The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Scientists say it could take at least 1,500 years before humans make contact with species of aliens, or for them to communicate with or find us. Astronomers from Cornell University in the USA combined two existing theories about the possibility of life existing on other planets to form a new equation. One of these theories is the Fermi Paradox described by physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950. This states that while billions of Earth-like planets exist in our galaxy, not one has made contact with Earth yet. The other is the mediocrity principle, which suggests that because there is life on Earth, it will typically exist on Earth-like planets throughout the universe.



Study author Evan Solomonides will soon present a research paper on his theory. He said: "We haven't heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place, but that doesn't mean no one is out there." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he proposes that ET would not have been able to decipher them. He said they would need to decode the light waves into sounds and analyse 3,000 human languages to understand any messages. He said that signals from Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way galaxy alone contains 200 billion stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals, so we should keep looking."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/23863/20160617/contact-aliens-1500-years.htm
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/165512/20160617/alien-contact-new-calculations-say-we-should-wait-it-out-for-1500-years.htm
  • http://astronomy.com/news/2016/06/it-may-take-1500-years-to-meet-et


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. ALIENS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about ALIENS. 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?

       scientists / 1,500 years / aliens / communicate / theories / billions / planets / galaxy /
       research paper / space / a big place / signals / languages / messages / stars

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

3. ALIENS EXIST: Students A strongly believe aliens exist; Students B strongly believe they don't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. EARTH TOUR: What would you show an alien on Earth? Talk about this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • People to meet
  • Places to see
  • Music to listen to
  • Technology to look at
  • History
  • A sport
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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. SOUVENIR: Rank these with your partner. Put the best souvenir to give an alien visiting Earth at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • a Sony PlayStation
  • an encyclopaedia
  • a piano
  • a book on world cooking
  • a rock
  • a plant
  • a DVD
  • a painting

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Scientists said we will meet aliens in 1,500 years from now.     T / F
  2. Scientists looked at 20 different theories on whether aliens exist.     T / F
  3. One theory scientists looked at was from an Italian physicist.     T / F
  4. Another theory said there is life on Earth so there will be on other planets.   T / F
  5. The researcher presented his research paper last month.     T / F
  6. The researcher said aliens could have received signals from Earth.     T / F
  7. The researcher said aliens would need to decode 3,000 languages.     T / F
  8. The researcher suggested we stop looking for alien life.     T / F

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

  1. at least
  2. communicate
  3. possibility
  4. existing
  5. throughout
  6. present
  7. proposes
  8. decipher
  9. reached
  10. contains
  1. being
  2. suggests
  3. work out
  4. make contact
  5. give
  6. got to
  7. more than
  8. comprises
  9. all over
  10. likelihood

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

  1. make contact with species
  2. combined
  3. billions of
  4. it will typically exist on Earth-
  5. throughout the
  6. present a research paper
  7. that doesn't mean no one
  8. extraterrestrials could have received
  9. decode the light waves
  10. the Milky Way galaxy alone
  1. is out there
  2. like planets
  3. into sounds
  4. on his theory
  5. two existing theories
  6. signals from Earth
  7. Earth-like planets exist
  8. contains 200 billion stars
  9. universe
  10. of aliens

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
billions
least
principle
existing
species
throughout
contact
equation

Scientists say it could take at (1) ____________ 1,500 years before humans make contact with (2) ____________ of aliens, or for them to communicate with or find us. Astronomers from Cornell University in the USA combined two (3) ____________ theories about the possibility of life existing on other planets to form a new (4) ____________. One of these theories is the Fermi Paradox described by physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950. This states that while (5) ____________ of Earth-like planets exist in our galaxy, not one has made (6) ____________ with Earth yet. The other is the mediocrity (7) ____________, which suggests that because there is life on Earth, it will typically exist on Earth-like planets (8) ____________ the universe.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
there
present
decipher
galaxy
yet
miss
proposes
waves

Study author Evan Solomonides will soon (9) ____________ a research paper on his theory. He said: "We haven't heard from aliens (10) ____________, as space is a big place, but that doesn't mean no one is out (11) ____________." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he (12) ____________ that ET would not have been able to (13) ____________ them. He said they would need to decode the light (14) ____________ into sounds and analyse 3,000 human languages to understand any messages. He said that signals from Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way (15) ____________ alone contains 200 billion stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may (16) ____________ the signals, so we should keep looking."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  it could take at least 1,500 years before humans make contact with ______
     a.  species off aliens
     b.  species for aliens
     c.  species of aliens
     d.  species from aliens

2)  combined two existing theories about the possibility of life existing ______
     a.  on another planets
     b.  in other planets
     c.  on other planets
     d.  on other planet

3) One of these theories is the Fermi Paradox described ______ Fermi
     a.  by physics Enrico
     b.  by physicist Enrico
     c.  by physicists Enrico
     d.  by physical Enrico

4)  This states that while billions of Earth-like planets ______
     a.  exist in your glacier
     b.  exists in our galaxy
     c.  exist in our glacier
     d.  exist in our galaxy

5)  because there is life on Earth, it will typically exist on Earth-like planets ______ universe
     a.  through out the
     b.  thought out the
     c.  thorough out the
     d.  throughout the

6)  Study author Evan Solomonides will soon present a research ______ theory
     a.  paper on his
     b.  paper in his
     c.  paper at his
     d.  paper to his

7)  space is a big place, but that doesn't mean no ______
     a.  one be out there
     b.  one is out there
     c.  one is in there
     d.  one is out here

8)  According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received ______
     a.  cygnet from Earth
     b.  signals for Earth
     c.  signals from Earth
     d.  cygnets from Earth

9)  He said they would need to decode the light ______
     a.  waves onto sounds
     b.  waves into sounds
     c.  waves in two sounds
     d.  waves in too sound

10)  If we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals, so ______ looking
     a.  he shouldn't keep
     b.  we should keeping
     c.  we should keep
     d.  he should keep

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say it could (1) ___________________ 1,500 years before humans make contact with species of aliens, or for them to communicate with or find us. Astronomers from Cornell University in the USA (2) ___________________ theories about the possibility of life existing on other planets (3) ___________________ equation. One of these theories is the Fermi Paradox (4) ___________________ Enrico Fermi in 1950. This states that while billions of Earth-like planets (5) ___________________, not one has made contact with Earth yet. The other is the mediocrity principle, which suggests that because there is life on Earth, (6) ___________________ on Earth-like planets throughout the universe.

Study author Evan Solomonides (7) ___________________ a research paper on his theory. He said: "We haven't heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place, but that doesn't (8) ___________________ out there." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he (9) ___________________ would not have been (10) ___________________ them. He said they would need to decode the light waves into sounds and analyse 3,000 human languages to understand any messages. He said that signals from Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way (11) ___________________ 200 billion stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may (12) ___________________, so we should keep looking."

Comprehension questions

  1. How many years might it be before we make contact with aliens?
  2. What university are the researchers from?
  3. When did the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi describe his theory?
  4. What is the name of the second theory mentioned in the article?
  5. Where does the second theory mentioned say life "will typically exist"?
  6. Who is Evan Solomonides?
  7. What does Evan Solomonides say about space?
  8. What did Evan Solomonides say extraterrestrials could have received?
  9. How many languages would aliens need to understand?
  10. What contains 200 billion stars?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many years might it be before we make contact with aliens?
a) exactly 1,500
b) around 1,500
c) more than 1,500
d) less than 1,500

2) What university are the researchers from?
a) Cornell
b) Corniche
c) Cornwall
d) Corn

3) When did the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi describe his theory?
a) 1950
b) 1590
c) 1509
d) 1905

4) What is the name of the second theory mentioned in the article?
a) the meritocracy principle
b) the mediocrity principle
c) the media principle
d) the medicinal principle

5) Where does the second theory mentioned say life "will typically exist"?
a) on Alpha Centauri
b) in a distant galaxy far far away
c) in our solar system
d) on Earth-like planets

6) Who is Evan Solomonides?
a) an astronaut
b) a researcher
c) an expert on alien personality
d) the inventor of alien language

7) What does Evan Solomonides say about space?
a) it's a big place
b) it's a dark place
c) it's a cold place
d) it's a nice place

8) What did Evan Solomonides say extraterrestrials could have received?
a) stars
b) satellites
c) signals
d) an invitation

9) How many languages would aliens need to understand?
a) 750
b) 1,000
c) 2,000
d) 3,000

10) What contains 200 billion stars?
a) the Milky Way
b) our solar system
c) all of space
d) a distant galaxy far far away

Role play

Role A — A rock

You think a rock is the best souvenir to give an alien. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their souvenirs aren't good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a plant, an encyclopaedia or a Sony PlayStation.

Role B — A plant

You think a plant is the best souvenir to give an alien. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their souvenirs aren't good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a rock, an encyclopaedia or a Sony PlayStation.

Role C —An encyclopaedia

You think an encyclopaedia is the best souvenir to give an alien. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their souvenirs aren't good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a plant, a rock or a Sony PlayStation.

Role D —A Sony PlayStation

You think a Sony PlayStation is the best souvenir to give an alien. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their souvenirs aren't good. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why):  a plant, an encyclopaedia or a rock.

After reading / listening

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

'alien'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'planet'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • author
    • big
    • could
    • decode
    • messages
    • miss
    • least
    • combined
    • described
    • physicist
    • other
    • typically




    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 - We may not meet aliens until the year 3500

    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 'alien'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How likely is it that aliens exist?
    5. What would you say to an alien if you met one?
    6. What would social media reaction to an alien landing be like?
    7. What would your feelings be on suddenly meeting an alien?
    8. How much of a threat would aliens be?
    9. What would you do with an alien for one day?
    10. What will Earth be like in the year 3500?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How interested are you in astronomy?
    3. How far will humans go in space?
    4. What would it be like to live side-by-side with aliens?
    5. How similar would aliens be to humans?
    6. What would you do on day one if aliens attacked Earth?
    7. What is your favourite movie about aliens?
    8. What would aliens like and dislike about Earth?
    9. What advice do you have for aliens?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronomers?

    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)

    Scientists say it could take at least 1,500 years (1) ____ humans make contact with species of aliens, or for them to communicate with or find (2) ____. Astronomers from Cornell University in the USA (3) ____ two existing theories about the possibility of life existing on other planets to form a new (4) ____. One of these theories is the Fermi Paradox described by physicist Enrico Fermi in 1950. This states that (5) ____ billions of Earth-like planets exist in our galaxy, not one has made contact with Earth yet. The other is the mediocrity principle, which suggests that because there is life on Earth, it will typically exist on Earth-like planets (6) ____ the universe.

    Study author Evan Solomonides will soon (7) ____ a research paper on his theory. He said: "We haven't heard from aliens yet, (8) ____ space is a big place, but that doesn't mean no one is out (9) ____." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he proposes that ET would not have been able to (10) ____ them. He said they would need to decode the light waves into sounds and analyse 3,000 human languages to understand any messages. He said that signals from Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way galaxy (11) ____ contains 200 billion stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may (12) ____ the signals, so we should keep looking."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)      from      (b)      after      (c)      then      (d)      before     
    2. (a)      peoples      (b)      human      (c)      them      (d)      us     
    3. (a)      combed      (b)      combined      (c)      comprised      (d)      crimped     
    4. (a)      equal      (b)      equality      (c)      equation      (d)      equator     
    5. (a)      while      (b)      when      (c)      which      (d)      whatsoever     
    6. (a)      throughout      (b)      thorough      (c)      thought      (d)      though     
    7. (a)      podium      (b)      workshop      (c)      gift      (d)      present     
    8. (a)      as      (b)      while      (c)      so      (d)      and     
    9. (a)      here      (b)      there      (c)      space      (d)      universe     
    10. (a)      design      (b)      deliver      (c)      decipher      (d)      decider     
    11. (a)      solitary      (b)      sole      (c)      alone      (d)      lone     
    12. (a)      obscure      (b)      miss      (c)      halt      (d)      late

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way galaxy alone contains 200 billion

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    (    )     stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals, so we should keep looking."

    (    )     there." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he proposes

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    (    )     that ET would not have been able to decipher them. He said they would need to decode the light

    (    )     yet. The other is the mediocrity principle, which suggests that because there is life on Earth, it will

    (    )     typically exist on Earth-like planets throughout the universe.

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    Put the words in the right order

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    10. keep   looking   We   may   miss   the   signals   ,   so   we   should   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Study author Evan Solomonides will soon present / gift a research paper on / in his theory. He said: "We haven't heard from aliens yet, as space is a big place, but that doesn't mean / meaning no one is out here / there." According to Solomonides, extraterrestrials could have received signals from Earth. However, he prospers / proposes that ET would not have been able to decipher them. He said they would need to decode the lit / light waves into sounds and analyse 3,000 human languages to / for understand any messages. He said that signals / signal from Earth have only reached about 8,500 stars and that the Milky Way galaxy alone / lone contains 200 billion stars. He added: "If we stop listening or looking, we may miss the signals, so we should keep / still looking."

    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

    scientists say it could take at least 1500 years before humans make contact with species of aliens or for them to communicate with or find us astronomers from cornell university in the usa combined two existing theories about the possibility of life existing on other planets to form a new equation one of these theories is the fermi paradox described by physicist enrico fermi in 1950 this states that while billions of earth-like planets exist in our galaxy not one has made contact with earth yet the other is the mediocrity principle which suggests that because there is life on earth it will typically exist on earth-like planets throughout the universe

    study author evan solomonides will soon present a research paper on his theory he said "we haven't heard from aliens yet as space is a big place but that doesn't mean no one is out there" according to solomonides extraterrestrials could have received signals from earth however he proposes that et would not have been able to decipher them he said they would need to decode the light waves into sounds and analyse 3000 human languages to understand any messages he said that signals from earth have only reached about 8500 stars and that the milky way galaxy alone contains 200 billion stars he added "if we stop listening or looking we may miss the signals so we should keep looking"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Scientistssayitcouldtakeatleast1,500yearsbeforehumansmakecont
    actwithspeciesofaliens,orforthemtocommunicatewithorfindus.Astr
    onomersfromCornellUniversityintheUSAcombinedtwoexistingtheori
    esaboutthepossibilityoflifeexistingonotherplanetstoformanewequat
    ion.OneofthesetheoriesistheFermiParadoxdescribedbyphysicistEnri
    coFermiin1950.ThisstatesthatwhilebillionsofEarth-likeplanetsexi
    stinourgalaxy,notonehasmadecontactwithEarthyet.Theotheristhe
    mediocrityprinciple,whichsuggeststhatbecausethereislifeonEarth,it
    willtypicallyexistonEarth-likeplanetsthroughouttheuniverse.Stu
    dyauthorEvanSolomonideswillsoonpresentaresearchpaperonhisthe
    ory.Hesaid:"Wehaven'theardfromaliensyet,asspaceisabigplace,but
    thatdoesn'tmeannooneisoutthere."AccordingtoSolomonides,extrat
    errestrialscouldhavereceivedsignalsfromEarth.However,hepropose
    sthatETwouldnothavebeenabletodecipherthem.Hesaidtheywouldne
    edtodecodethelightwavesintosoundsandanalyse3,000humanlangu
    agestounderstandanymessages.HesaidthatsignalsfromEarthhaveo
    nlyreachedabout8,500starsandthattheMilkyWaygalaxyalonecontai
    ns200billionstars.Headded:"Ifwestoplisteningorlooking,wemaymis
    sthesignals,soweshouldkeeplooking."

    Free writing

    Write about aliens for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Aliens are good. 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 aliens. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CONTACT: Make a poster about what to do with aliens for their first day on Earth. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. DANGER: Write a magazine article about aliens. Include imaginary interviews with people who thing they would be a great danger, and with people who think they wouldn't.

    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 aliens. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what to do if they made contact. 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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