The Reading / Listening - Aquariums - Level 1

An aquarium is asking people to help its lonely eels. The aquarium is in Tokyo and has many garden eels. They are usually very shy. They go into their holes in the sand when someone is there. The eels are used to seeing visitors and stay above their holes. Staff are worried the eels are getting lonely. The eels may forget what humans look like. The aquarium wants people to make video calls to the eels. There are special tablets in front of the eel tanks.



No visitors means the eels became very shy. They could get stressed when people visit again. It is difficult for staff to check on the eels' health because they are staying in their holes. The aquarium tweeted: "They aren't seeing humans so they are forgetting about us....Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?" The staff want eels to know that "humans are friendly". The aquarium has a three-day "face-showing festival".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Aquariums - Level 0 Aquariums - Level 2   or  Aquariums - Level 3

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-tokyo-aquarium-appeals-for-people-to-video-call-the-eels-11981772
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/05/01/eels-seek-one-one-camchats-good-times-humans-12638678/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/01/japanese-aquarium-urges-public-to-video-chat-eels-who-are-forgetting-humans-exist


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. An aquarium is asking
  2. They are usually very
  3. They go into their holes
  4. stay above their
  5. worried the eels are
  6. forget what humans
  7. make video calls
  8. in front of the eel
  1. shy
  2. to the eels
  3. holes
  4. tanks
  5. people to help
  6. in the sand
  7. look like
  8. getting lonely

Paragraph 2

  1. check on the eels'
  2. they are staying
  3. They aren't seeing
  4. they are forgetting
  5. show your face to
  6. The staff want eels to
  7. humans are
  8. a three-day face-
  1. our garden eels
  2. friendly
  3. in their holes
  4. showing festival
  5. humans
  6. health
  7. know that
  8. about us

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An (1) ___________________ people to help its lonely eels. The aquarium is in Tokyo and (2) ___________________ eels. They are usually very shy. They go into their holes (3) ___________________ when someone is there. The eels are used to seeing visitors and stay above their holes. Staff are worried the eels (4) ___________________. The eels may forget what humans look like. The aquarium wants people to (5) ___________________ to the eels. There are special tablets in front of (6) ___________________.

No visitors means the eels (7) ___________________. They could get stressed when (8) ___________________. It is difficult for staff to check on (9) ___________________ because they are staying in their holes. The aquarium tweeted: "They aren't seeing humans so they (10) ___________________ us....Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?" The staff want eels to know that "(11) ___________________". The aquarium has a three-day "(12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anaquariumisaskingpeopletohelpitslonelyeels.TheaquariumisinTok
yoandhasmanygardeneels.Theyareusuallyveryshy.Theygointotheir
holesinthesandwhensomeoneisthere.Theeelsareusedtoseeingvisito
rsandstayabovetheirholes.Staffareworriedtheeelsaregettinglonely.
Theeelsmayforgetwhathumanslooklike.Theaquariumwantspeoplet
omakevideocallstotheeels.Therearespecialtabletsinfrontoftheeelta
nks.Novisitorsmeanstheeelsbecameveryshy.Theycouldgetstressed
whenpeoplevisitagain.Itisdifficultforstafftocheckontheeels'healthbe
causetheyarestayingintheirholes.Theaquariumtweeted:"Theyaren'
tseeinghumanssotheyareforgettingaboutus....Couldyoushowyourf
acetoourgardeneelsfromyourhome?"Thestaffwanteelstoknowthat"
humansarefriendly".Theaquariumhasathree-day"face-showingfe
stival".

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.

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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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