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Koalas at risk in Australia (1st May, 2012)

Many of Australia's koalas are at risk and need to be protected. The country's spokesman for the environment Tony Burke told reporters that he would protect koala populations in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, and in areas around the capital Canberra. Koala lovers are very happy with this new decision. A top koala expert, Professor Alistair Melzer, said it was "a big step forward". However, he believes the country needs to do more to help koalas from attacks by dogs and being hit by cars.

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Mr Burke said his decision to help the koala was because of a three-year study that looked at koala numbers and the dangers they faced. He explained: "People have made it very clear to me that they want to make sure the koala is protected for future generations." He said his actions alone might not be enough to save the koalas. He added: "Koala numbers vary significantly across the country, so while koala populations are clearly declining in some areas, there are large, stable or even increasing populations in other areas."

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

at risk and need to

a.

the environment

2

The country's spokesman for

b.

are very happy

3.

protect koala

c.

forward

4.

Koala lovers

d.

be protected

5.

a big step

e.

by cars

6.

being hit

f.

populations

 

Paragraph 2

1.

his decision to

a.

faced

2

the dangers they

b.

the koalas

3.

protected for future

c.

help the koala

4.

might not be enough to save

d.

declining

5.

vary

e.

generations

6.

populations are clearly

f.

significantly


LISTENING GAP FILL

Many of Australia's koalas are at risk and need ______________. The country's _________________ environment Tony Burke told reporters that he would protect koala _________________ states of Queensland and New South Wales, and in areas around the capital Canberra. _________________ very happy with this new decision. A _________________, Professor Alistair Melzer, said it was "a big step forward". However, he believes the country needs to do more to help koalas from attacks by dogs _________________ cars.

Mr Burke said his decision to help the koala was because of a _________________ that looked at koala numbers and the _________________. He explained "People have made it very _________________ they want to make sure the koala is protected for future generations." He said _________________ might not be enough to save the koalas. He added: "Koala numbers _________________ across the country, so while koala populations are clearly declining in some areas, there are large, stable or even increasing populations _________________."


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Many of Australia's koalas are at risk and need to (1) ____ protected. The country's spokesman (2) ____ the environment Tony Burke told reporters that he would protect koala populations in the states (3) ____ Queensland and New South Wales, and in areas around the (4) ____ Canberra. Koala lovers are very happy with this new decision. A (5) ____ koala expert, Professor Alistair Melzer, said it was "a big step forward". However, he believes the country needs to do more to help koalas from (6) ____ by dogs and being hit by cars.

Mr Burke said his (7) ____ to help the koala was because of a three-year study that looked at koala numbers and the dangers they (8) ____. He explained "People have made it very clear to me that they want to make sure the koala is protected for (9) ____ generations." He said his actions alone might not be enough to (10) ____ the koalas. He added: "Koala numbers (11) ____ significantly across the country, so while koala populations are clearly declining in some areas, there are large, (12) ____ or even increasing populations in other areas."

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

do

(b)

be

(c)

have

2.

(a)

at

(b)

by

(c)

for

3.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

up

4.

(a)

capital

(b)

lower case

(c)

letters

5.

(a)

bottom

(b)

middle

(c)

top

6.

(a)

attacks

(b)

muggings

(c)

beatings

7.

(a)

decide

(b)

decision

(c)

decider

8.

(a)

nosed

(b)

headed

(c)

faced

9.

(a)

future

(b)

past

(c)

perfect

10.

(a)

pave

(b)

wave

(c)

save

11.

(a)

vary

(b)

every

(c)

very

12

(a)

tables

(b)

stable

(c)

stubble


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

need to be ttereocpd

2.

eaknsmops for the environment

3.

around the aiacplt Canberra

4.

happy with this new ndseoiic

5.

a big step afdrowr

6.

kcaatts by dogs

 

Paragraph 2

7.

the ernsagd they faced

8.

People have made it very eacrl

9.

eufrut generations

10.

be gehnuo to save the koalas

11.

populations are lrleayc declining

12.

in other rsaea


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Mr Burke said his decision to help the koala was because of a three-year study that

(    )

the capital Canberra. Koala lovers are very happy with this new decision. A top koala

(    )

made it very clear to me that they want to make sure the koala is protected for future

(    )

looked at koala numbers and the dangers they faced. He explained "People have

(    )

expert, Professor Alistair Melzer, said it was "a big step forward". However, he believes

(    )

the country needs to do more to help koalas from attacks by dogs and being hit by cars.

1  )

Many of Australia's koalas are at risk and need to be protected. The country's

(    )

generations." He said his actions alone might not be enough to save

(    )

spokesman for the environment Tony Burke told reporters that he would protect koala

(    )

populations in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, and in areas around

(    )

clearly declining in some areas, there are large, stable or even increasing populations in other areas."

(    )

the koalas. He added: "Koala numbers vary significantly across the country, so while koala populations are


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

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

1.

be     risk     protected     and     Koalas     need     are     to     at.

2.

areas     the     Canberra     In     around     capital.    

3.

lovers     happy    new    Koala     very     this     are     with     decision.    

4.

country     needs     He     to     believes     do     the     more.    

5.

by     koalas     attacks     dogs     Help     from.    

6.

study     that    looked    at    koala    numbers    A    three    -    year.    

7.

sure     protected     Make     is     koala     .     the

8.

be     not     might     alone     actions     His     enough.    

9.

areas     some     in     declining     clearly     are     Populations.    

10.

populations     increasing     even     or     stable     ,     Large.    


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 koalas for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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______________________________________________________________________________

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about koalas and their falling numbers. Include an imaginary interview with a koala in danger. 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 koala expert. Ask him/her three questions about koalas. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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