The Reading / Listening - Tasmanian Devils - Level 2

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



A conservation group worked on the project to release the Tasmanian devils. They are on a nature reserve to help their chances of survival. They have to find their own food and survive by themselves. The group's president told National Geographic: "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 1   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. on Australia's
  2. put them in a large nature
  3. The Tasmanian devil is the size
  4. It has been endangered
  5. wiped them
  6. the fierce way it fights
  7. It has a scary-sounding
  8. experts say it is not a
  1. for food
  2. for decades
  3. danger to humans
  4. east coast
  5. reserve
  6. name
  7. out
  8. of a small dog

Paragraph 2

  1. A conservation group worked
  2. a nature
  3. help their chances
  4. keeping an eye
  5. He was hopeful about
  6. the first of
  7. We are talking about something
  8. a true landmark
  1. on them
  2. monumental
  3. reserve
  4. in history
  5. on the project
  6. of survival
  7. many
  8. the future

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Tasmanian devil has (1) ___________________ the Australian mainland in over 3,000 years, but it is back. Conservation groups on Australia's (2) ___________________ a group of 26 of the devils. They put them in a large nature reserve north of Sydney. The Tasmanian devil is (3) ___________________ a small dog. It eats large birds and household waste. It has been endangered for decades after an Australian (4) ___________________ them out on the mainland. The devil (5) ___________________ from its high-pitched sound and the fierce way it fights for food. It has a scary-sounding name, but experts say it is not (6) ___________________ humans.

A conservation group worked on the (7) ___________________ the Tasmanian devils. They are on a (8) ___________________ help their chances of survival. They have to find their own food and (9) ___________________. The group's president told National Geographic: "They are free....We've got some basic means of keeping an eye on them, but essentially, now (10) ___________________ 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 (11) ___________________. We are talking about something monumental, a true (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheTasmaniandevilhasnotlivedontheAustralianmainlandinover3,00
0years,butitisback.ConservationgroupsonAustralia'seastcoastrelea
sedagroupof26ofthedevils.Theyputtheminalargenaturereservenort
hofSydney.TheTasmaniandevilisthesizeofasmalldog.Iteatslargebir
dsandhouseholdwaste.IthasbeenendangeredfordecadesafteranAus
tralianwilddogwipedthemoutonthemainland.Thedevilgetsitsnamefr
omitshigh-pitchedsoundandthefiercewayitfightsforfood.Ithasasc
ary-soundingname,butexpertssayitisnotadangertohumans.Acons
ervationgroupworkedontheprojecttoreleasetheTasmaniandevils.Th
eyareonanaturereservetohelptheirchancesofsurvival.Theyhavetofi
ndtheirownfoodandsurvivebythemselves.Thegroup'spresidenttold
NationalGeographic:"Theyarefree....We'vegotsomebasicmeansofk
eepinganeyeonthem,butessentially,nowit'sovertothedevilstodowha
ttheydo."Hewashopefulaboutthefutureofthedevils.Hesaid:"Thisrele
aseofdevilswillbethefirstofmany.Wearetalkingaboutsomethingmon
umental,atruelandmarkinhistory."

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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Free writing

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