The Reading / Listening - Level 6

America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully inflated a new, experimental room for crew members to use in space. The inflatable pod is now an extension to the International Space Station (ISS). It is roughly four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to fully inflate. ISS crew members now have to wait a week before entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure it is airtight. The blow-up compartment is part of a test on the feasibility of inflatable accommodation on the Moon and Mars, and of orbiting space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million for the demo capsule. It hopes this initial test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station.



The inflatable is the world's first blow-up capsule for astronauts, cosmonauts and other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short. It is named after Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and built it. Company founder Robert Bigelow has spent many years investing in and building hotels. He is currently working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve as hotels in the heavens by the end of the decade. He said he envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to transport as compressed, airless units, but big enough and sturdy enough to live in, once filled with air.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SPACE TOURISM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about space tourism. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       NASA / experimental / crew / members / roughly / engineers / feasibility / capsule /
       inflatable / astronauts / travellers / designed / investing / private / decade / sturdy

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. SPACE RESEARCH: Students A strongly believe that money should be spent on health and education instead of space research; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ISS: What do you think life is like on the ISS? Write down or talk about about the good and bad things about the things below. Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Sleep
  • Other people
  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Showering
  • Hobbies
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5. SPACE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "space". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SPACE HOTEL: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things about a space hotel at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • no immigration
  • space souvenirs
  • saying you've been into space
  • silence
  • the view
  • weightlessness
  • the journey there
  • space food

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The new inflatable room on the ISS is for the crew to use.     T / F
  2. The room is 13.2 metres in length.     T / F
  3. It took three hours for engineers to inflate the room.     T / F
  4. NASA said it would not be able to build any bigger rooms.     T / F
  5. The shortened name of the inflatable room is 'BEAM'.     T / F
  6. A company may have hotels in space by 2020.     T / F
  7. A company boss said inflatables would play a small part in space travel.   T / F
  8. The inflatable pods are strong enough for people to live in them.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. inflated
  2. extension
  3. roughly
  4. airtight
  5. initial
  6. built
  7. currently
  8. envisions
  9. compressed
  10. sturdy
  1. approximately
  2. constructed
  3. flattened
  4. add-on
  5. presently
  6. first
  7. visualises
  8. blown up
  9. strong
  10. sealed

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. crew
  2. It is roughly
  3. It took three days to fully
  4. engineers must first ensure
  5. part of a test on the
  6. The inflatable is the world's first blow-
  7. astronauts, cosmonauts and
  8. He is currently working
  9. serve as hotels in
  10. big enough and sturdy
  1. enough to live in
  2. feasibility
  3. other space travellers
  4. four metres long
  5. the heavens
  6. on a project
  7. members
  8. up capsule
  9. it is airtight
  10. inflate

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
roughly
feasibility
successfully
airtight
initial
extension
orbiting
inflate

America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has (1) ____________ inflated a new, experimental room for crew members to use in space. The inflatable pod is now an (2) ____________ to the International Space Station (ISS). It is (3) ____________ four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to fully (4) ____________. ISS crew members now have to wait a week before entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure it is (5) ____________. The blow-up compartment is part of a test on the (6) ____________ of inflatable accommodation on the Moon and Mars, and of (7) ____________ space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million for the demo capsule. It hopes this (8) ____________ test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
founder
heavens
sturdy
short
compressed
currently
capsule
decade

The inflatable is the world's first blow-up (9) ____________ for astronauts, cosmonauts and other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for (10) ____________. It is named after Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and built it. Company (11) ____________ Robert Bigelow has spent many years investing in and building hotels. He is (12) ____________ working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve as hotels in the (13) ____________ by the end of the (14) ____________. He said he envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to transport as (15) ____________, airless units, but big enough and (16) ____________ enough to live in, once filled with air.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  inflated a new, experimental room for crew members ______
     a.  to use on space
     b.  to use in space
     c.  to use at space
     d.  to use to space

2)  It is roughly four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days ______
     a.  for fully inflate
     b.  to filling inflate
     c.  to fully inflate
     d.  to filled inflate

3)  ISS crew members now have to wait a week ______
     a.  then entering it
     b.  before entering it
     c.  afore entering it
     d.  pre entering it

4)  The blow-up compartment is part of a test ______
     a.  on the feasibility
     b.  in a feasibility
     c.  on the feast ability
     d.  on the freeze ability

5)  NASA paid $17.8 million for ______
     a.  the dynamo capsule
     b.  the demon capsule
     c.  the de-mob capsule
     d.  the demo capsule

6)  the world's first blow-up capsule for astronauts, cosmonauts and ______
     a.  another space travellers
     b.  other space travels
     c.  other space revelers
     d.  other space travellers

7)  Bigelow has spent many years investing ______ hotels
     a.  in and building
     b.  inn and building
     c.  in a building
     d.  inner building

8)  space stations that could serve as hotels in the heavens by the end ______
     a.  of the decadence
     b.  of the decades
     c.  of the decade
     d.  of the arcade

9)  He said he envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism ______
     a.  on the future
     b.  in the futures
     c.  in the futurity
     d.  in the future

10)  but big enough and sturdy enough to live in, once ______
     a.  filtered with there
     b.  filled with air
     c.  filled within air
     d.  filtered with air

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully (1) ___________________, experimental room for crew members to use in space. The inflatable pod is (2) ___________________ to the International Space Station (ISS). It is roughly four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days (3) ___________________. ISS crew members now have to wait a week before entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure (4) ___________________. The blow-up compartment is part of a test on the feasibility of inflatable accommodation on the Moon and Mars, (5) ___________________ space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million for the demo capsule. It hopes this (6) ___________________ to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station.

The inflatable is the world's first blow-up (7) ___________________, cosmonauts and other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for short. (8) ___________________ Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and built it. Company founder Robert Bigelow has spent many years (9) ___________________ building hotels. He is currently working on (10) ___________________ two private space stations that could serve as hotels in the heavens by the end of the decade. He said he envisions inflatables (11) ___________________ space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to transport as compressed, airless units, but big enough and (12) ___________________ live in, once filled with air.

Comprehension questions

  1. Which organisation successfully inflated the ISS extension?
  2. How wide is the inflated pod?
  3. How long do crew members have to wait before entering the pod?
  4. What do crew members have to check for before entering the pod?
  5. How much did NASA pay for the pod?
  6. How many inflatable pods were in space before this one?
  7. What is the shortened name of the pod?
  8. When could space hotels be in space?
  9. What did Robert Bigelow say the inflatables would be a big part of?
  10. What are the inflatable pods sturdy enough to do?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which organisation successfully inflated the ISS extension?
a) UNICEF
b) NASA
c) NATO
d) NASCAR

2) How wide is the inflated pod?
a) 23 metres
b) 2.3 metres
c) 32 metres
d) 3.2 metres

3) How long do crew members have to wait before entering the pod?
a) 36 hours
b) 3 days
c) a week
d) several hours

4) What do crew members have to check for before entering the pod?
a) to see if it is airtight
b) damage
c) space debris
d) viruses

5) How much did NASA pay for the pod?
a) $178 million
b) $17.8 million
c) $187 million
d) $18.7 million

6) How many inflatable pods were in space before this one?
a) 0
b) 3
c) 11
d) 452

7) What is the shortened name of the pod?
a) ISSY
b) BOB
c) BEAM
d) PODDY

8) When could space hotels be in space?
a) by 2020
b) by 2025
c) by 2030
d) by 2050

9) What did Robert Bigelow say the inflatables would be a big part of?
a) NASA
b) theme parks
c) Disney
d) the future of space travel

10) What are the inflatable pods sturdy enough to do?
a) cut with a knife
b) house 1,000 people
c) live in
d) survive a meteor shower

Role play

Role A — The view

You think the view is the best thing about staying at a space hotel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): weightlessness, the journey there or souvenirs.

Role B — Weightlessness

You think weightlessness is the best thing about staying at a space hotel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): the view, the journey there or souvenirs.

Role C — The journey there

You think the journey there is the best thing about staying at a space hotel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): weightlessness, the view or souvenirs.

Role D — Souvenirs

You think souvenirs are the best things about staying at a space hotel. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why):  weightlessness, the journey there or the view.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'space'

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  • and 'station'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • first
    • named
    • spent
    • project
    • future
    • filled
    • use
    • roughly
    • wait
    • test
    • orbiting
    • bigger




    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 - International Space Station gets air-filled extension

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'space'?
    3. What do you know about NASA?
    4. What do you think about the inflatable extension?
    5. What could the new inflatable pod be used for?
    6. What do you think it's like to work on the ISS?
    7. Would you like to stay in an inflatable space hotel?
    8. Which is better – a hotel on the Moon or an orbiting hotel?
    9. What dangers could there be with the inflatable capsule?
    10. Would you be a good astronaut? Why?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What is the difference between astronauts and cosmonauts?
    3. What do you know about the ISS?
    4. What are the dangers of working in space?
    5. What do you think of space tourism?
    6. What other uses could there be for inflatable rooms in space?
    7. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel in space or on Earth? Why?
    8. What will space tourism look like in the future?
    9. What are the pros and cons of living in space?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronauts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has successfully inflated a new, experimental room for crew members to use (1) ____ space. The inflatable pod is now an extension to the International Space Station (ISS). It is  (2) ____ four metres long and 3.2 metres wide. It took three days to (3) ____ inflate. ISS crew members now have to wait a week before entering it. NASA engineers must first ensure it is (4) ____. The blow-up compartment is part of a test on the (5) ____ of inflatable accommodation on the Moon and Mars, and of orbiting space hotels. NASA paid $17.8 million for the (6) ____ capsule. It hopes this initial test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station.

    The inflatable is the world's first blow-up capsule for astronauts, cosmonauts and other space (7) ____. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for (8) ____. It is named after Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and built it. Company founder Robert Bigelow has spent many years investing (9) ____ and building hotels. He is currently working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve (10) ____ hotels in the heavens by the end of the decade. He said he envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism in the future. The pods are small enough to transport as (11) ____, airless units, but big enough and sturdy enough to live in, (12) ____ filled with air.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

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    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The inflatable is the world's first blew up / blow-up capsule for astronauts, cosmonauts and another / other space travellers. It is called the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM for / four short. It is named after Bigelow Aerospace, the company that designed and build / built it. Company founder Robert Bigelow has spent many / much years investing in and building hotels. He is present / currently working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve / save as hotels in the heavens by the end of the decade. He said he visions / envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism in / on the future. The pods are small enough to transport as compressed, airless units, but big enough and study / sturdy enough to live in, once filled with air.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    america's national aeronautics and space administration (nasa) has successfully inflated a new experimental room for crew members to use in space the inflatable pod is now an extension to the international space station (iss) it is roughly four metres long and 32 metres wide it took three days to fully inflate iss crew members now have to wait a week before entering it nasa engineers must first ensure it is airtight the blow-up compartment is part of a test on the feasibility of inflatable accommodation on the moon and mars and of orbiting space hotels nasa paid $178 million for the demo capsule it hopes this initial test will lead to bigger inflatable rooms at the space station

    the inflatable is the world's first blow-up capsule for astronauts cosmonauts and other space travellers it is called the bigelow expandable activity module or beam for short it is named after bigelow aerospace the company that designed and built it company founder robert bigelow has spent many years investing in and building hotels he is currently working on a project to build two private space stations that could serve as hotels in the heavens by the end of the decade he said he envisions inflatables as a big part of space travel and tourism in the future the pods are small enough to transport as compressed airless units but big enough and sturdy enough to live in once filled with air

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    uccessfullyinflatedanew,experimentalroomforcrewmemberstousei
    nspace.TheinflatablepodisnowanextensiontotheInternationalSpace
    Station(ISS).Itisroughlyfourmetreslongand3.2metreswide.Ittookth
    reedaystofullyinflate.ISScrewmembersnowhavetowaitaweekbefore
    enteringit.NASAengineersmustfirstensureitisairtight.Theblow-upco
    mpartmentispartofatestonthefeasibilityofinflatableaccommodation
    ontheMoonandMars,andoforbitingspacehotels.NASApaid$17.8milli
    onforthedemocapsule.Ithopesthisinitialtestwillleadtobiggerinflatabl
    eroomsatthespacestation.Theinflatableistheworld'sfirstblow-upca
    psuleforastronauts,cosmonautsandotherspacetravellers.Itiscalledt
    heBigelowExpandableActivityModule,orBEAMforshort.Itisnamedaft
    erBigelowAerospace,thecompanythatdesignedandbuiltit.Companyf
    ounderRobertBigelowhasspentmanyyearsinvestinginandbuildingho
    tels.Heiscurrentlyworkingonaprojecttobuildtwoprivatespacestation
    sthatcouldserveashotelsintheheavensbytheendofthedecade.Hesaid
    heenvisionsinflatablesasabigpartofspacetravelandtourisminthefutu
    re.Thepodsaresmallenoughtotransportascompressed,airlessunits,b
    utbigenoughandsturdyenoughtolivein,oncefilledwithair.

    Free writing

    Write about International Space Station for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Money should be spent on health and education, not space research. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about the ISS inflatable room. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. ISS: Make a poster about the ISS. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. SPACE TOURISM: Write a magazine article about space tourism. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on space tourism. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what people could do on a space holiday. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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