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LISTENING

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Look at this information about Yellowstone National Park. Which places would you like to see?

[(http://www.yellowstone-natl-park.com/plan.htm)]


Must See

If you have a limited time in the park, these are the areas that you will want to consider:


· Geyser areas from Madison to Old Faithful and Firehole Drive / Falls

· Mud Volcano Area

· Canyon Area - Artist Point, Inspiration Point, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lower Falls

· Tower Falls

· Lamar Valley - wildlife - antelope, bears, buffalo, birds, coyotes, moose, mule deer, wolves and more

· Mammoth - thermal area and Museum

· Norris Geyser Basin

· Gibbon Falls


Trip Planning


One Day in the Park


If your interests are Geysers and Thermal Activity [1], then you will want to visit the area south of Madison Junction. This would include the Lower Geyser Basin, Fountain Paint Pot, Midway Geyser Basin, Biscuit Basin and the Upper Geyser Basin or Old Faithful area. You could easily spend more than half a day at the Upper Geyser Basin / Old Faithful area. Check at the Old Faithful Visitor Center for predicted eruption times of the different geysers in the basin. There are many geysers to watch and enjoy besides Old Faithful and many that are more spectacular. Beehive is tremendous, as is Castle, Giant and others. This total area is filled with geysers, hot pots and pools that are beautiful and fun to enjoy.

If your interest is Wildlife [2], then you will enjoy the drive from West Yellowstone to Madison. There are buffalo, elk, sometimes moose, Canada geese, ducks, trumpeter swans, coyotes and other wildlife on the hillsides and meadows along the Madison and throughout the area.

Wildlife viewing is not an exact science. They have daily and seasonal habits, but also tend to do what they would like when they like. Usually, the morning and evening is the best time for viewing wildlife as they come out to eat. During the day they normally go into the trees and shade to rest from the heat and from eating.

Grizzly bear watching has been good for the past two years at Fishing Bridge and Hayden Valley. Buffalo, elk, eagles, geese, ducks, otters, black bear and some wolves have been seen from the Mud Volcano area north through Hayden Valley to Canyon.



Before you listen to Janice and Rick planning a weekend in Yellowstone National Park, find these places on the map. If you entered the park through the West Entrance, what route would you take to visit them?

Canyon

Fishing Bridge

Madison

Mammoth

Old Faithful


[(http://www.nps.gov/yell/planvisit/orientation/index.htm)]


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Listen again and answer the questions below.

1. Rick doesn’t like nature.

False

True

2. Rick is afraid of animals.

False

True

3. Janice is excited about the trip.

True

False

4. Rick doesn’t like waterfalls.

True

False

5. Janice is more interested in animals than volcanoes.

True

False

6. Old Faithful is a volcano.

False

True

7. The most famous Grand Canyon is in Arizona.

True

False

8. Yogi Bear is a character from the story Little Red Riding Hood.

False

True

9. After talking about their plans, Janice and Rick

agree how to spend the weekend.

don’t agree how to spend the weekend

decide not to go together.

10. Rick is

not really happy to go to Yellowstone.

definitely against watching wild animals.

skeptical about Janice’s enthusiasm for wildlife but doesn’t mind it in the end.

FUNCTIONS: making plans

Janice and Rick discussed their plans for the weekend in Yellowstone Park. Listen to these phrases again and repeat them.





SPEAKING

Imagine you’re going to spend a weekend in Yellowstone Park with your friend. Look at that information Rick and Janice were studying and the map and plan your weekend. What places would you like to visit? Where would like to stay? What would you say to your friend? Use Janice and Rick’s phrases to describe your plans.



PRONUNCIATION: Silent Letters

Read these words. Are there any letters that you don’t pronounce?


Audio icon.gif   climb
Audio icon.gif   knife
Audio icon.gif   subtle
Audio icon.gif   column
Audio icon.gif   Wednesday


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There are some typical groups of letters in which these letters are silent.

Silent B: climb, bomb, lamb, doubt, debt, subtle
Audio icon.gif   climb
Audio icon.gif   bomb
Audio icon.gif   lamb
Audio icon.gif   doubt
Audio icon.gif   debt
Audio icon.gif   subtle


Silent D: Wednesday, handkerchief

Audio icon.gif   Wednesday


Silent G: gnome, gnu, sign

Audio icon.gif   gnome
Audio icon.gif   gnu
Audio icon.gif   sign
Silent N: column, damn, autumn
Audio icon.gif   column
Audio icon.gif   damn
Audio icon.gif   autumn


Silent K: knee, knife, knit, knock, know

Audio icon.gif   knee
Audio icon.gif   knife
Audio icon.gif   knit
Audio icon.gif   knock
Audio icon.gif   know


Silent P: psychology, psychiatry


Listen and repeat each word. Make sure you don’t pronounce the silent letter.


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