The Reading / Listening - Extraterrestrial Life - Level 1

Is there life in space? Are we alone? We have asked these questions for centuries. Scientists are trying to find out if anybody is out there. The researchers are from SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Its mission is, "to understand and explain the origin...of life...and the evolution of intelligence". Scientists will scan the sky for signs of alien life. "Citizen scientists" will use the data to spot things missed by scientists.



Scientists will use giant radio telescopes to look for "techno-signatures" of alien life. These include chemicals, large amounts of oxygen, non-natural structures, and lasers. It is the first time a project will search the entire sky. An astronomer said finding out if we are alone, "is among the [biggest] questions in science". Another scientist said we are getting closer to finding out if aliens exist. She said science fiction is now "almost mainstream" science.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Extraterrestrial Life - Level 0 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. We have asked these questions
  2. Scientists are trying
  3. if anybody is out
  4. explain the
  5. the evolution of
  6. scan the sky for signs
  7. "Citizen scientists" will use
  8. spot things missed
  1. to find out
  2. the data
  3. intelligence
  4. by scientists
  5. for centuries
  6. origin of life
  7. there
  8. of alien life

Paragraph 2

  1. Scientists will use giant
  2. large amounts
  3. search the entire
  4. among the biggest questions
  5. we are getting closer
  6. if aliens
  7. science
  8. mainstream
  1. in science
  2. fiction
  3. to finding out
  4. of oxygen
  5. science
  6. sky
  7. exist
  8. radio telescopes

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Is there life in space? (1) ___________________? We have asked these (2) ___________________. Scientists are trying to find out if anybody (3) ___________________. The researchers are from SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). Its mission is, "to understand (4) ___________________ origin...of life...and the evolution of intelligence". Scientists (5) ___________________ sky for signs of alien life. "Citizen scientists" will use the data to spot things (6) ___________________.

Scientists will (7) ___________________ telescopes to look for "techno-signatures" of alien life. These include chemicals, large (8) ___________________, non-natural structures, and lasers. It is the first time a project will search (9) ___________________. An astronomer said finding out if (10) ___________________, "is among the [biggest] questions in science". Another scientist said we (11) ___________________ to finding out if aliens exist. She said science (12) ___________________ "almost mainstream" science.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Istherelifeinspace?Arewealone?Wehaveaskedthesequestionsforcen
turies.Scientistsaretryingtofindoutifanybodyisoutthere.Theresearc
hersarefromSETI(theSearchforExtraterrestrialIntelligence).Itsmiss
ionis,"tounderstandandexplaintheorigin...oflife...andtheevolutionof
intelligence".Scientistswillscantheskyforsignsofalienlife."Citizensci
entists"willusethedatatospotthingsmissedbyscientists.Scientistswil
lusegiantradiotelescopestolookfor"techno-signatures"ofalienlife.Th
eseincludechemicals,largeamountsofoxygen,non-naturalstructure
s,andlasers.Itisthefirsttimeaprojectwillsearchtheentiresky.Anastro
nomersaidfindingoutifwearealone,"isamongthe[biggest]questionsi
nscience".Anotherscientistsaidwearegettingclosertofindingoutifalie
nsexist.Shesaidsciencefictionisnow"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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