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Japanese Whalers Sue U.S. Anti-Whalers (9th December, 2011)

Whalers in Japan are suing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The campaign group has tried every year to stop the Japanese ships from hunting and killing whales in the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd boats have crashed into the Japanese boats to try to stop them from hunting. Now the whalers are fighting back – in the courts in Seattle, Washington. They are taking legal action to try to stop Sea Shepherd from doing things “at sea that could cause injuries to the crews and damage to the vessels”.

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It is the first time whalers from Japan have used foreign courts against anti-whaling campaigners. The Sea Shepherd group says Japan is whaling for business profits, something that is banned by a 1986 International Whaling Commission agreement. The Japanese say they are whaling for research purposes. They told the world’s press that their whaling programme was “greatly contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge of whale resources in the Antarctic”. They also said the Sea Shepherd’s actions could kill people.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

campaign

a.

fighting back

2

crashed into the

b.

group

3.

try to stop them

c.

to the crews

4.

the whalers are

d.

from hunting

5.

They are taking legal

e.

Japanese boats

6.

cause injuries

f.

action

 

Paragraph 2

1.

used foreign

a.

kill people

2

business

b.

is banned

3.

something that

c.

purposes

4.

whaling for research

d.

scientific knowledge

5.

the advancement of

e.

courts

6.

Sea Shepherd’s actions could

f.

profits


LISTENING GAP FILL

Whalers in Japan are suing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The ____________________ tried every year to stop the Japanese ships from ____________________ whales in the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd boats ____________________ the Japanese boats to try to stop them from hunting. Now the whalers ____________________ – in the courts in Seattle, Washington. They are ____________________ to try to stop Sea Shepherd from doing things “at sea that could cause injuries to the ____________________ to the vessels”.

It is the first time whalers from Japan ____________________ courts against anti-whaling campaigners. The Sea Shepherd group says Japan is whaling ____________________, something that is banned by a 1986 International Whaling Commission agreement. The Japanese say they are ____________________  purposes. They told the world’s press that their whaling programme was “____________________ to the advancement of scientific knowledge ____________________ in the Antarctic”. They also said the Sea Shepherd’s ____________________ people.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Whalers in Japan are (1) ____ the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The campaign group has tried every year to stop the Japanese ships from (2) ____  and killing whales in the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd boats have crashed into the Japanese boats to try (3) ____ stop them from hunting. Now the whalers are fighting (4) ____ – in the courts in Seattle, Washington. They are taking (5) ____ action to try to stop Sea Shepherd from doing things “at sea that could cause injuries to the (6) ____ and damage to the vessels”.

It is the first time whalers from Japan have used (7) ____ courts against anti-whaling campaigners. The Sea Shepherd group says Japan is whaling (8) ____ business profits, something that is banned (9) ____ a 1986 International Whaling Commission agreement. The Japanese say they are whaling for research purposes. They told the (10) ____ press that their whaling programme (11) ____ “greatly contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge of whale resources in the Antarctic”. They also said the Sea Shepherd’s actions (12) ____ kill people.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

suing

(b)

sowing

(c)

sewing

2.

(a)

hunted

(b)

hunting

(c)

hunts

3.

(a)

to

(b)

by

(c)

for

4.

(a)

front

(b)

side

(c)

back

5.

(a)

local

(b)

legal

(c)

lethal

6.

(a)

crows

(b)

crews

(c)

crowns

7.

(a)

foreign

(b)

abroad

(c)

exotic

8.

(a)

at

(b)

so

(c)

for

9.

(a)

by

(b)

at

(c)

on

10.

(a)

Earth’s

(b)

planet’s

(c)

world’s

11.

(a)

will

(b)

was

(c)

be

12

(a)

could

(b)

ought to

(c)

perhaps


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

ntnghiu and killing whales

2.

shcaedr into the Japanese boats

3.

whalers are nfggthii back

4.

taking legal inocat

5.

cause jiuiersn to the crews

6.

damage to the svlsees

 

Paragraph 2

7.

used foreign trscuo

8.

business tfsiopr

9.

something that is ndnbea

10.

whaling for research srsopepu

11.

scientific elonwkgde

12.

whale cuseseorr in the Antarctic


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

year to stop the Japanese ships from hunting and killing whales in the Antarctic. Sea Shepherd boats have

(    )

whale resources in the Antarctic”. They also said the Sea Shepherd’s actions could kill people.

1  )

Whalers in Japan are suing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The campaign group has tried every

(    )

back – in the courts in Seattle, Washington. They are taking legal

(    )

action to try to stop Sea Shepherd from doing things “at sea that could cause

(    )

It is the first time whalers from Japan have used foreign courts against anti-

(    )

injuries to the crews and damage to the vessels”.

(    )

profits, something that is banned by a 1986 International Whaling Commission agreement. The Japanese say

(    )

they are whaling for research purposes. They told the world’s press that their whaling

(    )

whaling campaigners. The Sea Shepherd group says Japan is whaling for business

(    )

crashed into the Japanese boats to try to stop them from hunting. Now the whalers are fighting

(    )

programme was “greatly contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

Shepherd     are     suing     Whalers     the     in     Sea     Japan.    

2.

year     every     tried     has     group     campaign     The.    

3.

into    the   Japanese    boats    to    try     to    stop    them    Crashed.

4.

fighting     the     are     back     Now     whalers.    

5.

could     things     cause     at     injuries     sea     that     Doing.    

6.

campaigners     against     anti    Used    -    foreign    whaling    courts.    

7.

Japan     whaling     business     is     for     profits.    

8.

are     The     whaling     Japanese     for     say     research     they.    

9.

scientific     of     advancement     The     knowledge.    

10.

They     the     actions     said    Shepherd’s    kill    also    Sea     could.    


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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about whaling. Include an imaginary interview with a whaler and with an anti-whaling campaigner. 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 a whaling expert. Ask him/her three questions about whaling. Give him/her three of your opinions on whaling. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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