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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
4. Use the discussion question to write an essay or discuss the story with other students.
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6. Pretend to be a news anchor by reading each story out loud.

dateline: 06 June 2018

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Whale Dies After Eating More Than 80 Plastic Bags

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • ingest: to eat or take into one’s body
  • autopsy: an exam to determine the cause of death
  • veterinarian: an animal doctor
  • spot: to see
  • canal: an artificial waterway
  • coastal: related to a place where the land meets the water

Whale Dies After Eating More Than 80 Plastic Bags

A pilot whale suffered and died in Thailand this week after ingesting more than 80 plastic bags. The 17 pounds of plastic were found in the short-fin pilot whale’s during an autopsy. Veterinarians and had worked hard to care for the whale after locals spotted it floating strangely in a canal. Thailand’s and coastal resources department says this whale has inspired them to raise awareness about the dangers of plastics. June 8 is World Oceans Day. This year’s theme is “preventing plastic .”

Comprehension Questions

  1. Where was the sick whale found?
  2. What was found inside the whale?
  3. How does this story relate to World Oceans Day?

Discussion Questions

Banning single-use plastic bags is one way to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans, and many cities have done this. Similarly, many eco-conscious people have stopped using plastic straws. Should single-use plastic bags and straws be banned everywhere? What other plastic pollution is a problem?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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