The Reading / Listening - Elephants - Level 4

Fifteen elephants are approaching the Chinese city of Kunming. They have travelled 500km from their habitat in a nature reserve near the borders with Myanmar and Laos. They are nearing the outskirts of the city of 6.6 million people. They have travelled along highways and through farms over the past few months. They have feasted on kilos of corn and other crops from fields. Their journey has captivated the Chinese public.

Experts are setting up barriers to get the elephants to go back towards their nature reserve. No one knows why the animals walked so far. One reason could be a decline in the amount of edible plants in their reserve, especially supplies of their favourite foods. Another reason could be a rise in their numbers, from 193 in the 1980s to around 300 today. A further possibility is that the elephants' leader could have led them astray.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Elephants - Level 5 or  Elephants - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/herd-wild-elephants-china-yunnan-kunming-14932630
  • http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/202106/04/WS60b96024a31024ad0bac37b5.html
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/china-elephants-herd-mammoth-500km-165856650.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. elephants are approaching
  2. near the borders with
  3. nearing the outskirts
  4. They have travelled
  5. over the
  6. They have feasted on
  7. other crops
  8. captivated the Chinese
  1. kilos of corn
  2. of the city
  3. from the fields
  4. past few months
  5. public
  6. along highways
  7. the Chinese city
  8. Myanmar and Laos

Paragraph 2

  1. setting up
  2. nature
  3. why the animals
  4. a decline in the amount
  5. especially supplies of
  6. a rise in their
  7. A further
  8. led them
  1. of edible plants
  2. numbers
  3. reserve
  4. astray
  5. barriers
  6. their favourite foods
  7. walked so far
  8. possibility

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Fifteen elephants (1) ___________________ Chinese city of Kunming. They have travelled 500km (2) ___________________ in a nature reserve near (3) ___________________ Myanmar and Laos. They are nearing the (4) ___________________ city of 6.6 million people. They have travelled along highways and through farms over the past few months. They have (5) ___________________ of corn and other crops from fields. Their journey (6) ___________________ Chinese public.

Experts are (7) ___________________ to get the elephants to go back towards (8) ___________________. No one knows why the animals walked so far. One reason could (9) ___________________ in the amount of edible plants in their reserve, (10) ___________________ the their favourite foods. Another reason could be (11) ___________________ their numbers, from 193 in the 1980s to around 300 today. A further possibility is that the elephants' leader could have (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FifteenelephantsareapproachingtheChinesecityofKunming.Theyha
vetravelled500kmfromtheirhabitatinanaturereserveneartheborder
swithMyanmarandLaos.Theyarenearingtheoutskirtsofthecityof6.6
millionpeople.Theyhavetravelledalonghighwaysandthroughfarmso
verthepastfewmonths.Theyhavefeastedonkilosofcornandothercrop
sfromfields.TheirjourneyhascaptivatedtheChinesepublic.Expertsar
esettingupbarrierstogettheelephantstogobacktowardstheirnaturer
eserve.Nooneknowswhytheanimalswalkedsofar.Onereasoncouldbe
adeclineintheamountofedibleplantsintheirreserve,especiallysupplie
softheirfavouritefoods.Anotherreasoncouldbeariseintheirnumbers,f
rom193inthe1980stoaround300today.Afurtherpossibilityisthatthee
lephants'leadercouldhaveledthemastray.

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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