The Reading / Listening - Historic Smells - Level 5

What did the sixteenth century smell like? A team of researchers wants to find out. Scientists, historians and experts have embarked on a $3.3 million project to identify and recreate the aromas from the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". They will develop an online encyclopaedia of smells that will include biographies of those that are specific to past times. The website will include insights into the emotions created by the smells in bygone centuries.



The team said: "Smells shape our experience of the world, yet we have little sensory information about the past." It lists questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key scents...that have shaped our cultures? How can we extract sensory data from...digital text? How can we represent smell...in a database? How should we safeguard our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" The team wants people to be aware of many smells. It said: "We are trying to encourage people to consider both the foul and the fragrant elements of Europe's olfactory past."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Historic Smells - Level 4 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. A team of researchers wants
  2. Scientists, historians
  3. embarked on a
  4. identify and recreate
  5. from the 16th and
  6. develop an online
  7. insights into the emotions created
  8. in bygone
  1. $3.3 million project
  2. early 20th centuries
  3. by the smells
  4. to find out
  5. centuries
  6. the aromas
  7. and experts
  8. encyclopaedia

Paragraph 2

  1. Smells shape our experience
  2. we have little sensory
  3. questions it hopes researchers
  4. the key scents that have shaped
  5. represent smell
  6. safeguard our olfactory
  7. be aware of many
  8. both the foul and the
  1. will answer
  2. fragrant elements
  3. in a database
  4. information
  5. smells
  6. our cultures
  7. of the world
  8. heritage

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

What did the (1) ___________________ like? A team of researchers wants to find out. Scientists, historians (2) ___________________ embarked on a $3.3 million project to (3) ___________________ the aromas from the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural (4) ___________________ Research". They will develop an online encyclopaedia of smells that will (5) ___________________ those that are specific to past times. The website will include insights into the emotions created by the (6) ___________________ centuries.

The team said: "Smells (7) ___________________ of the world, yet we have little (8) ___________________ the past." It lists questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key scents...that have shaped our cultures? How can (9) ___________________ data from...digital text? How can we represent smell...in a database? How should (10) ___________________ olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" The team wants people to be aware of many smells. It said: "We are (11) ___________________ people to consider both the foul and (12) ___________________ of Europe's olfactory past."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whatdidthesixteenthcenturysmelllike?Ateamofresearcherswantsto
findout.Scientists,historiansandexpertshaveembarkedona$3.3milli
onprojecttoidentifyandrecreatethearomasfromthe16thandearly20t
hcenturies.Theprojectiscalled"Odeuropa:NegotiatingOlfactoryandS
ensoryExperiencesinCulturalHeritagePracticeandResearch".Theywi
lldevelopanonlineencyclopaediaofsmellsthatwillincludebiographies
ofthosethatarespecifictopasttimes.Thewebsitewillincludeinsightsint
otheemotionscreatedbythesmellsinbygonecenturies.Theteamsaid:
"Smellsshapeourexperienceoftheworld,yetwehavelittlesensoryinfor
mationaboutthepast."Itlistsquestionsithopesresearcherswillanswer
.Theseare:"Whatarethekeyscents...thathaveshapedourcultures?Ho
wcanweextractsensorydatafrom...digitaltext?Howcanwerepresents
mell...inadatabase?Howshouldwesafeguardourolfactoryheritage?A
nd-Whyshouldwe?"Theteamwantspeopletobeawareofmanysmells.I
tsaid:"Wearetryingtoencouragepeopletoconsiderboththefoulandth
efragrantelementsofEurope'solfactorypast."

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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Answers

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