The Reading / Listening - Litter - Level 4

People who litter in Thai national parks may get a surprise in their mail - their litter may be returned to them. Thailand decided to act on the increasing amount of wrappers, plastic bottles and paper thrown away in national parks. It asked park wardens to mail litter back to tourists. Litterbugs get a letter saying: "We collected your garbage...and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson...to never again throw away waste." People can also get a $16,000 fine.



Litter is an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty spots. It is easy to find litterbugs because visitors to parks must register their address. Anyone who leaves litter near their camping spot will get their waste back. The head of a park said: "It can be dangerous for animals like deer if they eat the rubbish and try to digest plastic waste that people leave behind." The government said people should only leave footprints behind.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Litter - Level 5 or  Litter - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3101999/thailands-khao-yai-national-park-mails-tourists-rubbish
  • https://www.asianewsday.com/thai-national-park-officials-mail-back-trash-as-souvenirs-to-tourists/
  • https://bangkokherald.com/living/environment/return-to-sender-thai-national-park-mails-back-litter-to-campers/


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. get a surprise in
  2. litter may be returned
  3. the increasing amount
  4. plastic
  5. mail litter back to
  6. We collected your garbage and
  7. throw away
  8. People can also get a
  1. of wrappers
  2. tourists
  3. $16,000 fine
  4. sent it to your home
  5. waste
  6. their mail
  7. bottles
  8. to them

Paragraph 2

  1. Litter is an
  2. It is easy
  3. near their camping
  4. The head
  5. dangerous for animals
  6. if they
  7. try to digest
  8. people should only leave
  1. footprints behind
  2. spot
  3. of a park
  4. plastic waste
  5. to find litterbugs
  6. eyesore
  7. eat the rubbish
  8. like deer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People who litter in Thai national parks may (1) ___________________ in their mail - their litter (2) ___________________ to them. Thailand decided to act on the increasing (3) ___________________, plastic bottles and paper thrown away in national parks. It asked park wardens to mail litter (4) ___________________. Litterbugs get a letter saying: "We (5) ___________________...and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson...to never again (6) ___________________." People can also get a $16,000 fine.

Litter is (7) ___________________ many of Thailand's beauty spots. It is easy to find litterbugs because visitors to parks (8) ___________________ address. Anyone who leaves litter near their camping spot will get (9) ___________________. The head of a park said: "It can be dangerous for (10) ___________________ if they eat the rubbish and try to (11) ___________________ that people leave behind." The government said people should only (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplewholitterinThainationalparksmaygetasurpriseintheirmail-t
heirlittermaybereturnedtothem.Thailanddecidedtoactontheincreasi
ngamountofwrappers,plasticbottlesandpaperthrownawayinnationa
lparks.Itaskedparkwardenstomaillitterbacktotourists.Litterbugsget
alettersaying:"Wecollectedyourgarbage...andsentittoyourhome.Th
isshouldbealesson...toneveragainthrowawaywaste."Peoplecanalso
geta$16,000fine.LitterisaneyesoreinmanyofThailand'sbeautyspots.
Itiseasytofindlitterbugsbecausevisitorstoparksmustregistertheirad
dress.Anyonewholeaveslitterneartheircampingspotwillgettheirwast
eback.Theheadofaparksaid:"Itcanbedangerousforanimalslikedeerif
theyeattherubbishandtrytodigestplasticwastethatpeopleleavebehin
d."Thegovernmentsaidpeopleshouldonlyleavefootprintsbehind.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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