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Shanghai Starts One-Dog Policy (15th May, 2011)

Dog lovers in Shanghai face strict new rules. China’s largest city has set a limit of one dog per family to try and keep down the pet population. City officials also say they want to stop rabies from increasing. About 2,500 people die of the disease every year in China. The new pet ownership rules are not all bad news for pet owners. The high fee for dog registration has come down, in the hope that more owners will register their animals. There are many unregistered dogs in the city.

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The dog population in China has risen greatly as more people become richer. The problem is that not all pets are wanted. There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned dogs in China. People decide they no longer want their pet and throw it into the street. Local governments frequently kill tens of thousands of dogs to stop rabies spreading. Packs of stray dogs are a frequent sight in city suburbs. Dog owner Chu Lin said: “I agree this is a problem but I love my dogs. Why do I have to give one away?”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

Dog

a.

disease every year

2

face strict

b.

lovers

3.

keep down the pet

c.

dogs in the city

4.

2,500 people die of the

d.

new rules

5.

The high fee for

e.

population

6.

many unregistered

f.

dog registration

 

Paragraph 2

1.

risen

a.

dogs

2

thousands of abandoned

b.

of stray dogs

3.

stop rabies

c.

greatly

4.

Packs

d.

away

5.

a frequent sight in city

e.

spreading

6.

give one

f.

suburbs


LISTENING GAP FILL

_________________ Shanghai face strict new rules. China’s largest city has set a limit _________________ family to try and keep down the pet population. City officials also say they want to stop rabies from increasing. About 2,500 people ___________________ every year in China. The new pet ownership rules are not _________________ pet owners. The _________________ registration has come down, in the hope that more ___________________ their animals. There are many unregistered dogs in the city.

The dog population in China __________________ as more people become richer. The problem is that not all pets are wanted. There are _________________ of abandoned dogs in China. People decide they no longer want their pet and _________________ street. Local governments frequently kill tens of thousands of dogs to ___________________. Packs of stray dogs are _________________ in city suburbs. Dog owner Chu Lin said: “I agree this is a problem but I love my dogs. Why do I have _________________?”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Dog lovers in Shanghai (1) ____ strict new rules. China’s largest city has set a limit of one dog per family to try and keep (2) ____ the pet population. City officials also say they want to stop rabies from increasing. About 2,500 people die (3) ____ the disease every year in China. The new pet ownership rules are not (4) ____ bad news for pet owners. The high fee for dog registration has come down, in the hope (5) ____ more owners will register their animals. There are many (6) ____ dogs in the city.

The dog population in China has risen (7) ____ as more people become richer. The problem is that not all pets are (8) ____. There are hundreds of thousands of (9) ____ dogs in China. People decide they no longer want their pet and throw it into the street. Local governments (10) ____ kill tens of thousands of dogs to stop rabies (11) ____. Packs of stray dogs are a frequent sight in city suburbs. Dog owner Chu Lin said: “I agree this is a problem but I love my dogs. Why do I have to give one (12) ____?”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

head

(b)

eye

(c)

face

2.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

across

3.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

if

4.

(a)

all

(b)

whole

(c)

entire

5.

(a)

what

(b)

chat

(c)

that

6.

(a)

register

(b)

unregistered

(c)

registration

7.

(a)

greatly

(b)

gratefully

(c)

grateful

8.

(a)

wants

(b)

wanted

(c)

want

9.

(a)

burgled

(b)

thrown

(c)

abandoned

10.

(a)

usual

(b)

frequently

(c)

once

11.

(a)

spreading

(b)

floating

(c)

flooding

12

(a)

through

(b)

left

(c)

away


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

face sctrit new rules

2.

set a tilim

3.

City icsfailof

4.

people die of the eiaessd

5.

bad news for pet sreown

6.

gseritre their animals

 

Paragraph 2

7.

… has risen aterlyg

8.

not all pets are newdta

9.

worht it into the street

10.

stop rabies dnprisaeg

11.

stray dogs are a ufteenrq sight

12.

city ubsrsbu


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

per family to try and keep down the pet population. City officials also say they want to stop

(    )

but I love my dogs. Why do I have to give one away?”

(    )

become richer. The problem is that not all pets are wanted. There are hundreds of thousands of abandoned

(    )

animals. There are many unregistered dogs in the city.

(    )

down, in the hope that more owners will register their

(    )

frequently kill tens of thousands of dogs to stop rabies spreading. Packs of stray dogs are a frequent

(    )

rabies from increasing. About 2,500 people die of the disease every year in China. The new

(    )

dogs in China. People decide they no longer want their pet and throw it into the street. Local governments

1  )

Dog lovers in Shanghai face strict new rules. China’s largest city has set a limit of one dog

(    )

sight in city suburbs. Dog owner Chu Lin said: “I agree this is a problem

(    )

The dog population in China has risen greatly as more people

(    )

pet ownership rules are not all bad news for pet owners. The high fee for dog registration has come


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

new     in     rules     Shanghai     face     Dog     strict     lovers.    

2.

family     of     one     Set     dog     a     per     limit.    

3.

stop     to     want     They     increasing     from     rabies.    

4.

About     year     every     disease     the     of     die     people     2,500.    

5.

owners     register     animals     More     will     their.    

6.

China     The     has     dog     risen     population     greatly     in.    

7.

that     pets     is     all     wanted     problem     not     are     The.    

8.

longer     People     want     decide     their     they     pet     no.    

9.

thousands     to     of     dogs     rabies     tens     of     stop     Kill.    

10.

in     are     sight     suburbs     dogs     frequent     city     Stray     a.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about dog control for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. DOG CONTROL: Search the Internet and find more information about dog control. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about stray dogs. Include imaginary interviews with an owner who abandoned his/her dog, and an interview with the dog. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the leader of Shanghai’s government. Ask him/her three questions about dog control. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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