The Reading / Listening - Tasmanian Devils - Level 0

The Tasmanian devil is back on Australia's mainland after 3,000 years. Conservation groups released 26 of the devils in a nature reserve. The devil is the size of a small dog. It eats large birds and rubbish. It became endangered after an Australian wild dog nearly killed them all. It is not dangerous to humans.



The Tasmanian devils have to find their own food. A conservation group said: "They are free....We've got some basic means of keeping an eye on them, but...now it's over to the devils to do what they do." It said: "This release of devils will be the first of many. We are talking about...a true landmark in history."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tasmanian Devils - Level 1 Tasmanian Devils - Level 2   or  Tasmanian Devils - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-54417343
  • https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/tasmanian-devils-returned-to-mainland-as-chris-hemsworth-and-elsa-pataky-release-in-barrington-tops-national-park/news-story/5e29f493ca3d2f5380dcb68d8928a213
  • https://www.odt.co.nz/news/australia/tasmanian-devils-reintroduced-aust-mainland


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 Tasmanian devil is back on
  2. Conservation groups released
  3. in a nature
  4. The devil is the size
  5. It eats large birds
  6. It became
  7. an Australian wild dog nearly
  8. It is not dangerous
  1. killed them all
  2. Australia's mainland
  3. to humans
  4. reserve
  5. endangered
  6. 26 of the devils
  7. and rubbish
  8. of a small dog

Paragraph 2

  1. The Tasmanian devils have to find
  2. A conservation
  3. We've got some basic
  4. keeping an
  5. it's over to the devils to
  6. This release of
  7. the first of
  8. a true landmark
  1. many
  2. eye on them
  3. in history
  4. group
  5. devils
  6. their own food
  7. do what they do
  8. means

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tasmanian devil (1) ___________________ Australia's mainland (2) ___________________. Conservation groups released 26 of the devils (3) ___________________ reserve. The devil is the size of a small dog. It (4) ___________________ and rubbish. (5) ___________________ after an Australian wild dog nearly (6) ___________________. It is not dangerous to humans.

The Tasmanian devils (7) ___________________ their own food. A conservation group said: "(8) ___________________....We've got some basic means of (9) ___________________ on them, but...now it's over to the devils (10) ___________________ they do." It said: "This (11) ___________________ will be the first of many. We are talking about... (12) ___________________ in history."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTasmaniandevilisbackonAustralia'smainlandafter3,000years.C
onservationgroupsreleased26ofthedevilsinanaturereserve.Thedevil
isthesizeofasmalldog.Iteatslargebirdsandrubbish.Itbecameendang
eredafteranAustralianwilddognearlykilledthemall.Itisnotdangerous
tohumans.TheTasmaniandevilshavetofindtheirownfood.Aconservat
iongroupsaid:"Theyarefree....We'vegotsomebasicmeansofkeeping
aneyeonthem,but...nowit'sovertothedevilstodowhattheydo."Itsai
d:"Thisreleaseofdevilswillbethefirstofmany.Wearetalkingabout...at
ruelandmarkinhistory."

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)

(i) ________________

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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

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Answers

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