The Reading / Listening - Aquariums - Level 2

An aquarium is asking people to help some eels that are getting lonely. The aquarium in Tokyo, Japan has tanks of garden eels. The creatures are usually very shy. They go into their holes in the sand when someone passes. However, the eels are used to seeing visitors. They stay above their holes so people can see them. The aquarium closed because of the coronavirus emergency. Staff are worried the eels are getting lonely. The eels are forgetting what humans look like. The aquarium wants people to make video calls to the eels. The staff put special tablets in front of the eel tanks.



The lack of visitors means the eels have become very shy. This could make them stressed when visitors start returning. The coronavirus emergency makes it 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....Here is an urgent request. Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?" The aquarium wants to remind the eels that "humans are friendly". There is a three-day event called a "face-showing festival". People can make video calls to the eels.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Aquariums - Level 0 Aquariums - Level 1   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. some eels that are getting
  2. The creatures are usually very
  3. stay above their holes so people
  4. The aquarium closed because of the
  5. Staff are worried the eels
  6. eels are forgetting what
  7. make video
  8. in front of the
  1. humans look like
  2. can see them
  3. eel tanks
  4. shy
  5. calls to the eels
  6. lonely
  7. are getting lonely
  8. coronavirus emergency

Paragraph 2

  1. the eels have become
  2. This could make them
  3. check on the eels'
  4. they are forgetting about
  5. show your face
  6. remind the eels that
  7. a three-day event called a
  8. People can make video
  1. face-showing festival
  2. very shy
  3. calls to the eels
  4. stressed
  5. "humans are friendly"
  6. us
  7. to our garden eels
  8. health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An aquarium is asking people to (1) ___________________ that are getting lonely. The aquarium in Tokyo, Japan has tanks of garden eels. The (2) ___________________ very shy. They go into their holes in the sand when someone passes. However, the eels are used (3) ___________________. They stay above their holes so people can see them. The (4) ___________________ of the coronavirus emergency. Staff are worried the eels are getting lonely. The eels are forgetting (5) ___________________ like. The aquarium wants people to make video calls to the eels. The staff put special (6) ___________________ of the eel tanks.

The (7) ___________________ means the eels have become very shy. This could make them stressed when visitors start returning. The coronavirus (8) ___________________ difficult for staff to check on the eels' health because they are staying in their holes. The aquarium tweeted: "They aren't (9) ___________________ they are forgetting about us....Here is (10) ___________________. Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?" The aquarium wants to remind the eels that "(11) ___________________". There is a three-day event called a "(12) ___________________". People can make video calls to the eels.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anaquariumisaskingpeopletohelpsomeeelsthataregettinglonely.Th
eaquariuminTokyo,Japanhastanksofgardeneels.Thecreaturesareus
uallyveryshy.Theygointotheirholesinthesandwhensomeonepasses.
However,theeelsareusedtoseeingvisitors.Theystayabovetheirholes
sopeoplecanseethem.Theaquariumclosedbecauseofthecoronavirus
emergency.Staffareworriedtheeelsaregettinglonely.Theeelsareforg
ettingwhathumanslooklike.Theaquariumwantspeopletomakevideoc
allstotheeels.Thestaffputspecialtabletsinfrontoftheeeltanks.Thelac
kofvisitorsmeanstheeelshavebecomeveryshy.Thiscouldmakethems
tressedwhenvisitorsstartreturning.Thecoronavirusemergencymake
sitdifficultforstafftocheckontheeels'healthbecausetheyarestayingin
theirholes.Theaquariumtweeted:"Theyaren'tseeinghumanssotheya
reforgettingaboutus....Hereisanurgentrequest.Couldyoushowyourf
acetoourgardeneelsfromyourhome?"Theaquariumwantstoremindt
heeelsthat"humansarefriendly".Thereisathree-dayeventcalleda"f
ace-showingfestival".Peoplecanmakevideocallstotheeels.

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

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Free writing

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