The Reading / Listening - Historic Smells - Level 4

What did the sixteenth century smell like? Scientists, historians and experts will find out. There is a $3.3 million project to find and recreate aromas from the 16th century. The project is called "Odeuropa". It will research our cultural heritage of smells and develop an online encyclopaedia. This will include biographies of smells that are specific to the past. It will also contain insights into the emotions created by the smells in past centuries.



The team said: "Smells shape our experience of the world, yet we have little sensory information about the past." It will research what the key scents are that have shaped our cultures. Researchers will extract "smell data" from digital text and put it in a database. This will safeguard our "olfactory heritage". The team wants people to know many smells. It said it will: "Encourage people to consider both the foul and the fragrant elements of [our] olfactory past."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Historic Smells - Level 5 or  Historic Smells - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/17/scents-of-history-study-hopes-to-recreate-smells-of-old-europe
  • https://odeuropa.eu/
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6iMmeFLvhg


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the sixteenth
  2. Scientists, historians
  3. find and recreate
  4. research our cultural heritage
  5. develop an online
  6. include biographies
  7. specific
  8. in past
  1. aromas
  2. encyclopaedia
  3. of smells
  4. centuries
  5. century
  6. to the past
  7. and experts
  8. of smells

Paragraph 2

  1. Smells shape our experience
  2. we have little sensory
  3. It will research what the key
  4. shaped our
  5. extract "smell data"
  6. put it in a
  7. This will safeguard our "
  8. the foul and the
  1. cultures
  2. database
  3. information
  4. fragrant elements
  5. scents are
  6. olfactory heritage"
  7. of the world
  8. from digital text

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

What did the sixteenth (1) ___________________? Scientists, historians and (2) ___________________ out. There is a $3.3 million project to find and (3) ___________________ the 16th century. The project is called "Odeuropa". It will research (4) ___________________ of smells and develop an online encyclopaedia. This (5) ___________________ of smells that are specific to the past. It will also (6) ___________________ the emotions created by the smells in past centuries.

The team said: "Smells (7) ___________________ of the world, yet we (8) ___________________ information about the past." It will research what the (9) ___________________ that have shaped our cultures. Researchers will extract "smell data" (10) ___________________ and put it in a database. This will safeguard (11) ___________________. The team wants people to know many smells. It said it will: "Encourage people to consider both the foul and the (12) ___________________ [our] olfactory past."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whatdidthesixteenthcenturysmelllike?Scientists,historiansandexp
ertswillfindout.Thereisa$3.3millionprojecttofindandrecreatearoma
sfromthe16thcentury.Theprojectiscalled"Odeuropa".Itwillresearch
ourculturalheritageofsmellsanddevelopanonlineencyclopaedia.This
willincludebiographiesofsmellsthatarespecifictothepast.Itwillalsoco
ntaininsightsintotheemotionscreatedbythesmellsinpastcenturies.T
heteamsaid:"Smellsshapeourexperienceoftheworld,yetwehavelittl
esensoryinformationaboutthepast."Itwillresearchwhatthekeyscent
sarethathaveshapedourcultures.Researcherswillextract"smelldata"
fromdigitaltextandputitinadatabase.Thiswillsafeguardour"olfactory
heritage".Theteamwantspeopletoknowmanysmells.Itsaiditwill:"En
couragepeopletoconsiderboththefoulandthefragrantelementsof[ou
r]olfactorypast."

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

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Free writing

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