In this pair of interviews, Katherine Schwartzenegger talks about her new children’s book Maverick and Me. She has a passion for animal rescue. This led her to get a rescue dog and write her new book.
Here is a list of vocabulary that can help you understand the videos better. Although the speaking is fast, try to listen for these words and phrases.
1. Pet adoption – (noun phrase) the process of purchasing a pet and making it your own
2. Rescue dog – (noun phrase) These dogs that are adopted from a pet shelter rather than from a pet store or breeder. These dogs are usually stray dogs or unwanted dogs that may not live long if they don’t find a home soon. Therefore, the term means they are “rescued” from the pet shelter and get to have a family.
3. A local rescue (rescue shelter) – the place where rescue dogs can be adopted
4. To have a love for fostering – to “foster” means to care for a child or a pet as a parent would for his or her own child
5. Randomly walking down the street – to walk down the street without any goal in mind, just enjoying the walk or window-shopping
6. We turned her garage into a kennel. – A “kennel” is a home for dogs with beds and food and toys to play with
7. To develop a close bond with him or her – This phrase means to have a close and intimate personal relationship with someone. You could develop a close bond with children, pets, or adults.
Speaking Activity Option:
With a classmate, roleplay an interview with an author.
Classmate 1 is the interviewer asking questions.
Classmate 2 is the author who has written a book about something you feel passionate about.
Follow these question ideas.
1. What is the book about?
2. Why do you have a passion for this?
3. Why do you want to share this passion with the world?