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Penguin On The Run In Tokyo (6th March, 2012)

Aquarium staff and police in Tokyo are looking for a penguin. The 60-cm bird is on the loose after it escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park last month. Tokyo residents have reported seeing the penguin in several of the city’s rivers. The aquarium asked for the public’s help to find the escaped penguin, saying: "We apologize for causing trouble to local residents. Although it is unlikely the penguin will harm human beings, please contact our aquarium if you spot it. Please do not chase it or try to capture it.”

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The penguin was one of 135 Humboldt penguins kept by the marine park. An aquarium worker said that the bird somehow hopped over a metre-high wall. Spokesman Takashi Sugino told the AFP news agency they spotted the bird in a nearby river but could not capture it because it swam so fast. Humboldt penguins are mainly from Peru and Chile. They grow to a size of 70 cm and weigh up to 6 kg. They are decreasing in number because of climate change and over-fishing. Scientists say there are around 10,000 left in the world.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.
Paragraph 1

1.

police in Tokyo are

a.

the loose

2

The 60-cm bird is on

b.

causing trouble

3.

several of the city’s

c.

harm human beings

4.

We apologize for

d.

looking for a penguin

5.

it is unlikely the penguin will

e.

try to capture it

6.

do not chase it or

f.

rivers

Paragraph 2

1.

penguins kept

a.

in a nearby river

2

the bird somehow hopped over

b.

of climate change

3.

they spotted the bird

c.

a metre-high wall

4.

Humboldt penguins are mainly

d.

in the world

5.

decreasing in number because

e.

by the marine park

6.

around 10,000 left

f.

from Peru and Chile


LISTENING GAP FILL


Aquarium ____________________ Tokyo are looking for a penguin. The 60-cm bird ____________________ after it escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park last month. Tokyo ____________________ seeing the penguin in several of the city’s rivers. The aquarium asked for the public’s help to find the escaped penguin, saying: "We apologize ____________________ to local residents. Although ____________________ the penguin will harm human beings, please contact our aquarium if you spot it. Please do not chase it or ____________________ it.”
The penguin ____________________ Humboldt penguins kept by the marine park. An aquarium worker said that the bird ____________________ over a metre-high wall. Spokesman Takashi Sugino told the AFP news agency ____________________ bird in a nearby river but could not capture it because ____________________. Humboldt penguins are mainly from Peru and Chile. They grow to a size of 70 cm and weigh up to 6 kg. They are ____________________ because of climate change and over-fishing. Scientists say there are around 10,000 ____________________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE


Aquarium (1) ____ and police in Tokyo are looking for a penguin. The 60-cm bird is on the (2) ____ after it escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park last month. Tokyo residents have reported seeing the penguin in (3) ____ of the city’s rivers. The aquarium asked for the public’s help to find the escaped penguin, saying: "We apologize (4) ____ causing trouble to local residents. Although it is unlikely the penguin will (5) ____ human beings, please contact our aquarium if you spot it. Please do not chase it or (6) ____ to capture it.”
The penguin was one of 135 Humboldt penguins kept (7) ____ the marine park. An aquarium worker said that the bird (8) ____ hopped over a metre-high wall. Spokesman Takashi Sugino told the AFP news agency they spotted the bird in a (9) ____ river but could not capture it because it swam so fast. Humboldt penguins are (10) ____ from Peru and Chile. They grow to a size of 70 cm and weigh (11) ____ to 6 kg. They are decreasing in number because of climate change and over-fishing. Scientists say there are around 10,000 (12) ____ in the world.
Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

stuff

(b)

staff

(c)

stiff

2.

(a)

loose

(b)

lost

(c)

losing

3.

(a)

few

(b)

numeral

(c)

several

4.

(a)

by

(b)

for

(c)

as

5.

(a)

harm

(b)

harmful

(c)

harmed

6.

(a)

trial

(b)

trying

(c)

try

7.

(a)

from

(b)

by

(c)

up

8.

(a)

somebody

(b)

somehow

(c)

somewhere

9.

(a)

nearby

(b)

nearly

(c)

neared

10.

(a)

main

(b)

mains

(c)

mainly

11.

(a)

up

(b)

over

(c)

as

12

(a)

right

(b)

middle

(c)

left


SPELLING


Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

Aquarium ftafs and police

2.

on the ooesl

3.

evaresl of the city’s rivers

4.

find the csdapee penguin

5.

apologize for gnicsua trouble

6.

try to rtucepa it

 

Paragraph 2

7.

kept by the reaimn park

8.

oedphp over a metre-high wall

9.

they steopdt the bird in a nearby river

10.

rdseeicagn in number

11.

amcitle change

12.

there are runaod 10,000 left


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER


Number these lines in the correct order.

(  1  )

Aquarium staff and police in Tokyo are looking for a penguin. The 60-cm bird is on the loose

(    )

The penguin was one of 135 Humboldt penguins kept by the marine park. An aquarium

(    )

help to find the escaped penguin, saying: "We apologize for causing

(    )

so fast. Humboldt penguins are mainly from Peru and Chile. They grow to a size of 70 cm and weigh

(    )

change and over-fishing. Scientists say there are around 10,000 left in the world.

(    )

after it escaped from the Tokyo Sea Life Park last month. Tokyo residents have reported

(    )

seeing the penguin in several of the city’s rivers. The aquarium asked for the public’s

(    )

trouble to local residents. Although it is unlikely the penguin will harm human

(    )

agency they spotted the bird in a nearby river but could not capture it because it swam

(    )

worker said that the bird somehow hopped over a metre-high wall. Spokesman Takashi Sugino told the AFP news

(    )

beings, please contact our aquarium if you spot it. Please do not chase it or try to capture it.”

(    )

up to 6 kg. They are decreasing in number because of climate


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


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

1.

looking     Police     for     in     a     Tokyo     penguin     are.    

2.

-     is     loose     60     bird     the     The     cm     on.    

3.

for     asked     aquarium     The     help     public’s     the.    

4.

the     beings     penguin     will     It’s     harm     unlikely     human.    

5.

if     Please     you     contact     spot     our     it     aquarium.    

6.

the     135     by     park     of     kept     marine     One     penguins.    

7.

hopped    over    a    metre    -   high     wall    The     bird     somehow.    

8.

They     a     spotted     nearby     the     river     bird     in.    

9.

change     climate     of     because     number     in     Decreasing.    

10.

left     in     the     world     There     are     around     10,000.    


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 penguins 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. HUMBOLDT PENGUINS: Search the Internet and find more information about Humboldt penguins. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the escaped penguin. Include an imaginary interview with him/her. 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 a penguin expert. Ask him/her three questions about penguins. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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