The Reading / Listening - Penguins - Level 5

Chile has rejected a billion-dollar mining project because it would hurt marine life. The area the company wanted to mine is home to 80 per cent of the world's Humboldt penguin. Blue whales, fin whales and sea otters also live there. A mining company called Andes Iron had wanted to mine millions of tons of iron and copper. It also wanted to build a new port. Chile's Environment Minister told reporters: "I firmly believe in development, but it cannot be at the cost of our environmental heritage or cause risk to health, or to unique ecological areas in the world."



Chile's National Mining Society said this was bad news for the country. It said the project was essential for the economic development of the country. The controversial project would have created $2.5 billion. The government said the mining company had not shown the full negative impact of the project on the environment. It questioned the project's finances. The government said: "There are deficiencies in basic information and insufficiencies in…compensation, meaning we believe that the eventual impacts have not been properly taken care of."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Penguins - Level 4 or  Penguins - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-41007462
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-chile-hydropower-idUSKCN1B11CQ
  • http://www.nasdaq.com/article/chilean-government-rejects-controversial-25-bln-copper-and-iron-project-20170821-00566


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. it would hurt marine
  2. home to 80 per cent of the world's
  3. mine millions of
  4. It also wanted to build a new
  5. I firmly believe
  6. our environmental
  7. cause risk
  8. unique ecological
  1. port
  2. heritage
  3. life
  4. areas in the world
  5. tons of iron
  6. to health
  7. Humboldt penguin
  8. in development

Paragraph 2

  1. It said the project was
  2. the economic development
  3. The controversial project would have
  4. shown the full negative
  5. It questioned the project's
  6. There are deficiencies in basic
  7. insufficiencies in
  8. not been properly
  1. information
  2. created $2.5 billion
  3. taken care of
  4. essential
  5. compensation
  6. impact of the project
  7. finances
  8. of the country

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Chile (1) ___________________ billion-dollar mining project because it would hurt marine life. The area the company (2) ___________________ home to 80 per cent of the world's Humboldt penguin. Blue whales, fin whales and (3) ___________________ live there. A mining company called Andes Iron had wanted to (4) ___________________ tons of iron and copper. It also wanted to build a new port. Chile's Environment Minister told reporters: "I (5) ___________________ development, but it cannot be at the cost of our environmental heritage or cause risk to health, or (6) ___________________ areas in the world."

Chile's National Mining Society said this was bad news for the country. It said the (7) ___________________ for the economic development of the country. The (8) ___________________ would have created $2.5 billion. The government said the mining company had not shown the full (9) ___________________ of the project on the environment. It questioned the project's finances. The government said: "There (10) ___________________ basic information and insufficiencies (11) ___________________, meaning we believe that the eventual impacts have not been properly (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chilehasrejectedabillion-dollarminingprojectbecauseitwouldhurtm
arinelife.Theareathecompanywantedtomineishometo80percentofth
eworld'sHumboldtpenguin.Bluewhales,finwhalesandseaottersalsoli
vethere.AminingcompanycalledAndesIronhadwantedtominemillion
softonsofironandcopper.Italsowantedtobuildanewport.Chile'sEnvir
onmentMinistertoldreporters:"Ifirmlybelieveindevelopment,butitca
nnotbeatthecostofourenvironmentalheritageorcauserisktohealth,or
touniqueecologicalareasintheworld."Chile'sNationalMiningSocietys
aidthiswasbadnewsforthecountry.Itsaidtheprojectwasessentialfort
heeconomicdevelopmentofthecountry.Thecontroversialprojectwoul
dhavecreated$2.5billion.Thegovernmentsaidtheminingcompanyha
dnotshownthefullnegativeimpactoftheprojectontheenvironment.It
questionedtheproject'sfinances.Thegovernmentsaid:"Therearedefi
cienciesinbasicinformationandinsufficienciesin…compensation,mea
ningwebelievethattheeventualimpactshavenotbeenproperlytakenc
areof."

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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