The Reading / Listening - Dog Diet - Level 2

A dog named Wolfgang had to go on a diet. He was three times heavier than normal. This was dangerous for his health. He risked having many diseases and problems. Wolfgang the beagle was left at an animal shelter. His owner overfed him and then abandoned him. Many visitors came to the shelter for a dog. No one took Wolfgang because he was so big. Then, dog lover Erin McManus came to the rescue. She looked at Wolfgang and it was love at first sight. She took the overweight dog home and decided to help him lose weight. She put him on a diet.



Wolfgang is now doing very well. He is limited to 600 calories a day. He swims in the pool every day, goes on walks, and exercises on a treadmill. The weight is falling off him. Ms McManus is very happy with his progress. She makes his food. He eats turkey, vegetables and some supplements. Beagles usually weigh around 13kgs, but Wolfgang weighed 40kgs. He has 37,000 followers on his own Instagram account. McManus said: "His personality shines through. He's just such a nice dog. It's so hard to say no to that face." One fan on Instagram wrote: "That boy touches my heart."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog Diet - Level 0 Dog Diet - Level 1   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. the beagle was left at
  3. His owner
  4. No one took Wolfgang because
  5. dog lover Erin McManus came to
  6. it was love
  7. decided to help him lose
  8. She put him
  1. weight
  2. overfed him
  3. on a diet
  4. an animal shelter
  5. at first sight
  6. he was so big
  7. the rescue
  8. than normal

Paragraph 2

  1. Wolfgang is now
  2. He is limited to 600
  3. He swims in the pool
  4. The weight is
  5. Ms McManus is very happy
  6. His personality
  7. It's so hard to say no
  8. That boy touches
  1. shines through
  2. every day
  3. my heart
  4. with his progress
  5. to that face
  6. falling off him
  7. doing very well
  8. calories a day

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A dog named Wolfgang (1) ___________________ on a diet. He was three times (2) ___________________. This was dangerous for his health. He risked having (3) ___________________ problems. Wolfgang the beagle was left at an animal shelter. His owner overfed him and (4) ___________________. Many visitors came to the shelter for a dog. No one took Wolfgang because he was so big. Then, dog lover Erin McManus came (5) ___________________. She looked at Wolfgang and it was love at first sight. She took the overweight dog home and (6) ___________________ him lose weight. She put him on a diet.

Wolfgang is now doing very well. He (7) ___________________ 600 calories a day. He swims in (8) ___________________ day, goes on walks, and exercises on a treadmill. The weight is falling off him. Ms McManus is very happy (9) ___________________. She makes his food. He eats turkey, vegetables and some supplements. Beagles (10) ___________________ 13kgs, but Wolfgang weighed 40kgs. He has 37,000 followers on his own Instagram account. McManus said: "His personality shines through. He's (11) ___________________ nice dog. It's so hard to say no to that face." One fan on Instagram wrote: "That boy (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AdognamedWolfganghadtogoonadiet.Hewasthreetimesheaviertha
nnormal.Thiswasdangerousforhishealth.Heriskedhavingmanydisea
sesandproblems.Wolfgangthebeaglewasleftatananimalshelter.Hiso
wneroverfedhimandthenabandonedhim.Manyvisitorscametotheshe
lterforadog.NoonetookWolfgangbecausehewassobig.Then,doglove
rErinMcManuscametotherescue.ShelookedatWolfganganditwaslove
atfirstsight.Shetooktheoverweightdoghomeanddecidedtohelphimlo
seweight.Sheputhimonadiet.Wolfgangisnowdoingverywell.Heislimi
tedto600caloriesaday.Heswimsinthepooleveryday,goesonwalks,an
dexercisesonatreadmill.Theweightisfallingoffhim.MsMcManusisver
yhappywithhisprogress.Shemakeshisfood.Heeatsturkey,vegetable
sandsomesupplements.Beaglesusuallyweigharound13kgs,butWolf
gangweighed40kgs.Hehas37,000followersonhisownInstagramacco
unt.McManussaid:"Hispersonalityshinesthrough.He'sjustsuchanice
dog.It'ssohardtosaynotothatface."OnefanonInstagramwrote:"That
boytouchesmyheart."

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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Answers

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