Zoos and Children

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Type: Reading
Originally published on February 14, 2023 and last updated on May 16, 2023

Zoos are an excellent conversation topic for English learners with a beginner level because they offer a fun and engaging way to learn about animals and the natural world. This conversation focuses specifically around the benefits of children visiting zoos.

Ask your students to read the following text, or listen as you read it to them. When finished check their understanding by asking the questions directly below the text before moving on to discuss the conversation questions.

Why Zoos are a Great Place for Children to Learn About Animals

Zoos are a good place for children to learn about animals. Zoos are a fun place to visit and they can help children learn about animals in an exciting way. Here are some reasons why.

One reason is that zoos let children see animals up close. Although books and videos can teach children about animals, nothing is as good as seeing them in person. By watching the animals, children can learn about their behavior and habits.

Another reason is that zoos often have educational programs that teach children about animals. These programs can be interactive and hands-on, which means that children can touch and feel the animals. They can learn about different animals, what they eat, how they live, and how they are cared for.

Finally, zoos can inspire children to care about animals and want to protect them. By seeing the animals and learning about them, children can develop a connection to them. They may feel a sense of responsibility to take care of them and make sure they are safe.

Answer The Questions Below To Check Your Understanding

  • What does the article say about educational programs at zoos?
  • According to the article, what are some of the things children can learn about animals by observing them at the zoo?

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever visited a zoo? What did you like about it?
  • What do you think are the benefits of seeing animals up close at a zoo?
  • Do you think visiting a zoo can inspire children to care about animals?
  • What wild animals do you like the most? Have you ever seen them in real life?
  • Do you think zoos can be beneficial for very young children?
  • Apart from zoos, how do you think children can learn about animals?
  • Do you think zoos are important for animal protection and conservation? Why or why not?
  • How can we ensure that animals in zoos are treated well and have a good quality of life?
  • What do you think adults can learn from visiting zoos?
  • Do you think it is right to keep large animals like elephants or gorillas in captivity?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.