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Are Guitars Killing the Rainforests? (14th October, 2011)

One of the world’s best-known guitar makers may be breaking the law and harming the rainforests. U.S. police say the company, Gibson, is using banned wood to make its guitars. Police officers found a lot of rosewood from India at the Gibson factories in Nashville and Memphis. Lawyers say it is illegal to import this kind of wood into the USA because it is protected. A similar thing happened two years ago when the company illegally imported ebony from Madagascar.

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Gibson boss Henry Juszkiewicz is angry with the police. He says he cares about the rainforests and that his company only uses wood from trees that are not in danger. The environmental group Greenpeace said a lot of “the wood used in musical instruments has come from illegal” places. Top guitarists say it is important to get the right wood to get a good-sounding guitar. Unfortunately, the wood that is best is from endangered trees like the Brazilian rosewood.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

One of the world’s best-

a.

two years ago

2

breaking

b.

wood

3.

using banned

c.

of wood

4.

illegal to import this kind

d.

known guitar makers

5.

A similar thing happened

e.

from Madagascar

6.

imported ebony

f.

the law

 

Paragraph 2

1.

Juszkiewicz is angry

a.

instruments

2

wood from trees that

b.

with the police

3.

The environmental

c.

trees

4.

musical

d.

group Greenpeace

5.

get a good-

e.

are not in danger

6.

from endangered

f.

sounding guitar


LISTENING GAP FILL

One of the __________________ guitar makers may be breaking the __________________ the rainforests. U.S. police say the company, Gibson, is __________________ to make its guitars. Police officers found a lot of rosewood from India at the Gibson factories in Nashville and Memphis.  Lawyers __________________ to import this kind of wood into the USA because it is protected. __________________ happened two years ago when the company __________________ ebony from Madagascar.

Gibson boss Henry Juszkiewicz __________________ police. He says he cares __________________ and that his company only uses wood from trees that __________________. The environmental group Greenpeace said a lot of “the wood used in __________________ has come from illegal” places. Top guitarists say it is important __________________ wood to get a good-sounding guitar. Unfortunately, the wood that is best is from __________________ like the Brazilian rosewood.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

One of the world’s (1) ____-known guitar makers may be (2) ____ the law and harming the rainforests. U.S. police say the company, Gibson, is using (3) ____ wood to make its guitars. Police officers found a lot of rosewood from India at the Gibson factories in Nashville and Memphis.  Lawyers say it is illegal (4) ____ import this (5) ____ of wood into the USA because it is protected. A (6) ____ thing happened two years ago when the company illegally imported ebony from Madagascar.

Gibson boss Henry Juszkiewicz is angry (7) ____ the police. He says he cares about the rainforests and that his company (8) ____ uses wood from trees that are not (9) ____ danger. The environmental group Greenpeace said a lot of “the wood used in (10) ____ instruments has come from illegal” places. (11) ____ guitarists say it is important to get the right wood to get a good-sounding guitar. Unfortunately, the wood that is best is from endangered trees (12) ____ the Brazilian rosewood.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

best

(b)

good

(c)

like

2.

(a)

broken

(b)

breaks

(c)

breaking

3.

(a)

binned

(b)

banned

(c)

banner

4.

(a)

to

(b)

at

(c)

by

5.

(a)

gentle

(b)

nice

(c)

kind

6.

(a)

same

(b)

simple

(c)

similar

7.

(a)

to

(b)

with

(c)

from

8.

(a)

only

(b)

all

(c)

ever

9.

(a)

on

(b)

in

(c)

up

10.

(a)

musically

(b)

musician

(c)

musical

11.

(a)

Bottom

(b)

Top

(c)

Middle

12

(a)

like

(b)

love

(c)

hate


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

guitar resamk

2.

aigrhnm the rainforests

3.

using dnnbea wood

4.

Lawyers say it is laegill

5.

otrpmi this kind of wood

6.

A imrails thing happened

 

Paragraph 2

7.

ngrya with the police

8.

The environmental progu Greenpeace

9.

lacsmui instruments

10.

Top tuiasirgts

11.

a good-gnuoinds guitar

12.

eerdanendg trees


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

about the rainforests and that his company only uses wood from trees that are not in

(    )

instruments has come from illegal” places. Top guitarists say it is important

(    )

because it is protected. A similar thing happened two years ago

(    )

to get the right wood to get a good-sounding guitar. Unfortunately,

(    )

when the company illegally imported ebony from Madagascar.

(    )

Gibson boss Henry Juszkiewicz is angry with the police. He says he cares

1  )

One of the world’s best-known guitar makers may be breaking the law and harming the

(    )

danger. The environmental group Greenpeace said a lot of “the wood used in musical

(    )

its guitars. Police officers found a lot of rosewood from India at the Gibson factories

(    )

in Nashville and Memphis.  Lawyers say it is illegal to import this kind of wood into the USA

(    )

the wood that is best is from endangered trees like the Brazilian rosewood.

(    )

rainforests. U.S. police say the company, Gibson, is using banned wood to make


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

the     -     makers     of     best     guitar     One     world’s     known.    

2.

and     law     the     Breaking     rainforests     the     harming.    

3.

banned     Using     guitars     its     make     to     wood.    

4.

import     of     It     to     kind     illegal     this     wood     is.    

5.

ago     years     two     happened     thing     similar     A.    

6.

says     He     rainforests     the     about     cares     he.    

7.

danger     that     are     Wood     not     from     in     trees.    

8.

in     instruments     The     used     musical     wood.    

9.

is     right     important     wood     to     get     It     the.    

10.

the     rosewood     Endangered     like     Brazilian     trees.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

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 guitars 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. GUITARS: Search the Internet and find more information about guitars. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about guitars and endangered wood. Include imaginary interviews with guitarists and conservationists. 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 boss of Gibson. Ask him three questions about the wood he uses for his guitars. Give him three of your opinions on this. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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