Demand for Ivory Increases Poaching

A worker examines ivory carved into the shape of the Chinese Deity Guanyin at a workshop in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, October 16, 2009. (Photo From VOA NEWS)





◎ 大學組(大學部 / 二、三、四年級)

◎ 研究組(研究所)






劇烈的氣候變遷下,全球風災水災不斷。美國東岸在今年夏天,不只有破紀錄的熱浪(a record heat wave)來襲,伴隨而來的風暴,造成了大規模停電(widespread power outages),部分區域限水(water restrictions),強風吹倒的落樹(fallen trees)更造成人民傷亡。州政府可以宣布進入緊急狀態(the State of Emergency),讓資源可更有效的投入救災。讓我們一起來學這些跟天災有關的新聞英語用法。在本期中我們使用Contemporary Topics 2的一個單元作為聽力訓練,在課堂上老師講解「Global English」的概念,我們也一起學習吧!

快來練習自學包裹吧 | 申請帳號和使用說明



feature of the week

English Stuff - Free practice exercises for learning English


來看介紹 | 直接進入網站

Members Only資源介紹

Clarity English: Study Skills Success – Speaking

本次介紹Clarity English系統中Study Skills Success的口說單元,想要能夠流利的說出英文,不但要注意流暢還要切合題意,文法以及時態甚至是輕重音,真是很困難呢。這時候好教材就很重要啦!這套教材在教同學怎麼回答各種問題的同時,還提供各種不同的回答範例,所以同學可以清楚地觀摩口說的回答技巧跟策略...... 馬上登入Clarity English來使用吧!

針對學術性文章寫作,將寫作過程分為10步驟。網站中除了將學術寫作(Academic Writing)的十項寫作步驟做講解外也提供小練習。包括如何分段落,如何寫主題句(topic sentence),以及如何引用他人文章(in-text citation和 work cited) 等等。另外提供教師常用的 Evaluation Criteria給同學做參考,可以進一步做文章的修改,值得去看看!




Caffe Italia is an Italian course for foreign students who want to get to know the Italian language and culture, in order to travel, work, or simply for a passion of the language. Caffe Italia is a new Italian course with a modern, dynamic and effective approach. Created by an expert group of teachers, specialised in Italian for foreign students, it is based on the latest research in language and teaching methodology.


Demand for Ivory Increases Poaching


Cathy Majtenyi

June 07, 2012

An International Fund for Animal Welfare report has linked the increasing number of elephants being killed in Africa with the rising demand for ivory in China.

According to the report, in 2011 poachers gathered more than 5,200 elephant tusks, (23 tons) resulting in the deaths of more than 2,500 elephants. It says the majority of that ivory went to China.

“The growing demand for ivory products in China is actually driving elephant poaching across Africa," explained Elizabeth Wamba, communications manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Eastern Africa. "It has just been too high. It has escalated by, in some places, in hundreds of percentages.”

The report quotes an auction newsletter describing the 2011 sale of more than 11,000 ivory pieces in mainland China for a total of .4 million, an increase of 107 percent from the previous year.

The report says the price for ivory has soared, but a strengthened Chinese currency against the U.S. dollar makes it more profitable for Chinese buyers to purchase ivory on world markets.

The report attributes the rising demand __________ the legal sale of ivory stockpiles in China and Japan in 2008. The stockpiles originated from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana.

China Central Television reported that regular investors are viewing ivory products as being “white gold.”

The report says China introduced a system in 2004 to control the domestic ivory market in line with the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species, but regulation is virtually non-existent.

Of the 158 ivory trade facilities surveyed by Chinese experts in five cities, 101 were operating illegally, not having any government-issued licenses.

Nairobi-based wildlife trade expert Esmond Martin has done extensive research on the ivory trade.He told VOA research he conducted in two Chinese provinces last year revealed about 62 percent of the ivory for retail sale did not have the proper documents.

He said much of China’s illegal ivory originates from African countries in which large numbers of Chinese expatriates purchase carvings, jewelry and other items made out of ivory and smuggle them back into China.

“And then you have got the large quantities of ivory being shipped out of Africa, most of it now through East African ports that mostly goes by ship," said Martin. "And it goes to various Asian countries on the way. They look at various countries where they think it is easy to move stuff out.”

Martin said that because there is a certain amount of ivory that is sold legally in China, it is very difficult to determine the difference between legal and illegal ivory goods.


Reading comprehension

1. Based on the report, elephants are slaughtered for their _____.

 A) skin B) trunk C) tusks D) bones

2. According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, an estimated _____ elephants were killed in 2011.

 A) 5,200 B) 2,500 C) 11,000 D) 158

3. Who is the major buyer of African ivory?

 A) China B) Zimbabwe C) Namibia D) Botswana

4. Which of the following words best fits the blank in paragraph 6?

 A) at B) on C) of D) to

5. You can infer from the news that the name “white gold” indicates the _____ of ivory products.

 A) value B) weight C) texture D) rarity

6. The word virtually is closest in meaning to _____.

 A) probably B) almost C) primarily D) scarcely

7. Most ivory are smuggled out of Africa by _____.

 A) car B) air C) ship D) train

8. Why is it difficult to crack down on illegal ivory trade in China?

 A) Because punishment for illegal ivory sale is mild.

 B) Because criminal syndicates keep learning new tricks.

 C) Because government is under-resourced.

 D) Because it is not easy to distinguish between legal ivory products and illegal ones.


Answer Key:


Source: http://www.voanews.com/content/demand-for-ivory-increases-elephant-poaching/1204510.html

English Freeway


本電子報由台大外語教學暨資源中心建置維護 2012©All Rights Reserved