The Reading / Listening - Extraterrestrial Life - Level 0

Is there life in space? Are we alone? These are big questions. Scientists will try to find if anybody is out there. Scientists have a mission, "to understand and explain the origin...of life...and the evolution of intelligence". They will scan the sky for signs of alien life. "Citizen scientists" will help real scientists to spot things.



Scientists will use radio telescopes to look for "techno-signatures" of alien life. These include chemicals, oxygen and lasers. A scientist said finding out if we are alone is one of the biggest questions in science. Another scientist said we are getting closer to finding out. She said science fiction is now "almost mainstream" science.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Extraterrestrial Life - Level 1 Extraterrestrial Life - Level 2   or  Extraterrestrial Life - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/alien-life-extraterrestrials-seti-latest-observatory-a9336681.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2020-02-technologies-strategies-extraterrestrial-life.html
  • https://www.seti.org/about-us/mission


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. try to find if anybody
  2. Scientists have a
  3. explain the origin of
  4. the evolution
  5. They will scan the
  6. signs of alien
  7. citizen
  8. help real scientists to
  1. life
  2. of intelligence
  3. spot things
  4. mission
  5. scientists
  6. is out there
  7. sky
  8. life

Paragraph 2

  1. Scientists will use radio
  2. "techno-signatures" of alien
  3. These include chemicals, oxygen
  4. finding out if we
  5. the biggest questions
  6. we are getting
  7. science
  8. mainstream
  1. in science
  2. and lasers
  3. science
  4. closer to finding out
  5. fiction
  6. life
  7. are alone
  8. telescopes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Is there life in space? (1) ___________________? These are big questions. Scientists will (2) ___________________ if anybody is out there. Scientists (3) ___________________, "to understand and explain the (4) ___________________...and the evolution of intelligence". They will (5) ___________________ for signs of alien life. "Citizen scientists" (6) ___________________ scientists to spot things.

Scientists will (7) ___________________ to look for "techno-signatures" (8) ___________________. These include chemicals, (9) ___________________. A scientist said finding out if we are alone is (10) ___________________ biggest questions in science. Another scientist said (11) ___________________ closer to finding out. She said science fiction (12) ___________________ mainstream" science.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Istherelifeinspace?Arewealone?Therearebigquestions.Scientistswill
trytofindifanybodyisoutthere.Scientistshaveamission,"tounderstan
dandexplaintheorigin...oflife...andtheevolutionofintelligence".They
willscantheskyforsignsofalienlife."Citizenscientists"willhelprealscie
ntiststospotthings.Scientistswilluseradiotelescopestolookfor"techn
o-signatures"ofalienlife.Theseincludechemicals,oxygenandlasers.A
scientistsaidfindingoutifwearealoneisoneofthebiggestquestionsinsc
ience.Anotherscientistsaidwearegettingclosertofindingout.Shesaid
sciencefictionisnow"almostmainstream"science.

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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