The Reading / Listening - Emus - Level 3

Two emus have been banned from entering a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-largest living bird by height and is native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings (brother and sister). The four-room Yaraka Hotel in the state of Queensland barred the giant birds because of bad behaviour. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were well known at the hotel for popping in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. However, recently, the two birds have become a nuisance to the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs leading up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."



One of the reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the stairs. They have been wandering up to the hotel's bedrooms and shocking guests in the corridor. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious with the emus because they will poke their heads in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And 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 and they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much food, their toiletry habits are very frequent.... imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a height of a metre."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Emus - Level 0 Emus - Level 1   or  Emus - Level 2

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


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Warm-ups

1. EMUS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about emus. 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?
       Outback / bird / height / giant / bad behaviour / biscuits / toast / nuisance / barrier /
       climb / stairs / bedrooms / corridor / barbecue / vacuum cleaner / habits / porridge
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ANIMALS: Students A strongly believe animals should never be allowed in hotels; Students B strongly believe they should.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HOTELS: What can hotels do to improve? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Improvements?

Why?

Pet policy

 

 

Staff

 

 

Reception

 

 

Booking

 

 

Rooms

 

 

Services

 

 

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5. TOAST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "toast". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BIRDS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best bird at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • emu
  • parrot
  • eagle
  • hummingbird
  • chicken
  • swan
  • pigeon
  • owl

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. banned a. Wrong, shocking or impolite actions towards others.
      2. native b. A fence or other obstacle that stops movement or access.
      3. siblings c. Officially or legally stopped from doing something.
      4. bad behaviour d. Brother or sisters.
      5. popping e. Belonging to a place or country.
      6. nuisance f. Visiting somewhere for a short time.
      7. barrier g. A person, thing, or situation causing inconvenience or annoyance.

    Paragraph 2

      8. wandering h. A long passage in a building from which doors lead into rooms.
      9. corridor i. Very careful to stay away from problems or dangers.
      10. cautious j. Something someone or something does regularly and cannot stop doing.
      11. beak k. Moving from place to place with no real plan of where to go.
      12. toiletry l. Often.
      13. habit m. Actions about going to the toilet.
      14. frequent n. The hard coverings of a bird's mouth.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A hotel in Australia has stopped two emus from entering its premises.    T / F
  2. The emus were brother and sister.     T / F
  3. The birds were banned because of coronavirus fears.     T / F
  4. The hotel has put a rope across the front stairs to keep the emus out.     T / F
  5. The emus never got as far as the hotel's upstairs bedrooms.     T / F
  6. The hotel owner said the emus stole slices of toast.     T / F
  7. The article said emus have very sharp teeth.     T / F
  8. The hotel warned about what happens when an emu goes to the toilet.    T / F

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

  1. banned
  2. native
  3. popping in
  4. nuisance
  5. barrier
  6. wandering
  7. cautious
  8. bit
  9. frequent
  10. imagine
  1. careful
  2. pest
  3. picture
  4. walking
  5. indigenous
  6. little
  7. barred
  8. regular
  9. visiting
  10. fence

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

  1. the world's second-largest
  2. native to
  3. The two banned emus are siblings
  4. popping in
  5. the two birds have become a
  6. One of the reasons for
  7. the birds have learned
  8. wandering up
  9. They've got very sharp
  10. a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food
  1. the emu ban
  2. (brother and sister)
  3. beaks
  4. nuisance to the guests
  5. Australia
  6. to climb the stairs
  7. to the hotel's bedrooms
  8. living bird by height
  9. is concerned
  10. for a few biscuits

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
behaviour
leading
popping
native
banned
barrier
siblings
nuisance

Two emus have been (1) _____________________ from entering a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-largest living bird by height and is (2) _____________________ to Australia. The two banned emus are (3) _____________________ (brother and sister). The four-room Yaraka Hotel in the state of Queensland barred the giant birds because of bad (4) _____________________. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were well known at the hotel for (5) _____________________ in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. However, recently, the two birds have become a (6) _____________________ to the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs (7) _____________________ up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu (8) _____________________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
barbecue
corridor
height
reasons
frequent
cautious
wandering
beaks

One of the (9) _____________________ for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the stairs. They have been (10) _____________________ up to the hotel's bedrooms and shocking guests in the (11) _____________________. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very (12) _____________________ with the emus because they will poke their heads in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And if you have a (13) _____________________, 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 (14) _____________________ and they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much food, their toiletry habits are very (15) _____________________.... imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a (16) _____________________ of a metre."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Two emus have been banned from entering a hotel ______
     a.  in Australia's Outback
     b.  in Australia's Outlook
     c.  in Australia's Out-In
     d.  in Australia's back out
2)  the world's second-largest living bird by height and ______ Australia
     a.  is native to
     b.  is naive to
     c.  is nativity to
     d.  is neigh trip to
3)  barred the giant birds because ______
     a.  of bad behavioural
     b.  of bad behaviours
     c.  of bad behaviour
     d.  of bad behave your
4)  popping in for a few biscuits or a ______.
     a.  slice off toast
     b.  slice of toast
     c.  slice oft toast
     d.  slice soft toast
5)  a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through ______."
     a.  the emu bar ear
     b.  the emu Barry rear
     c.  the emu bar rear
     d.  the emu barrier

6)  the reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to ______
     a.  climb the stair
     b.  climb the stairs
     c.  climbs the stairs
     d.  climbed the stairs
7)  Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to ______
     a.  be very cautiously
     b.  be very cautious
     c.  be very caution
     d.  be very cautions
8)  get between an emu and its food. They've got ______
     a.  very sharp beaks
     b.  very sharp breaks
     c.  very sharp bleaks
     d.  very sharp beats
9)  they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where ______
     a.  food is concern
     b.  food is cornered
     c.  food is concerted
     d.  food is concerned
10)  their toiletry habits are very frequent imagine a sloppy ______
     a.  ball of porridge
     b.  bowl of porridge
     c.  bowel of porridge
     d.  bowls of porridge

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Two emus (1) ____________________ from entering a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-largest (2) ____________________ height and is native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings (brother and sister). The four-room Yaraka Hotel in (3) ____________________ Queensland barred the giant birds because of bad behaviour. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were (4) ____________________ the hotel for popping in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. However, recently, the two birds have become (5) ____________________ the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs leading up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also (6) ____________________ guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."

One of the reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have (7) ____________________ the stairs. They have been wandering up to the hotel's bedrooms and (8) ____________________ the corridor. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious with the emus because they will (9) ____________________ in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And if you have a barbecue, watch out because they'll take everything." He added: "You don't want to (10) ____________________ emu and its food. They've got (11) ____________________ and they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much food, their toiletry habits are very frequent.... imagine a (12) ____________________ porridge from a height of a metre."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many emus were banned from an Australian hotel?
  2. How were the emus related?
  3. What are the birds' names?
  4. What did the emus pop into the hotel for a slice of?
  5. What did the hotel owner put across the stairs?
  6. What did the emus learn to climb?
  7. What did the article say the emus would drink?
  8. What did the article compare an emu's eating habits to?
  9. What did the hotel owner say about an emu's toiletry habits?
  10. What did the hotel owner liken an emu's food waste to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many emus were banned from an Australian hotel?
a) 2
b) 3
c) 5
d) 8
2) How were the emus related?
a) mother and daughter
b) cousins
c) brother and sister
d) husband and wife
3) What are the birds' names?
a) Big Bird and Birdy
b) Kevin and Carol
c) Bill and Ben
d) Sydney and Adelaide
4) What did the emus pop into the hotel for a slice of?
a) roast chicken
b) humble pie
c) apple pie
d) toast
5)  What did the hotel owner put across the stairs?
a) rope
b) dogs
c) guards
d) oil

6) What did the emus learn to climb?
a) the social ladder
b) new heights
c) Uluru
d) the stairs
7) What did the article say the emus would drink?
a) beer
b) coffee
c) chocolate milkshakes
d) bathwater
8) What did the article compare an emu's eating habits to?
a) an elephant
b) a chicken
c) a hyena
d) a vacuum cleaner
9) What did the hotel owner say about an emu's toiletry habits?
a) they made him feel bad
b) they were unusual
c) they were frequent
d) they were disgusting

10) What did the hotel owner liken an emu's food waste to?
a) pig swill
b) sloppy porridge
c) a soggy pizza
d) an omelette gone wrong

Role play

Role  A – Emus
You think emus are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pigeons, owls or chickens.

Role  B – Pigeons
You think pigeons are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): emus, owls or chickens.

Role  C – Owls
You think owls are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pigeons, emus or chickens.

Role  D – Chickens
You think chickens are the best birds. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pigeons, owls or emus.

After reading / listening

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

'hotel'

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  • and 'ban'.

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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:

    • entering
    • native
    • giant
    • slice
    • rope
    • barrier
    • climb
    • shocking
    • heads
    • beaks
    • frequent
    • bowl




    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 - Emus

    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 'emu'?
    3. What do you know about emus?
    4. Should emus be allowed in hotels?
    5. Should any animals or birds be allowed in hotels?
    6. What do you know about the world's largest bird?
    7. Would you like to get close to an emu?
    8. What would you do if you saw an emu outside your room?
    9. What other birds are nuisances?
    10. What do you know about Australia's Outback?

    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 'hotel'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of staying in hotels?
    5. Would you let an emu steal your breakfast?
    6. What is your favourite bird, and why?
    7. Do you think an emu would be a good pet?
    8. Do you know anyone who eats like a vacuum cleaner?
    9. What does the last line of the article mean?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the hotel owner?

    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)

    Two emus have been banned from (1) ____ a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-largest living bird by height and is (2) ____ to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings (brother and sister). The four-roomed Yaraka Hotel in the state of Queensland (3) ____ the giant birds because of bad behaviour. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were well (4) ____ at the hotel for popping in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. However, recently, the two birds have become a (5) ____ to the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs (6) ____ up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."

    One of the (7) ____ for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the stairs. They have been wandering up to the hotel's bedrooms and (8) ____ guests in the corridor. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious (9) ____ the emus because they will poke their heads in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And 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 (10) ____ and they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much food, their (11) ____ habits are very frequent.... imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a (12) ____ of a metre."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     enter     (b)     entrance     (c)     entering     (d)     entrances    
    2. (a)     native     (b)     naive     (c)     nativity     (d)     naively    
    3. (a)     barred     (b)     jarred     (c)     marred     (d)     tarred    
    4. (a)     known     (b)     knowing     (c)     knew     (d)     knows    
    5. (a)     swelling     (b)     contagion     (c)     creature     (d)     nuisance    
    6. (a)     heightening     (b)     ascending     (c)     scaling     (d)     leading    
    7. (a)     reasons     (b)     reasoned     (c)     reasoning     (d)     reason    
    8. (a)     shacking     (b)     shackling     (c)     shaking     (d)     shocking    
    9. (a)     with     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    10. (a)     eyes     (b)     beaks     (c)     tongue     (d)     hearts    
    11. (a)     toiletries     (b)     toiletry     (c)     toileted     (d)     toilets    
    12. (a)     height     (b)     high     (c)     heighten     (d)     higher

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the world's second-largest living bird by iehght
    2. vatein to Australia
    3. The two banned emus are gilnbssi (brother and sister)
    4. barred the giant birds because of bad rhavoeubi
    5. the two birds have become a insecnau
    6. let yourself through the emu erbrria

    Paragraph 2

    1. irndeagwn up to the hotel's bedrooms
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    3. Travellers have to be very cuatoisu
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    5. like a uavumc cleaner
    6. their toiletry habits are very nueeqtfr

    Put the text back together

    (...)  to the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs leading
    (...)  heads in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And if you have a barbecue, watch
    (...)  birds because of bad behaviour. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were well known at the hotel for popping
    (...)  largest living bird by height and is native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings
    (...)  up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu barrier."
    (...)  corridor. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious with the emus because they will poke their
    (...)  in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast. However, recently, the two birds have become a nuisance
    (...)  One of the reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the
    (...)  beaks and they're a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much
    (...)  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
    (...)  (brother and sister). The four-room Yaraka Hotel in the state of Queensland barred the giant
    (...)  stairs. They have been wandering up to the hotel's bedrooms and shocking guests in the
    (...)  food, their toiletry habits are very frequent.... imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a height of a metre."
    1  ) Two emus have been banned from entering a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-

    Put the words in the right order

    1. entering   Two   hotel   .   have   been   banned   from   a   emus
    2. height   .   world's   The   living   second-largest   by   bird
    3. because   giant   behaviour   .   of   bad   Barred   birds   the
    4. nuisance   .   two   become   a   birds   the   have   Recently,
    5. emu   through   barrier   .   yourself   Please   let   the
    6. stairs   .   the   birds   climb   The   to   have   learned
    7. up   hotel's   bedrooms   .   the   to   wandering   been   They've
    8. its   and   between   get   Don't   food   .   emu   an
    9. concerned   .   cleaner   where   Like   a   food   vacuum   is
    10. porridge   A   height   .   of   bowl   sloppy   from   a

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Two emus have been banned from entrance / entering a hotel in Australia's Outback. The emu is the world's second-largest living bird by tall / height and is naive / native to Australia. The two banned emus are siblings / cousins (brother and sister). The four-room Yaraka Hotel in the state of Queensland barred the giant birds because of badly / bad behaviour. The birds are called Kevin and Carol. They were well known / knowing at the hotel for popping in for a few / chocolate biscuits or a slice of toast / toasty. However, recently, the two birds have become a necessary / nuisance to the guests staying at the hotel. Co-owner Chris Gimblett has put rope across the stairs leading up to the hotel to keep the birds out. There is also a sign for guests saying: "Please let yourself through the emu obstacle / barrier."

    One of the reason / reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the stairs. They have been wondering / wandering up to the hotel's bedrooms and shocking guests in / on the corridor. Mr Gimblett said: "Travellers have to be very cautious / caution with the emus because they will joke / poke their heads in...and drink all the coffee...and steal your toast. And if you have a barbecue, watch out / in because they'll take everything." He added: "You don't want to get among / between an emu and its food. They've got very sharp beaks and they're a bit / bite like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned." He warned: "Because they do eat so much food, their toiletries / toiletry habits are very frequent....imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a height of / on a metre."

    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

    two emus have been banned from entering a hotel in australias outback the emu is the worlds secondlargest living bird by height and is native to australia the two banned emus are siblings brother and sister the fourroomed yaraka hotel in the state of queensland barred the giant birds because of bad behaviour the birds are called kevin and carol they were well known at the hotel for popping in for a few biscuits or a slice of toast however recently the two birds have become a nuisance to the guests staying at the hotel coowner chris gimblett has put rope across the stairs leading up to the hotel to keep the birds out there is also a sign for guests saying please let yourself through the emu barrier

    one of the reasons for the emu ban is that the birds have learned to climb the stairs they have been wandering up to the hotels bedrooms and shocking guests in the corridor mr gimblett said travellers have to be very cautious with the emus because they will poke their heads inand drink all the coffeeand steal your toast and if you have a barbecue watch out because theyll take everything he added you dont want to get between an emu and its food theyve got very sharp beaks and theyre a bit like a vacuum cleaner where food is concerned he warned because they do eat so much food their toiletry habits are very frequent imagine a sloppy bowl of porridge from a height of a metre

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TwoemushavebeenbannedfromenteringahotelinAustralia'sOutback
    .Theemuistheworld'ssecond-largestlivingbirdbyheightandisnativet
    oAustralia.Thetwobannedemusaresiblings(brotherandsister).Thefo
    ur-roomYarakaHotelinthestateofQueenslandbarredthegiantbirdsb
    ecauseofbadbehaviour.ThebirdsarecalledKevinandCarol.Theywere
    wellknownatthehotelforpoppinginforafewbiscuitsorasliceoftoast.Ho
    wever,recently,thetwobirdshavebecomeanuisancetotheguestsstayi
    ngatthehotel.Co-ownerChrisGimbletthasputropeacrossthestairslea
    dinguptothehoteltokeepthebirdsout.Thereisalsoasignforguestssayi
    ng:"Pleaseletyourselfthroughtheemubarrier."Oneofthereasonsfort
    heemubanisthatthebirdshavelearnedtoclimbthestairs.Theyhavebee
    nwanderinguptothehotel'sbedroomsandshockingguestsinthecorrid
    or.MrGimblettsaid:"Travellershavetobeverycautiouswiththeemusb
    ecausetheywillpoketheirheadsin...anddrinkallthecoffee...andstealy
    ourtoast.Andifyouhaveabarbecue,watchoutbecausethey'lltakeever
    ything."Headded:"Youdon'twanttogetbetweenanemuanditsfood.Th
    ey'vegotverysharpbeaksandthey'reabitlikeavacuumcleanerwherefo
    odisconcerned."Hewarned:"Becausetheydoeatsomuchfood,theirtoi
    letryhabitsareveryfrequent....imagineasloppybowlofporridgefroma
    heightofametre."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Animals and birds should never be allowed in hotels. 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. EMUS: Make a poster about emus. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ANIMALS IN HOTELS: Write a magazine article about animals and birds never being allowed in hotels. 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. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on emus. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on animals and birds in hotels. 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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