The Reading / Listening - Seagulls - Level 4

Researchers know how to stop seagulls from stealing your French fries - stare at the birds. This tip comes from a UK university. Researchers tested this. They put some fries on the ground and checked how long it took gulls to snatch them without anyone looking at them. They did the same test, but with someone making eye contact. The birds took an extra 21 seconds to approach the food when a researcher stared at them.



The researchers said the staring deterred the gulls. Only 26 per cent of the birds tried to take the food with the eye contact. Three-quarters of the birds stood still or flew away. Gulls have a bad reputation for food-snatching. A researcher said: "Gulls often swoop in from behind and people are completely oblivious. Gulls are often seen as aggressive and...take food from humans. It was interesting to find that most wouldn't even come near during our tests."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Seagulls - Level 5 or  Seagulls - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/want-seagulls-to-stop-stealing-your-food-try-staring-at-them-scientists-say/
  • https://www.eater.com/2019/8/9/20799131/seagull-beach-food-stealing-stare-it-in-the-eye
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/staring-seagulls-can-stop-them-stealing-your-food-scientists-say-ncna1040456


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. how to stop seagulls
  2. This tip comes
  3. They put some fries
  4. checked how long it
  5. without anyone
  6. They did the same
  7. The birds took
  8. when a researcher stared
  1. an extra 21 seconds
  2. took gulls
  3. test
  4. from stealing
  5. at them
  6. on the ground
  7. looking at them
  8. from a UK university

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers said the staring
  2. eye
  3. Three-quarters of the birds stood
  4. Gulls have a bad
  5. Gulls often swoop
  6. It was interesting to
  7. most wouldn't even come
  8. during
  1. find that
  2. reputation
  3. our tests
  4. still
  5. near
  6. in from behind
  7. deterred the gulls
  8. contact

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers know how to stop seagulls (1) ___________________ French fries - stare at the birds. This (2) ___________________ a UK university. Researchers tested this. They put (3) ___________________ the ground and checked how long it took gulls (4) ___________________ without anyone looking at them. They did (5) ___________________, but with someone making eye contact. The birds took an extra 21 seconds to approach the food when a researcher (6) ___________________.

The researchers said the (7) ___________________ the gulls. Only 26 per cent of the birds tried to (8) ___________________ with the eye contact. Three-quarters of the birds stood (9) ___________________ away. Gulls have a bad reputation for food-snatching. A researcher said: "Gulls (10) ___________________ from behind and people are completely oblivious. Gulls are (11) ___________________ aggressive and...take food from humans. It was interesting to find that most wouldn't (12) ___________________ during our tests."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ResearchersknowhowtostopseagullsfromstealingyourFrenchfries-
stareatthebirds.ThistipcomesfromaUKuniversity.Researchersteste
dthis.Theyputsomefriesonthegroundandcheckedhowlongittookgull
stosnatchthemwithoutanyonelookingatthem.Theydidthesametest,
butwithsomeonemakingeyecontact.Thebirdstookanextra21second
stoapproachthefoodwhenaresearcherstaredatthem.Theresearchers
saidthestaringdeterredthegulls.Only26percentofthebirdstriedtotak
ethefoodwiththeeyecontact.Three-quartersofthebirdsstoodstillorfle
waway.Gullshaveabadreputationforfood-snatching.Aresearchersa
id:"Gullsoftenswoopinfrombehindandpeoplearecompletelyoblivious
.Gullsareoftenseenasaggressiveand...takefoodfromhumans.Itwasi
nterestingtofindthatmostwouldn'tevencomenearduringourtests."

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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