The Reading / Listening - Cat-Fox - Level 3

Wildlife experts have discovered an unusual animal that they believe could be a new species. The animal was found on the French island of Corsica. The experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had captured in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a remote area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a local government official, thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discovery." He added that Corsica was a "paradise of animal and plant biodiversity".



The cat-fox has been talked about by local people in Corsica for decades. It had become a mythical creature with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and proud that their island is home to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known species that could have originated in Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago. It is largely a nocturnal animal. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another 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."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cat-Fox - Level 0 Cat-Fox - Level 1   or  Cat-Fox - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. CATS AND FOXES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cats and foxes. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       wildlife / experts / species / mountains / tail / creature / stripes / discovery / paradise
       local people / decade / mythical / farmers / Middle East / nocturnal / 6500BC / identity
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BIODIVERSITY: Students A strongly believe we will be able to increase the world's biodiversity; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. UNUSUAL SPECIES?: What do you think these imaginary creatures might be like? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote. Make and share your own imaginary creatures.

 

Looks

Characteristics

Mouse-dog

 

 

Elephant-bird

 

 

Prawn-shark

 

 

Cheetah-beetle

 

 

Centipede-snake

 

 

Wolf-rat

 

 

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5. MOUNTAIN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "mountain". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MYTHICAL CREATURES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Mermaid
  • Fairy
  • Troll
  • Loch Ness Monster
  • Yeti
  • Unicorn
  • Kappa
  • Dragon

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. expert a. The long, thin part of an animal at the end of its body, the feathers at the end of a bird, or the long, thin end of an insect.
      2. species b. A group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding.
      3. captured c. Situated far from the main centers of population; distant.
      4. remote d. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      5. measured e. A perfect and beautiful place or state.
      6. tail f. Took into one's possession or control, sometimes by force.
      7. paradise g. Found out the size, amount, or degree of something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. local h. Had a specified beginning; came from a particular place.
      9. creature i. Feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one's own achievements, qualities, or possessions.
      10. proud j. Accurate or correct in all details.
      11. originated k. Belonging or relating to a particular area or neighborhood.
      12. nocturnal l. An animal, not a human being.
      13. exact m. Found out or establish exactly, typically as a result of research or calculation.
      14. determined n. Done, occurring, or active at night.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The new species was found on the French island of Levant.     T / F
  2. The cat-fox was captured in the middle of a city.     T / F
  3. The captured cat-fox was over a meter in length from head to tail.     T / F
  4. A government official said finding the cat-fox was a wonderful discovery. T / F
  5. The cat-fox had been a mythical creature for decades.     T / F
  6. Islanders are not happy that the cat-fox comes from their island.     T / F
  7. The cat-fox could have come from the Middle East over 8,500 years ago. T / F
  8. Scientists need to look at the DNA of the cat-fox.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. experts
  2. believe
  3. remote
  4. creature
  5. paradise
  6. mythical
  7. proud
  8. largely
  9. exact
  10. determined
  1. pleased
  2. nirvana
  3. precise
  4. legendary
  5. think
  6. mainly
  7. specialists
  8. discovered
  9. faraway
  10. animal

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. The animal was found on the French
  2. a "cat-fox" that they had captured
  3. The captured cat-fox measured
  4. very wide ears, short whiskers
  5. a paradise of animal and
  6. talked about by local people
  7. a mythical
  8. It is largely a
  9. By looking at its DNA,
  10. its exact identity is
  1. nearly 90 centimeters
  2. creature
  3. we could tell it apart
  4. island of Corsica
  5. still to be determined
  6. and a thick coat
  7. nocturnal animal
  8. plant biodiversity
  9. in Corsica for decades
  10. in the mountains

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
captured
tail
paradise
experts
wonderful
area
unusual
stripes

Wildlife experts have discovered an (1) ____________ animal that they believe could be a new species. The animal was found on the French island of Corsica. The (2) ____________ showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had (3) ____________ in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a remote (4) ____________ of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to (5) ____________. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick coat. It also has (6) ____________ on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a local government official, thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a (7) ____________ discovery." He added that Corsica was a "(8) ____________ of animal and plant biodiversity".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
apart
creature
species
far
local
identity
largely
proud

The cat-fox has been talked about by (9) ____________ people in Corsica for decades. It had become a mythical (10) ____________ with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and (11) ____________ that their island is home to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known (12) ____________ that could have originated in Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago. It is (13) ____________ a nocturnal animal. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as (14) ____________ back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it (15) ____________ from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact (16) ____________ is still to be determined."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) experts have discovered an unusual animal that they believe could be ______
     a.  anew species
     b.  a knew species
     c.  a new species
     d.  a news species
2)  The experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had captured ______
     a.  on the mountains
     b.  in the mountains
     c.  at the mountains
     d.  inner mountains
3)  The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in ______
     a.  a remote arena
     b.  a rim moat area
     c.  a ream oat area
     d.  a rim oat area
4)  The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and ______
     a.  a thick coast
     b.  a thickly coat
     c.  a thick coat
     d.  a thicken coast
5)  e added that Corsica was a paradise of animal and ______
     a.  plant biodiversity
     b.  planned biodiversity
     c.  plan it biodiversity
     d.  planet biodiversity

6)  The cat-fox has been talked about by local people in Corsica ______
     a.  for deck ads
     b.  for deck aids
     c.  for decadence
     d.  for decades
7)  the cat comes from a little-known species that could ______ Africa
     a.  have originated on
     b.  have originated in
     c.  have originating
     d.  have originate din
8)  One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica ______ 6500BC
     a.  as far black as
     b.  as far backs
     c.  as far back as
     d.  as far backers
9)  Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could ______"
     a.  tell lit apart
     b.  tell litter part
     c.  tell lighter part
     d.  tell it apart
10)  It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still ______
     a.  to be deter mined
     b.  to be deeper mined
     c.  to be deter mind
     d.  to be determined

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wildlife experts have discovered (1) ___________________ that they believe could be a new species. The animal was found on the French island of Corsica. The experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that (2) ___________________ in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in (3) ___________________ of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail. The creature has very wide ears, (4) ___________________ a thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a local government official, thanked (5) ___________________ for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discovery." He added that Corsica was a "paradise of animal (6) ___________________".

The cat-fox has been talked about (7) ___________________ in Corsica for decades. It had become a mythical creature with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now (8) ___________________ that their island is home to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known species that could (9) ___________________ Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago. It is largely (10) ___________________. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could (11) ___________________ from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. On what island was the cat-fox found?
  2. How many cat-foxes were in the group that wildlife experts found?
  3. How long was the captured cat-fox from head to toe?
  4. What kind of discovery did a government official say it was?
  5. What did a government official call the island a paradise for?
  6. Who did the article say had talked about cat-foxes for decades?
  7. How do islanders feel about the discovery of the cat-fox?
  8. Where do scientists believe the cat-fox originated?
  9. How far back could the origins of the cat-fox go?
  10. What animal did a scientist say the cat-fox was close to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) On what island was the cat-fox found?
a) Corsica
b) Sicily
c) Sardinia
d) Tasmania
2) How many cat-foxes were in the group that wildlife experts found?
a) 17
b) 18
c) 16
d) 15
3) How long was the captured cat-fox from head to toe?
a) 19 centimeters
b) nearly 90 centimeters
c) over 90 centimeters
d) 19 meters
4) What kind of discovery did a government official say it was?
a) an unbelievable discovery
b) an unexpected discovery
c) an interesting discovery
d) a wonderful discovery
5)  What did a government official call the island a paradise for?
a) animal and plant diversity
b) cats and foxes
c) wildlife experts and scientists
d) mythical creatures

6) Who did the article say had talked about cat-foxes for decades?
a) old people
b) children
c) shop-keepers
d) farmers
7) How do islanders feel about the discovery of the cat-fox?
a) worried
b) happy and proud
c) afraid
d) excited
8) Where do scientists believe the cat-fox originated?
a) the mountains of northern Italy
b) the desert
c) Siberia
d) Africa and the Middle East
9) How far back could the origins of the cat-fox go?
a) the beginnings of time
b) pre-historic times
c) 6500BC
d) 10,000 years
10) What animal did a scientist say the cat-fox was close to?
a) the wolf
b) the African forest cat
c) the lion
d) the desert fox

Role play

Role  A – Dragons
You think dragons are the best mythical creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): unicorns, mermaids or fairies.

Role  B – Unicorns
You think unicorns are the best mythical creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): dragons, mermaids or fairies.

Role  C – Mermaids
You think mermaids are the best mythical creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): unicorns, dragons or fairies.

Role  D – Fairies
You think fairies are the best mythical creatures. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their creatures. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): unicorns, mermaids or dragons.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'cat'

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  • and 'fox'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • local
    • stories
    • ago
    • back
    • apart
    • identity
    • believe
    • reporters
    • group
    • 90
    • legs
    • team




    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 - 'Cat-fox' found in France could be new species

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'fox'?
    3. Would you like to be a wildlife expert?
    4. How many species do you think there are that we don't know about?
    5. What do you want to know about the cat-fox?
    6. Is the cat-fox more like a cat or fox?
    7. What do you think of the name 'cat-fox'?
    8. Do you prefer foxes or cats?
    9. What is a paradise for animals?
    10. What would be paradise for you?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cat'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much do you know about wildlife?
    5. Are there any mythical animals in your country?
    6. What animals from your country are you proud of?
    7. In what ways are humans nocturnal?
    8. What are the characteristics of foxes?
    9. What are the characteristics of cats?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the wildlife experts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Wildlife experts have discovered an unusual animal that they believe could be a new species. The animal was (1) ____ on the French island of Corsica. The experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had (2) ____ in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a (3) ____ area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick (4) ____. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a (5) ____ government official, thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discovery." He added that Corsica was a "(6) ____ of animal and plant biodiversity".

    The cat-fox has been talked about by local people in Corsica for (7) ____. It had become a mythical creature with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and proud that their island is (8) ____ to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known species that could have originated (9) ____ Africa and the Middle East thousands of years ago. It is (10) ____ a nocturnal animal. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it (11) ____ from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact (12) ____ is still to be determined."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     fund     (b)     founded     (c)     found     (d)     funded    
    2. (a)     captured     (b)     captive     (c)     captivate     (d)     captioned    
    3. (a)     remote     (b)     promote     (c)     demote     (d)     moat    
    4. (a)     coat     (b)     jacket     (c)     vest     (d)     sweater    
    5. (a)     locum     (b)     locality     (c)     locals     (d)     local    
    6. (a)     heavenly     (b)     species     (c)     zoology     (d)     paradise    
    7. (a)     decades     (b)     decanters     (c)     decadence     (d)     decks    
    8. (a)     lodging     (b)     house     (c)     dwelling     (d)     home    
    9. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     of     (d)     to    
    10. (a)     bigness     (b)     largely     (c)     huge     (d)     enormous    
    11. (a)     part     (b)     apart     (c)     party     (d)     partner    
    12. (a)     identity     (b)     identify     (c)     indemnify     (d)     ideally

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. in a eertom area of Corsica
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    5. It's a wonderful icysderov
    6. a sredaipa of animal and plant biodiversity

    Paragraph 2

    1. It had become a mythical reuaretc
    2. happy and durpo
    3. iatdgoinre in Africa
    4. It is largely a catorulnn animal
    5. Another icsetnits said...
    6. its exact iyitednt is still to be determined

    Put the text back together

    (...)  home to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known
    (...)  as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from the European
    (...)  in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a remote
    (...)  discovery." He added that Corsica was a "paradise of animal and plant biodiversity".
    (...)  wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its exact identity is still to be determined."
    (...)  ago. It is largely a nocturnal animal. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought to Corsica as far back
    (...)  species that could have originated in Africa and the Middle East thousands of years
    (...)  found on the French island of Corsica. The experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had captured
    1  ) Wildlife experts have discovered an unusual animal that they believe could be a new species. The animal was
    (...)  area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to
    (...)  government official, thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful
    (...)  tail. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a local
    (...)  The cat-fox has been talked about by local people in Corsica for decades. It had become a mythical
    (...)  creature with farmers, who tell stories about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and proud that their island is

    Put the words in the right order

    1. on   The   animal   was   French   found   island   .   the
    2. A   in   had   they   captured   the   cat-fox   mountains   .
    3. cat-fox   90cm   measured   length   .   captured   The   in   nearly
    4. It   has   legs   .   its   stripes   on   front   also
    5. paradise   a   animal   was   biodiversity   .   Corsica   of
    6. about   Talked   in   people   by   local   Corsica   .
    7. had   farmers   .   It   a   mythical   with   creature   become
    8. home   is   to   a   new   species   .   Their   island
    9. from   tell   could   We   wildcat   .   apart   the   it
    10. identity   Its   exact   is   still   determined   .   to   be

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Wildlife experts have discovered an unusual / unusually animal that they believe could be a new species. The animal was found on the French island of Corsica. The expertise / experts showed reporters a "cat-fox" that they had captured / ruptured in the mountains of Corsica. The experts said they found a group of sixteen cat-foxes in a remote arena / area of Corsica. The captured cat-fox measure / measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail / tale. The creature has very wide ears, short whiskers and a thick / thicken coat. It also has stripes on its front legs. Gilles Simeoni, a local government official, thank you / thanked the wildlife team for finding the cat-fox. He said: "It's a wonderful discover / discovery." He added that Corsica was a "paradise of animal and plant / planet biodiversity".

    The cat-fox has been taken / talked about by local people in Corsica for decades. It had become a myth / mythical creature with farmers, who tell stories / stores about seeing it. Corsicans are now happy and pride / proud that their island is home / house to a new species of animal. Scientists believe that the cat comes from a little-known species that could that / have originated in Africa and the Middle East thousands of years age / ago. It is largely a nocturnal animal. One scientist said the cat-fox could have been brought / bringing to Corsica as far back as 6500BC. Another scientist said: "By looked / looking at its DNA, we could tell it apart from the European wildcat. It's close to the African forest cat, but its extinct / exact identity is still to be determined."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    wildlife experts have discovered an unusual animal that they believe could be a new species the animal was found on the french island of corsica the experts showed reporters a catfox that they had captured in the mountains of corsica the experts said they found a group of sixteen catfoxes in a remote area of corsica the captured catfox measured nearly 90 centimeters in length from head to tail the creature has very wide ears short whiskers and a thick coat it also has stripes on its front legs gilles simeoni a local government official thanked the wildlife team for finding the catfox he said its a wonderful discovery he added that corsica was a paradise of animal and plant biodiversity

    the catfox has been talked about by local people in corsica for decades it had become a mythical creature with farmers who tell stories about seeing it corsicans are now happy and proud that their island is home to a new species of animal scientists believe that the cat comes from a littleknown species that could have originated in africa and the middle east thousands of years ago it is largely a nocturnal animal one scientist said the catfox could have been brought to corsica as far back as 6500bc another scientist said by looking at its dna we could tell it apart from the european wildcat its close to the african forest cat but its exact identity is still to be determined

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    Wildlifeexpertshavediscoveredanunusualanimalthattheybelievecou
    ldbeanewspecies.TheanimalwasfoundontheFrenchislandofCorsica.
    Theexpertsshowedreportersa"cat-fox"thattheyhadcapturedinthem
    ountainsofCorsica.Theexpertssaidtheyfoundagroupofsixteencat-fo
    xesinaremoteareaofCorsica.Thecapturedcat-foxmeasurednearly9
    0centimetersinlengthfromheadtotail.Thecreaturehasverywideears,
    shortwhiskersandathickcoat.Italsohasstripesonitsfrontlegs.GillesSi
    meoni,alocalgovernmentofficial,thankedthewildlifeteamforfindingt
    hecat-fox.Hesaid:"It'sawonderfuldiscovery."HeaddedthatCorsicaw
    asa"paradiseofanimalandplantbiodiversity".Thecat-foxhasbeenta
    lkedaboutbylocalpeopleinCorsicafordecades.Ithadbecomeamythica
    lcreaturewithfarmers,whotellstoriesaboutseeingit.Corsicansarenow
    happyandproudthattheirislandishometoanewspeciesofanimal.Scien
    tistsbelievethatthecatcomesfromalittle-knownspeciesthatcouldhav
    eoriginatedinAfricaandtheMiddleEastthousandsofyearsago.Itislarg
    elyanocturnalanimal.Onescientistsaidthecat-foxcouldhavebeenbro
    ughttoCorsicaasfarbackas6500BC.Anotherscientistsaid:"Bylooking
    atitsDNA,wecouldtellitapartfromtheEuropeanwildcat.It'sclosetothe
    Africanforestcat,butitsexactidentityisstilltobedetermined."

    Free writing

    Write about cat-fox for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Foxes are more important animals than cats. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. CATS AND FOXES: Make a poster about cats and foxes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PARADISE: Write a magazine article about making towns and cities a paradise for all animals. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on cats and foxes. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on this new species. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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