The Reading / Listening - Alan Turing - Level 4

Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, will be honored by appearing on a U.K. banknote. Mr Turing was chosen ahead of many British historical figures to be on the new £50 note. Turing helped Britain and its allies win World War II. He helped to crack the Enigma code the Nazis used to send its messages. He invented a giant computer to do this. The computer saw in the birth of modern computing and the start of artificial intelligence.



Alan Turing was a maths genius. He was born in London in 1912 and graduated from Cambridge University. He created an algorithm-based computing machine. He said: "This is only a foretaste of what is to come, and only the shadow of what is going to be." Despite his key role in ending WWII, he was ill-treated after the war for being homosexual. Being gay was illegal in the UK until 1967. Turing died in 1954, aged 41. Police said it was suicide.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Alan Turing - Level 5 or  Alan Turing - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/jul/15/alan-turing-father-of-modern-computing-50-pound-note
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/07/15/alan-turing-face-new-50-note-first-lgbt-community/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-48994393


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. appearing on a
  2. chosen ahead of many British
  3. Turing helped Britain and
  4. He helped to crack
  5. the Nazis used to
  6. He invented a giant computer
  7. the birth of modern
  8. the start of artificial
  1. computing
  2. its allies
  3. intelligence
  4. send its messages
  5. historical figures
  6. the Enigma code
  7. to do this
  8. U.K. banknote

Paragraph 2

  1. Alan Turing was a maths
  2. an algorithm-based
  3. This is only a foretaste
  4. the shadow of
  5. his key role in
  6. he was ill-treated after the war
  7. Being gay was illegal in
  8. Police said it
  1. the UK until 1967
  2. genius
  3. was suicide
  4. ending WWII
  5. computing machine
  6. what is going to be
  7. for being homosexual
  8. of what is to come

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Alan Turing, the father of modern computer science, (1) ___________________ by appearing on a U.K. banknote. Mr Turing was chosen (2) ___________________ British historical figures to be on the new £50 note. Turing helped Britain and (3) ___________________ World War II. He (4) ___________________ the Enigma code the Nazis used to send its messages. He invented a giant computer (5) ___________________. The computer saw in (6) ___________________ modern computing and the start of artificial intelligence.

Alan Turing was (7) ___________________. He was born in London in 1912 and graduated from Cambridge University. He (8) ___________________-based computing machine. He said: "This is (9) ___________________ of what is to come, and only the (10) ___________________ is going to be." Despite his key role in ending WWII, he was (11) ___________________ war for being homosexual. Being gay was illegal in the UK until 1967. Turing died in 1954, aged 41. Police said (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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pearingonaU.K.banknote.MrTuringwaschosenaheadofmanyBritishh
istoricalfigurestobeonthenew£50note.TuringhelpedBritainanditsalli
eswinWorldWarII.HehelpedtocracktheEnigmacodetheNazisusedtos
enditsmessages.Heinventedagiantcomputertodothis.Thecomputer
sawinthebirthofmoderncomputingandthestartofartificialintelligence
.AlanTuringwasamathsgenius.HewasborninLondonin1912andgradu
atedfromCambridgeUniversity.Hecreatedanalgorithm-basedcom
putingmachine.Hesaid:"Thisisonlyaforetasteofwhatistocome,ando
nlytheshadowofwhatisgoingtobe."DespitehiskeyroleinendingWWII,
hewasill-treatedafterthewarforbeinghomosexual.Beinggaywasilleg
alintheUKuntil1967.Turingdiedin1954,aged41.Policesaiditwassuici
de.

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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Free writing

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