The Reading / Listening - Southern Ocean - Level 1

We learn at school that there are four oceans - the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. However, the National Geographic Society now accepts there is a "Southern Ocean". This is around the South Pole and Antarctica. Geography teachers will now teach students that the world has five oceans. National Geographic said: "We think it's really important from an educational [viewpoint]...to bring attention to the Southern Ocean as a fifth ocean."

Learning about the Southern Ocean will change how children see the world and climate change. National Geographic said students must learn about how important oceans are to the world. It said: "Antarctica forms a distinct ecological region defined by ocean currents and temperatures." It added that the Southern Ocean has "unique and fragile marine ecosystems" full of wonderful ocean life like whales, penguins and seals.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Southern Ocean - Level 0 Southern Ocean - Level 2   or  Southern Ocean - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jun/10/new-ocean-global-total-five-national-geographic
  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/theres-a-new-ocean-now-can-you-name-all-five-southern-ocean
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/06/10/southern-ocean-officially-recognized-fifth-ocean-national-geographic/7645212002/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We learn at school that there
  2. Pacific and Arctic
  3. the National Geographic
  4. This is around the South
  5. Geography
  6. teach students that the world
  7. important from an educational
  8. bring attention
  1. viewpoint
  2. Pole
  3. to the Southern Ocean
  4. teachers
  5. are four oceans
  6. Society
  7. has five oceans
  8. Oceans

Paragraph 2

  1. change how children
  2. climate
  3. learn about how important
  4. a distinct ecological
  5. unique and
  6. marine
  7. full of wonderful ocean
  8. whales, penguins
  1. change
  2. life
  3. ecosystems
  4. and seals
  5. see the world
  6. region
  7. fragile
  8. oceans are

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We learn at school that there (1) ___________________ - the Atlantic, Indian, Pacific and Arctic Oceans. However, the National Geographic Society (2) ___________________ is a "Southern Ocean". This is around the (3) ___________________ Antarctica. Geography teachers will now teach students that the world (4) ___________________. National Geographic said: "We think it's really important (5) ___________________ [viewpoint]...to bring attention to the Southern Ocean as (6) ___________________."

Learning about the Southern Ocean (7) ___________________ children see the world (8) ___________________. National Geographic said students must (9) ___________________ important oceans are to the world. It said: "Antarctica forms a distinct ecological (10) ___________________ ocean currents and temperatures." It added that the Southern Ocean has "(11) ___________________ marine ecosystems" full of wonderful ocean life like whales (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Welearnatschoolthattherearefouroceans-theAtlantic,Indian,Pac
ificandArcticOceans.However,theNationalGeographicSocietynowac
ceptsthereisa"SouthernOcean".ThisisaroundtheSouthPoleandAntar
ctica.Geographyteacherswillnowteachstudentsthattheworldhasfive
oceans.NationalGeographicsaid:"Wethinkit'sreallyimportantfroma
neducational[viewpoint]...tobringattentiontotheSouthernOceanasa
fifthocean."LearningabouttheSouthernOceanwillchangehowchildre
nseetheworldandclimatechange.NationalGeographicsaidstudentsm
ustlearnabouthowimportantoceansaretotheworld.Itsaid:"Antarctic
aformsadistinctecologicalregiondefinedbyoceancurrentsandtemper
atures."ItaddedthattheSouthernOceanhas"uniqueandfragilemarine
ecosystems"fullofwonderfuloceanlifelikewhales,penguinsandseals.

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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