(P1) This news is about Bewick’s swans. These swans migrate every year. They fly from the Russian Arctic to Britain. This is 7,242 kilometers across 11 countries.
(P2) There are fewer swans now than in the past. People shoot the swans. Sometimes, the swans hit power lines. However, these threats are not so bad. There must be something else.
(P3) One woman wants to find out. She flies a paramotor with the swans.
VOCABULARY: migrate, fewer, shoot, power lines, threats, paramotor
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Would you like to fly like a bird? Why or why not?
- Why do you think people shoot the swans?
- Would you fly in a paramotor? Why or why not?
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
- What type of a swan is it?
- The swans start their trip in Britain. (T or F)
- How far do they fly?
- The swans sometimes die because they hit electrical wires. (T or F)
- What does the woman use to fly with the swans?
EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:
What do the following expressions or phrases mean?
- every year (P1)
- across 11 countries (P1)
- in the past (P2)
- find out (P3)
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