The Reading / Listening - Asgardia - Level 5

A Russian computer scientist is the leader of humankind's first ever nation in space. The Russian, a billionaire, set up the space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Austria. In his inauguration address, he stated that: "This day will certainly be recorded in...history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have established all branches of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation of the united humankind - has been born." He said it was a "humanitarian project" that would see the colonization of space and 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 Asgardian citizens. Within the next 10 years, it should have a population of 150 million, making it the ninth most populous country. Would-be Asgard citizens will have to pass an IQ test to prove their intelligence, and pay an annual membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term goal to launch life-sustaining, 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 4 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. at a
  2. In his inauguration
  3. one of the greatest events for
  4. established all branches
  5. declare with
  6. a humanitarian
  7. the colonization
  8. human
  1. humankind
  2. of space
  3. address
  4. project
  5. colonies on the Moon
  6. ceremony in Austria
  7. confidence
  8. of government

Paragraph 2

  1. in ancient Scandinavian
  2. signed up to be
  3. the ninth most populous
  4. pass an IQ test to prove
  5. pay an annual
  6. a long-
  7. high-tech arks
  8. be financially
  1. their intelligence
  2. in space
  3. mythology
  4. successful
  5. country
  6. membership
  7. Asgardian citizens
  8. term goal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Russian computer scientist is the (1) ___________________ first ever nation in space. The Russian, a billionaire, (2) ___________________ space nation of Asgardia at a ceremony in Austria. In his inauguration address, he stated that: "This day (3) ___________________ recorded in...history as one of the greatest events for humankind. We have (4) ___________________ of government. I can therefore declare with confidence that Asgardia - the first space nation (5) ___________________ humankind - has been born." He said it was a "humanitarian project" that would see the colonization of space and (6) ___________________ the Moon.

Asgardia is named after Asgard - a flying (7) ___________________ Scandinavian mythology. Around 200,000 people (8) ___________________ to be Asgardian citizens. Within the next 10 years, it should have a population of 150 million, making it (9) ___________________ populous country. Would-be Asgard citizens will have (10) ___________________ IQ test to prove their intelligence, and pay an annual membership of 100 euros. Asgardia has a long-term (11) ___________________ life-sustaining, high-tech arks in space where Asgardian citizens can live, grow food and (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ARussiancomputerscientististheleaderofhumankind'sfirstevernatio
ninspace.TheRussian,abillionaire,setupthespacenationofAsgardiaat
aceremonyinAustria.Inhisinaugurationaddress,hestatedthat:"Thisd
aywillcertainlyberecordedin...historyasoneofthegreatesteventsforh
umankind.Wehaveestablishedallbranchesofgovernment.Icantheref
oredeclarewithconfidencethatAsgardia-thefirstspacenationoftheuni
tedhumankind-hasbeenborn."Hesaiditwasa"humanitarianproject"t
hatwouldseethecolonizationofspaceandhumancoloniesontheMoon.
AsgardiaisnamedafterAsgard-aflyingcityinancientScandinavianmyt
hology.Around200,000peoplehavesigneduptobeAsgardiancitizens.
Withinthenext10years,itshouldhaveapopulationof150million,makin
gittheninthmostpopulouscountry.Would-beAsgardcitizenswillhavet
opassanIQtesttoprovetheirintelligence,andpayanannualmembershi
pof100euros.Asgardiahasalong-termgoaltolaunchlife-sustaining,h
igh-techarksinspacewhereAsgardiancitizenscanlive,growfoodandbe
financiallysuccessful.

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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