The Reading / Listening - Reindeer - Level 2

A man has photographed a rare white reindeer while on a walk in the north of Norway. Mads Nordsveen, from Norway's capital city, was hiking in the mountains. While walking through the snow, he saw a small white animal. He realized it was a reindeer. He said it was so white, "he almost disappeared into the snow". Nordsveen said the experience was "magical" and like a "fairy tale". He said: "The reindeer came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes. He was very calm....He behaved as if he was posing for my photos. He was very curious...like a little explorer."



The photograph has gone viral on social media. It has been liked over 30,000 times since Nordsveen uploaded it. It is good luck in Norway to see a white reindeer. It is also good timing as Christmas is coming. According to folklore, Santa Claus' sleigh is pulled by eight flying reindeer. They help Santa to deliver presents to children. However, Santa's reindeer are usually brown. A white reindeer's unusual appearance is because of a genetic problem that removes colour from its fur. They are not albino. In the USA, reindeer are known as caribou.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Reindeer - Level 0 Reindeer - Level 1   or  Reindeer - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46442538
  • https://globalnews.ca/news/4726909/rare-white-reindeer-calf/
  • https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/white-reindeer-captured-by-norweigan-photographer-mads-nordsveen-instagram-northern-norway-sami-people/118142


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. while on a walk
  2. Norway's
  3. hiking in
  4. he saw a small
  5. He realized
  6. he almost disappeared into the
  7. the experience was "magical"
  8. we looked into each
  1. the mountains
  2. snow
  3. it was a reindeer
  4. other's eyes
  5. in the north
  6. white animal
  7. capital city
  8. and like a "fairy tale"

Paragraph 2

  1. The photograph has gone viral
  2. It is also good
  3. Christmas is
  4. pulled by eight
  5. They help Santa to deliver
  6. A white reindeer's unusual
  7. a genetic
  8. In the USA, reindeer
  1. are known as caribou
  2. presents to children
  3. timing
  4. problem
  5. flying reindeer
  6. on social media
  7. appearance
  8. coming

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A man has photographed (1) ___________________ reindeer while on a walk in (2) ___________________ Norway. Mads Nordsveen, from Norway's capital city, was hiking in the mountains. While walking (3) ___________________, he saw a small white animal. He realized it was a reindeer. He said it (4) ___________________, "he almost disappeared into the snow". Nordsveen said the experience was "magical" and like (5) ___________________. He said: "The reindeer came to me very close and we looked into each other's eyes. He was very calm....He behaved as if he was posing for my photos. He (6) ___________________...like a little explorer."

The photograph has (7) ___________________ social media. It has been liked over 30,000 times since Nordsveen uploaded it. It is (8) ___________________ Norway to see a white reindeer. It is also good timing as Christmas is coming. According to folklore, Santa Claus' sleigh (9) ___________________ eight flying reindeer. They help Santa to (10) ___________________ children. However, Santa's reindeer are usually brown. A white reindeer's unusual appearance is because (11) ___________________ problem that removes colour from its fur. They are not albino. In the USA, reindeer (12) ___________________ caribou.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Amanhasphotographedararewhitereindeerwhileonawalkinthenorth
ofNorway.MadsNordsveen,fromNorway'scapitalcity,washikinginthe
mountains.Whilewalkingthroughthesnow,hesawasmallwhiteanimal
.Herealizeditwasareindeer.Hesaiditwassowhite,"healmostdisappea
redintothesnow".Nordsveensaidtheexperiencewas"magical"andlike
a"fairytale".Hesaid:"Thereindeercametomeverycloseandwelookedi
ntoeachother'seyes.Hewasverycalm....Hebehavedasifhewasposing
formyphotos.Hewasverycurious...likealittleexplorer."Thephotograp
hhasgoneviralonsocialmedia.Ithasbeenlikedover30,000timessince
Nordsveenuploadedit.ItisgoodluckinNorwaytoseeawhitereindeer.Iti
salsogoodtimingasChristmasiscoming.Accordingtofolklore,SantaCl
aus'sleighispulledbyeightflyingreindeer.TheyhelpSantatodeliverpre
sentstochildren.However,Santa'sreindeerareusuallybrown.Awhiter
eindeer'sunusualappearanceisbecauseofageneticproblemthatremo
vescolourfromitsfur.Theyarenotalbino.IntheUSA,reindeerareknown
ascaribou.

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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Free writing

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