The Reading / Listening - Litter - Level 5

Litterbugs who drop rubbish in Thai national parks may get a surprise when they check their mail - their litter may have been returned to them. Thailand has decided to take a stand on the increasing amount of wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that is thrown away in national parks. It asked park wardens to collect litter and mail it back to tourists. It comes with a letter that says: "We collected your garbage...and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere." There are additional penalties like prison or a $16,000 fine.



The severe penalties are because litter is an eyesore in many of Thailand's beauty spots. It is fairly easy to find offenders because visitors to parks must register their address when they enter. Anyone who leaves litter near their camping spot will get their waste back. The head of a park near Bangkok explained the "return-to-litterbug" policy. He 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 4 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. Litterbugs who
  2. decided to take
  3. the increasing amount
  4. thrown away
  5. mail it back
  6. This should be a lesson
  7. throw away
  8. There are additional penalties
  1. of wrappers
  2. like prison
  3. to you
  4. to tourists
  5. waste
  6. in national parks
  7. drop rubbish
  8. a stand

Paragraph 2

  1. severe
  2. litter is an
  3. many of Thailand's beauty
  4. It is fairly
  5. register their address
  6. near their camping
  7. It can be dangerous for animals
  8. people should only leave
  1. spots
  2. like deer
  3. footprints behind
  4. when they enter
  5. penalties
  6. easy
  7. spot
  8. eyesore

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Litterbugs who (1) ___________________ Thai national parks may get a surprise when they check their mail - their litter may have been returned to them. Thailand has decided to (2) ___________________ on the increasing amount of wrappers, plastic bottles and paper that (3) ___________________ in national parks. It asked park wardens to (4) ___________________ mail it back to tourists. It comes with a letter that says: "We (5) ___________________...and sent it to your home. This should be a lesson to you, to never again throw away waste anywhere." There (6) ___________________ like prison or a $16,000 fine.

The severe penalties are because litter is (7) ___________________ many of Thailand's beauty spots. It is fairly easy (8) ___________________ because visitors to parks must register their address when they enter. Anyone who leaves litter near their camping spot will get (9) ___________________. The head of a park near Bangkok explained the "return-to-litterbug" policy. He said: "It can be dangerous for (10) ___________________ if they eat the rubbish and (11) ___________________ plastic waste that people leave behind." The government said people should only (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

LitterbugswhodroprubbishinThainationalparksmaygetasurprisewhe
ntheychecktheirmail-theirlittermayhavebeenreturnedtothem.Th
ailandhasdecidedtotakeastandontheincreasingamountofwrappers,
plasticbottlesandpaperthatisthrownawayinnationalparks.Itaskedpa
rkwardenstocollectlitterandmailitbacktotourists.Itcomeswithaletter
thatsays:"Wecollectedyourgarbage...andsentittoyourhome.Thissh
ouldbealessontoyou,toneveragainthrowawaywasteanywhere."Ther
eareadditionalpenaltieslikeprisonora$16,000fine.Theseverepenalti
esarebecauselitterisaneyesoreinmanyofThailand'sbeautyspots.Itisf
airlyeasytofindoffendersbecausevisitorstoparksmustregistertheira
ddresswhentheyenter.Anyonewholeaveslitterneartheircampingspo
twillgettheirwasteback.TheheadofaparknearBangkokexplainedthe"
return-to-litterbug"policy.Hesaid:"Itcanbedangerousforanimalsli
kedeeriftheyeattherubbishandtrytodigestplasticwastethatpeoplele
avebehind."Thegovernmentsaidpeopleshouldonlyleavefootprintsbe
hind.

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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