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The Chicken-Fearing Tigers (24 November, 2009)

Zoo-keepers at a zoo in China are worried their tigers are too tame. In fact, they are so tame that they are afraid of their dinner – chickens. Feeding time for the tigers is a scary occasion. The keepers throw in live chickens for the big cats to eat, but the tigers stay away from them. One worker said: “The tigers were so scared that they wouldn't go near them. One chicken passed out and the tigers did eventually go towards it, but then it woke up and made a noise so the tigers ran away." The tigers have lost the ability to hunt.

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Imagine a tiger being afraid of a chicken. I wonder if the chickens are scared of the tiger. It would be funny if a chicken found out the tigers were frightened. It could have a lot of fun chasing the tiger. That would make people at the zoo laugh. On the other hand, it might not. Tigers don’t belong in zoos. It sounds like the zoo has harmed the tigers. It is not right that a tiger should be scared of a chicken. The zoo should take the tigers back to the wild. But they should go to a jungle where there are no chickens.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

their tigers are too

a.

passed out

2

they are afraid

b.

time for the tigers

3.

Feeding

c.

tame

4.

live chickens for

d.

hunt

5.

One chicken

e.

of their dinner

6.

the ability to

f.

the big cats

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I wonder

a.

a lot of fun

2

It could have

b.

back to the wild

3.

On the other

c.

in zoos

4.

Tigers don’t belong

d.

if the chickens are scared

5.

the zoo has harmed

e.

hand

6.

take the tigers

f.

the tigers


LISTENING GAP FILL

Zoo-keepers _____________ China are worried their tigers are too tame. In fact, they are so tame that they are afraid _______________ – chickens. Feeding time for the tigers is a scary occasion. The keepers throw in live chickens _______________ to eat, but the tigers stay away from them. One worker said: “The tigers were so scared that they wouldn't _______________. One chicken passed out and the tigers did eventually go towards it, but then it woke up and _____________ so the tigers ran away." The tigers have _______________ to hunt.

Imagine a tiger being afraid of a chicken. _____________ chickens are scared of the tiger. It ______________ if a chicken found out the tigers were frightened. It could have a lot of fun chasing the tiger. ________________ people at the zoo laugh. On the other hand, it might not. Tigers _______________ zoos. It sounds like the zoo ______________ tigers. It is not right that a tiger should be scared of a chicken. The zoo should take the tigers back to the wild. But they ______________ jungle where there are no chickens.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Zoo-keepers at a zoo in China are (1) ____ their tigers are too tame. In fact, they are so tame that they are afraid of their (2) ____ – chickens. Feeding time for the tigers is a scary occasion. The keepers throw in live chickens for the big cats to eat, but the tigers stay (3) ____ from them. One worker said: “The tigers were so scared that they wouldn't go near them. One chicken passed (4) ____ and the tigers did eventually go towards it, but then it woke up and made a noise so the tigers ran away." The tigers have lost the (5) ____ to hunt.

Imagine a tiger being afraid of a chicken. I (6) ____ if the chickens are scared of the tiger. It would be funny if a chicken found (7) ____ the tigers were frightened. It could have a lot of fun chasing the tiger. That would make people at the zoo laugh. On the other (8) ____, it might not. Tigers don’t belong in zoos. It sounds like the zoo has harmed the tigers. It is not (9) ____ that a tiger should be scared of a chicken. The zoo should take the tigers back to the (10) ____. But they should go to a jungle where there are no chickens.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

worries

(b)

worry

(c)

worried

2.

(a)

dinner

(b)

diners

(c)

dining

3.

(a)

stay

(b)

staying

(c)

stays

4.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

up

5.

(a)

able

(b)

ability

(c)

capable

6.

(a)

wander

(b)

wonderful

(c)

wonder

7.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

in

8.

(a)

foot

(b)

leg

(c)

hand

9.

(a)

left

(b)

right

(c)

middle

10.

(a)

tame

(b)

house-trained

(c)

wild


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

tigers are too tmae

2.

they are radiaf of their dinner

3.

eegidFn time

4.

so sdrace

5.

go rsatdwo it

6.

tigers have lost the byiiatl

 

Paragraph 2

7.

I drnwoe

8.

gainhsc the tiger

9.

On the rtoeh hand

10.

drmaeh the tigers

11.

It is not htrig

12.

go to a nlugej


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

chickens for the big cats to eat, but the tigers stay away from them. One worker said: “The tigers were so scared

(    )

has harmed the tigers. It is not right that a tiger should be scared of a chicken. The zoo should

(    )

that they wouldn't go near them. One chicken passed out and the tigers did eventually go

(    )

of their dinner – chickens. Feeding time for the tigers is a scary occasion. The keepers throw in live

(    )

funny if a chicken found out the tigers were frightened. It could have a lot of fun chasing the tiger. That would

(    )

take the tigers back to the wild. But they should go to a jungle where there are no chickens.

(    )

Imagine a tiger being afraid of a chicken. I wonder if the chickens are scared of the tiger. It would be

(    )

towards it, but then it woke up and made a noise so the tigers ran away." The tigers have lost the ability to hunt.

1  )

Zoo-keepers at a zoo in China are worried their tigers are too tame. In fact, they are so tame that they are afraid

(    )

make people at the zoo laugh. On the other hand, it might not. Tigers don’t belong in zoos. It sounds like the zoo


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

-     Zoo     China     in     zoo     a     at     keepers.

2.

dinner     their     of     afraid     are     They.

3.

Feeding     tigers     the     for     time.    

4.

the     big     Live     cats     chickens     to     for     eat.    

5.

lost     the     The     ability     tigers     to     have     hunt.    

6.

afraid     Imagine     of     a     a     tiger     chicken     being.    

7.

It     could     have     a     lot     of     fun     chasing     the     tiger.    

8.

the     It     the     harmed     like     has     tigers     sounds     zoo.    

9.

wild     the     to     back     tigers     the     Take.    

10.

jungle     are     a     there     chickens     to     where     no     Go.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about being afraid for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about being afraid. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about a tiger who is afraid of a chicken. Include imaginary interviews with them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the tigers. Ask them three questions about being afraid. Give them three of your opinions on how to get over their fear of chickens. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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