The Reading / Listening - Elephants - Level 5

A herd of 15 Asian elephants, including three calves, is approaching the Chinese city of Kunming. The animals have trekked 500km from their habitat in a nature reserve near the borders with Myanmar and Laos. The elephants are near the outskirts of the city of 6.6 million people. They have travelled along highways and through farms over the past few months. A Chinese TV station said that over the past week, the animals guzzled down water from a farm's water tank and feasted on kilos of corn and other crops. Their journey has been captivating the Chinese public.



Experts are now trying to keep the herd away from Kunming city. They are setting up barriers to get it to go back towards the nature reserve. No one knows why the animals walked so far away from their original habitat. One reason could be a decline in the amount of edible plants in their reserve, especially supplies of their favourite foods, like plume grass. Another reason could be a rise in numbers in the wild elephant population in the area, from 193 in the 1980s to around 300 today. A further possibility is that the leader of the herd could have led it astray.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Elephants - Level 4 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. A herd
  2. The animals have trekked
  3. a nature
  4. near the borders
  5. near the outskirts
  6. the animals guzzled
  7. feasted on
  8. captivating the
  1. kilos of corn
  2. with Myanmar and Laos
  3. of the city
  4. of 15 Asian elephants
  5. Chinese public
  6. reserve
  7. down water
  8. 500km

Paragraph 2

  1. keep the herd away
  2. They are setting
  3. the animals walked so
  4. edible
  5. supplies
  6. a rise in numbers in the
  7. A further
  8. led it
  1. astray
  2. possibility
  3. wild elephant population
  4. from Kunming city
  5. up barriers
  6. of their favourite foods
  7. far away
  8. plants

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A herd of 15 Asian elephants, (1) ___________________, is approaching the Chinese city of Kunming. The animals have trekked 500km from (2) ___________________ a nature reserve near the borders with Myanmar and Laos. The elephants are near (3) ___________________ of the city of 6.6 million people. They have travelled along highways and through farms (4) ___________________ few months. A Chinese TV station said that over the past week, the animals (5) ___________________ from a farm's water tank and feasted on kilos of corn and other crops. Their journey has (6) ___________________ Chinese public.

Experts are now trying to keep (7) ___________________ from Kunming city. They are setting (8) ___________________ get it to go back towards the nature reserve. No one knows why the animals walked so far away from (9) ___________________. One reason could be a decline in the amount (10) ___________________ in their reserve, especially supplies of their favourite foods, like plume grass. Another reason could (11) ___________________ in numbers in the wild elephant population in the area, from 193 in the 1980s to around 300 today. A further possibility is that the leader of the herd could have (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Aherdof15Asianelephants,includingthreecalves,isapproachingtheC
hinesecityofKunming.Theanimalshavetrekked500kmfromtheirhabi
tatinanaturereserveneartheborderswithMyanmarandLaos.Theelep
hantsareneartheoutskirtsofthecityof6.6millionpeople.Theyhavetra
velledalonghighwaysandthroughfarmsoverthepastfewmonths.AChi
neseTVstationsaidthatoverthepastweek,theanimalsguzzleddownw
aterfromafarm'swatertankandfeastedonkilosofcornandothercrops.
TheirjourneyhasbeencaptivatingtheChinesepublic.Expertsarenowtr
yingtokeeptheherdawayfromKunmingcity.Theyaresettingupbarrier
stogetittogobacktowardsthenaturereserve.Nooneknowswhytheani
malswalkedsofarawayfromtheiroriginalhabitat.Onereasoncouldbea
declineintheamountofedibleplantsintheirreserve,especiallysupplies
oftheirfavouritefoods,likeplumegrass.Anotherreasoncouldbearisein
numbersinthewildelephantpopulationinthearea,from193inthe1980
stoaround300today.Afurtherpossibilityisthattheleaderoftheherdco
uldhaveleditastray.

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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