Two pandas in Vienna

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Only once a year, the mating season for pandas happens. The females are only able to get pregnant for two or three days in a year, which makes getting pregnant difficult.

(P2) In a zoo in Vienna, Austria, two pandas mated a few times, which is a rare event in a zoo. The zoo filmed the act and released the video.

(P3) The length of a panda’s pregnancy is up to 163 days, so the zoo must wait to see if the mating was a success.

WORDS: 84

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/two-pandas-in-vienna-level-2/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Have you ever seen a Panda in real life? Where?
  3. Do you like going to zoos? Why or why not?
  4. Do you like animals? If so, which ones?
  5. Do you have zoos in your country? Which cities?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Mating season (P1)
  • Getting pregnant (P1)
  • Filmed the act (P2)
  • Up to (P3)

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Image Source: By Chi King, CC BY 2.0  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pandas!!_(GIANT_PANDA-WOLONG-SICHUAN-CHINA)_(2150603391).jpg

Sleep with sharks

[Travel News ★]

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(P1) Do you use Airbnb? If so, you can win a prize. You can win a stay in a special room. This room is see-through and it is in a tank.

(P2) The tank is ten meters deep in the water. There are 35 sharks in the tank. You can see them very well. The room is in Paris.

WORDS: 57

Source: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/sleep-with-sharks-level-1/

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

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.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Are you afraid of sharks? Why or why not?
  3. Would you stay in this room? Why or why not?
  4. Have you ever won a prize? If so, what did you win?
  5. Do you like to swim in the ocean/sea where sharks live? Why or why not?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Airbnb – app (P1)
  • Ten meters deep (P2)

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Image Source: By Albert kok – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6699558