The Reading / Listening - Mining - Level 5

The CEO of the mining giant Rio Tinto has resigned following the destruction of sacred Aboriginal sites. The CEO has until March to empty his desk and head for the door. He handed in his notice after the anger created by the demolition of 46,000-year-old caves in the Juukan Gorge in Australia. The ancient caves are sacred to indigenous people. Evidence shows they were dwellings as far back as the Stone Age, when humans were developing stone tools. The company was mining for high-grade iron ore. The CEO said there was no doubt the company could have made "better decisions".



The blasts caused international condemnation and tainted Rio Tinto's reputation. The mining took place against the wishes of the traditional owners of the site, indigenous Australians. They accused Rio Tinto of disregarding their culture and traditions to get greater profits. They said: "We cannot and will not allow this type of devastation to occur ever again." The Rio Tinto chair apologised. He said: "What happened at Juukan was wrong and we are determined to ensure that the destruction of a heritage site of such exceptional archaeological and cultural significance never occurs again."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mining - Level 4 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 the mining
  2. empty his
  3. He handed in his
  4. The ancient caves are
  5. developing
  6. mining for high-
  7. The CEO said there
  8. better
  1. desk
  2. stone tools
  3. decisions
  4. giant
  5. was no doubt
  6. sacred
  7. notice
  8. grade iron ore

Paragraph 2

  1. The blasts caused international
  2. tainted Rio Tinto's
  3. against the wishes of the
  4. disregarding their
  5. get greater
  6. this type
  7. heritage
  8. archaeological and cultural
  1. profits
  2. significance
  3. of devastation
  4. reputation
  5. site
  6. condemnation
  7. culture
  8. traditional owners

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The CEO of (1) ___________________ Rio Tinto has resigned following (2) ___________________ sacred Aboriginal sites. The CEO has until March to empty his desk and head for the door. He handed (3) ___________________ after the anger created by the demolition of 46,000-year-old caves in the Juukan Gorge in Australia. The (4) ___________________ sacred to indigenous people. Evidence shows they were (5) ___________________ back as the Stone Age, when humans were developing stone tools. The company was mining for high-grade iron ore. The CEO said that was (6) ___________________ company could have made "better decisions".

The blasts caused international condemnation and tainted Rio Tinto's reputation. The (7) ___________________ against the wishes of the traditional (8) ___________________ site, indigenous Australians. They accused Rio Tinto of disregarding their culture and traditions to (9) ___________________. They said: "We cannot and will not allow this type of devastation to (10) ___________________." The Rio Tinto chair apologised. He said: "What happened at Juukan was wrong and we are determined to ensure that the destruction of (11) ___________________ of such exceptional archaeological and cultural (12) ___________________ again."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheCEOofthemininggiantRioTintohasresignedfollowingthedestructi
onofsacredAboriginalsites.TheCEOhasuntilMarchtoemptyhisdeskan
dheadforthedoor.Hehandedinhisnoticeaftertheangercreatedbythed
emolitionof46,000-year-oldcavesintheJuukanGorgeinAustralia.T
heancientcavesaresacredtoindigenouspeople.Evidenceshowstheyw
eredwellingsasfarbackastheStoneAge,whenhumansweredevelopin
gstonetools.Thecompanywasminingforhigh-gradeironore.TheCEOs
aidthatwasnodoubtthecompanycouldhavemade"betterdecisions".T
heblastscausedinternationalcondemnationandtaintedRioTinto'srep
utation.Theminingtookplaceagainstthewishesofthetraditionalowner
softhesite,indigenousAustralians.TheyaccusedRioTintoofdisregardi
ngtheircultureandtraditionstogetgreaterprofits.Theysaid:"Wecann
otandwillnotallowthistypeofdevastationtooccureveragain."TheRioTi
ntochairapologised.Hesaid:"WhathappenedatJuukanwaswrongand
wearedeterminedtoensurethatthedestructionofaheritagesiteofsuch
exceptionalarchaeologicalandculturalsignificanceneveroccursagain
."

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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