The Reading / Listening - Orchids - Level 4

People think orchids epitomise beauty. These delicate and fragrant blooms are often in the centre of floral displays. However, botanists have just decided on the world's ugliest orchid. It was found last year in Madagascar. One saving grace for this orchid is its smell. The scientists say it has a beautiful rose-like fragrance. There are over 25,000 species of orchid, so it is likely that one or two might not be so beautiful.



A researcher described the "ugly" orchid as being, "not very attractive" and "fleshy looking". Scientists are excited because there could be more hiding in the forests not yet discovered. The bad news is that the new orchid is already on the endangered list. Another researcher warned of a "bleak reality". He said: "With two in five plants threatened with extinction, it is a race against time to find, identify, name, and conserve plants before they disappear."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Orchids - Level 5 or  Orchids - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/botanists-have-finally-found-it-the-ugliest-orchid-in-the-world
  • https://nerdist.com/article/royal-botanical-gardens-ugliest-orchid/
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/worlds-ugliest-orchid_n_5fdbb7b6c5b6aa861e5ce58d


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. People think orchids epitomise
  2. delicate and fragrant
  3. the centre of floral
  4. botanists have
  5. One saving
  6. a beautiful rose-
  7. 25,000 species
  8. one or two might not
  1. grace
  2. displays
  3. be so beautiful
  4. beauty
  5. just decided
  6. of orchid
  7. blooms
  8. like fragrance

Paragraph 2

  1. not very attractive and fleshy
  2. not yet
  3. already on the endangered
  4. warned of a bleak
  5. two in
  6. threatened with
  7. it is a race against
  8. conserve plants before
  1. time
  2. list
  3. five plants
  4. they disappear
  5. discovered
  6. looking
  7. extinction
  8. reality

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ beauty. These delicate and fragrant blooms are often in the centre (2) ___________________. However, botanists have (3) ___________________ the world's ugliest orchid. It was found last year in Madagascar. One (4) ___________________ this orchid is its smell. The scientists say it (5) ___________________ rose-like fragrance. There are over 25,000 species of orchid, so it (6) ___________________ one or two might not be so beautiful.

A researcher described the "ugly" orchid as being, "(7) ___________________" and "fleshy looking". Scientists are excited because there could (8) ___________________ in the forests not yet discovered. The (9) ___________________ that the new orchid is already on the endangered list. Another researcher warned of (10) ___________________. He said: "With (11) ___________________ plants threatened with extinction, it is a race against time to find, identify, name, (12) ___________________ before they disappear."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplethinkorchidsepitomisebeauty.Thesedelicateandfragrantbloo
msareofteninthecentreoffloraldisplays.However,botanistshavejust
decidedontheworld'sugliestorchid.ItwasfoundlastyearinMadagasca
r.Onesavinggraceforthisorchidisitssmell.Thescientistssayithasabea
utifulrose-likefragrance.Thereareover25,000speciesoforchid,soit
islikelythatoneortwomightnotbesobeautiful.Aresearcherdescribedt
he"ugly"orchidasbeing,"notveryattractive"and"fleshylooking".Scie
ntistsareexcitedbecausetherecouldbemorehidingintheforestsnotyet
discovered.Thebadnewsisthattheneworchidisalreadyontheendange
redlist.Anotherresearcherwarnedofa"bleakreality".Hesaid:"Withtw
oinfiveplantsthreatenedwithextinction,itisaraceagainsttimetofind,i
dentify,name,andconserveplantsbeforetheydisappear."

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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