The Reading / Listening - Statue of Unity - Level 1

Over 300 crocodiles in India are being moved because they are too near a tourist sight. Officials say the crocs could be a danger to tourists near the Statue of Unity. The statue opened last October. It is the tallest statue in the world. Officials want the crocodiles moved so seaplanes can land on a reservoir, where the crocs live. They could attack tourists. Some of the crocs are over three meters long. They are going to a new home in another part of India.



Animal lovers are angry. One said: "The government is...putting their lives at risk. [It] hasn't thought...where it will release the...crocodiles safely." An environmental magazine editor said the idea to move the crocodiles was crazy. An Indian journalist and activist said moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. Another official said they had to move the crocodiles for "security reasons".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Statue of Unity - Level 0 Statue of Unity - Level 2   or  Statue of Unity - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-47010656
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/crocodiles-removed-worlds-tallest-statue-india-scli-intl/index.html
  • https://news.sky.com/story/300-crocodiles-relocated-to-protect-tourists-at-worlds-tallest-statue-11618604


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. they are too
  2. the crocs could be a danger
  3. It is the tallest
  4. seaplanes can land
  5. They could
  6. the crocs are over
  7. They are going to
  8. in another part
  1. a new home
  2. statue in the world
  3. attack tourists
  4. of India
  5. to tourists
  6. on a reservoir
  7. near a tourist sight
  8. three meters long

Paragraph 2

  1. Animal lovers are
  2. it will release the crocodiles
  3. magazine
  4. the idea to move the crocodiles
  5. An Indian journalist
  6. break India's wildlife
  7. they had to
  8. for security
  1. move the crocodiles
  2. was crazy
  3. safely
  4. reasons
  5. protection laws
  6. editor
  7. and activist
  8. angry

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Over 300 crocodiles in India (1) ___________________ because they are too (2) ___________________ sight. Officials say the crocs could be a (3) ___________________ near the Statue of Unity. The statue opened last October. It is the tallest statue in the world. Officials (4) ___________________ moved so seaplanes can land on a reservoir, where the crocs live. They could attack tourists. Some of the crocs (5) ___________________ meters long. They are going to a new home (6) ___________________ of India.

Animal (7) ___________________. One said: "The government is...putting their (8) ___________________. [It] hasn't thought...where (9) ___________________ the...crocodiles safely." An environmental magazine editor said the (10) ___________________ the crocodiles was crazy. An Indian journalist (11) ___________________ moving the crocodiles could break India's wildlife protection laws. Another official said they had (12) ___________________ crocodiles for "security reasons".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Over300crocodilesinIndiaarebeingmovedbecausetheyaretoonearat
ouristsight.OfficialssaythecrocscouldbeadangertotouristsneartheSt
atueofUnity.ThestatueopenedlastOctober.Itisthetalleststatueinthe
world.Officialswantthecrocodilesmovedsoseaplanescanlandonares
ervoir,wherethecrocslive.Theycouldattacktourists.Someofthecrocs
areoverthreemeterslong.Theyaregoingtoanewhomeinanotherparto
fIndia.Animalloversareangry.Onesaid:"Thegovernmentis...puttingt
heirlivesatrisk.[It]hasn'tthought...whereitwillreleasethe...crocodile
ssafely."Anenvironmentalmagazineeditorsaidtheideatomovethecro
codileswascrazy.AnIndianjournalistandactivistsaidmovingthecroco
dilescouldbreakIndia'swildlifeprotectionlaws.Anotherofficialsaidthe
yhadtomovethecrocodilesfor"securityreasons".

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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