The Reading / Listening - Broadband Cables - Level 4

Australia's broadband network is being attacked by birds. Thousands of colourful cockatoos are chewing the broadband cables that cross Australian towns. This is causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) maintains the fibre-optic cables. It spends thousands of dollars to fix each cable. The birds are causing frustration to Internet users. They have reported Internet outages and very slow speeds.



Cockatoos are a type of parrot, They normally eat fruit and nuts. An NBN spokeswoman was puzzled why the birds liked the cables. She guessed that it was their colourful plastic covers. She told reporters: "They are constantly sharpening their beaks and as a result will attack and tear apart anything they come across." She joked: "These birds are unstoppable…I guess that's Australia for you; if the spiders and snakes don't get you, the cockatoos will."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Broadband Cables - Level 5 or  Broadband Cables - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-41857761
  • http://nation.com.pk/04-Nov-2017/australia-cockatoos-chew-billion-dollar-broadband
  • http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/875085/Broadband-birds-damage-Australia-network


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. Australia's broadband network is
  2. broadband cables that cross
  3. hundreds of thousands of dollars
  4. fibre-optic
  5. fix each
  6. The birds are
  7. Internet
  8. very slow
  1. causing frustration
  2. being attacked
  3. speeds
  4. Australian towns
  5. outages
  6. cables
  7. in damage
  8. cable

Paragraph 2

  1. Cockatoos are a type
  2. They normally eat fruit
  3. An NBN spokeswoman was
  4. colourful plastic
  5. They are constantly sharpening
  6. tear apart anything
  7. These birds
  8. I guess that's Australia
  1. puzzled
  2. are unstoppable
  3. their beaks
  4. they come across
  5. of parrot
  6. covers
  7. for you
  8. and nuts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Australia's broadband network is (1) ___________________ birds. Thousands of colourful cockatoos (2) ___________________ broadband cables that cross Australian towns. (3) ___________________ hundreds of thousands of (4) ___________________. Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) maintains the fibre-optic cables. It spends thousands of dollars (5) ___________________ cable. The birds are causing frustration to Internet users. They have reported Internet outages and (6) ___________________.

Cockatoos are a (7) ___________________. They normally eat fruit and nuts. An NBN spokeswoman (8) ___________________ the birds (9) ___________________. She guessed that it was their colourful plastic covers. She told reporters: "They are constantly sharpening (10) ___________________ as a result will attack and tear apart anything (11) ___________________." She joked: "These birds are unstoppable…I guess that's Australia for you; if the (12) ___________________ don't get you, the cockatoos will."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Australia'sbroadbandnetworkisbeingattackedbybirds.Thousandsofc
olourfulcockatoosarechewingthebroadbandcablesthatcrossAustrali
antowns.Thisiscausinghundredsofthousandsofdollarsindamage.Au
stralia'sNationalBroadbandNetwork(NBN)maintainsthefibre-opticc
ables.Itspendsthousandsofdollarstofixeachcable.Thebirdsarecausin
gfrustrationtoInternetusers.TheyhavereportedInternetoutagesand
veryslowspeeds.Cockatoosareatypeofparrot,Theynormallyeatfruita
ndnuts.AnNBNspokeswomanwaspuzzledwhythebirdslikedthecables
.Sheguessedthatitwastheircolourfulplasticcovers.Shetoldreporters:
"Theyareconstantlysharpeningtheirbeaksandasaresultwillattackan
dtearapartanythingtheycomeacross."Shejoked:"Thesebirdsareunst
oppable…Iguessthat'sAustraliaforyou;ifthespidersandsnakesdon'tg
etyou,thecockatooswill."

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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