The Reading / Listening - Alien Attack - Level 0

There is a new job at NASA. It is for a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). He or she will make sure no alien life comes to Earth after astronauts come back. The job is on the usajobs.gov website. The PPO will get paid up to $187,000 a year. It is for three to five years. NASA only has two PPOs. It is only for U.S. citizens.



People must be well qualified. They must have a degree in science, engineering or maths. People need experience in planning and managing important space programs. Finally, people need skills that lead to "win-win solutions". The new PPO will help future NASA missions. One of these is to Jupiter to search for alien life.

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Sources
  • https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474414000
  • http://nypost.com/2017/08/01/nasa-job-opening-to-protect-earth-from-aliens-has-6-figure-salary/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/nasa-hiring-planetary-protection-officer-save-earth-aliens-645254


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. There is a new
  2. she will make sure no alien
  3. after astronauts
  4. The job is on the
  5. The PPO will get paid up to
  6. It is for three
  7. NASA only has
  8. It is only
  1. usajobs.gov website
  2. two PPOs
  3. $187,000 a year
  4. for U.S. citizens
  5. come back
  6. job at NASA
  7. life comes to Earth
  8. to five years

Paragraph 2

  1. People must be well
  2. They must have a degree
  3. engineering or
  4. managing important space
  5. people need skills that lead to
  6. The new PPO will help
  7. One of these is
  8. search for alien
  1. maths
  2. future NASA missions
  3. life
  4. to Jupiter
  5. qualified
  6. programs
  7. "win-win solutions"
  8. in science

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ job at NASA. It is for a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). He or she will (2) ___________________ alien life (3) ___________________ after astronauts come back. The (4) ___________________ the usajobs.gov website. The PPO will get (5) ___________________ $187,000 a year. It is for three to five years. NASA only has two PPOs. (6) ___________________ for U.S. citizens.

People (7) ___________________ qualified. They must have a (8) ___________________, engineering or maths. People need (9) ___________________ planning and managing important space programs. Finally, people need skills that lead to "(10) ___________________". The new PPO will help future NASA missions. One (11) ___________________ to Jupiter to (12) ___________________ life.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThereisanewjobatNASA.ItisforaPlanetaryProtectionOfficer(PPO).He
orshewillmakesurenoalienlifecomestoEarthafterastronautscomeba
ck.Thejobisontheusajobs.govwebsite.ThePPOwillgetpaidupto$187,
000ayear.Itisforthreetofiveyears.NASAonlyhastwoPPOs.Itisonlyfor
U.S.citizens.Peoplemustbewellqualified.Theymusthaveadegreeinsc
ience,engineeringormaths.Peopleneedexperienceinplanningandma
nagingimportantspaceprograms.Finally,peopleneedskillsthatleadto
"win-winsolutions".ThenewPPOwillhelpfutureNASAmissions.Oneoft
heseistoJupitertosearchforalienlife.

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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