The Reading / Listening - Hero Dad - Level 5

An Australian father was called a hero for saving his baby son from the jaws of a wild dingo. The dingo dragged the baby from his campervan on an island on Friday. His father awoke and heard his son screaming. He rushed to help his son and dragged him from the dingo. He also fought off other dingoes. The 14-month-old boy was rushed to hospital. He had surgery on a fractured skull and deep cuts to his neck. Doctors say he is in a stable condition and will make a full recovery. The father said: "Our son is doing well....We ask the media to...respect our family's privacy."



The attack is the third such incident this year. Residents are worried the attacks could threaten the island's heritage status. A long-term resident said visitors did not realize they should not camp in unfenced areas with young children. She said there was not enough education about being aware of the dangers of the animals. She added: "We have been calling for a visitors' center for years. This is one of the most-visited national parks and there is nobody around to give people information about what they can and cannot do. People who do the wrong thing are either naive or stupid."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hero Dad - Level 4 or  Hero Dad - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/fraser-island-local-demands-action-after-dingo-mauls-toddler-20190419-p51fnp.html
  • https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/surgery-for-baby-rescued-from-dingo-on-fraser-island/news-story/0262901cb282d696aaa25b712ed77b8d
  • https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12223749


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the jaws
  2. heard his son
  3. rushed
  4. He had surgery on a fractured
  5. Doctors say he is in a stable
  6. make a full
  7. Our son is doing
  8. respect our family's
  1. to hospital
  2. privacy
  3. skull
  4. of a wild dingo
  5. well
  6. condition
  7. screaming
  8. recovery

Paragraph 2

  1. threaten the island's
  2. visitors did not realize they
  3. She said there was not
  4. being aware of the dangers
  5. This is one of the most-
  6. what they can
  7. People who do
  8. either naive or
  1. stupid
  2. enough education
  3. and cannot do
  4. should not camp
  5. the wrong thing
  6. of the animals
  7. heritage status
  8. visited national parks

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Australian father was called a (1) ___________________ his baby son from the jaws of a wild dingo. The dingo (2) ___________________ from his campervan on an island on Friday. His father (3) ___________________ his son screaming. He rushed to help his son and dragged him from the dingo. He also (4) ___________________ dingoes. The 14-month-old boy was rushed to hospital. He had surgery on a fractured skull and deep cuts to his neck. Doctors say he is in (5) ___________________ and will make a full recovery. The father said: "Our son is doing well....We ask the media to... (6) ___________________ privacy."

The attack is the (7) ___________________ this year. Residents are worried the attacks could threaten the (8) ___________________. A long-term resident said visitors did not realize they should not camp in unfenced areas with young children. She said there was (9) ___________________ about being aware of the dangers of the animals. She added: "We have been calling for a visitors' (10) ___________________. This is one of the most-visited national parks and there is (11) ___________________ give people information about what they can and cannot do. People who do the wrong thing are (12) ___________________ stupid."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnAustralianfatherwascalledaheroforsavinghisbabysonfromthejaw
sofawilddingo.Thedingodraggedthebabyfromhiscampervanonanisl
andonFriday.Hisfatherawokeandheardhissonscreaming.Herushedt
ohelphissonanddraggedhimfromthedingo.Healsofoughtoffotherdin
goes.The14-month-oldboywasrushedtohospital.Hehadsurgeryona
fracturedskullanddeepcutstohisneck.Doctorssayheisinastablecondi
tionandwillmakeafullrecovery.Thefathersaid:"Oursonisdoingwell....
Weaskthemediato...respectourfamily'sprivacy."Theattackisthethir
dsuchincidentthisyear.Residentsareworriedtheattackscouldthreate
ntheisland'sheritagestatus.Along-termresidentsaidvisitorsdidnotr
ealizetheyshouldnotcampinunfencedareaswithyoungchildren.Shes
aidtherewasnotenougheducationaboutbeingawareofthedangersoft
heanimals.Sheadded:"Wehavebeencallingforavisitors'centerforyea
rs.Thisisoneofthemost-visitednationalparksandthereisnobodyarou
ndtogivepeopleinformationaboutwhattheycanandcannotdo.People
whodothewrongthingareeithernaiveorstupid."

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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