domingo, 13 de marzo de 2011

The Iditarod Race

Today's listening activity is a bit more difficult than usual, but may be good practice to develop our listening strategies.

We are going to watch and listen to a short video clip from the Discovery Channel on the Iditarod dogsled race across Alaska, which started on 6th March.

On the clip, we'll be hearing three different people: the narrator, a competitor and a spectator. There's some unusual vocabulary and the quality of the sound is less than perfect at times, but the key to doing the activity successfully is just to remain concentrated on the task, as the person who devised the activity will be focusing on the main ideas and on information that can be understood by most students.

Self-study activity:
Watch the clip and complete the gaps in the sentences with the missing information.

1 Alaskan huskies weigh about ...
2 Alaskan huskies are known for ...
3 Siberians need ... food than Alaskans.
4 Siberians have better ... than Alaskans, so they have less injuries.
5 For Carol Preble, the advantage of a team of Syberian huskies is that they ... safe.
6 Eskimos believe that blue-eyed dogs can see ...

You can read a transcript of the clip here.