The Reading / Listening - Emus - Level 0

An Australian hotel banned two emus. The two banned emus are brother and sister. The hotel banned them because of bad behaviour. The birds went to the hotel for biscuits and toast. Hotel guests were not happy. The owner put rope across the stairs to keep the birds out.



The two emus learned to climb the stairs. They went up to bedrooms and shocked guests. If guests have a barbecue, the birds could take everything. The owner said people should not get between an emu and its food because they have very sharp beaks." He warned guests that emus' toilet habits can be messy.

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    Emus - Level 1 Emus - Level 2   or  Emus - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/australia-hotel-bans-emus/index.html
  • https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/emus-banned-from-outback-queensland-pub-20200728-p55g9h.html
  • https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/so-an-emu-walks-into-a-bar-big-bird-kevin-banned-over-bad-behaviour-at-queensland-pub-c-1198380


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. An Australian hotel
  2. The two banned emus are
  3. because of bad
  4. The birds went to the
  5. biscuits
  6. Hotel guests were not
  7. The owner put rope across
  8. keep the birds
  1. hotel
  2. the stairs
  3. brother and sister
  4. happy
  5. out
  6. and toast
  7. banned two emus
  8. behaviour

Paragraph 2

  1. The two emus learned
  2. They went up
  3. If guests have a
  4. the birds could take
  5. get between an emu
  6. they have very sharp
  7. He warned
  8. emus' toilet habits
  1. everything
  2. guests
  3. to bedrooms
  4. beaks
  5. can be messy
  6. to climb the stairs
  7. barbecue
  8. and its food

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Australian (1) ___________________ emus. The two banned emus are (2) ___________________. The hotel banned them (3) ___________________ behaviour. The birds went to the (4) ___________________ and toast. Hotel guests (5) ___________________. The owner put rope across the stairs to keep (6) ___________________.

The two emus (7) ___________________ the stairs. They went up to bedrooms (8) ___________________. If guests have a barbecue, the (9) ___________________ everything. The owner said people should not (10) ___________________ emu and its food because they have (11) ___________________." He warned guests that emus' toilet habits (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnAustralianhotelbannedtwoemus.Thetwobannedemusarebrother
andsister.Thehotelbannedthembecauseofbadbehaviour.Thebirdsw
enttothehotelforbiscuitsandtoast.Hotelguestswerenothappy.Theow
nerputropeacrossthestairstokeepthebirdsout.Thetwoemuslearnedt
oclimbthestairs.Theywentuptobedroomsandshockedguests.Ifguest
shaveabarbecue,thebirdscouldtakeeverything.Theownersaidpeopl
eshouldnotgetbetweenanemuanditsfoodbecausetheyhaveveryshar
pbeaks."Hewarnedgueststhatemus'toilethabitscanbemessy.

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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(m) ________________

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Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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