The Reading / Listening - Electric Eels - Level 3

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



Scientists have named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers actually found two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is grabbing the headlines because of its electrical power. Up until the two recent discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in existence. Lead researcher Dr David de Santana said he would not be surprised to 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, is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Electric Eels - Level 0 Electric Eels - Level 1   or  Electric Eels - Level 2

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/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ELECTRIC EELS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about electric eels. 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?
       scientists / species / electric / eel / shock / appliances / human / possible / generator
       researchers / headlines / discovery / surprised / exploration / Amazon / biodiversity
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NEW SPECIES: Students A strongly believe governments should spend lots of money to find new species; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SHOCKING CREATURES: What do you know and want to know about these creatures? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

What I Want To Know

Electric eels

 

 

Fire flies

 

 

Sting rays

 

 

Giant hornets

 

 

Vampire bats

 

 

King Cobra

 

 

MY e-BOOK
ESL resource book with copiable worksheets and handouts - 1,000 Ideas and Activities for Language Teachers / English teachers
See a sample

5. CREATURE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "creature". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ELECTRIC ANIMALS: Rank these with your partner. Put the scariest (imaginary) electric animals at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • electric cockroaches
  • electric bees
  • electric sharks
  • electric koalas
  • electric ants
  • electric elephants
  • electric cats
  • electric mosquitos

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. species a. Something that creates electricity.
      2. creature b. A group of living things that can exchange genes and produce babies, young or seedlings, etc.
      3. capable c. Very bad.
      4. electric shock d. Any animal that is not a human being.
      5. severe e. A sudden amount of electricity going through the body.
      6. journal f. Having the ability, fitness, or quality necessary to do something.
      7. generator g. A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.

    Paragraph 2

      8. grabbing h. Getting something quickly.
      9. headline i. All of the different kinds of living things in the world, or in a particular area.
      10. recent j. The title at the top of an article or page in a newspaper or magazine that shows the main news story.
      11. existence k. The action of traveling in or through an unfamiliar area in order to learn about it.
      12. discover l. Having happened, begun, or been done not long ago or not long before.
      13. exploration m. The fact or state of living.
      14. biodiversity n. Find something or someone unexpectedly.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The newly found eel doesn't have the strongest electric shock.     T / F
  2. The eel has a shock with fewer volts than the wall socket of a US home. T / F
  3. The eel weighs around 45 kilograms.     T / F
  4. The eel's shock will instantly kill most humans.     T / F
  5. Researchers found two new types of electric eel.     T / F
  6. There are now three species of electric eel in the world.     T / F
  7. A researcher said he'd be surprised if more new species were found.     T / F
  8. The researcher called Amazonia a biodiversity hot spot.     T / F

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

  1. discovered
  2. capable
  3. socket
  4. enough
  5. living
  6. named
  7. species
  8. recent
  9. region
  10. vast
  1. huge
  2. outlet
  3. called
  4. type
  5. latest
  6. sufficient
  7. area
  8. found
  9. existing
  10. able

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

  1. Scientists have discovered a new
  2. the most shocking creature
  3. capable of giving someone
  4. appliances in
  5. the strongest living bio-electricity
  6. grabbing the
  7. he would not be surprised to
  8. after 250 years
  9. one of the planet's biodiversity
  10. suggestive of the vast amount
  1. of exploration
  2. American homes
  3. headlines
  4. in the world
  5. find more new species
  6. hot spots
  7. species
  8. generator
  9. of species
  10. an electric shock

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
capable
generator
shock
truly
socket
severe
times
just

Scientists have discovered a new species of electric eel that is (1) ____________ shocking. In fact, it is the most shocking creature in the world. The new eel was discovered in the Amazon. It is (2) ____________ of giving someone an electric shock that is nearly eight (3) ____________ stronger than the electricity found in the wall (4) ____________ of an American home. The eel is 2.4 meters long, weighs 45kgs, and can discharge a (5) ____________ of 860 volts. Appliances in American homes need (6) ____________ 110 volts of electricity. The eel has enough power to give a human a (7) ____________ electric shock. It is possible the shock could kill a human. The scientists wrote in the journal Nature Communications that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity (8) ____________ ".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
more
actually
biodiversity
imagine
discovered
existence
region
headlines

Scientists have named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers (9) ____________ found two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is grabbing the (10) ____________ because of its electrical power. Up until the two recent discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in (11) ____________. Lead researcher Dr David de Santana said he would not be surprised to find (12) ____________ new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you (13) ____________ what remains to be discovered in that (14) ____________?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's (15) ____________ hot spots, is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be (16) ____________ in nature."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Scientists have discovered a new species of electric eel that ______ shocking
     a.  is true
     b.  is truth
     c.  is true lie
     d.  is truly
2)  In fact, it is the most shocking ______ world
     a.  creature in the
     b.  creative in the
     c.  creatures in the
     d.  crater in the
3)  eight times stronger than the electricity found in ______
     a.  the war sock it
     b.  the all socket
     c.  the wall sock it
     d.  the wall socket
4)  Appliances in American homes need just 110 ______
     a.  volts of electricity
     b.  bolts of electricity
     c.  dolts of electricity
     d.  colts of electricity
5)  ... that the eel is "the strongest living bio-______
     a.  electricity generate
     b.  electricity generated
     c.  electricity generation
     d.  electricity generator

6)  two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai ______ headlines
     a.  is grabbing the
     b.  is grubbing the
     c.  is garbing the
     d.  is garbling the
7)  scientists believed there was only one electric ______
     a.  ear ring existence
     b.  ear in existence
     c.  eel in existence
     d.  keel in existence
8)  can you imagine what remains to be discovered ______?
     a.  in what region
     b.  in that region
     c.  on that region
     d.  on what region
9)  The discovery in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity ______
     a.  hot spot
     b.  hots pots
     c.  hots spots
     d.  hot spots
10)  suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be ______
     a.  discovered in nurture
     b.  discovered in nature
     c.  discovered in naturism
     d.  discovered in neigh chair

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have discovered (1) ___________________ of electric eel that is truly shocking. In fact, it is the most shocking creature in the world. The new eel was discovered in the Amazon. It (2) ___________________ giving someone an electric shock that is nearly eight times stronger than the electricity found in the (3) ___________________ an American home. The eel is 2.4 meters long, weighs 45kgs, and can (4) ___________________ of 860 volts. Appliances in American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel has enough power to give a (5) ___________________ electric shock. It is possible the shock could kill a human. The scientists wrote in the journal Nature Communications that the eel is "(6) ___________________ bio-electricity generator".

Scientists have named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers (7) ___________________ new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is grabbing the headlines because of its electrical power. Up until (8) ___________________ discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in existence. Lead researcher Dr David de Santana said he would not be (9) ___________________ more new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you (10) ___________________ to be discovered in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's (11) ___________________, is suggestive of the vast amount of species (12) ___________________ be discovered in nature."

Comprehension questions

  1. How much more powerful is the eel's shock than a US home's wall socket?
  2. How much does the eel weigh?
  3. How many volts of electricity can the eel discharge?
  4. What did the article say the eel could possibly kill?
  5. What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
  6. Who named the new eel Electrophorus voltai?
  7. What did the article say the new eel was grabbing?
  8. How many types of electric eel do scientists now know of?
  9. What did a researcher say was a biodiversity hot spot?
  10. What did the researcher say there was a vast amount of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How much more powerful is the eel's shock than a US home's wall socket?
a) nearly 100 times more
b) nearly ten times more
c) nearly eight times more
d) nearly three times more
2) How much does the eel weigh?
a) 18kgs
b) 72kgs
c) 36kgs
d) 45kgs
3) How many volts of electricity can the eel discharge?
a) 680 volts
b) 800 volts
c) 860 volts
d) 600 volts
4) What did the article say the eel could possibly kill?
a) a whale
b) a seal
c) a human
d) an elephant
5) What is the name of the journal the research is published in?
a) Electric Currents
b) Nature Communications
c) Eel News
d) Shocking Animals Monthly

6) Who named the new eel Electrophorus voltai?
a) scientists
b) eel restaurants
c) fishermen
d) a journal
7) What did the article say the new eel was grabbing?
a) bigger animals
b) tree roots
c) headlines
d) human ankles
8) How many types of electric eel do scientists now know of?
a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6
9) What did a researcher say was a biodiversity hot spot?
a) the Sahara Desert
b) Antarctica
c) Siberia
d) Amazonia
10) What did the researcher say there was a vast amount of?
a) electric eels
b) electrocuted fish
c) undiscovered species
d) work to be done

Role play

Role  A – Electric Eels
You think electric eels are the scariest creatures. Tell the others three reasons why their animals aren't as scary. Tell them why their creatures aren't as scary. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): electric elephants, electric bees or electric cockroaches.

Role  B – Electric Elephants
You think electric elephants are the scariest creatures. Tell the others three reasons why their animals aren't as scary. Tell them why their creatures aren't as scary. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): electric eels, electric bees or electric cockroaches.

Role  C – Electric Bees
You think electric bees are the scariest creatures. Tell the others three reasons why their animals aren't as scary. Tell them why their creatures aren't as scary. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): electric elephants, electric eels or electric cockroaches.

Role  D – Electric Cockroaches
You think electric cockroaches are the scariest creatures. Tell the others three reasons why their animals aren't as scary. Tell them why their creatures aren't as scary. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): electric elephants, electric bees or electric eels.

After reading / listening

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

'electric'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'eel'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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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:

    • named
    • headlines
    • recent
    • surprised
    • imagine
    • vast
    • truly
    • capable
    • wall
    • homes
    • severe
    • living




    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 - World's most electrifying eel found in Amazon

    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 'electric'?
    3. What do you know about eels?
    4. What do you think of electric eels?
    5. How dangerous do you think this electric eel is?
    6. Why do you think this eel has so much electrical charge?
    7. What do you think the eel does with the electrical charge?
    8. What other creatures have electricity?
    9. What could we do if we had electricity?
    10. Could genetic engineering give humans electricity?

    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 'eel'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Do you like eating eel?
    5. Could eels be used to recharge smartphones?
    6. What can scientists learn from the electric eel?
    7. What do you think of the Amazon's biodiversity?
    8. What would the world be look if all creatures had electricity?
    9. How many more species are there that are undiscovered?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Scientists have discovered a new (1) ____ of electric eel that is truly shocking. In fact, it is the most shocking (2) ____ in the world. The new eel was discovered in the Amazon. It is (3) ____ of giving someone an electric shock that is nearly eight times stronger than the electricity found in the wall socket of an American home. The eel is 2.4 meters long, weighs 45kgs, and can discharge a (4) ____ of 860 volts. Appliances in American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel has enough power to give a human a (5) ____ electric shock. It is possible the shock could kill a human. The scientists wrote (6) ____ the journal Nature Communications that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".

    Scientists have named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers (7) ____ found two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is (8) ____ the headlines because of its electrical power. Up until the two recent discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel (9) ____ existence. Lead researcher Dr David de Santana said he would not (10) ____ surprised to find more new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine (11) ____ remains to be discovered in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity (12) ____ spots, is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     spaces     (b)     species     (c)     specials     (d)     specifics    
    2. (a)     creator     (b)     crater     (c)     creative     (d)     creature    
    3. (a)     can     (b)     capable     (c)     able     (d)     ability    
    4. (a)     electric     (b)     power     (c)     shock     (d)     watts    
    5. (a)     severe     (b)     sever     (c)     server     (d)     saver    
    6. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    7. (a)     truth     (b)     real     (c)     serious     (d)     actually    
    8. (a)     grabbing     (b)     grabbed     (c)     grab     (d)     grabs    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     of     (d)     on    
    10. (a)     do     (b)     have     (c)     be     (d)     take    
    11. (a)     such     (b)     which     (c)     what     (d)     much    
    12. (a)     warm     (b)     hot     (c)     tepid     (d)     boiling

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the most shocking racutere in the world
    2. apabcle of giving someone an electric shock
    3. ishdracge a shock of 860 volts
    4. ppianalces in American homes
    5. a vesere electric shock
    6. the strongest living bio-electricity enrgtaeor

    Paragraph 2

    1. grabbing the edhilanes
    2. two erecnt discoveries
    3. only one electric eel in xseetince
    4. 250 years of xpoetarilon
    5. discovered in that gerion
    6. the planet's dbeivriisoty hot spots

    Put the text back together

    (...)  power to give a human a severe electric shock. It is possible the shock could kill a human. The scientists wrote in the
    (...)  spots, is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature."
    (...)  socket of an American home. The eel is 2.4 meters long, weighs 45kgs, and can discharge a shock of
    (...)  two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is grabbing the headlines because of its electrical power. Up until the two recent
    (...)  discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in existence. Lead researcher
    (...)  in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, one of the planet's biodiversity hot
    (...)  fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what remains to be discovered
    1  ) Scientists have discovered a new species of electric eel that is truly shocking. In fact, it is the most
    (...)  Dr David de Santana said he would not be surprised to find more new species. He wrote: "If you can discover a new 2.4m-long
    (...)  giving someone an electric shock that is nearly eight times stronger than the electricity found in the wall
    (...)  860 volts. Appliances in American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel has enough
    (...)  journal Nature Communications that the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".
    (...)  shocking creature in the world. The new eel was discovered in the Amazon. It is capable of
    (...)  Scientists have named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers actually found

    Put the words in the right order

    1. species   eel   .   a   discovered   electric   Scientists   of   new
    2. in   world   .   It's   the   shocking   the   most   creature
    3. It's   an   giving   capable   someone   of   electric   shock   .
    4. found   The   the   in   electricity   wall   socket   .
    5. the   is   The   strongest   eel   bio-electricity   living   generator   .
    6. found   two   new   species   of   Researchers   electric   eel   .
    7. headlines   Grabbing   of   because   the   its   electrical   power   .
    8. was   electric   one   only   eel   There   in   existence   .
    9. of   the   planet's   biodiversity   One   hot   spots   .
    10. that   be   to   remain   discovered   Species   in   nature   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists have discovered a new species / specials of electric eel that is truly shocking. In factual / fact, it is the most shocking creature in the world. The new / newt eel was discovered in the Amazon. It is capable of giving someone an electric shocking / shock that is nearly eight times stronger than the electricity found in the wall socket of an / the American home. The eel is 2.4 meters long, weight / weighs 45kgs, and can discharge a shock of 860 bolts / volts. Appliances in American homes need just 110 volts of electricity. The eel has enough power to give a human a sever / severe electric shock. It is possible the shock could kill a human. The scientists wrote in the journal / journey Nature Communications that the eel is "the strongest living / life bio-electricity generator".

    Scientists have naming / named the new eel Electrophorus voltai. The team of researchers actual / actually found two new species of electric eel, but Electrophorus voltai is grabbed / grabbing the headlines because of its electrical power. Up until the two recent / recently discoveries, scientists believed there was only one electric eel in existence / exist. Lead researcher Dr David de Santana said he would not be surprise / surprised to find more new species. He wrote: "If you can / able discover a new 2.4m-long fish after 250 years of exploration, can you imagine what / that remains to be discovered in that region?" He added: "The discovery...in Amazonia, two / one of the planet's biodiversity hot spots, is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nurture / nature."

    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

    scientists have discovered a new species of electric eel that is truly shocking in fact it is the most shocking creature in the world the new eel was discovered in the amazon it is capable of giving someone an electric shock that is nearly eight times stronger than the electricity found in the wall socket of an american home the eel is 24 meters long weighs 45kgs and can discharge a shock of 860 volts appliances in american homes need just 110 volts of electricity the eel has enough power to give a human a severe electric shock it is possible the shock could kill a human the scientists wrote in the journal nature communications that the eel is the strongest living bioelectricity generator

    scientists have named the new eel electrophorus voltai the team of researchers actually found two new species of electric eel but electrophorus voltai is grabbing the headlines because of its electrical power up until the two recent discoveries scientists believed there was only one electric eel in existence lead researcher dr david de santana said he would not be surprised to find more new species he wrote if you can discover a new 24mlong 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 planets biodiversity hot spots is suggestive of the vast amount of species that remain to be discovered in nature"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Scientistshavediscoveredanewspeciesofelectriceelthatistrulyshocki
    ng.Infact,itisthemostshockingcreatureintheworld.Theneweelwasdi
    scoveredintheAmazon.Itiscapableofgivingsomeoneanelectricshock
    thatisnearlyeighttimesstrongerthantheelectricityfoundinthewallsoc
    ketofanAmericanhome.Theeelis2.4meterslong,weighs45kgs,andca
    ndischargeashockof860volts.AppliancesinAmericanhomesneedjust
    110voltsofelectricity.Theeelhasenoughpowertogiveahumanasevere
    electricshock.Itispossibletheshockcouldkillahuman.Thescientistswr
    oteinthejournalNatureCommunicationsthattheeelis"thestrongestliv
    ingbio-electricitygenerator".ScientistshavenamedtheneweelElectro
    phorusvoltai.Theteamofresearchersactuallyfoundtwonewspeciesof
    electriceel,butElectrophorusvoltaiisgrabbingtheheadlinesbecauseof
    itselectricalpower.Upuntilthetworecentdiscoveries,scientistsbelieve
    dtherewasonlyoneelectriceelinexistence.LeadresearcherDrDavidde
    Santanasaidhewouldnotbesurprisedtofindmorenewspecies.Hewrot
    e:"Ifyoucandiscoveranew2.4m-longfishafter250yearsofexploratio
    n,canyouimaginewhatremainstobediscoveredinthatregion?"Headd
    ed:"Thediscovery...inAmazonia,oneoftheplanet'sbiodiversityhotsp
    ots,issuggestiveofthevastamountofspeciesthatremaintobediscover
    edinnature."

    Free writing

    Write about electric eel for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should spend much more money looking for new species. 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. ELECTRIC EELS: Make a poster about electric eels. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. NEW SPECIES: Write a magazine article about spending more money to find new species. 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. ELECTRIC EELS: Write a letter to an expert on electric eels. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. 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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