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L5T2J - Learning about a hot topic
In this lesson, we're going to learn and talk about zoos.
Task One: Read the text about today's topic. Answer the questions.
Zoology is the study of animals. The word ‘zoo’ is short for zoological garden. It is a place where animals are kept for the public to look at. Many zoos also breed the animals.
1. Where does the word ‘zoo’ come from?
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There are thousands of zoos in the world, and 80% of them are in cities. The first zoo was called the Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes. It was founded in Paris in 1794.
2. Where was the world’s first zoo?
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In the past, zoos were like prisons for animals, but nowadays zoos are trying harder to keep animals in environments that are similar to where they live in the wild. The animals live longer in this type of environment and people enjoy seeing the animals in a natural setting.
3. What is the difference between zoos in the past and zoos now?
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Zoos give people an opportunity to observe animals they would never otherwise get the chance to see. They also create educational programs and tours so that everyone can learn about the animals there.
4. What two benefits of zoos does the text tell us about?
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However, some animals also suffer in zoos, especially if the zoos house them in dirty and crowded conditions. Moreover, animals in zoos usually have shorter lives than similar animals in the wild.
5. Do animals in zoos usually live longer than in the wild?
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Dan Logan has a weekly podcast called Hot Topic. In it, he talks about topics of interest.
Task Two: Listen to the introduction to Dan's podcast and complete the sentences below.
Arguments FOR banning zoos
1. Animals have _____ lives in zoos.
2. Animals suffer from _____ in zoos.
3. Wild animals should _____ .
Arguments AGAINST banning zoos
1. We can _____ animals by watching them in zoos.
2. Zoos can stop endangered animals from _____ .
3. Zoos attract _____ .
Task Three: Sam is asking Jennifer about the topic. Choose the best answers for Jennifer.
Sam: When did you last visit a zoo?
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Sam: Where was the world’s first zoo?
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Sam: Why are zoos a good idea?
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Sam: What is one problem with zoos?
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Sam: Do you think that zoos should be banned?
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Task Four: Watch the video and answer the questions with your own ideas.
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