The Reading / Listening - Premium Honey - Level 5

A beekeeper in Turkey made a discovery thanks to a group of honey-stealing bears. The beekeeper lives in the Black Sea coastal town of Trabzon, northeast of Ankara. For many years, he has tried to prevent bears from stealing the honey his bees make. He has discovered that the bears particularly like the best quality, most expensive honey. He struggled to keep the bears and their sweet teeth away from his beehives. His metal cages and protective storage houses did not stop them. He also tried to use apples and other fruit as a decoy but that didn't work.



The beekeeper told reporters that the bears cost him $10,000 in three years. He set up cameras to find out more about their tastes. He put out four bowls to entice the bears. Three bowls contained different types of honey and one had cherry jam. Time after time, the bears chose the most expensive honey. They continually ate the premium Anzer honey. This is the most expensive in the world. It is produced from the nectar of 90 flowers that only grow in the mountains. It has many medicinal and curative powers. Despite his financial losses, the beekeeper said he now loves the bears.

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Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/29/turkish-beekeeper-finds-thieving-bears-prefer-premium-honey
  • https://www.complex.com/life/2019/08/turkish-bee-farmer-bears-stealing-honey-taste-testers
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7403957/Beekeeper-enlists-bears-stealing-supply-taste-tasters.html


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. A beekeeper in Turkey made a
  2. a group of honey-
  3. the Black Sea coastal
  4. prevent bears
  5. the bears particularly like
  6. He struggled to keep
  7. metal
  8. use apples and other fruit as
  1. the best quality
  2. town of Trabzon
  3. cages
  4. a decoy
  5. the bears
  6. from stealing
  7. discovery
  8. stealing bears

Paragraph 2

  1. find out more about their
  2. Time after
  3. They continually ate the premium
  4. It is produced from
  5. flowers that only grow
  6. It has many medicinal and
  7. Despite his financial
  8. he now
  1. in the mountains
  2. Anzer honey
  3. loves the bears
  4. time
  5. losses
  6. the nectar
  7. tastes
  8. curative powers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A beekeeper in Turkey (1) ___________________ thanks to a group of honey-stealing bears. The beekeeper lives in the Black Sea (2) ___________________ Trabzon, northeast of Ankara. For many years, he has (3) ___________________ bears from stealing the honey his bees make. He has discovered that the bears particularly like the best quality, most expensive honey. He (4) ___________________ the bears and their sweet teeth away from his beehives. His (5) ___________________ protective storage houses did not stop them. He also tried to use apples and other fruit (6) ___________________ but that didn't work.

The beekeeper told reporters that the (7) ___________________ $10,000 in three years. He set up cameras to find out more about their tastes. He put out four (8) ___________________ the bears. Three bowls contained different types of honey and one had cherry jam. (9) ___________________, the bears chose the most expensive honey. They continually ate the premium Anzer honey. This is (10) ___________________ in the world. It is produced from the nectar of 90 flowers that (11) ___________________ the mountains. It has many medicinal (12) ___________________. Despite his financial losses, the beekeeper said he now loves the bears.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AbeekeeperinTurkeymadeadiscoverythankstoagroupofhoney-ste
alingbears.ThebeekeeperlivesintheBlackSeacoastaltownofTrabzon,
northeastofAnkara.Formanyyears,hehastriedtopreventbearsfromst
ealingthehoneyhisbeesmake.Hehasdiscoveredthatthebearsparticul
arlylikethebestquality,mostexpensivehoney.Hestruggledtokeepthe
bearsandtheirsweetteethawayfromhisbeehives.Hismetalcagesandp
rotectivestoragehousesdidnotstopthem.Healsotriedtouseapplesan
dotherfruitasadecoybutthatdidn'twork.Thebeekeepertoldreporterst
hatthebearscosthim$10,000inthreeyears.Hesetupcamerastofindou
tmoreabouttheirtastes.Heputoutfourbowlstoenticethebears.Threeb
owlscontaineddifferenttypesofhoneyandonehadcherryjam.Timeaft
ertime,thebearschosethemostexpensivehoney.Theycontinuallyatet
hepremiumAnzerhoney.Thisisthemostexpensiveintheworld.Itispro
ducedfromthenectarof90flowersthatonlygrowinthemountains.Ithas
manymedicinalandcurativepowers.Despitehisfinanciallosses,thebe
ekeepersaidhenowlovesthebears.

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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Answers

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