The Reading / Listening - Electric Eels - Level 2

Scientists discovered a new species of electric eel. It is the most shocking creature in the world. It was discovered in the Amazon. It can give someone an 860-volt electric shock. This is eight times stronger than the electricity in the wall socket of an American home. Appliances in America need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel is 2.4 meters long and weighs 45kgs. It has enough power to give a human a severe electric shock. It is possible it could kill a human. The scientists wrote in a journal that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".



Scientists said they actually found two new species of electric eel. The 860-volt eel is grabbing the headlines because of its power. Until these recent discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in the world. A researcher said we will find more new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what remains to be discovered in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity hot spots, [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 1   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. the most shocking creature
  2. This is eight
  3. in the wall
  4. Appliances in America need
  5. give a human a severe
  6. It is possible it could
  7. The scientists wrote
  8. the strongest living bio-
  1. in a journal
  2. socket
  3. electricity generator
  4. times stronger
  5. kill a human
  6. in the world
  7. electric shock
  8. just 110 volts

Paragraph 2

  1. Scientists said they actually found
  2. The 860-
  3. grabbing the
  4. Until these recent
  5. after 250 years
  6. one of the planet's biodiversity
  7. a vast amount of
  8. be discovered
  1. species that remain
  2. headlines
  3. of exploration
  4. in nature
  5. two new species
  6. volt eel
  7. hot spots
  8. discoveries

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists discovered (1) ___________________ of electric eel. It is the most (2) ___________________ the world. It was discovered in the Amazon. It can give someone an 860-volt electric shock. This is (3) ___________________ than the electricity in the wall socket of an American home. Appliances in America need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel is 2.4 meters (4) ___________________ 45kgs. It has enough power to give a human a (5) ___________________. It is possible it could kill a human. The scientists wrote in a journal that the eel is "the (6) ___________________-electricity generator".

Scientists said they actually (7) ___________________ species of electric eel. The 860-volt eel is (8) ___________________ because of its power. Until these recent discoveries, scientists believed there (9) ___________________ electric eel in the world. A researcher said we will find (10) ___________________. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what remains to be discovered (11) ___________________?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity hot spots, [suggests a] (12) ___________________ species that remain to be discovered in nature."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsdiscoveredanewspeciesofelectriceel.Itisthemostshocking
creatureintheworld.ItwasdiscoveredintheAmazon.Itcangivesomeo
nean860-voltelectricshock.Thisiseighttimesstrongerthantheelectr
icityinthewallsocketofanAmericanhome.AppliancesinAmericaneedj
ust110voltsofelectricity.Theeelis2.4meterslongandweighs45kgs.It
hasenoughpowertogiveahumanasevereelectricshock.Itispossibleitc
ouldkillahuman.Thescientistswroteinajournalthattheeelis"thestron
gestlivingbio-electricitygenerator".Scientistssaidtheyactuallyfoun
dtwonewspeciesofelectriceel.The860-volteelisgrabbingtheheadlin
esbecauseofitspower.Untiltheserecentdiscoveries,scientistsbelieve
dtherewasonlyoneelectriceelintheworld.Aresearchersaidwewillfind
morenewspecies.Hewrote:"Ifyoucandiscoveranew2.4m-longfisha
fter250yearsofexploration,canyouimaginewhatremainstobediscove
redinthatregion?"Headded:"Thediscovery...inAmazonia,oneofthepl
anet'sbiodiversityhotspots,[suggestsa]vastamountofspeciesthatre
maintobediscoveredinnature."

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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