)     bun     (c)     ban     (d)     bon    
    (a)     passengers     (b)     drivers     (c)     racers     (d)     pilots    
    (a)     time     (b)     timing     (c)     times     (d)     timed    
    (a)     grated     (b)     greeted     (c)     threatened     (d)     treated    
    (a)     on     (b)     of     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    (a)     prelude     (b)     preclude     (c)     conclude     (d)     include    
    (a)     acts     (b)     act     (c)     action     (d)     active    
    (a)     emerges     (b)     emergency     (c)     emergent     (d)     emergencies

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    1  ) Conservation experts are saying that the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus
    (...)  pandemic has finished. They say that the virus probably started at a market selling wild
    (...)  of viruses start in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from
    (...)  animals in China. The virus came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin. It then crossed over to infect
    (...)  Conservation Society called for a ban of animal markets that trade in wildlife. It said: "Not only will this help
    (...)  bombs". He said the markets can provide perfect conditions for new viruses to start and grow. He added that if we
    (...)  to prevent the spread of disease, it will address one of the major drivers of species extinction."
    (...)  animals. Recent examples include SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals cause millions
    (...)  diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real threat to human health." The Wildlife
    (...)  A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London said animal markets could be "time
    (...)  humans. The conservation group Humane Society International said: "The consumption of wild animals which can carry
    (...)  treated animals like goods to buy and sell, we would be in trouble again in the future. Scientists say many new outbreaks
    (...)  soon, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic disease risk emerges".
    (...)  of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world must act

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. virus   at   wildlife   probably   a   market   .   started   The
    3. wild   The   consumption   carry   of   animals   which   diseases   .
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    9. animals   illnesses   .   Infections   cause   millions   from   of
    10. time   .   a   it's   Realistically,   of   matter   just

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    A spokesman from the Zoological Society of London say / said animal markets could be "time bombs". He said the markets can provision / provide perfect conditions for new viruses to start and grow / growth. He added that if we treated animals like / similar goods to buy and sell, we would be in trouble again in the / a future. Scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses start on / in animals. About 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come for / from animals. Recent examples include SARS, MERS and Ebola. Infections from animals case / cause millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year. An expert said the world must act soon / seen, because, "realistically, it's just a matter of time before the next zoonotic disease risk emerge / emerges".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    conservation experts are saying that the trade in wildlife could be greatly cut after the coronavirus pandemic has finished they say that the virus probably started at a market selling wild animals in china the virus came from either a bat or an animal called a pangolin it then crossed over to infect humans the conservation group humane society international said the consumption of wild animals which can carry diseases that can cross the species barrier poses a real threat to human health the wildlife conservation society called for a ban of animal markets that trade in wildlife it said not only will this help to prevent the spread of disease it will address one of the major drivers of species extinction

    a spokesman from the zoological society of london said animal markets could be time bombs he said the markets can provide perfect conditions for new viruses to start and grow he added that if we treated animals like goods to buy and sell we would be in trouble again in the future scientists say many new outbreaks of viruses start in animals about 75 per cent of new infectious diseases come from animals recent examples include sars mers and ebola infections from animals cause millions of illnesses and deaths worldwide every year an expert said the world must act soon because realistically its just a matter of time before the next zoonotic disease risk emerges

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Conservationexpertsaresayingthatthetradeinwildlifecouldbegreatly
    cutafterthecoronaviruspandemichasfinished.Theysaythatthevirusp
    robablystartedatamarketsellingwildanimalsinChina.Theviruscamefr
    omeitherabatorananimalcalledapangolin.Itthencrossedovertoinfect
    humans.TheconservationgroupHumaneSocietyInternationalsaid:"T
    heconsumptionofwildanimalswhichcancarrydiseasesthatcancrossth
    especiesbarrierposesarealthreattohumanhealth."TheWildlifeConse
    rvationSocietycalledforabanofanimalmarketsthattradeinwildlife.Its
    aid:"Notonlywillthishelptopreventthespreadofdisease,itwilladdress
    oneofthemajordriversofspeciesextinction."AspokesmanfromtheZoo
    logicalSocietyofLondonsaidanimalmarketscouldbe"timebombs".He
    saidthemarketscanprovideperfectconditionsfornewvirusestostartan
    dgrow.Headdedthatifwetreatedanimalslikegoodstobuyandsell,wew
    ouldbeintroubleagaininthefuture.Scientistssaymanynewoutbreaks
    ofvirusesstartinanimals.About75percentofnewinfectiousdiseasesco
    mefromanimals.RecentexamplesincludeSARS,MERSandEbola.Infec
    tionsfromanimalscausemillionsofillnessesanddeathsworldwideever
    yyear.Anexpertsaidtheworldmustactsoon,because,"realistically,it's
    justamatteroftimebeforethenextzoonoticdiseaseriskemerges".

    Free writing

    Write about wildlife trade for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    There should be an end to any kind of trade in animals. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. WILDLIFE TRADE: Make a poster about wildlife trade. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. VEGETARIAN: Write a magazine article about the whole world becoming vegetarian. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on wildlife trade. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to reduce the trade. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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