The Reading / Listening - Level 5

The Italian town of Collecchio has passed legislation requiring fireworks to be silent in displays. The new law is to ensure the wellbeing of dogs and other pets. The town decided that the welfare of its pets is more important than the sound of fireworks exploding. Dogs have sensitive hearing and fireworks cause them to develop something called 'acoustic stress'. The sounds and smoke created by fireworks can cause additional health problems for animals. Vets often report cases of nausea, tremors and increased anxiety in animals after a fireworks show.



Awareness of the problems caused by the sound of fireworks is growing in Europe. Germany banned fireworks near refugee shelters to reduce the trauma experienced by refugees who had just fled war zones. Fireworks also cause problems for war veterans. The explosions bring back painful memories of being in areas of conflict and can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder. Not everyone agrees with the idea of silent fireworks. One Italian said: "You need the booms, cracks and thunder. It's an essential part of the fun." He advised pet owners to keep all windows firmly closed.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 4 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.care2.com/greenliving/silent-fireworks-could-prove-helpful-for-animals-veterans-with-ptsd.html
  • http://www.khou.com/news/silent-fireworks-offer-a-quiet-alternative/263955421
  • http://dogtime.com/trending/33475-town-italy-switches-silent-fireworks-reduce-anxiety-animal


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. passed
  2. The new law is to ensure the
  3. the welfare of
  4. Dogs have sensitive
  5. develop something called
  6. cause additional health
  7. Vets often report
  8. increased anxiety
  1. 'acoustic stress'
  2. legislation
  3. cases of nausea
  4. wellbeing of dogs
  5. in animals
  6. its pets
  7. hearing
  8. problems

Paragraph 2

  1. refugee
  2. cause problems for war
  3. bring back painful memories of being in
  4. trigger post-traumatic stress
  5. Not everyone
  6. It's an essential
  7. pet
  8. keep all windows firmly
  1. disorder
  2. part of the fun
  3. closed
  4. veterans
  5. areas of conflict
  6. owners
  7. agrees
  8. shelters

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Italian town of Collecchio has (1) ___________________ requiring fireworks to be silent in displays. The new law (2) ___________________ wellbeing of dogs and other pets. The town decided that the welfare of its pets is more important (3) ___________________ fireworks exploding. Dogs have (4) ___________________ fireworks cause them to develop something called 'acoustic stress'. The sounds and smoke created by fireworks can cause (5) ___________________ problems for animals. Vets often report cases of nausea, tremors and (6) ___________________ animals after a fireworks show.

Awareness of the problems (7) ___________________ of fireworks is growing in Europe. Germany banned fireworks (8) ___________________ to reduce the trauma experienced by refugees who had just fled war zones. Fireworks also cause problems (9) ___________________. The explosions bring back painful memories of being in (10) ___________________ and can trigger post-traumatic (11) ___________________. Not everyone agrees with the idea of silent fireworks. One Italian said: "You need the booms, cracks and thunder. It's an (12) ___________________ the fun." He advised pet owners to keep all windows firmly closed.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheItaliantownofCollecchiohaspassedlegislationrequiringfireworkst
obesilentindisplays.Thenewlawistoensurethewellbeingofdogsandot
herpets.Thetowndecidedthatthewelfareofitspetsismoreimportantth
anthesoundoffireworksexploding.Dogshavesensitivehearingandfire
workscausethemtodevelopsomethingcalled'acousticstress'.Thesou
ndsandsmokecreatedbyfireworkscancauseadditionalhealthproblem
sforanimals.Vetsoftenreportcasesofnausea,tremorsandincreaseda
nxietyinanimalsafterafireworksshow.Awarenessoftheproblemscaus
edbythesoundoffireworksisgrowinginEurope.Germanybannedfirew
orksnearrefugeeshelterstoreducethetraumaexperiencedbyrefugee
swhohadjustfledwarzones.Fireworksalsocauseproblemsforwarvete
rans.Theexplosionsbringbackpainfulmemoriesofbeinginareasofconf
lictandcantriggerpost-traumaticstressdisorder.Noteveryoneag
reeswiththeideaofsilentfireworks.OneItaliansaid:"Youneedtheboo
ms,cracksandthunder.It'sanessentialpartofthefun."Headvisedpeto
wnerstokeepallwindowsfirmlyclosed.

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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