The Reading / Listening - Cat-Fox - Level 1

Experts found an animal they think is a new species. They found the "cat-fox" on the French island of Corsica. The experts said they found sixteen cat-foxes in a remote mountain area. The captured cat-fox was 90 centimeters long. It has wide ears, short whiskers, a thick coat, and striped front legs. The local government thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox, calling it "a wonderful discovery". It said Corsica was a "paradise of animal...biodiversity".



The cat-fox was a mythical creature. Farmers told stories about it. People are happy their island is home to the new species. Scientists believe it came from Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago, perhaps as far back as 6500BC. A scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still to be determined." Scientists said it is a nocturnal animal.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cat-Fox - Level 0 Cat-Fox - Level 2   or  Cat-Fox - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/mysterious-cat-fox-discovered-may-be-a-new-species
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/19/europe/cat-fox-species-corsica-france-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/65744-cat-fox-new-species.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Experts found
  2. They found the "cat-fox"
  3. in a remote mountain
  4. It has wide
  5. a thick
  6. The local government thanked
  7. a wonderful
  8. a paradise of
  1. the wildlife team
  2. discovery
  3. coat
  4. animal biodiversity
  5. area
  6. an animal
  7. ears
  8. on the French island

Paragraph 2

  1. a mythical
  2. Farmers told stories
  3. their island is home
  4. Scientists believe it comes
  5. thousands
  6. as far back
  7. its exact
  8. Scientists said it is
  1. as 6500BC
  2. of years ago
  3. from Africa
  4. a nocturnal animal
  5. identity
  6. creature
  7. about it
  8. to the new species

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Experts found an animal (1) ___________________ a new species. They found the "cat-fox" on the French island of Corsica. The (2) ___________________ found sixteen cat-foxes in a remote mountain area. The captured cat-fox (3) ___________________ long. It has wide ears, short whiskers, (4) ___________________, and striped front legs. The local government thanked the wildlife (5) ___________________ the cat-fox, calling it "a wonderful discovery". It said Corsica was (6) ___________________ animal...biodiversity".

The cat-fox was (7) ___________________. Farmers told stories about it. People are (8) ___________________ is home to the new species. Scientists believe it came from Africa and the Middle East thousands (9) ___________________, perhaps as far back as 6500BC. A scientist said: "By looking (10) ___________________, we could tell it (11) ___________________ European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still to be determined." Scientists said it is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Expertsfoundananimaltheythinkisanewspecies.Theyfoundthe"cat-
fox"ontheFrenchislandofCorsica.Theexpertssaidtheyfoundsixteenc
at-foxesinaremotemountainarea.Thecapturedcat-foxwas90centim
eterslong.Ithaswideears,shortwhiskers,athickcoat,andstripedfrontl
egs.Thelocalgovernmentthankedthewildlifeteamforfindingthecat-
fox,callingit"awonderfuldiscovery".ItsaidCorsicawasa"paradiseofan
imal...biodiversity".Thecat-foxwasamythicalcreature.Farmerstold
storiesaboutit.Peoplearehappytheirislandishometothenewspecies.
ScientistsbelieveitcomesfromAfricaandtheMiddleEastthousandsofy
earsago,perhapsasfarbackas6500BC.Ascientistsaid:"Bylookingatits
DNA,wecouldtellitapartfromtheEuropeanwildcat.It'sclosetotheAfric
anforestcat,butitsexactidentityisstilltobedetermined."Scientistssai
ditisanocturnalanimal.

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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