The Reading / Listening - Emus - Level 1

Two emus have been banned from a hotel in Australia. The emu is the world's second-largest bird and is native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings. The hotel banned the giant birds because of bad behaviour. The birds were well known for going to the hotel for biscuits or toast. Recently, hotel guests have complained. The owner put rope across the stairs to keep the birds out. There is a sign that says: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."



One reason for the ban is that the emus learned to climb the stairs. They went up to bedrooms and shocked guests. The owner said guests should be careful because the emus will steal your toast. He said: "If you have a barbecue, watch out because they'll take everything." He added: "You don't want to get between an emu and its food. They've got very sharp beaks." He warned guests about the toilet habits of emus and that emus can be messy.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Emus - Level 0 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. The emu is the world's
  2. native
  3. The two banned emus are
  4. going to the hotel
  5. Recently, hotel guests have
  6. The owner put rope across
  7. keep the birds
  8. let yourself through
  1. the stairs
  2. the emu barrier
  3. for biscuits
  4. out
  5. to Australia
  6. siblings
  7. complained
  8. second-largest bird

Paragraph 2

  1. One reason
  2. emus learned
  3. The owner said guests
  4. the emus will steal your
  5. watch out because they'll
  6. You don't want to get between
  7. warned guests about the toilet
  8. emus can be
  1. habits of emus
  2. should be careful
  3. messy
  4. an emu and its food
  5. for the ban
  6. take everything
  7. to climb the stairs
  8. toast

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Two emus have (1) ___________________ a hotel in Australia. The emu is the world's second-largest bird and (2) ___________________ Australia. The two banned emus are siblings. The hotel banned (3) ___________________ because of bad behaviour. The birds (4) ___________________ for going to the hotel for biscuits or toast. Recently, hotel guests have complained. The (5) ___________________ across the stairs to keep the birds out. There is a sign that says: "Please (6) ___________________ the emu barrier."

(7) ___________________ the ban is that the emus (8) ___________________ the stairs. They went up to bedrooms and shocked guests. The owner said guests (9) ___________________ because the emus will steal your toast. He said: "If you have a barbecue, (10) ___________________ they'll take everything." He added: "You don't want to (11) ___________________ emu and its food. They've got very sharp beaks." He warned guests about the toilet habits of emus and that emus (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TwoemushavebeenbannedfromahotelinAustralia.Theemuistheworl
d'ssecond-largestbirdandisnativetoAustralia.Thetwobannedemus
aresiblings.Thehotelbannedthegiantbirdsbecauseofbadbehaviour.T
hebirdswerewellknownforgoingtothehotelforbiscuitsortoast.Recentl
y,hotelguestshavecomplained.Theownerputropeacrossthestairstok
eepthebirdsout.Thereisasignthatsays:"Pleaseletyourselfthroughthe
emubarrier."Onereasonforthebanisthattheemuslearnedtoclimbthes
tairs.Theywentuptobedroomsandshockedguests.Theownersaidgue
stsshouldbecarefulbecausetheemuswillstealyourtoast.Hesaid:"Ifyo
uhaveabarbecue,watchoutbecausethey'lltakeeverything."Headded
:"Youdon'twanttogetbetweenanemuanditsfood.They'vegotverysha
rpbeaks."Hewarnedguestsaboutthetoilethabitsofemusandthatemu
scanbemessy.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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