The Reading / Listening - Dog Tears - Level 3

There is a saying in English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) best friend. Dogs and humans have shared close and loving relationships for thousands of years. Scientists believe the bond between humans and dogs is deeper than we thought. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a period of absence. The scientists conducted a small-scale study on 22 dogs. They tested the behaviour of the dogs. In particular, they looked at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had daily contact with. The scientists said that when the dogs saw their owners, they cried.

The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put strips of paper under the dogs' eyes. They then checked to see if, and when, the dogs cried. The scientists found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven hours of separation, the dogs shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had never heard of the discovery that animals shed tears in joyful situations, such as reuniting with their owners." He added: "Their tears might play a role in the deepening of mutual relationships." He believes the tears may make humans love their dogs more. He said: "It's possible that dogs who show teary eyes during human interaction would be cared for more."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dog Tears - Level 0 Dog Tears - Level 1   or  Dog Tears - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-62645859
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/22/dogs-produce-tears-when-reunited-with-owners-study-finds
  • https://www.salon.com/2022/08/24/dog-tears-joy/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

Warm-ups

1. DOGS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dogs. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       a saying / dog / man / woman / relationship / bond / tears of joy / cry / reunited /
       researchers / paper / dogs' eyes / separation / discovery / love / joyful / interaction
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PETS: Students A strongly believe everyone should have a pet; Students B strongly believe not. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ANIMALS: What are the good and bad things about these animals? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Dogs

 

 

Horses

 

 

Cows

 

 

Foxes

 

 

Koala

 

 

Chimpanzees

 

 

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5. BEST FRIEND: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "best friend". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PET: Rank these with your partner. Put the best pet at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Dog
  • Horse
  • Goldfish
  • Rabbit
  • Cat
  • Snake
  • Hamster
  • Elephant

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. saying a. Found out something for the first time.
      2. relationship b. Happening every day.
      3. bond c. A short, well-known expression which gives advice or wisdom.
      4. discovered d. The feeling that joins people together.
      5. absence e. The way in which two or more people or things are connected or joined.
      6. reunited f. The state of being away from a place, lesson or person.
      7. daily g. Came together again after a period of being apart.

    Paragraph 2

      8. strip h. The action or state of moving or being moved apart.
      9. separation i. To make tears leave the eyes.
      10. shed j. Of a feeling or action experienced or done by each of two or more parties towards the other or others.
      11. joyful k. A long, narrow piece of cloth, paper, plastic, or some other material.
      12. situation l. The way people or things behave with each other.
      13. mutual m. A set of circumstances in which one finds oneself.
      14. interaction n. Very, very, very happy.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. An English saying says cats are man's best friends.     T / F
  2. Dogs and humans have had a relationship for millions of years.     T / F
  3. Scientists conducted a small study involving just 22 dogs.     T / F
  4. Dogs cried when they saw other people they met every day.     T / F
  5. Researchers put paper under the dogs' eyes to know if they cried.     T / F
  6. Dogs cried upon their owner's return even after a five-hour absence.     T / F
  7. A researcher had heard of many dogs crying about many things.     T / F
  8. Dogs' tears might make the human-dog bond stronger.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. friend
  2. relationships
  3. discovered
  4. period
  5. reacted
  6. pieces
  7. checked
  8. joyful
  9. role
  10. cared for
  1. strips
  2. found
  3. behaved
  4. looked after
  5. companion
  6. happy
  7. part
  8. links
  9. time
  10. monitored

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There is a saying
  2. shared close and loving
  3. the bond between humans and dogs
  4. see their owners after a
  5. they looked at how the dogs
  6. put strips of paper under
  7. reunited after five to seven hours
  8. animals shed tears
  9. dogs who show
  10. human
  1. is deeper
  2. in joyful situations
  3. the dogs' eyes
  4. relationships
  5. interaction
  6. reacted
  7. in English
  8. teary eyes
  9. period of absence
  10. of separation

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
scale
deeper
saying
contact
best
period
reacted
close

There is a (1) _____________________ in English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) (2) _____________________ friend. Dogs and humans have shared (3) _____________________ and loving relationships for thousands of years. Scientists believe the bond between humans and dogs is (4) _____________________ than we thought. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a (5) _____________________ of absence. The scientists conducted a small- (6) _____________________ study on 22 dogs. They tested the behaviour of the dogs. In particular, they looked at how the dogs (7) _____________________ when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had daily (8) _____________________ with. The scientists said that when the dogs saw their owners, they cried.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
role
separation
joyful
checked
teary
strips
mutual
discovery

The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put (9) _____________________ of paper under the dogs' eyes. They then (10) _____________________ to see if, and when, the dogs cried. The scientists found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven hours of (11) _____________________, the dogs shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had never heard of the (12) _____________________ that animals shed tears in (13) _____________________ situations, such as reuniting with their owners." He added: "Their tears might play a (14) _____________________ in the deepening of (15) _____________________ relationships." He believes the tears may make humans love their dogs more. He said: "It's possible that dogs who show (16) _____________________ eyes during human interaction would be cared for more."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Dogs and humans have shared close and loving relationships for ______
     a.  thousands of year
     b.  thousands off years
     c.  thousand of years
     d.  thousands of years
2)  cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a ______
     a.  periods of absence
     b.  period off absence
     c.  period of absents
     d.  period of absence
3)  In particular, they looked at how ______
     a.  the dogs reacted
     b.  the dogs react it
     c.  the dogs reaction
     d.  the dogs reacts
4) reunited with their owners and with other people they had ______
     a.  dally contact with
     b.  dilly contact with
     c.  daily contact with
     d.  day lick on tact with
5)  The scientists said that when the dogs saw their ______
     a.  owners, they cried
     b.  owners, they creed
     c.  owners, they cloud
     d.  owners, they keyed

6)  The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put ______
     a.  stripes of paper
     b.  strops of paper
     c.  straps of paper
     d.  strips of paper
7)  humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven ______
     a.  hours oft separation
     b.  hours of separation
     c.  hours off separation
     d.  hour of separation
8)  We had never heard of the discovery that animals shed tears _______
     a.  in joyful situations
     b.  in joyful situation
     c.  in joyful situ a shuns
     d.  in joyful sit you aye shuns
9)  He added: "Their tears might play a role in the deepening ______
     a.  of mutually relationships
     b.  of mute you all relationships
     c.  of mutual relations ships
     d.  of mutual relationships
10)  dogs who show teary eyes during human interaction would be ______
     a.  dared for more
     b.  bared for more
     c.  cared for more
     d.  fared for more

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is (1) ____________________ English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) best friend. Dogs and humans have (2) ____________________ loving relationships for thousands of years. Scientists believe the bond between humans and dogs (3) ____________________ we thought. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a (4) ____________________. The scientists conducted a small-scale study on 22 dogs. They tested the behaviour of the dogs. (5) ____________________ looked at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had (6) ____________________. The scientists said that when the dogs saw their owners, they cried.

The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put strips of paper under (7) ____________________. They then checked to see if, and when, the dogs cried. The scientists found that when the humans and dogs (8) ____________________ five to seven hours of separation, the dogs shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had (9) ____________________ the discovery that animals shed tears in joyful situations, such as reuniting (10) ____________________." He added: "Their tears might play a role in the deepening of mutual relationships." He believes the tears may (11) ____________________ their dogs more. He said: "It's possible that dogs who show teary eyes during human interaction would be (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who does the article say are men and women's best friends?
  2. What do scientists think is deeper between dogs and humans?
  3. How many dogs were used in the study?
  4. Who did scientists test dogs with besides their owners?
  5. What did the dogs do after seeing their owners after an absence?
  6. What did the researchers put under the dogs' eyes?
  7. After how many hours' separation did the dogs cry?
  8. Who is Takefumi Kikusui?
  9. What might deepen mutual relations between dogs and humans?
  10. What might happen to dogs if they are more teary eyed?

Multiple choice quiz

1) Who does the article say are men and women's best friends?
a) dogs
b) cats
c) each other
d) high school friends
2) What do scientists think is deeper between dogs and humans?
a) mistrust
b) trust
c) the bond
d) tunnels
3) How many dogs were used in the study?
a) 33
b) 22
c) 44
d) 55
4) Who did scientists test dogs with besides their owners?
a) postal workers
b) other dog owners
c) other scientists
d) people they had daily contact with
5)  What did the dogs do after seeing their owners after an absence?
a) cry
b) bark
c) sleep
d) wag their tails

6) What did the researchers put under the dogs' eyes?
a) huge pieces of steak
b) monitors
c) mascara
d) strips of paper
7) After how many hours' separation did the dogs cry?
a) three
b) five to seven
c) just one
d) 25
8) Who is Takefumi Kikusui?
a) a dog expert
b) a dog breeder
c) a dog owner
d) a researcher
9) What might deepen mutual relations between dogs and humans?
a) long conversations
b) separation
c) dogs' tears
d) truth or dare tests
10) What might happen to dogs if they are more teary eyed?
a) they might need glasses
b) they might be cared for more
c) they will become sad
d) they will bark a lot

Role play

Role  A – Dog
You think a dog is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a goldfish, a hamster or a horse.

Role  B – Goldfish
You think a goldfish is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a dog, a hamster or a horse.

Role  C – Hamster
You think a hamster is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a goldfish, a dog or a horse.

Role  D – Horse
You think a horse is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): a goldfish, a hamster or a dog.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'dog'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'tears'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • saying
    • close
    • bond
    • period
    • particular
    • daily
    • paper
    • seven
    • heard
    • role
    • love
    • cared

    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 - Dog Tears

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'dog'?
    3. Is a dog a man's best friend?
    4. What do you think of dogs?
    5. Which is the best word, pet or companion?
    6. Why do dogs and humans have such close relationships?
    7. What are the good things about dogs as pets?
    8. Do you think dogs cry tears of joy?
    9. Have you ever cried tears of joy?
    10. What makes you cry?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'tears'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are the good things about dogs as pets?
    5. What other animals might cry?
    6. Why do we cry?
    7. What joyful situations have you experienced recently?
    8. What do you think of dogs' eyes?
    9. Which make the best pets, dogs or cats?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________

    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There is a (1) ____ in English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) best friend. Dogs and humans have shared close and (2) ____ relationships for thousands of years. Scientists believe the bond between humans and dogs is deeper than we (3) ____. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a period (4) ____ absence. The scientists conducted a small-scale study on 22 dogs. They tested the behaviour of the dogs. In particular, they looked at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had (5) ____ contact with. The scientists said that when the dogs saw (6) ____ owners, they cried.

    The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put (7) ____ of paper under the dogs' eyes. They then checked to see if, and (8) ____, the dogs cried. The scientists found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven hours (9) ____ separation, the dogs shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had never heard of the discovery that animals (10) ____ tears in joyful situations, such as reuniting with their owners." He added: "Their tears might play a role in the (11) ____ of mutual relationships." He believes the tears may make humans love their dogs more. He said: "It's possible that dogs who show (12) ____ eyes during human interaction would be cared for more."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     say     (b)     said     (c)     saying     (d)     says    
    2. (a)     loving     (b)     loved     (c)     love     (d)     loves    
    3. (a)     thought     (b)     thinks     (c)     thinking     (d)     thinker    
    4. (a)     of     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     days     (b)     daily     (c)     day     (d)     date    
    6. (a)     there     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     their    
    7. (a)     stripes     (b)     straps     (c)     strips     (d)     strops    
    8. (a)     who     (b)     which     (c)     while     (d)     when    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     as     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     shed     (b)     hut     (c)     cabin     (d)     cave    
    11. (a)     deep end     (b)     deepening     (c)     depend     (d)     deepen    
    12. (a)     starry     (b)     misty     (c)     teary     (d)     crossed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. There is a ayisng in English
    2. close and loving tenplaisisorh
    3. after a period of ecsbnea
    4. The scientists cnotucded a small-scale study
    5. the aorhbieuv of the dogs
    6. people they had daily ttncoca with

    Paragraph 2

    1. istsrp of paper
    2. five to seven hours of patsraneoi
    3. We had never heard of the vdecoisyr
    4. animals shed tears in uyfjlo situations
    5. tears might play a rloe
    6. during human rioatcinent

    Put the text back together

    (...)  between humans and dogs is deeper than we thought. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears
    (...)  humans have shared close and loving relationships for thousands of years. Scientists believe the bond
    1  ) There is a saying in English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) best friend. Dogs and
    (...)  five to seven hours of separation, the dogs shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had never heard
    (...)  contact with. The scientists said that when the dogs saw their owners, they cried.
    (...)  relationships." He believes the tears may make humans love their dogs more. He said: "It's possible
    (...)  owners." He added: "Their tears might play a role in the deepening of mutual
    (...)  of the discovery that animals shed tears in joyful situations, such as reuniting with their
    (...)  that dogs who show teary eyes during human interaction would be cared for more."
    (...)  on 22 dogs. They tested the behaviour of the dogs. In particular, they looked
    (...)  eyes. They then checked to see if, and when, the dogs cried. The scientists found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after
    (...)  of joy when they see their owners after a period of absence. The scientists conducted a small-scale study
    (...)  at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had daily
    (...)  The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put strips of paper under the dogs'

    Put the words in the right order

    1. humans   shared   Dogs   have   loving   and   relationships   .
    2. and   dogs   deeper   .   The   is   bond   humans   between
    3. owners   a   after   their   absence   .   period   of   See
    4. they   were   reacted   the   when   How   dogs   reunited   .
    5. the   their   saw   dogs   they   owners,   cried   .   When
    6. strips   dogs'   under   of   Put   the   paper   eyes   .
    7. hours   .   seven   were   dogs   reunited   and   Humans   after
    8. of   relationships   .   role   a   the   deepening   Play   in
    9. humans   make   Tears   dogs   their   may   love   more   .
    10. interaction   .   eyes   Dogs   show   who   teary   during   human

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There is a saying / say in English that says a dog is a man's (and woman's) best friend. Dogs and humans have cared / shared close and loving relationships for thousands / thousand of years. Scientists believe the bond / band between humans and dogs is deeper than we thinking / thought. The scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy / dog when they see their owners after a period on / of absence. The scientists conducted a small-scale study on 22 dogs. They tested the behave / behaviour of the dogs. In particular, they looked at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had days / daily contact with. The scientists said that when the dogs saw / seen their owners, they cried.

    The researchers, from Azabu University and Jichi Medical University, put strips / stripes of paper under the dogs' eyes. They then chuckled / checked to see if, and when, the dogs cried. The scientists fond / found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven hours of / at separation, the dogs cave / shed tears. Researcher Takefumi Kikusui said: "We had never heard of the discover / discovery that animals shed tears in joyful situations, such as reuniting with their owners." He added / subtracted: "Their tears might play a roll / role in the deepening of mutual relationships." He believes the tears may make humane / humans love their dogs more. He said: "It's possible that dogs who show teary / tear eyes during human interaction would be cared for more."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there is a saying in english that says a dog is a mans and womans best friend dogs and humans have shared close and loving relationships for thousands of years scientists believe the bond between humans and dogs is deeper than we thought the scientists discovered that dogs cry tears of joy when they see their owners after a period of absence the scientists conducted a smallscale study on 22 dogs they tested the behaviour of the dogs in particular they looked at how the dogs reacted when they were reunited with their owners and with other people they had daily contact with the scientists said that when the dogs saw their owners they cried

    the researchers from azabu university and jichi medical university put strips of paper under the dogs eyes they then checked to see if and when the dogs cried the scientists found that when the humans and dogs were reunited after five to seven hours of separation the dogs shed tears researcher takefumi kikusui said we had never heard of the discovery that animals shed tears in joyful situations such as reuniting with their owners he added their tears might play a role in the deepening of mutual relationships he believes the tears may make humans love their dogs more he said its possible that dogs who show teary eyes during human interaction would be cared for more

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    ThereisasayinginEnglishthatsaysadogisaman's(andwoman's)bestfr
    iend.Dogsandhumanshavesharedcloseandlovingrelationshipsforth
    ousandsofyears.Scientistsbelievethebondbetweenhumansanddogsi
    sdeeperthanwethought.Thescientistsdiscoveredthatdogscrytearsof
    joywhentheyseetheirownersafteraperiodofabsence.Thescientistsco
    nductedasmall-scalestudyon22dogs.Theytestedthebehaviourofth
    edogs.Inparticular,theylookedathowthedogsreactedwhentheywere
    reunitedwiththeirownersandwithotherpeopletheyhaddailycontactwi
    th.Thescientistssaidthatwhenthedogssawtheirowners,theycried.Th
    eresearchers,fromAzabuUniversityandJichiMedicalUniversity,putstr
    ipsofpaperunderthedogs'eyes.Theythencheckedtoseeif,andwhen,t
    hedogscried.Thescientistsfoundthatwhenthehumansanddogswerer
    eunitedafterfivetosevenhoursofseparation,thedogsshedtears.Rese
    archerTakefumiKikusuisaid:"Wehadneverheardofthediscoverythat
    animalsshedtearsinjoyfulsituations,suchasreunitingwiththeirowner
    s."Headded:"Theirtearsmightplayaroleinthedeepeningofmutualrela
    tionships."Hebelievesthetearsmaymakehumanslovetheirdogsmore
    .Hesaid:"It'spossiblethatdogswhoshowtearyeyesduringhumaninter
    actionwouldbecaredformore."

    Free writing

    Write about dog tears for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The dog-human relationship is the best among all animals. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. DOGS: Make a poster about dogs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. COMPANIONS: Write a magazine article about everyone having a dog as a companion. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on dogs. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to keep dogs very, very, very happy. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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