The Reading / Listening - Level 4

NASA has inflated a special room as an extension to the International Space Station (ISS). It is four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to inflate. The ISS crew must wait a week to check if it is airtight. The blow-up pod is part of a test on using inflatable accommodation in space. The capsule cost NASA $17.8 million. This initial test should lead to more inflatable pods being used on the ISS.



The inflatable is the world's first blow-up space capsule. It was designed and built by Bigelow Aerospace. The company hopes to build hotels for space tourists. It is currently working on a project to build two private space stations. These could be used as hotels in space by 2020. Inflatables could be a big part of future space travel and tourism. They are small enough to transport as airless units, but big and strong enough to live in.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002980277
  • http://www.gizmag.com/beam-habitat-second-attempt-iss/43573/
  • http://www.dw.com/en/nasa-inflates-space-pod-for-iss-astronauts/a-19291301


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. It took three days
  2. The ISS crew must
  3. check if it
  4. The blow-up pod is part
  5. accommodation
  6. The capsule cost NASA
  7. This initial
  8. used on
  1. of a test
  2. to inflate
  3. the ISS
  4. $17.8 million
  5. wait a week
  6. test
  7. is airtight
  8. in space

Paragraph 2

  1. the world's first blow-
  2. The company hopes
  3. space
  4. It is currently working
  5. These could be used as hotels
  6. a big part of future space travel
  7. They are small enough to transport
  8. big and strong
  1. as airless units
  2. on a project
  3. enough to live in
  4. and tourism
  5. tourists
  6. up space capsule
  7. to build hotels
  8. in space by 2020

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

NASA has inflated a special room (1) ___________________ the International Space Station (ISS). It (2) ___________________ and 3.2 metres wide. It took (3) ___________________. The ISS crew must wait a week to check (4) ___________________. The blow-up pod is part of a test (5) ___________________ accommodation in space. The capsule cost NASA $17.8 million. This (6) ___________________ lead to more inflatable pods being used on the ISS.

The inflatable is the world's (7) ___________________ space capsule. It was designed and built by Bigelow Aerospace. The company (8) ___________________ for space tourists. It is (9) ___________________ a project to build two private space stations. These (10) ___________________ hotels in space by 2020. Inflatables (11) ___________________ of future space travel and tourism. They are small enough to transport as airless units, but big and (12) ___________________ live in.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NASAhasinflatedaspecialroomasanextensiontotheInternationalSpa
ceStation(ISS).Itisfourmetreslongand3.2metreswide.Ittookthreed
aystoinflate.TheISScrewmustwaitaweektocheckifitisairtight.Theblo
w-uppodispartofatestonusinginflatableaccommodationinspace.Th
ecapsulecostNASA$17.8million.Thisinitialtestshouldleadtomoreinfl
atablepodsbeingusedontheISS.Theinflatableistheworld'sfirstblow-
upspacecapsule.ItwasdesignedandbuiltbyBigelowAerospace.Theco
mpanyhopestobuildhotelsforspacetourists.Itiscurrentlyworkingona
projecttobuildtwoprivatespacestations.Thesecouldbeusedashotelsi
nspaceby2020.Inflatablescouldbeabigpartoffuturespacetravelandt
ourism.Theyaresmallenoughtotransportasairlessunits,butbigandstr
ongenoughtolivein.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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