The Reading / Listening - Level 0

We learn a lot from nature. The latest thing is self-repairing clothing. Scientists can now make clothes that can repair themselves. There is no need for sewing. Scientists looked at how squid stick to things so well. They found a kind of glue on the suckers on a squid. It's like the silk in a spider's web.



A rip or tear in clothes will join together in less than a minute. You have to dip the tear in water. Soldiers and other people will be safer with clothes that repair quickly and easily. A scientist said nobody will be able to see the glue because it is very thin. He said our clothes will be stronger.

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Sources
  • http://www.cnet.com/news/clothes-that-heal-themselves-through-the-power-of-squid-teeth/
  • http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/research-innovations/blogs/how-squid-teeth-will-one-day-fix-torn-clothing
  • https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/12/squid-protein-makes-textiles-self-healing/


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. We learn a
  2. The latest thing
  3. clothes that can
  4. There is no
  5. Scientists looked at how squid
  6. They found a kind
  7. the suckers on
  8. It's like the silk
  1. a squid
  2. repair themselves
  3. stick to things
  4. of glue
  5. in a spider's web
  6. lot from nature
  7. need for sewing
  8. is self-repairing clothing

Paragraph 2

  1. A rip
  2. join
  3. in less than
  4. You have to dip the tear
  5. Soldiers and other people will
  6. clothes that repair
  7. it is very
  8. our clothes will be
  1. in water
  2. a minute
  3. thin
  4. be safer
  5. or tear in clothes
  6. stronger
  7. together
  8. quickly and easily

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We (1) ___________________ from nature. The latest thing is self-repairing clothing. Scientists (2) ___________________ clothes that can repair themselves. There (3) ___________________ sewing. Scientists looked at how squid (4) ___________________ so well. They found a (5) ___________________ on the suckers on a squid. It's (6) ___________________ a spider's web.

A (7) ___________________ clothes will join together              (8) ___________________ a minute. You                               (9) ___________________ tear in water. Soldiers and other people will (10) ___________________ clothes that repair quickly and easily. A scientist said nobody will be able               (11) ___________________ because it is very thin. He said      (12) ___________________ stronger.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Welearnalotfromnature.Thelatestthingisself-repairingclothing.Sc
ientistscannowmakeclothesthatcanrepairthemselves.Thereisnonee
dforsewing.Scientistslookedathowsquidsticktothingssowell.Theyfo
undakindofglueonthesuckersonasquid.It'slikethesilkinaspider'sweb
.Ariportearinclotheswilljointogetherinlessthanaminute.Youhavetodi
pthetearinwater.Soldiersandotherpeoplewillbesaferwithclothesthat
repairquicklyandeasily.Ascientistsaidnobodywillbeabletoseetheglu
ebecauseitisverythin.Hesaidourclotheswillbestronger.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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