The Reading / Listening - Mining - Level 4

The CEO of a mining company resigned after the destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites. The CEO of Rio Tinto has until March to empty his desk. He quit because of the anger created by the demolition of 46,000-year-old caves in the Juukan Gorge in Australia. They are sacred to indigenous people. Evidence shows people lived in them in the Stone Age. The company was mining for iron ore. The CEO said he could have made "better decisions".



The blasts caused global anger and damaged Rio Tinto's image. The mining was against the wishes of the traditional owners of the site. They said Tinto disregarded their traditions to get big profits. They said: "We cannot and will not allow this type of devastation to occur ever again." Rio Tinto apologised and said what happened was wrong. It said the destruction of a heritage site of such exceptional archaeological significance would never happen again.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mining - Level 5 or  Mining - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/rio-tinto-ceo-steps-down-over-destruction-of-46-000-year-old-aboriginal-caves-12068732
  • https://www.mining-technology.com/news/rio-tinto-ceo/
  • https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/investors-want-rio-tinto-to-reconnect-with-its-australian-identity-20200911-p55us1.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. The CEO of a mining
  2. the destruction of sacred
  3. empty his
  4. He quit because of
  5. indigenous
  6. people lived
  7. mining for iron
  8. better
  1. people
  2. desk
  3. decisions
  4. in them
  5. company resigned
  6. ore
  7. Aboriginal sites
  8. the anger

Paragraph 2

  1. The blasts caused
  2. damaged Rio Tinto's
  3. against the wishes of the
  4. get big
  5. allow this type
  6. Rio Tinto
  7. a heritage
  8. of such exceptional archaeological
  1. significance
  2. traditional owners
  3. of devastation
  4. site
  5. image
  6. profits
  7. apologised
  8. global anger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The CEO of a mining company (1) ___________________ destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites. The CEO of Rio Tinto has until March to (2) ___________________. He quit because of the anger created by (3) ___________________ 46,000-year-old caves in the Juukan Gorge in Australia. They (4) ___________________ indigenous people. Evidence shows people lived in them in (5) ___________________. The company was mining for iron ore. The CEO said he could have (6) ___________________.

The blasts (7) ___________________ and damaged Rio Tinto's image. The mining was against the wishes of (8) ___________________ of the site. They said Tinto disregarded their traditions to (9) ___________________. They said: "We cannot and will not allow this type of devastation to (10) ___________________." Rio Tinto apologised and said what happened was wrong. It said (11) ___________________ a heritage site of such exceptional archaeological significance would (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheCEOofaminingcompanyresignedafterthedestructionofsacredAb
originalsites.TheCEOofRioTintohasuntilMarchtoemptyhisdesk.Hequ
itbecauseoftheangercreatedbythedemolitionof46,000-year-oldca
vesintheJuukanGorgeinAustralia.Theyaresacredtoindigenouspeopl
e.EvidenceshowspeoplelivedinthemintheStoneAge.Thecompanywa
sminingforironore.TheCEOsaidhecouldhavemade"betterdecisions".
TheblastscausedglobalangeranddamagedRioTinto'simage.Themini
ngwasagainstthewishesofthetraditionalownersofthesite.TheysaidTi
ntodisregardedtheirtraditionstogetbigprofits.Theysaid:"Wecannota
ndwillnotallowthistypeofdevastationtooccureveragain."RioTintoapo
logisedandsaidwhathappenedwaswrong.Itsaidthedestructionofahe
ritagesiteofsuchexceptionalarchaeologicalsignificancewouldneverh
appenagain.

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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