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Mission 1


An Amerindian concern?




Compétence

Écrire et réagir à l’écrit : j’écris pour communiquer.

Did you know?

Guyana is not the only country belonging to the Commonwealth. There is also Belize, which is bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea. English settlers established a colony there in the 17th century. The country was granted independence in 1966. Would you like to visit these countries and discover their traditions?

tweet posted by @Commonwealthsec on July 9th 2016
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Exercice 1 : A Commonwealth concern

1
What is this document about?



2
What do you know about the Commonwealth? And the Amerindians? Do some research!



3
Design a mindmap about climate change.

Couleurs
Formes
Dessinez ici
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Girls wearing school uniforms in a boat on their way home from school, Guyana
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Exercice 2 : Local communities and the forest

1
Watch and concentrate on animals and people.



2
Who made the video? For what purpose?



3
What do they want to stop?



4
Find out more about the Amazon Rainforest and post pictures. Write captions.



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An incredible reserve

Iwokrama, in what is called the Guiana shield, is a tropical rainforest reserve. Because there are only three other rainforest ecosystems like this in the world, Iwokrama is invaluable. It’s a part of “the lungs of the earth”.

Moreover, it’s in a pristine state: it is as if it had been untouched by humans. As though nobody had ever cut a tree! But indigenous people have lived there: they have just done so very discreetly, leaving their natural environment pretty much intact.

Guyana’s landscapes and wildlife are not only protected, they are also stunning: the Kaieteur Falls are majestic and it’s as if animals and plants were all “giant”! You can meet giant anteaters, giant water lilies, giant leaf frogs and giant otters!

Because this is such a unique place, Iwokrama has been made into an official reserve. The priority is the preservation of the rainforest. But this does not mean that Guyana refuses to make money out of the forest: it just has to be done sustainably so, with income for the communities that live there rather than gains for investors on the other side of the world.


Adapted from Iwokrama.org.
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Exercice 3 : An incredible reserve

1
Imagine yourself in Guyana and describe it to a friend. Use as if.



2
Imagine how the Makushi could make money from the forest without destroying it.

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Stop consumming... Start thinking...

Phonology

Pronounce -ed

Listen

untouched / lived / protected / thatched / titled / forested / loved / believed / decided / missed.

Yell

proved / detached / respected / preserved / kissed.

Grammar

As if... / As though…

Observe: It is as if nobody had ever touched the forest! It is as though nobody had ever cut a tree!

Think: Are we discussing real actions / facts here? Two tenses are used in each sentence: what are they?

Practise: Make 5 assumptions about the Amazon.

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Design a leaflet

Use Canva and design a leaflet for Amazon Watch (a non-governmental organisation which protects the rainforest).

How far can you go?

A2 I can suggest alternatives and use superlatives.
A2+ I can imagine the future.
B1 I can make unreal assumptions in the past.
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