The Reading / Listening - Electric Eels - Level 1

Scientists found a new species of electric eel in the Amazon. It can give someone an 860-volt electric shock. This is eight times stronger than the electricity Americans use in their homes. American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel is 2.4 meters long and weighs 45kgs. It would give a human a bad electric shock and could kill one. The scientists wrote that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".



Scientists found two new species of electric eel. The 860-volt eel is in the headlines because of its shocking power. Scientists used to believe there was only one electric eel in the world. A researcher said: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what remains to be discovered?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia...[suggests a] vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Electric Eels - Level 0 Electric Eels - Level 2   or  Electric Eels - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9907129/electric-eel-discovered-scientists/
  • https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/newly-described-electric-eel-has-strongest-voltage-yet-measured-66409
  • https://newatlas.com/biology/new-electric-eel-species-shocking/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists found
  2. in the
  3. give someone an 860-
  4. This is eight times
  5. electricity Americans
  6. American homes need just 110
  7. It would give a human a bad
  8. the strongest living bio-
  1. electric shock
  2. stronger
  3. use in their homes
  4. electricity generator
  5. volt electric shock
  6. Amazon
  7. a new species
  8. volts of electricity

Paragraph 2

  1. The 860-volt eel is in
  2. because of its shocking
  3. only one electric eel
  4. discover a new 2.4m-
  5. after 250 years
  6. remains to
  7. a vast amount
  8. discovered in
  1. be discovered
  2. in the world
  3. nature
  4. power
  5. of species
  6. of exploration
  7. the headlines
  8. long fish

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists found a (1) ___________________ electric eel in the Amazon. It can give someone an 860-(2) ___________________. This is eight (3) ___________________ the electricity Americans use in their homes. American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel is 2.4 meters (4) ___________________ 45kgs. It would give a (5) ___________________ electric shock and could kill one. The scientists wrote that the eel is "(6) ___________________ bio-electricity generator".

Scientists found (7) ___________________ of electric eel. The 860-volt eel is in the headlines (8) ___________________ shocking power. Scientists used to believe there was only one electric eel (9) ___________________. A researcher said: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish (10) ___________________ of exploration, can you imagine what (11) ___________________ discovered?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia...[suggests a] (12) ___________________ that remain to be discovered in nature."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsfoundanewspeciesofelectriceelintheAmazon.Itcangiveso
meonean860-voltelectricshock.Thisiseighttimesstrongerthanthee
lectricityAmericansuseintheirhomes.Americanhomesneedjust110v
oltsofelectricity.Theeelis2.4meterslongandweighs45kgs.Itwouldgiv
eahumanabadelectricshockandcouldkillone.Thescientistswrotethat
theeelis"thestrongestlivingbio-electricitygenerator".Scientistsfoun
dtwonewspeciesofelectriceel.The860-volteelisintheheadlinesbeca
useofitsshockingpower.Scientistsusedtobelievetherewasonlyoneel
ectriceelintheworld.Aresearchersaid:"Ifyoucandiscoveranew2.4m-
longfishafter250yearsofexploration,canyouimaginewhatremainsto
bediscovered?"Headded:"Thediscovery...inAmazonia...[suggestsa
]vastamountofspeciesthatremaintobediscoveredinnature."

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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