The Reading / Listening - Stink Bugs - Level 2

Farmers worry about many things. Some worry about a lack of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new worry - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK. They are not native to the UK. They came from China, Japan or Korea. These smelly insects are now a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they are in danger. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s. They are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.



Stink bugs eat by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and sucking out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit often ends up as juice. An insect expert said there is no risk to our health from stink bugs feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful." He said stink bugs have a wide diet and can eat over one hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become more frequent."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Stink Bugs - Level 0 Stink Bugs - Level 1   or  Stink Bugs - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2021/march/monitoring-stink-bugs-to-anticipate-the-future.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/01/uk-scientists-confirm-arrival-of-brown-marmorated-stink-bugs
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stink-bugs-invasive-species-crops-b1809209.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. worry about a lack
  2. pests that eat
  3. stink bugs have
  4. They are not native
  5. These smelly insects are now a
  6. the bad
  7. in the mid-
  8. They are now a problem
  1. arrived in the UK
  2. smell they create
  3. for farmers
  4. the crops
  5. 1990s
  6. threat to fruit
  7. of rain
  8. to the UK

Paragraph 2

  1. piercing the surface
  2. sucking
  3. This makes the fruit
  4. farmers cannot sell the
  5. there is no risk
  6. one hundred different
  7. climate
  8. going to become more
  1. types of plants
  2. crops
  3. frequent
  4. out the juice
  5. change
  6. rotten
  7. of fruits
  8. to our health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Farmers worry about many things. Some worry about a (1) ___________________. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have (2) ___________________ - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK. They are (3) ___________________ the UK. They came from China, Japan or Korea. These smelly insects are (4) ___________________ to fruit and vegetable crops in England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they (5) ___________________. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s. They are now a problem for farmers (6) ___________________.

Stink bugs (7) ___________________ the surface of fruits and vegetables and sucking out the juice. This makes (8) ___________________. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit often (9) ___________________ juice. An insect expert said there is (10) ___________________ our health from stink bugs feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's (11) ___________________ your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful." He said stink bugs have a wide diet and can eat over one hundred (12) ___________________ plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become more frequent."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Farmersworryaboutmanythings.Someworryaboutalackofrain.Other
sworryaboutpeststhateatthecrops.FarmersintheUKhaveanewworry
-stinkbugs.Forthefirsttime,stinkbugshavearrivedintheUK.Theyaren
otnativetotheUK.TheycamefromChina,JapanorKorea.Thesesmellyi
nsectsarenowathreattofruitandvegetablecropsinEngland.Theinsect
sgettheirnamefromthebadsmelltheycreatewhentheyareindanger.S
tinkbugswereaccidentallyintroducedtotheUSAinthemid-1990s.They
arenowaproblemforfarmersin44states.Stinkbugseatbypiercingthes
urfaceoffruitsandvegetablesandsuckingoutthejuice.Thismakesthefr
uitrotten.Itmeansfarmerscannotsellthecrops.Thefruitoftenendsupa
sjuice.Aninsectexpertsaidthereisnorisktoourhealthfromstinkbugsfe
edingonfruitandvegetables.Hesaid:"Ifyoueatadamagedfruit,there's
norisktoyourhealth.Thefruitjustdoesn'tlookbeautiful."Hesaidstinkb
ugshaveawidedietandcaneatoveronehundreddifferenttypesofplants
.Headdedthat:"Withclimatechangeandglobaltrade,thesestoriesareg
oingtobecomemorefrequent."

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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