English Listening Activity: Earthworms

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ESL Listening Activity: Brazil

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Brazil 

Brazil is the largest country in South America. It borders with every country in South American except Chile and Ecuador. Most of Brazil’s largest and most populous cities are close the coast. However, the capital of Brazil is Brasilia which is not located on the coast. More than 200 million people live in Brazil. It is the world’s fifth most populated country. The three largest cities in Brazil are Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador.

Many of the ancestors of the Brazilian people come from Portugal, Spain, Germany and other western European Countries. Some Brazilians have ancestors that were brought to Brazil as slaves. There are also large populations of Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Jewish people.

There is a vast variety in the landscapes of Brazil because it is such a large country. There are mountains, the Amazon rain forest, amazing beaches, broad plains and dry plains. The Amazon rainforest is the world’s largest rainforest. Many native people still live in the Amazon. It is hot and rainy in the Amazon rainforest.

Most Brazilians live in medium to large cities that are full of buildings and modern amenities. The poor people live in large cities live in shantytowns called favelas.

Most Brazilians work in the service sector; for schools, governments, offices, hospitals, banks, and the tourism industry. There is also a large farming and manufacturing sector in Brazil.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Brazil. Soccer is very popular and Brazil is the only country that has played in every World Cup tournament. A lot of Brazilians enjoy watching popular soap operas on TV. Brazilians also enjoy music. Popular types of music are bossa nova, samba, lambada and hip-hop.

Overall Brazilians enjoy eating natural foods and tend to have balanced diets; with fruit, vegetables, meats and grains.

Brazil is famous for is carnival that it holds each year. The biggest and most world-renowned one is in Rio de Janiero and it attracts visitors and attention from around the world every year.

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 Listening Activity: Tornadoes

English (ESL) Listening Activity on Tornadoes

The United States has an average of 1000 tornadoes every year- more than any other nation. The central states of the United States are at more of a risk for tornadoes. Twisters is a nickname for tornadoes. Compared to hurricanes tornadoes are not very big. On average a tornado is 130 to 170 meters (400 to 500 feet) wide. Tornadoes can produce very powerful winds. Tornadoes usually form when the weather is warm and humid. They can occur at any time of day but most develop between 3 and 9pm. Tornado Alley is the part of the United States that has the most tornadoes. Parts of the following U.S. states are in Tornado Alley: South Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. A tornado usually stays on the ground for less than 20 minutes. Tornadoes move at a speed of 20 to 50 miles (or 30 to 90 kilometers) per hour. For tornadoes to keep moving that need warm, moist air. More than one tornado can hit the same area in a day or week. Tornadoes are very powerful and can destroy most natural and man-made objects (such as houses, buildings and cars). The strong winds from a tornado can rip trees up from the ground and destroy and move house and cars hundreds of feet away. The strength of tornadoes is calculated on the Fujita (F) or the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale. The categories on the scale vary from EF0 which is light damage to an EF5 which means incredible damage. Tornadoes can cause such horrible destruction because they form very quickly and people often do not have time to protect themselves and get to a safe place. Most people, businesses and schools have safety plans on where to go when a tornado is about to hit. It is recommended that people do into storm shelters, basements, bathrooms and interior hallways to stay safe from the storm.

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