The Reading / Listening - Alien Attack - Level 2

There is an exciting new job at NASA. It is for a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). The successful applicant will have to make sure no life forms from outer space come to Earth. The PPO will check astronauts and space equipment for any alien bacteria. The position is on the usajobs.gov website. The post says the PPO will get a yearly salary of up to $187,000. The job contract is for three years, but could be extended by two years. It is one of the most unique jobs in the world. NASA only employs two PPOs. The job is only open to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals.



People who want the job must be well qualified. They must have "broad engineering expertise" and a degree in physical science, engineering or mathematics. Candidates must show they have experience in planning, carrying out, or managing parts of important American space programs. Finally, the candidate must have skills in diplomacy that lead to "win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex…discussions". The new PPO will help to plan some future NASA missions. One of these is a trip to one of Jupiter's icy moons to search for alien life.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Alien Attack - Level 0 Alien Attack - Level 1   or  Alien Attack - Level 3

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 an exciting new
  2. life forms
  3. check astronauts and space
  4. the PPO will get a yearly
  5. The job contract is
  6. extended
  7. NASA only employs
  8. The job is only open
  1. for three years
  2. two PPOs
  3. salary
  4. to U.S. citizens
  5. from outer space
  6. job at NASA
  7. equipment
  8. by two years

Paragraph 2

  1. People who want the job must be
  2. a degree in
  3. they have experience
  4. important American space
  5. the candidate must have skills
  6. win-win
  7. a trip to one of Jupiter's icy
  8. search for alien
  1. moons
  2. programs
  3. solutions
  4. life
  5. physical science
  6. in planning
  7. in diplomacy
  8. well qualified

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ new job at NASA. It is for a Planetary Protection Officer (PPO). The (2) ___________________ will have to make sure no life forms (3) ___________________ come to Earth. The PPO will check astronauts and space equipment for any alien bacteria. The (4) ___________________ the usajobs.gov website. The post says the PPO will get a yearly salary of up to $187,000. The job (5) ___________________ three years, but could be extended by two years. It is one of the most unique jobs in the world. NASA only employs two PPOs. The job (6) ___________________ to U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals.

People who want the job (7) ___________________ qualified. They must have "broad engineering expertise" and (8) ___________________ physical science, engineering or mathematics. Candidates must show they have experience in planning, (9) ___________________ managing parts of important American space programs. Finally, the candidate must have skills in diplomacy (10) ___________________ "win-win solutions during extremely difficult and complex…discussions". The new PPO will help to plan some future NASA missions. One (11) ___________________ trip to one to Jupiter’s icy moons to search (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThereisanexcitingnewjobatNASA.ItisforaPlanetaryProtectionOfficer
(PPO).Thesuccessfulapplicantwillhavetomakesurenolifeformsfromo
uterspacecometoEarth.ThePPOwillcheckastronautsandspaceequip
mentforanyalienbacteria.Thepositionisontheusajobs.govwebsite.T
hepostsaysthePPOwillgetayearlysalaryofupto$187,000.Thejobcont
ractisforthreeyears,butcouldbeextendedbytwoyears.Itisoneofthem
ostuniquejobsintheworld.NASAonlyemploystwoPPOs.Thejobisonlyo
pentoU.S.citizensandU.S.nationals.Peoplewhowantthejobmustbew
ellqualified.Theymusthave"broadengineeringexpertise"andadegree
inphysicalscience,engineeringormathematics.Candidatesmustshow
theyhaveexperienceinplanning,carryingout,ormanagingpartsofimp
ortantAmericanspaceprograms.Finally,thecandidatemusthaveskills
indiplomacythatleadto"win-winsolutionsduringextremelydifficultan
dcomplex…discussions".ThenewPPOwillhelptoplansomefutureNASA
missions.OneoftheseisatriptoonetoJupiter’sicymoonstosearchforali
enlife.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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