The Reading / Listening - Chemistry - Level 1

The Nobel Prize in chemistry went to three scientists. They will share the $1,090,000 prize. They found a special way of photographing molecules. Molecules are the smallest building blocks in our body and in everything around us. The scientists made a technique called cryo-EM. It can zoom in to amazing new levels. Scientists can now see things in our bodies never seen before. They can see how molecules move.



The Nobel committee said cryo-EM will change science forever and move science into a new era. It added: "Soon, there will be no more secrets. Now we can see the…details of [molecules] in every corner of our cells and every drop of our body fluids. We can understand how…they act and how they work together….We are facing a revolution." A professor said there were many uses for cryo-EM. Scientists can look at viruses and find cures for many diseases.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Chemistry - Level 0 Chemistry - Level 2   or  Chemistry - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41495621
  • http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/10/cold-clear-view-life-wins-chemistry-nobel
  • https://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/seeing-the-invisible-world-with-the-2017-nobel-prize-in-chemistry


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. They will share the $1,090,000
  2. the smallest building blocks
  3. in everything around
  4. scientists made a technique
  5. It can zoom in to
  6. Scientists can now see things
  7. never seen
  8. They can see how
  1. called cryo-EM
  2. in our bodies
  3. prize
  4. molecules move
  5. us
  6. before
  7. in our body
  8. amazing new levels

Paragraph 2

  1. cryo-EM will change science
  2. there will
  3. every drop of our body
  4. We can understand how
  5. We are facing a
  6. there were many uses
  7. Scientists can look
  8. find cures for many
  1. they act
  2. at viruses
  3. forever
  4. diseases
  5. fluids
  6. be no more secrets
  7. revolution
  8. for cryo-EM

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Nobel Prize in chemistry (1) ___________________ scientists. They will share the $1,090,000 prize. They found (2) ___________________ of photographing molecules. Molecules are the smallest building (3) ___________________ body and in everything around us. The scientists (4) ___________________ called cryo-EM. It can (5) ___________________ amazing new levels. Scientists can now see things in our bodies never seen before. They (6) ___________________ molecules move.

The Nobel committee said cryo-EM (7) ___________________ forever and move science into (8) ___________________. It added: "Soon, there will be (9) ___________________. Now we can see the…details of [molecules] in every corner of our cells and every drop of (10) ___________________. We can understand how…they act and how they work together….We are facing a revolution." A professor said there (11) ___________________ for cryo-EM. Scientists can look at viruses and (12) ___________________ many diseases.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheNobelPrizeinchemistrywenttothreescientists.Theywillsharethe$
1,090,000prize.Theyfoundaspecialwayofphotographingmolecules.
Moleculesarethesmallestbuildingblocksinourbodyandineverythinga
roundus.Thescientistsmadeatechniquecalledcryo-EM.Itcanzoomi
ntoamazingnewlevels.Scientistscannowseethingsinourbodiesnever
seenbefore.Theycanseehowmoleculesmove.TheNobelcommitteesai
dcryo-EMwillchangescienceforeverandmovescienceintoanewera.I
tadded:"Soon,therewillbenomoresecrets.Nowwecanseethe…details
of[molecules]ineverycornerofourcellsandeverydropofourbodyfluids
.Wecanunderstandhow…theyactandhowtheyworktogether….Weare
facingarevolution."Aprofessorsaidthereweremanyusesforcryo-E
M.Scientistscanlookatvirusesandfindcuresformanydiseases.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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