The Reading / Listening - Tasmanian Devils - Level 1

The Tasmanian devil has not lived on Australia's mainland for 3,000 years, but it is back. Conservation groups released a group of 26 of the devils in a nature reserve north of Sydney. The Tasmanian devil is the size of a small dog. It eats large birds and household waste. It became endangered after an Australian wild dog wiped them out on the mainland. It gets its name from its high-pitched sound and the fierce way it fights for food. It is not a danger to humans.



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

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tasmanian Devils - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a nature reserve
  2. The Tasmanian devil is the size
  3. household
  4. It became
  5. an Australian wild
  6. high-pitched
  7. the fierce way it
  8. It is not a danger
  1. fights for food
  2. waste
  3. to humans
  4. sound
  5. endangered
  6. of a small dog
  7. dog
  8. north of Sydney

Paragraph 2

  1. They have to find
  2. We've got some basic
  3. keeping an
  4. it's over to the devils to
  5. He was hopeful about the future
  6. the first of
  7. We are talking about something
  8. a true landmark in
  1. history
  2. of the devils
  3. means
  4. monumental
  5. eye on them
  6. do what they do
  7. their own food
  8. many

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tasmanian devil (1) ___________________ on Australia's mainland for 3,000 years, but (2) ___________________. Conservation groups released a group of 26 of the devils in a nature (3) ___________________ Sydney. The Tasmanian devil is the size of a small dog. It eats large birds (4) ___________________. It became endangered after an Australian wild dog (5) ___________________ on the mainland. It gets its name from its high-pitched sound and the fierce way it fights for food. It is not a (6) ___________________.

A conservation group (7) ___________________ the Tasmanian devils. They have to find their own food. The group's president said: "They are free....We've got (8) ___________________ of keeping an eye on them, (9) ___________________ it's over to the devils to do (10) ___________________." He was hopeful about the future of the devils. He said: "This release of devils will be the (11) ___________________. We are talking about something monumental, (12) ___________________ in history."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTasmaniandevilhasnotlivedonAustralia'smainlandfor3,000year
s,butitisback.Conservationgroupsreleasedagroupof26ofthedevilsin
anaturereservenorthofSydney.TheTasmaniandevilisthesizeofasmal
ldog.Iteatslargebirdsandhouseholdwaste.Itbecameendangeredafte
ranAustralianwilddogwipedthemoutonthemainland.Itgetsitsnamefr
omitshigh-pitchedsoundandthefiercewayitfightsforfood.Itisnotada
ngertohumans.AconservationgrouphelpedtoreleasetheTasmaniand
evils.Theyhavetofindtheirownfood.Thegroup'spresidentsaid:"They
arefree....We'vegotsomebasicmeansofkeepinganeyeonthem,butes
sentially,nowit'sovertothedevilstodowhattheydo."Hewashopefulab
outthefutureofthedevils.Hesaid:"Thisreleaseofdevilswillbethefirstof
many.Wearetalkingaboutsomethingmonumental,atruelandmarkin
history."

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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