The Reading / Listening - Extraterrestrial Life - Level 2

Is there life on other planets? Are we alone? These are two questions we have asked for centuries. Now, scientists are searching to find out if there is anybody out there. The researchers are from the SETI Institute. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Its mission is, "to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe and the evolution of intelligence". Scientists will use new technology to scan the sky for signs of alien life. They will share their data with the public. "Citizen scientists" could spot things missed by scientists.



Astronomers will use giant radio telescopes to search for alien life. They are located all over the world. It is the first time for a project to search the entire sky for alien life. The signs are called "techno-signatures". These include alien chemicals, large amounts of oxygen, non-natural structures, and laser light. An astronomer said: "Determining whether we are alone in the universe...is among the [biggest] questions in science." Another scientist said we are getting closer to finding out if alien life exists. She said this science is no longer fiction, but "almost mainstream".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Extraterrestrial Life - Level 0 Extraterrestrial Life - Level 1   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. two questions we have asked
  2. find out if there is anybody
  3. Its mission is to explore, understand
  4. the origin and nature of life
  5. the evolution of
  6. scan the sky for signs
  7. They will share their data
  8. spot things missed
  1. by scientists
  2. and explain
  3. intelligence
  4. with the public
  5. out there
  6. in the universe
  7. for centuries
  8. of alien life

Paragraph 2

  1. Astronomers will use giant
  2. search the entire
  3. large amounts
  4. non-natural
  5. whether we are alone
  6. among the biggest questions
  7. we are getting closer
  8. this science is no longer
  1. to finding out
  2. structures
  3. fiction
  4. sky for alien life
  5. in science
  6. radio telescopes
  7. in the universe
  8. of oxygen

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Is there (1) ___________________ planets? Are we alone? These are two questions we have (2) ___________________. Now, scientists are searching to find out if there (3) ___________________ there. The researchers are from the SETI Institute. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. (4) ___________________, "to explore, understand and explain the origin and nature of life in the universe (5) ___________________ of intelligence". Scientists will use new technology to scan the sky for signs of alien life. They will share their data with the public. "Citizen scientists" could spot (6) ___________________ scientists.

Astronomers will (7) ___________________ telescopes to search for alien life. They are located all over the world. It is the first time for a (8) ___________________ the entire sky for alien life. The signs are called "techno-signatures". These (9) ___________________, large amounts of oxygen, non-natural structures, and laser light. An astronomer said: "Determining (10) ___________________ alone in the universe...is among the [biggest] (11) ___________________." Another scientist said we are getting closer to finding out if alien life exists. She said this science is (12) ___________________, but "almost mainstream".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Istherelifeonotherplanets?Arewealone?Thesearetwoquestionsweha
veaskedforcenturies.Now,scientistsaresearchingtofindoutifthereisa
nybodyoutthere.TheresearchersarefromtheSETIInstitute.SETIstan
dsforSearchforExtraterrestrialIntelligence.Itsmissionis,"toexplore,
understandandexplaintheoriginandnatureoflifeintheuniverseandth
eevolutionofintelligence".Scientistswillusenewtechnologytoscanthe
skyforsignsofalienlife.Theywillsharetheirdatawiththepublic."Citizen
scientists"couldspotthingsmissedbyscientists.Astronomerswillusegi
antradiotelescopestosearchforalienlife.Theyarelocatedalloverthewo
rld.Itisthefirsttimeforaprojecttosearchtheentireskyforalienlife.Thes
ignsarecalled"techno-signatures".Theseincludealienchemicals,larg
eamountsofoxygen,non-naturalstructures,andlaserlight.Anastrono
mersaid:"Determiningwhetherwearealoneintheuniverse...isamong
the[biggest]questionsinscience."Anotherscientistsaidwearegetting
closertofindingoutifalienlifeexists.Shesaidthisscienceisnolongerficti
on,but"almostmainstream".

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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