English Listening Activity: Bats

English Listening Activity on Bats:

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English Listening Activity: Slovakia

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Slovakia is a small nation in central Europe. The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava. Slovakia borders with Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. Slovakia has approximately, 5.4 million citizens. Slovak is the official language of Slovakia.

Slovakia adopted its constitution on January 1st, 1993 when it separated from Czechoslovakia. Slovaks value education and the government spends about ten percent of the annual budget on education. Slovakia’s constitution guarantees freedom of religion and historically Slovaks are quite religious; with about 70% of the population being Catholic. Women have equal according to law. Most women work outside of the home.

Many tourists come to ski and hike in Slovakia. 65% of the annual GDP of Slovakia comes from tourism and the service industry.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Slovakia. Ice Hockey is also popular in the winter months.

In 2009, Slovakia started using the Euro. Raising costs and unemployment continue to be a major concern in Slovakia.

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ESL Listening Activity: Penguins

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Penguins

Penguins cannot fly but they are great swimmers. The penguins use their flippers (or wings) to move their bodies through the water. They can swim for many miles, chase small animals and fish in the water. Penguins like to eat krill, anchovies, sardines and squid. Emperor penguins can stay under the water for 20 minutes. They cannot breathe in the water but they use oxygen that they stored in their body to stay under. Penguins can see very well under the water. Sometimes Penguins run into predators, such as leopard seals and killer whales while swimming.

Penguins live in the southern hemisphere. Most penguins live close to Antarctica but some live close to the equator. Penguins can live to be 15 to 20 years old.
All of the penguins nest is the same place. Rookery is where penguins lay their eggs. Some penguins lay their eggs in nests and other balance their egg on their feet.
There are anywhere from 15 to 20 species of penguins. Emperors are the largest penguins. Emperor penguins can be four feet tall and weigh about 65 pounds. Emperor penguins live in the Artic and swim fast. They can swim around 13 miles per hour.
Little Blues are the smallest penguins. They are usually one foot tall and weigh only two pounds. Little Blues live in Australia and New Zealand.
Penguins are marine sentinels. Sentinel means lookout or guard. They warn each other when something is wrong. This is often because every year they mate and lay their eggs in the same place as they have all of the other years. This means that predators know they are coming. Penguins sense when danger is coming and alert the other birds.
The two biggest threats to penguins are large oil companies (and oil spills) and global warming.

 

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ESL Listening Activity: Ostriches

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Ostriches

Ostriches are large oversized birds. They are the biggest bird in the world. Ostriches are taller and heavier than an average adult human being. Ostriches usually are over 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weigh around 250 pounds.
Ostriches don’t have very many feathers. Their bare skin ranges in color from pink to blue. Ostriches have small heads and big eyes and long eyelashes.
Ostriches are the fastest animal with two legs. They can run 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour and they can run for hours at a time. They generally need to run to keep away from predators or other animals that want to kill them. Ostriches only have two toes on each foot. They also have long claws on each foot that act like cleats, the shoes baseball and soccer players use. Their long claws dig into the dirt as they run along.
Wild ostriches live in savannas in Africa. They hide or camouflage themselves for protection from other animals. Ostriches protect themselves by running away from predators or by kicking them. They kick very hard. They also have claws on the tips of their wings that they use to protect themselves. If an ostriches finds itself in danger and cannot get away; it lays flat on the ground and does not move.
Ostriches eat plants. They also eat some small animals such as lizards and some insects. Ostriches are omnivores. They will eat most plants, flowers and seeds. Ostriches rarely drink water. They get the majority of water they need form the plants they eat.
Ostriches live in small groups of usually 10-15 birds. Ostriches have good eyesight and hearing. Each group of ostriches had one male and several hens. They all take turns mating with the male. All the ostriches lay their eggs in the same nest and only the male and the ‘main’ hen sits on the nest and protects the eggs. The average ostrich’s egg weighs about 3 pounds or a little over 1 kilogram. Even though the hens share a nest they can distinguish which egg is their own. 15 to 55 baby chicks hatch at a time. Ostriches can live to be 50 years old.

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ESL Story 6: Delivery Men

Audio of ESL Story 6: Delivery Men

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Willy and Amos are men. Willy and Amos are delivery men. Willy and Amos deliver new refrigerators to people’s houses. Every day they deliver many refrigerators to customers. Willy and Amos love being delivery men but sometimes they run into problems.

Before going to the first delivery of the day, they called Cindy, the first customer on the list. The delivery men said ‘Good Morning Cindy! We have your new refrigerator ready for delivery. We will be there soon.’ Cindy said, ‘Ok. You can deliver my refrigerator now. See you soon.’

Willy and Amos arrived at Cindy’s house 20 minutes later to deliver her new refrigerator. Willy went to the door. He rang the doorbell. No one came to the door. Willy knocked on the door and no one came to the door.

The delivery men called Cindy again on the phone. ‘Hello,’ they said after she answered ‘We are at your house now with your new refrigerator.’ The customer said ‘What? I am not expecting a delivery today. I am not ready for a delivery. You must be confused. Please come tomorrow’. Willy and Amos could not believe their ears. Cindy, the customer had just told them to come do the delivery and now she said she was not ready. Willy and Amos run into problems like this every day.

Willy and Amos drive to the next customer’s house to deliver their refrigerator. This customer was home and they were able to do the delivery. As they were leaving, the delivery men’s phone started to ring. It was Cindy, the first customer calling. ‘Hello! Delivery Guys’ they answered. ‘Where are you? You are late! I have been waiting for you for a long time.’ said Cindy, the customer. Now Willy and Amos were really confused. ‘Please deliver my new refrigerator right now! I am waiting.’

Amos and Willy drove back to Cindy’s house as fast as they could. They quickly unloaded her new refrigerator from the truck and brought it to the door. This time when the knocked on the door Cindy answered. Willy and Amos picked the refrigerator up…. But they ran into another problem. Cindy’s new refrigerator was so big that it did not fit through her doors of her house! It was too big.

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