The Reading / Listening - Asgardia - Level 4

A Russian, billionaire scientist is the leader of our first ever nation in space. He set up the space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Austria. He stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in...history as one of the greatest events for humankind." He added: "I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He said it was a project that would see human colonies on the Moon.



Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying city in ancient Scandinavian mythology. Around 200,000 people have signed up to be citizens. Within the next 10 years, this should be 150 million. It will be the ninth most populous country. New citizens must pass an intelligence test and pay an annual membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a goal to launch high-tech arks in space where Asgardian citizens can live, grow food and be financially successful.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Asgardia - Level 5 or  Asgardia - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/space-kingdom-asgardia-nation-iq-tests-citizens-a8417276.html
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6629190/asgardia-space-kingdom/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/asgardia-worlds-first-space-nation-inaugurates-head-state-994555


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. billionaire
  2. He set
  3. at a ceremony
  4. be recorded in
  5. one of the greatest
  6. declare with
  7. the first space
  8. human colonies
  1. history
  2. nation
  3. up the space nation
  4. on the Moon
  5. in Austria
  6. scientist
  7. confidence
  8. events

Paragraph 2

  1. ancient Scandinavian
  2. signed up
  3. Within the
  4. the ninth most populous
  5. pass an intelligence
  6. pay an annual
  7. launch high-tech
  8. be financially
  1. membership
  2. mythology
  3. arks in space
  4. next 10 years
  5. successful
  6. country
  7. test
  8. to be citizens

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Russian, billionaire scientist is (1) ___________________ our first ever nation in space. He set up the space nation of Asgardia (2) ___________________ in Austria. He stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in...history as one of (3) ___________________ for humankind." He added: "I can (4) ___________________ confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - (5) ___________________." He said it was a project that would (6) ___________________ on the Moon.

Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying (7) ___________________ Scandinavian mythology. Around 200,000 people (8) ___________________ to be citizens. Within the next 10 years, this should be 150 million. It will be the ninth (9) ___________________. New citizens must pass an intelligence test and (10) ___________________ membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a goal to launch high-tech (11) ___________________ where Asgardian citizens can (12) ___________________ and be financially successful.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ARussian,billionairescientististheleaderofourfirstevernationinspace
.HesetupthespacenationofAsgardiaataceremonyinAustria.Hestated
that:"Thisdaywillcertainlyberecordedin...historyasoneofthegreates
teventsforhumankind."Headded:"Icanthereforedeclarewithconfide
ncethatAsgardia-thefirstspacenationoftheunitedhumankind-hasb
eenborn."HesaiditwasaprojectthatwouldseehumancoloniesontheM
oon.AsgardiaisnamedafterAsgard-aflyingcityinancientScandina
vianmythology.Around200,000peoplehavesigneduptobecitizens.Wi
thinthenext10years,thisshouldbe150million.Itwillbetheninthmostp
opulouscountry.Newcitizensmustpassanintelligencetestandpayana
nnualmembershipof100euros.Asgardiahasagoaltolaunchhigh-tec
harksinspacewhereAsgardiancitizenscanlive,growfoodandbefinanci
allysuccessful.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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