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Learn To Speak Cat from Simon's Cat Experts (Deep Comprehension)

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Through 8 comprehension questions students can hone their deep listening skills. There are four open-ended questions and four multiple chopice questions. If you wish to assign this quiz as homework, your students will be able to self-correct themselves with the model answers provided with the open-ended questions (after comparing their anwers to the model answers, they can either click "I got it wrong" or "I got it right").
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Scene summary
Experts including the cartoonist Simon Tofield discuss the various sounds that pet cats make.
Video length
5 minutes 25 seconds
Video genre
Cartoons for kids & kids' videos
Language goals
Listening comprehension
General topic
Other pedagogical goals
Simon's cat episodes have become a top hit in English classes.
The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Pre-intermediate (A2)
Student type
This resource is intended for:Elementary schoolers, High schoolers, Adults
Elementary schoolers
High schoolers
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Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Choose the correct options.
That Maisie was a "rescue cat" means that ...
she used to rescue survivors after disasters
she was rescued from the street where she lived.
she had to rescue the owner from mice
2. Guess the end.
How do cats in the wild normally communicate with each other?
3. Guess the end.
Why do pet cats meow more than their wild counterparts in nature?
4. Guess the end.
Why do cats growl?
5. Choose the correct options.
In nature, cats tend to ...
live alone
share their food with other, more dominant cats
growl at cats who do not belong to their family.
hang out with other cats in the clan
6. Guess the end.
What should you do when your cat starts hissing?
7. Choose the correct options.
Cats purr ...
only to signal that they're happy.
to make people happy.
sometimes when they are in pain.
because they feel threatened
8. Choose the correct options.
Simon Tofield chose to record all the cat noises himself because ...
it was difficult to make his cat do what he wanted
he didn't have a cat at the time to record
he wanted a sound that matched his cartoon cat
because he's passionate about imitating cat sounds
Discussion questions
1. Do you have a cat?
2. If yes, what kinds of sounds does your cat use to communicate with you?
3. Do you usually understand what your cat wants to say?
4. Would you rescue a cat from the street or an animal shelter?
5. Does any of your friends or relatives have a cat? If yes, tell me a bit about that cat.
Vocabulary list
vocal adj.
loud and chatty, expressing opinions in a public and forceful way
in contrast to
unlike, as opposed to
rescue cat n.
a cat rescued from the street or an animal shelter
as a consequence
as a result, because of this
affectionate adj.
feeling or showing love and affection
make up for sg. by
to compensate for the lack of sg by sg
purr v.
to make the low, soft sound that a cat usually makes when it is happy
feral adj.
used to describe an animal (such as a cat or dog) that has escaped and become wild
scent n.
smell, odor
primarily adv.
facial expression
the emotions showing on your face
body language
meaning communicated through body movements and postures
respond v.
to answer, react
particular adj.
specific, concrete
growl v.
[of an animal] to make a deep threatening sound
threatened adj.
feeling that somebody may hurt you
stay back v.
not come any closer, keep your distance
distinct adj.
noticeably different
low-pitched adj.
low, e.g. "low-pitched sound"
intimidating adj.
making (someone) afraid
back off v.
to move backward and go away
in the wild
in nature
hiss v.
make a sound like a long “s”
a variety of
be poorly socialized
have poor, weak social skills
uncharacteristic adj.
untypical adj.
get sy health-checked
take to the doctor
underlying adj.
not obvious, hiding in the background
be in pain
crucial adj.
very important
rule out v.
to no longer consider (someone or something) as a possibility after careful thought or study
be familiar with sg
know about something
stretched out adj.
extended, spread out
content adj.
happy, satisfied
concerned adj.
gel v.
to mesh together well, to be a good match
give it a go (idiom)
try something for the first time
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