The Reading / Listening - Koalas - Level 6

The koala is regarded as the epitome of cuddliness. However, animal lovers will be saddened to hear that this lovable marsupial has been moved to the endangered species list. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in the wild. Their numbers have been dwindling rapidly due to disease, loss of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, and other threats. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone from no listing to vulnerable to endangered within a decade. That is a shockingly fast decline." He added that koalas risk "sliding toward extinction" unless there are "stronger laws…to protect their forest homes".

The koala has huge cultural significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well known worldwide and is a major draw for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and as soft toys. It benefited the national tourism industry by over an estimated billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that has since grown." Despite this, efforts to protect the koala have been failing. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there have been "many pressures on the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to climate change and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "a tipping point".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Koalas - Level 4  or  Koalas - Level 5

Sources
  • https://nypost.com/2022/02/11/koala-declared-endangered-as-disease-lost-habitat-take-toll/
  • https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7616380/koalas-endangered-listing-a-national-failure-act-environment-minister-says/
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koala


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. KOALAS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about koalas. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       koala / epitome / cuddliness / marsupial / endangered / in the wild / disease / forest /
       Australia / worldwide / zoos / wildlife / cartoons / soft toys / vulnerable / bushfires
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ENDANGERED: Students A strongly believe the world needs to spend as much money as possible to prevent animals becoming endangered; Students B strongly believe we shouldn't spend loads of money. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE: Which things have great cultural significance for your country? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Which Thing?

Why?

Animal

 

 

Dance

 

 

Song

 

 

Food

 

 

Book

 

 

Sport

 

 

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5. SOFT TOY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "soft toy". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CUDDLY: Rank these with your partner. Put the cuddliest creatures at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Koala
  • Polar bear
  • Rabbit
  • Baby
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Dolphin
  • Horse

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. regarded a. The state or process of dying or dying out as a species.
      2. epitome b. Considered or thought of in a specified way.
      3. marsupial c. A person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.
      4. dwindling d. A person or thing that is a perfect example of a particular quality or type.
      5. threat e. Going down in number.
      6. vulnerable f. A mammal found mainly in Australia. The mothers carry her young in a pouch.
      7. extinction g. In need of special care, support, or protection.

    Paragraph 2

      8. significance h. The quality of being worthy of attention; importance.
      9. draw i. The time at which a series of small changes or incidents becomes significant enough to cause a larger, more important change.
      10. featured j. A person or thing that is very attractive or interesting.
      11. estimated k. A fire in a forest.
      12. figure l. Be a significant characteristic of or take an important part in.
      13. bushfire m. Roughly calculated or judged the value, number, quantity, or extent of.
      14. tipping point n. A number, especially one which forms part of official statistics.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says koala epitomise cuddliness.     T / F
  2. There could be as few as 143,000 koalas left in the wild.     T / F
  3. Traffic accidents are one reason for the decline in koala numbers.     T / F
  4. The WWF says Australia needs stronger laws to protect koalas.     T / F
  5. Wikipedia says koalas can draw things.     T / F
  6. Koalas were worth a billion dollars to Australia's economy last year.     T / F
  7. An environment minister said protection efforts have been working.     T / F
  8. Deaths due to bushfires were a tipping point for the koala.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. regarded
  2. lovable
  3. estimates
  4. dwindling
  5. extinction
  6. draw
  7. benefited
  8. pressures
  9. vulnerable
  10. killed
  1. attraction
  2. falling
  3. wiped out
  4. reckons
  5. boosted
  6. adorable
  7. in danger
  8. dying out
  9. considered
  10. strains

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The koala is regarded as the epitome
  2. animal lovers will be saddened
  3. Their numbers have been dwindling
  4. gone from no listing to vulnerable
  5. koalas risk sliding
  6. cultural
  7. a major draw for
  8. It benefited the national tourism
  9. it is vulnerable
  10. a tipping
  1. to endangered
  2. to climate change
  3. toward extinction
  4. industry
  5. of cuddliness
  6. Australian zoos
  7. rapidly
  8. point
  9. to hear that
  10. significance

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
vulnerable
epitome
forest
habitat
decline
lovable
threats
estimates

The koala is regarded as the (1) _____________________ of cuddliness. However, animal lovers will be saddened to hear that this (2) _____________________ marsupial has been moved to the endangered species list. The Australian Koala Foundation (3) _____________________ there are somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in the wild. Their numbers have been dwindling rapidly due to disease, loss of (4) _____________________, bushfires, being hit by cars, and other (5) _____________________. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone from no listing to (6) _____________________ to endangered within a decade. That is a shockingly fast (7) _____________________. He added that koalas risk "sliding toward extinction" unless there are "stronger laws...to protect their (8) _____________________ homes".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
soft
figure
cultural
pressures
industry
tipping
draw
failing

The koala has huge (9) _____________________ significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well known worldwide and is a major (10) _____________________ for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and as (11) _____________________ toys. It benefited the national tourism (12) _____________________ by over an estimated billion Australian dollars in 1998, a (13) _____________________ that has since grown." Despite this, efforts to protect the koala have been (14) _____________________. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there have been "many (15) _____________________ on the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to climate change and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "a (16) _____________________ point".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The koala is regarded as the ______
     a.  epitome of coldness
     b.  epitome of cuddly mess
     c.  epitome of cuddling mess
     d.  epitome of cuddliness
2)  estimates there are somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas ______ wild
     a.  left in the
     b.  laughed in the
     c.  loft in the
     d.  lift in the
3)  dwindling rapidly due to disease, loss of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, ______
     a.  and other treats
     b.  and other threatens
     c.  and other threat
     d.  and other threats
4)  Koalas have gone from no listing to vulnerable to endangered ______
     a.  within a decadence
     b.  within a decades
     c.  within a decade
     d.  within a deck aid
5) "sliding toward extinction" unless there are "stronger laws...to protect ______"
     a.  their forest houses
     b.  their forest hones
     c.  their forest homes
     d.  their four rest homes

6)  It has been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and ______
     a.  as tough toys
     b.  as toff toys
     c.  as soft toys
     d.  as sort toys
7) by over an estimated billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that ______
     a.  has since growth
     b.  has since growing
     c.  has since grown
     d.  has since growl
8)  Despite this, efforts to protect the koala ______
     a.  have been feeling
     b.  have been foiling
     c.  have been felling
     d.  have been failing
9)  that it is "vulnerable to climate change ______
     a.  and two disease
     b.  and to disease
     c.  and too disease
     d.  and tooth disease
10)  the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "______"
     a.  a tipping point
     b.  a tip pin point
     c.  a tip ping point
     d.  a teepee point

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The koala is regarded as (1) ____________________ cuddliness. However, animal lovers will be saddened to hear that (2) ____________________ has been moved to the endangered species list. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in the wild. Their numbers have been (3) ____________________ to disease, loss of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, (4) ____________________. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone from no (5) ____________________ to endangered within a decade. That is a shockingly fast decline." He added that koalas risk "(6) ____________________" unless there are "stronger laws...to protect their forest homes".

The koala (7) ____________________ significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well known worldwide and is (8) ____________________ for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and as soft toys. It benefited the national tourism industry by (9) ____________________ billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that (10) ____________________." Despite this, efforts to protect the koala have been failing. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there have been "(11) ____________________ the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to climate change and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "(12) ____________________".

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say koalas are the epitome of?
  2. What is the most pessimistic estimate of the numbers of wild koalas?
  3. What are koalas being hit by?
  4. Within what timeframe have koalas gone from no listing to endangered?
  5. What did the WWF say koalas are sliding towards?
  6. What did Wikipedia say koalas were a major draw for?
  7. When did koalas bring in a billion dollars for Australia?
  8. What have efforts to protect koalas been doing?
  9. Who is Sussan Ley?
  10. What were recent bushfires that killed koalas described as?

Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the article say koalas are the epitome of?
a) danger
b) cuddliness
c) Australia
d) cute
2)  What is the most pessimistic estimate of the numbers of wild koalas?
a) 143,000
b) 48,000
c) 43,000
d) 100,000
3)  What are koalas being hit by?
a) people
b) tree branches
c) rocks
d) cars
4)  Within what timeframe have koalas gone from no listing to endangered?
a) 15 years
b) 10 years
c) 25 years
d) 20 years
5)  What did the WWF say koalas are sliding towards?
a) extinction
b) the ground
c) rock pools
d) other eucalyptus trees

6)  What did Wikipedia say koalas were a major draw for?
a) Australian zoos and wildlife parks
b) safari parks
c) zoos all over the world
d) trips into the Aussie bush
7)  When did koalas bring in a billion dollars for Australia?
a) 2018
b) 2008
c) 1988
d) 1998
8)  What have efforts to protect koalas been doing?
a) absolutely nothing
b) improving things
c) failing
d) increasing deaths
9)  Who is Sussan Ley?
a) an expert on marsupials
b) Australia's Minister for Koalas
c) a WWF bigwig
d) Australia's Environment Minister
10)  What were recent bushfires that killed koalas described as?
a) hot
b) a tipping point
c) fiery
d) a furnace

Role play

Role  A – Koala
You think a koala is the cuddliest creature. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their creatures aren't as cuddly. Also, tell the others which is the least cuddly of these (and why): rabbit, a dolphin or a horse.

Role  B – Rabbit
You think a rabbit is the cuddliest creature. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their creatures aren't as cuddly. Also, tell the others which is the least cuddly of these (and why): koala, a dolphin or a horse.

Role  C – Dolphin
You think a dolphin is the cuddliest creature. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their creatures aren't as cuddly. Also, tell the others which is the least cuddly of these (and why): rabbit, koala or a horse.

Role  D – Horse
You think a horse is the cuddliest creature. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their creatures aren't as cuddly. Also, tell the others which is the least cuddly of these (and why): rabbit, a dolphin or koala.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'koala'

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  • and 'endangered'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • epitome
    • estimates
    • rapidly
    • cars
    • decade
    • sliding
    • huge
    • zoos
    • industry
    • protect
    • change
    • point

    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 - Koalas

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'koala'?
    3. What do you know about koalas?
    4. What do you know about other Australian marsupials?
    5. How cuddly do you think koalas are?
    6. How can we save the koala?
    7. Why are so many animals on endangered species lists?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. How would you feel if the koala became extinct?
    10. What laws are needed to protect koalas?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'endangered'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of koalas?
    5. What are the world's cuddliest creatures?
    6. What animals are culturally significant in your country?
    7. What do you think of zoos?
    8. What can you do to help protect koalas?
    9. What will the state of wildlife be in 50 years from now?
    10. What questions would you like to ask koala experts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    The koala is (1) ____ as the epitome of cuddliness. However, animal lovers will be saddened to hear that this (2) ____ marsupial has been moved to the endangered species list. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are (3) ____ between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in the wild. Their numbers have been dwindling rapidly due to disease, (4) ____ of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, and other threats. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone from no listing to (5) ____ to endangered within a decade. That is a shockingly fast decline. He added that koalas risk "sliding toward extinction" (6) ____ there are "stronger laws...to protect their forest homes".

    The koala has huge cultural significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well known worldwide and is a major (7) ____ for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and as soft toys. It benefited the national tourism industry by over an (8) ____ billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that has since (9) ____." Despite this, efforts to protect the koala have been failing. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there have been "many pressures (10) ____ the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to climate change and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 (11) ____, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "a (12) ____ point".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     regarded     (b)     regarding     (c)     regards     (d)     regard    
    2. (a)     loves     (b)     lovey     (c)     lovable     (d)     lover    
    3. (a)     where     (b)     sometime     (c)     somewhere     (d)     someone    
    4. (a)     lost     (b)     loser     (c)     lose     (d)     loss    
    5. (a)     vulnerable     (b)     culpable     (c)     venerable     (d)     generable    
    6. (a)     though     (b)     unless     (c)     meanwhile     (d)     utmost    
    7. (a)     breathe in     (b)     sketch     (c)     tie     (d)     draw    
    8. (a)     estimation     (b)     estimated     (c)     estimate     (d)     esteem    
    9. (a)     growth     (b)     grows     (c)     grown     (d)     growing    
    10. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    11. (a)     bush firing     (b)     bushel fires     (c)     bushy fires     (d)     bushfires    
    12. (a)     tapping     (b)     tipping     (c)     tepid     (d)     topping

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    6. koalas risk sliding toward totniexicn

    Paragraph 2

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    6. a iigppnt point

    Put the text back together

    (...)  to protect the koala have been failing. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said
    (...)  decline." He added that koalas risk "sliding toward extinction" unless there are "stronger laws...to protect their forest homes".
    (...)  there are somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in the wild. Their numbers have been
    (...)  hear that this lovable marsupial has been moved to the endangered species list. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates
    (...)  and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "a tipping point".
    (...)  known worldwide and is a major draw for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been featured in
    (...)  there have been "many pressures on the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to climate change
    (...)  advertisements, games, cartoons, and as soft toys. It benefited the national tourism industry by
    (...)  dwindling rapidly due to disease, loss of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, and
    (...)  from no listing to vulnerable to endangered within a decade. That is a shockingly fast
    (...)  other threats. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone
    (...)  over an estimated billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that has since grown." Despite this, efforts
    (...)  The koala has huge cultural significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well
    1  ) The koala is regarded as the epitome of cuddliness. However, animal lovers will be saddened to

    Put the words in the right order

    1. as   epitome   regarded   of   cuddliness   .   Koalas   are   the
    2. will   to   be   saddened   hear   lovers   Animal   this   .
    3. rapidly   disease   .   due   dwindling   have   been   Numbers   to
    4. listing   from   Koalas   gone   no   have   to   vulnerable   .
    5. koalas   sliding   that   He   toward   risk   extinction   .   added
    6. Australia   .   koala   significance   cultural   has   huge   for   The
    7. zoos   .   are   Australian   for   a   draw   Koalas   major
    8. been   protect   failing   .   koala   Efforts   the   have   to
    9. pressures   have   been   koala   .   There   many   the   on
    10. bushfires   tipping   She   the   a   point   .   were   said

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The koala is regarding / regarded as the epitome of cuddliness. However, animal loves / lovers will be saddened to hear that this lovable marsupial has been moved to the endangered species / specials list. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates there are sometime / somewhere between 43,000-100,000 koalas left in / on the wild. Their numbers have been dwindling rapidly due to disease, loss / lost of habitat, bushfires, being hit by cars, and other threats / treats. Stuart Blanch from the World Wildlife Fund in Australia said: "Koalas have gone from no listing to vulnerable to endangered wither / within a decade. That is a shockingly fast incline / decline." He added that koalas risk "sliding toward extinction" unless / though there are "stronger laws...to protect their forest homes".

    The koala has huge culture / cultural significance for Australia. Wikipedia writes: "The koala is well known worldwide and is a major tie / draw for Australian zoos and wildlife parks. It has been fractured / featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and was / as soft toys. It benefited the national tourism industry by over an / the estimated billion Australian dollars in 1998, a figure that has since grown / growth." Despite this, efforts to protect the koala have been failing / fallen. Australia's Environment Minister Sussan Ley said there have been "many pressures on / in the koala," and that it is "vulnerable to / on climate change and to disease". She said the 2019-2020 bushfires, which killed at least 6,400 of the animals, were "a tipping / tapping point".

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    Th_  k__l_  _s  r_g_rd_d  _s  th_  _p_t_m_  _f  c_ddl_n_ss.  H_w_v_r,  _n_m_l  l_v_rs  w_ll  b_  s_dd_n_d  t_  h__r  th_t  th_s  l_v_bl_  m_rs_p__l  h_s  b__n  m_v_d  t_  th_  _nd_ng_r_d  sp_c__s  l_st.  Th_  __str_l__n  K__l_  F__nd_t__n  _st_m_t_s  th_r_  _r_  s_m_wh_r_  b_tw__n  43,000-100,000  k__l_s  l_ft  _n  th_  w_ld.  Th__r  n_mb_rs  h_v_  b__n  dw_ndl_ng  r_p_dly  d__  t_  d_s__s_,  l_ss  _f  h_b_t_t,  b_shf_r_s,  b__ng  h_t  by  c_rs,  _nd  _th_r  thr__ts.  St__rt  Bl_nch  fr_m  th_  W_rld  W_ldl_f_  F_nd  _n  __str_l__  s__d:  "K__l_s  h_v_  g_n_  fr_m  n_  l_st_ng  t_  v_ln_r_bl_  t_  _nd_ng_r_d  w_th_n  _  d_c_d_.  Th_t  _s  _  sh_ck_ngly  f_st  d_cl_n_.  H_  _dd_d  th_t  k__l_s  r_sk  "sl_d_ng  t_w_rd  _xt_nct__n"  _nl_ss  th_r_  _r_  "str_ng_r  l_ws...t_  pr_t_ct  th__r  f_r_st  h_m_s".

    Th_  k__l_  h_s  h_g_  c_lt_r_l  s_gn_f_c_nc_  f_r  __str_l__.  W_k_p_d__  wr_t_s:  "Th_  k__l_  _s  w_ll  kn_wn  w_rldw_d_  _nd  _s  _  m_j_r  dr_w  f_r  __str_l__n  z__s  _nd  w_ldl_f_  p_rks.  _t  h_s  b__n  f__t_r_d  _n  _dv_rt_s_m_nts,  g_m_s,  c_rt__ns,  _nd  _s  s_ft  t_ys.  _t  b_n_f_t_d  th_  n_t__n_l  t__r_sm  _nd_stry  by  _v_r  _n  _st_m_t_d  b_ll__n  __str_l__n  d_ll_rs  _n  1998,  _  f_g_r_  th_t  h_s  s_nc_  gr_wn."  D_sp_t_  th_s,  _ff_rts  t_  pr_t_ct  th_  k__l_  h_v_  b__n  f__l_ng.  __str_l__'s  _nv_r_nm_nt  M_n_st_r  S_ss_n  L_y  s__d  th_r_  h_v_  b__n  "m_ny  pr_ss_r_s  _n  th_  k__l_,"  _nd  th_t  _t  _s  "v_ln_r_bl_  t_  cl_m_t_  ch_ng_  _nd  t_  d_s__s_".  Sh_  s__d  th_  2019-2020  b_shf_r_s,  wh_ch  k_ll_d  _t  l__st  6,400  _f  th_  _n_m_ls,  w_r_  "_  t_pp_ng  p__nt".

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    the koala is regarded as the epitome of cuddliness however animal lovers will be saddened to hear that this lovable marsupial has been moved to the endangered species list the australian koala foundation estimates there are somewhere between 43000100000 koalas left in the wild their numbers have been dwindling rapidly due to disease loss of habitat bushfires being hit by cars and other threats stuart blanch from the world wildlife fund in australia said koalas have gone from no listing to vulnerable to endangered within a decade that is a shockingly fast decline he added that koalas risk sliding toward extinction unless there are stronger lawsto protect their forest homes

    the koala has huge cultural significance for australia wikipedia writes the koala is well known worldwide and is a major draw for australian zoos and wildlife parks it has been featured in advertisements games cartoons and as soft toys it benefited the national tourism industry by over an estimated billion australian dollars in 1998 a figure that has since grown despite this efforts to protect the koala have been failing australias environment minister sussan ley said there have been many pressures on the koala and that it is vulnerable to climate change and to disease she said the 20192020 bushfires which killed at least 6400 of the animals were a tipping point

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    Thekoalaisregardedastheepitomeofcuddliness.However,animallove
    rswillbesaddenedtohearthatthislovablemarsupialhasbeenmovedtot
    heendangeredspecieslist.TheAustralianKoalaFoundationestimatest
    herearesomewherebetween43,000-100,000koalasleftinthewild.Th
    eirnumbershavebeendwindlingrapidlyduetodisease,lossofhabitat,b
    ushfires,beinghitbycars,andotherthreats.StuartBlanchfromtheWorl
    dWildlifeFundinAustraliasaid:"Koalashavegonefromnolistingtovuln
    erabletoendangeredwithinadecade.Thatisashockinglyfastdecline."
    Headdedthatkoalasrisk"slidingtowardextinction"unlessthereare"str
    ongerlaws...toprotecttheirforesthomes".Thekoalahashugeculturals
    ignificanceforAustralia.Wikipediawrites:"Thekoalaiswellknownworl
    dwideandisamajordrawforAustralianzoosandwildlifeparks.Ithasbee
    nfeaturedinadvertisements,games,cartoons,andassofttoys.Itbenef
    itedthenationaltourismindustrybyoveranestimatedbillionAustralian
    dollarsin1998,afigurethathassincegrown."Despitethis,effortstoprot
    ectthekoalahavebeenfailing.Australia'sEnvironmentMinisterSussan
    Leysaidtherehavebeen"manypressuresonthekoala,"andthatitis"vul
    nerabletoclimatechangeandtodisease".Shesaidthe2019-2020bushf
    ires,whichkilledatleast6,400oftheanimals,were"atippingpoint".

    Free writing

    Write about endangered koala for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The whole world should act to save the koala. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. KOALAS: Make a poster about koalas. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SAVE THE KOALA: Write a magazine article about the whole world helping to save koalas. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on koalas. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to save the koala. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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