The Reading / Listening - Dog Diet - Level 1

Wolfgang the dog had to go on a diet. He was three times heavier than normal. This was unhealthy. He risked getting diseases. His owner overfed him and then abandoned him at an animal shelter. Many customers came to the shelter. No one took Wolfgang because he was so big. Then, a dog lover came to the rescue. She looked at Wolfgang and it was love at first sight. She took the overweight beagle home and put him on a diet to lose weight.



Wolfgang is now doing well. He has only 600 calories a day. He swims, goes on walks and exercises every day. He is losing weight. His new owner is very happy with him. She said: "His personality shines through. He's just such a nice dog. It's so hard to say no to that face." She makes his food. He eats turkey and vegetables. Beagles usually weigh around 13kgs, but Wolfgang weighed 40kgs. He now has his own Instagram account. He has 37,000 followers.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog Diet - Level 0 Dog Diet - Level 2   or  Dog Diet - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.insideedition.com/this-once-90-pound-beagle-is-nailing-his-weight-loss-journey-57482
  • https://www.azfamily.com/news/weight-loss-with-wolfgang---obese-beagle-in-phoenix-goes-on-doggie-diet/article_fc472a8a-87bc-11e9-8349-3f446f8adf46.html
  • https://www.fox29.com/news/meet-wolfgang-overweight-beagle-on-weight-loss-journey-walks-a-mile-to-celebrate-birthday


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. He was three times heavier
  2. His owner overfed
  3. abandoned him at
  4. Many customers
  5. a dog lover came
  6. it was love
  7. She took the overweight
  8. put him on a diet
  1. at first sight
  2. an animal shelter
  3. to lose weight
  4. to the rescue
  5. him
  6. beagle home
  7. came to the shelter
  8. than normal

Paragraph 2

  1. Wolfgang is now
  2. walks and exercises
  3. His new owner is very
  4. He's just such
  5. He eats
  6. Beagles usually weigh
  7. He now has his own Instagram
  8. He has 37,000
  1. turkey
  2. account
  3. every day
  4. followers
  5. happy with him
  6. a nice dog
  7. doing well
  8. around 13kgs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Wolfgang the dog had to go (1) ___________________. He was three times (2) ___________________. This was unhealthy. He risked getting diseases. His (3) ___________________ and then abandoned him at an animal shelter. Many customers came to the shelter. No one took Wolfgang because he (4) ___________________. Then, a dog lover came to the rescue. She looked at Wolfgang and it was love (5) ___________________. She took the overweight beagle home and put him on a (6) ___________________ weight.

Wolfgang is (7) ___________________. He has only 600 calories a day. He swims, (8) ___________________ and exercises every day. He is losing weight. His new owner is very happy with him. She said: "(9) ___________________ through. He's just such a nice dog. It's so hard to (10) ___________________ that face." She makes his food. He (11) ___________________ vegetables. Beagles usually weigh around 13kgs, but Wolfgang weighed 40kgs. He now (12) ___________________ Instagram account. He has 37,000 followers.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wolfgangthedoghadtogoonadiet.Hewasthreetimesheavierthannor
mal.Thiswasunhealthy.Heriskedgettingdiseases.Hisowneroverfedhi
mandthenabandonedhimatananimalshelter.Manycustomerscamet
otheshelter.NoonetookWolfgangbecausehewassobig.Then,adoglov
ercametotherescue.ShelookedatWolfganganditwasloveatfirstsight.
Shetooktheoverweightbeaglehomeandputhimonadiettoloseweight.
Wolfgangisnowdoingwell.Hehasonly600caloriesaday.Heswims,goe
sonwalksandexerciseseveryday.Heislosingweight.Hisnewownerisv
eryhappywithhim.Shesaid:"Hispersonalityshinesthrough.He'sjusts
uchanicedog.It'ssohardtosaynotothatface."Shemakeshisfood.Heea
tsturkeyandvegetables.Beaglesusuallyweigharound13kgs,butWolf
gangweighed40kgs.HenowhashisownInstagramaccount.Hehas37,
000followers.

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.

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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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