The Reading / Listening - Sculptures - Level 0

A new artwork is on show at a hospital in Qatar. The artist's work is called "The Miraculous Journey". It is 14 sculptures that show how life starts, from conception to birth. The first sculpture shows sperm entering an egg. Others show an embryo, a fetus in the womb and a newborn baby. The sculptures are up to 14 meters high.



Not everyone is happy with the sculptures. Not everyone will like or understand them. They will start a lot of discussion. They show the hospital's work of taking care of women and babies. The artist said: "The journey a baby goes through before birth is bigger than anything." He said his sculpture will amaze people.

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Sources
  • https://mashable.com/article/damien-hirst-uterus-sculptures-qatar/
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/19/damien-hirst-delivers-controversy-with-giant-uterus-sculptures-at-qatar-hospital
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/10/damien-hirst-unveils-new-art-qatar-201310813953398901.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A new artwork
  2. sculptures that show
  3. from conception
  4. sperm entering
  5. Others show an
  6. a fetus in the
  7. a newborn
  8. The sculptures are up
  1. embryo
  2. baby
  3. how life starts
  4. to 14 meters high
  5. an egg
  6. to birth
  7. womb
  8. is on show

Paragraph 2

  1. Not everyone is happy with
  2. Not everyone will like or
  3. start a lot
  4. They show the hospital's
  5. taking care of women
  6. The journey a baby
  7. bigger
  8. his sculpture will
  1. work
  2. than anything
  3. and babies
  4. amaze people
  5. understand them
  6. of discussion
  7. the sculptures
  8. goes through

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new artwork (1) ___________________ at a hospital in Qatar. The artist's (2) ___________________ "The Miraculous Journey". It is 14 sculptures (3) ___________________ life starts, from conception to birth. (4) ___________________ shows sperm entering an egg. Others (5) ___________________, a fetus in the womb and a newborn baby. The sculptures (6) ___________________ 14 meters high.

Not everyone (7) ___________________ the sculptures. Not everyone (8) ___________________ understand them. They will start (9) ___________________ discussion. They show the hospital's work of (10) ___________________ women and babies. The artist said: "The journey (11) ___________________ through before birth is bigger than anything." He said his sculpture (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnewartworkisonshowatahospitalinQatar.Theartist'sworkiscalled"T
heMiraculousJourney".Itis14sculpturesthatshowhowlifestarts,from
conceptiontobirth.Thefirstsculptureshowsspermenteringanegg.Oth
ersshowanembryo,afetusinthewombandanewbornbaby.Thesculptu
resareupto14metershigh.Noteveryoneishappywiththesculptures.N
oteveryonewilllikeorunderstandthem.Theywillstartalotofdiscussion
.Theyshowthehospital'sworkoftakingcareofwomenandbabies.Thear
tistsaid:"Thejourneyababygoesthroughbeforebirthisbiggerthanany
thing."Hesaidhissculpturewillamazepeople.

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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