The Reading / Listening - Venice - Level 2

Venice is one of the world's top tourist destinations. It can get around 20 million visitors a year. This causes problems such as pollution from cruise ships and overcrowding. City officials are now planning to charge tourists to visit Venice's historical centre and canals. Italy's La Stampa newspaper said this could be as much as 10 euros ($11.70). This could start from the summer of 2022. They might also set a limit on the number of visitors who can enter the centre each day. Tourists may need to book their visit to Venice before they go.

City officials have talked for many years about different problems. Environmentalists worried about the damage from cruise ships to marine life. Heritage lovers want to protect the city's famous squares from the millions of tourists. Italy's Culture Minister said that there is a "concrete risk" of UNESCO adding Venice to its list of World Heritage in Danger sites. However, a hotel worker says Venice needs cruise ships because tourists "spend big in a short time". A city official is worried that charging tourists to enter the city will turn Venice into a "theme park".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Venice - Level 0 Venice - Level 1   or  Venice - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-21/venice-to-charge-tourists-for-entry-from-summer-2022-la-stampa
  • https://www.wsj.com/articles/venice-is-open-for-tourists-but-not-cruise-ships-11629550801
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9916547/Venice-plans-charge-tourists-10-euros-require-book.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. one of the world's top
  2. get around 20 million
  3. This causes problems
  4. Venice's historical
  5. this could be as
  6. This could start from the
  7. set a limit on the number
  8. book their visit to Venice
  1. of visitors
  2. such as pollution
  3. much as 10 euros
  4. before they go
  5. summer of 2022
  6. visitors a year
  7. centre and canals
  8. tourist destinations

Paragraph 2

  1. city officials have talked
  2. environmentalists worried
  3. heritage
  4. protect the city's
  5. millions
  6. tourists spend
  7. charging tourists
  8. theme
  1. famous squares
  2. park
  3. of tourists
  4. for many years
  5. to enter the city
  6. lovers
  7. about the damage
  8. big

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Venice is one of the world's (1) ___________________. It can get around 20 million (2) ___________________. This causes problems such as pollution from cruise ships and overcrowding. City officials are now planning to charge tourists to visit Venice's (3) ___________________. Italy's La Stampa newspaper said this could be (4) ___________________ 10 euros ($11.70). This could start from the summer of 2022. They might also (5) ___________________ on the number of visitors who can enter the centre each day. Tourists may need to (6) ___________________ to Venice before they go.

City officials have (7) ___________________ years about different problems. Environmentalists worried about (8) ___________________ cruise ships to marine life. Heritage lovers want to protect the city's (9) ___________________ the millions of tourists. Italy's Culture Minister said that there is a "concrete risk" of UNESCO adding Venice (10) ___________________ of World Heritage in Danger sites. However, a hotel worker says Venice needs cruise ships because tourists "(11) ___________________ a short time". A city official is worried that charging tourists to enter the city will turn Venice into (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Veniceisoneoftheworld'stoptouristdestinations.Itcangetaround20m
illionvisitorsayear.Thiscausesproblemssuchaspollutionfromcruises
hipsandovercrowding.Cityofficialsarenowplanningtochargetouristst
ovisitVenice'shistoricalcentreandcanals.Italy'sLaStampanewspaper
saidthiscouldbeasmuchas10euros($11.70).Thiscouldstartfromthes
ummerof2022.Theymightalsosetalimitonthenumberofvisitorswhoca
nenterthecentreeachday.TouristsmayneedtobooktheirvisittoVenice
beforetheygo.Cityofficialshavetalkedformanyyearsaboutdifferentpr
oblems.Environmentalistsworriedaboutthedamagefromcruiseships
tomarinelife.Heritageloverswanttoprotectthecity'sfamoussquaresfr
omthemillionsoftourists.Italy'sCultureMinistersaidthatthereisa"con
creterisk"ofUNESCOaddingVenicetoitslistofWorldHeritageinDanger
sites.However,ahotelworkersaysVeniceneedscruiseshipsbecauseto
urists"spendbiginashorttime".Acityofficialisworriedthatchargingtou
riststoenterthecitywillturnVeniceintoa"themepark".

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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