The Reading / Listening - Indonesia - Level 5

Indonesia has started the task of counting its islands to better protect its territory and marine resources. It wants to locate and name an extra 1,700 islands in time for the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in August. Indonesia wants sovereignty and fishing rights surrounding the islands, many of which its neighbors claim. Indonesia says illegal fishing is costing billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. A spokeswoman told the BBC: "Sixty per cent of islands in Indonesia don't have a name or…legal status, so they can easily be taken…by another country."



Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago. In 2012, it registered 13,466 islands. A 1996 law estimated there were 17,508 islands. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea says an island is, "a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed at high tide". A government spokesman explained the size of the job the counting team had. He said: "We have to visit every one of these islands, and then we note the coordinates, the name, the meaning of the name, the history of the land and describe the landscape and its geographical history…all that in great detail."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Indonesia - Level 4 or  Indonesia - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40168981
  • https://www.ft.com/content/3acc43f0-45f5-11e7-8519-9f94ee97d996
  • http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-many-islands-does-indonesia-have-asia-pacific-nation-tries-get-exact-count-1625142


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. started the task
  2. better protect its
  3. marine
  4. locate and name an
  5. fishing
  6. illegal fishing is costing
  7. legal
  8. they can easily
  1. extra 1,700 islands
  2. be taken
  3. rights
  4. territory
  5. status
  6. of counting its islands
  7. billions of dollars
  8. resources

Paragraph 2

  1. Indonesia is the world's largest
  2. In 2012, it registered
  3. A 1996 law estimated there
  4. a naturally formed area
  5. surrounded
  6. high
  7. we note the
  8. the landscape and its geographical
  1. were 17,508 islands
  2. history
  3. of land
  4. tide
  5. 13,466 islands
  6. coordinates
  7. by water
  8. archipelago

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Indonesia has started (1) ___________________ counting its islands to better protect (2) ___________________ marine resources. It (3) ___________________ and name an extra 1,700 islands in time for the UN Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names in August. Indonesia wants (4) ___________________ fishing rights surrounding the islands, many of which its neighbors claim. Indonesia says illegal fishing is costing billions of dollars (5) ___________________ each year. A spokeswoman told the BBC: "Sixty per cent of islands in Indonesia don't have a name (6) ___________________, so they can easily be taken…by another country."

Indonesia (7) ___________________ archipelago. In 2012, it registered 13,466 islands. A 1996 (8) ___________________ there were 17,508 islands. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (9) ___________________, "a naturally formed area of land, surrounded by water, which is still exposed (10) ___________________". A government spokesman explained the size of the job the counting team had. He said: "We have (11) ___________________ one of these islands, and then we note the coordinates, the name, the meaning of the name, the history of the land and describe the landscape and its geographical history… (12) ___________________ detail."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Indonesiahasstartedthetaskofcountingitsislandstobetterprotectitst
erritoryandmarineresources.Itwantstolocateandnameanextra1,70
0islandsintimefortheUNConferenceontheStandardizationofGeograp
hicalNamesinAugust.Indonesiawantssovereigntyandfishingrightssu
rroundingtheislands,manyofwhichitsneighborsclaim.Indonesiasays
illegalfishingiscostingbillionsofdollarsinlostrevenueeachyear.Aspok
eswomantoldtheBBC:"SixtypercentofislandsinIndonesiadon'thavea
nameor…legalstatus,sotheycaneasilybetaken…byanothercountry."I
ndonesiaistheworld'slargestarchipelago.In2012,itregistered13,466
islands.A1996lawestimatedtherewere17,508islands.TheUNCo
nventionontheLawoftheSeasaysanislandis,"anaturallyformedareao
fland,surroundedbywater,whichisstillexposedathightide".Agovern
mentspokesmanexplainedthesizeofthejobthecountingteamhad.Hes
aid:"Wehavetovisiteveryoneoftheseislands,andthenwenotethecoor
dinates,thename,themeaningofthename,thehistoryofthelandandde
scribethelandscapeanditsgeographicalhistory…allthatingreatdetail.
"

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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