a.Read the headline and the first sentence of each paragraph of the text. Pair up to discuss the guessed-at topic of the article.
b. Read the first paragraph and the last paragraph of the text. Then work in pairs to discuss the guessed-at contents of the piece.
c. Read the text during two minutes. After two minutes, get into pairs to discuss the contents of the piece.
a. While scanning the text find the answers for content-specific questions given by the teacher.
b.While scanning the text read the sentences containing the key vocabulary words given by the teacher.
Ex.3. READING:Read and translate the text “What is CITES?”
Ex.4. CHAT: Talk in pairs or groups about the “the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”.
Ex.5. CITES BRAINSTORM: Spend one minute writing down all of the
different words you associate with the words ‘the Convention on International
Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’. Share your words with
your partner / group and talk about them.
Ex.6. 2-MINUTE DEBATES:Students face each other in pairs and engage in the following 2-minute debates. The subject is “The importance of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora”.
Ex.7. VOCAB 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.
Ex.8. TRUE / FALSE: Look through the article and guess whether these
sentences are true or false:
a. The aim of CITES is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. T / F
b. But at the time when the ideas for CITES were first formed, in the 1996s, international discussion of the regulation of wildlife trade for conservation purposes was something relatively new. T/F
c. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. T/F
d. Today, it accords varying degrees of protection to more than 10,000 species of animals and plants, whether they are traded as live specimens, fur coats or dried herbs. T/F
e. CITES was drafted as a result of a resolution adopted in 1963 at a meeting of members of WCO (The World Customs Organization). T/F
f. The original of the Convention was deposited with the Depositary Government in the Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish languages, each version being equally authentic. T/F
g. For many years CITES has been among the conservation agreements with the largest membership, with now 200 Parties. T/F
Ex.9. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information on the treaty. Share your findings with your class.
Ex.10. LETTER: Write a letter to the FCS executive explaining your views on the matter described.
Ex.11. PUBLIC POLICY: You are the leader of your country. Create a speech on the “Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora” and its application in your country.