The Reading / Listening - Jellyfish - Level 1

There may be an answer to food shortages - eating jellyfish. This could also protect endangered fish and sea life. Researchers did a study of fishing around the world. They found that fishing nets caught 92 endangered species and 11 "critically endangered" species. This is not illegal as the fish are not protected. A researcher said: "Despite...international commitments to protect threatened species, we actively fish for many of these threatened species."



We are eating sea life that could go extinct. Eating jellyfish could protect fish in danger of disappearing from our oceans. Jellyfish could become common on menus. Jellyfish are a sustainable alternative to other kinds of fish. The researcher said seafood is not as sustainable as we think. She said we should fish for species that can survive the fishing pressure. She added: "We just have to care about weird-looking squishy things like sea cucumbers."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Jellyfish - Level 0 Jellyfish - Level 2   or  Jellyfish - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/jellyfish-fish-and-chips-takeaway-endangered-seafood-b530261.html
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/stop-eating-threatened-seafood-and-eat-jellyfish-instead-says-scientists
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-23/jellyfish-sustainable-fishing-nutritional-delicacy-queensland/12692542


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. There may be an
  2. food
  3. endangered fish and
  4. a study of fishing
  5. fishing
  6. critically
  7. This is not
  8. threatened
  1. illegal
  2. sea life
  3. nets
  4. species
  5. endangered species
  6. answer
  7. around the world
  8. shortages

Paragraph 2

  1. sea life that could go
  2. disappearing from our
  3. Jellyfish are a sustainable
  4. not as sustainable
  5. survive the fishing
  6. We just have to
  7. weird-
  8. sea
  1. looking squishy things
  2. alternative
  3. pressure
  4. cucumbers
  5. extinct
  6. as we think
  7. care
  8. oceans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There may (1) ___________________ to food shortages - eating jellyfish. This could also protect endangered (2) ___________________ life. Researchers did a study of fishing around the world. They found that (3) ___________________ 92 endangered species and 11 "critically endangered" species. This is not (4) ___________________ fish are not protected. A researcher said: "Despite...international commitments (5) ___________________ species, we actively (6) ___________________ of these threatened species."

We are eating sea life that (7) ___________________. Eating jellyfish could protect fish (8) ___________________ disappearing from our oceans. Jellyfish could become (9) ___________________. Jellyfish are a sustainable alternative to other (10) ___________________. The researcher said seafood is not as sustainable as we think. She said we should fish for species that can survive (11) ___________________. She added: "We just have to care about weird-looking (12) ___________________ sea cucumbers."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Theremaybeananswertofoodshortages-eatingjellyfish.Thiscouldal
soprotectendangeredfishandsealife.Researchersdidastudyoffishing
aroundtheworld.Theyfoundthatfishingnetscaught92endangeredspe
ciesand11"criticallyendangered"species.Thisisnotillegalasthefishar
enotprotected.Aresearchersaid:"Despite...internationalcommitme
ntstoprotectthreatenedspecies,weactivelyfishformanyofthesethrea
tenedspecies."Weareeatingsealifethatcouldgoextinct.Eatingjellyfis
hcouldprotectfishindangerofdisappearingfromouroceans.Jellyfishco
uldbecomecommononmenus.Jellyfishareasustainablealternativeto
otherkindsoffish.Theresearchersaidseafoodisnotassustainableaswe
think.Shesaidweshouldfishforspeciesthatcansurvivethefishingpress
ure.Sheadded:"Wejusthavetocareaboutweird-lookingsquishythin
gslikeseacucumbers."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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