40 A Visit to the Zoo

A group of children from the local primary school were going to the zoo. Some of the parents had offered to help, and the teachers had gratefully taken them up on their offer. When they reached the gates of the zoo, the teachers had paired the children off, telling them to hold onto tightly the hand of their partners. Before they left the school, the children had gathered round the head teacher, while she told them to be good and stay with the teachers all the time they were at the zoo. They had promised faithfully to do so, but when they were going round the zoo some of the boys seemed to forget their promises and hared off in the direction of the ice cream kiosk. One of the teachers soon caught them and returned them to the group without any ice cream. Then some people who were queuing up to see the penguins claimed that some of the schoolchildren had just barged through without queuing. Finally, they were watching the zoo keepers hosing down the elephants when one of the teachers counted the children. She discovered that one of them, a little girl called Sylvia, was missing. Fortunately they soon found her. She had slipped away to see the monkeys. By this time, all the adults had had quite enough excitement for one day. One of the teachers phoned the bus driver to come and collect them, and they headed back to the school.

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40 A Visit to the Zoo

A group of children from the local primary school were going to the zoo. Some of the parents had offered to help, and the teachers had gratefully …..   them ..   ..  their offer. When they reached the gates of the zoo, the teachers had ……   the children …  , telling them to ….    ….   tightly the hand of their partners. Before they left the school, the children had ……..    …..   the head teacher, while she told them to be good and stay with the teachers all the time they were at the zoo. They had promised faithfully to do so, but when they were …..    …..   the zoo some of the boys seemed to forget their promises and …..    …   in the direction of the ice cream kiosk. One of the teachers soon caught them and returned them to the group without any ice cream. Then some people who were queuing up to see the penguins claimed that some of the schoolchildren had just ……     …….   without queuing. Finally, they were watching the zoo keepers ……       ….   the elephants when one of the teachers counted the children. She discovered that one of them, a little girl called Sylvia, was missing. Fortunately they soon found her. She had …….      ….   to see the monkeys. By this time, all the adults had had quite enough excitement for one day. One of the teachers phoned the bus driver to come and collect them, and they ……    ….   to the school.

Conversation Questions

What would a company have to offer you for you to take them up on it?

What should teachers keep in mind when they pair students off for activities?

How easy/hard is it to stand on the metro if there is nothing to hold onto in easy reach?

Talk about the last time you saw people gather round something/someone.

How long does it take to go round your city?

Talk about a moment you hared off down a road to catch a bus?

When is barging through people seen as being a little acceptable?

Do you have a front porch where you could hose down your car if it was muddy?

In large groups, is it better to just slip away or say goodbye to everyone?

Talk about an interesting experience you had when heading back from a trip abroad.

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