The Reading / Listening - Historic Smells - Level 6

Would you like to know what the sixteenth century smelled like? A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and experts in smells have embarked on a $3.3 million project to identify and even recreate the aromas that filled the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies of distinct odours that are specific to past times. The website will reveal insights into the emotions aroused by the smells in bygone centuries and the places associated with certain scents.



The project website says: "Smells shape our experience of the world, yet we have very little sensory information about the past." It lists a series of 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 large-scale digital text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all its facets in a database? How should we safeguard our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an array of smells, pleasant and unpleasant. He 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 easier levels:

    Historic Smells - Level 4  or  Historic Smells - Level 5

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


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. HISTORIC SMELLS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about historic smells. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       sixteenth century / historians / experts / project / aromas / develop / past / insights /
       experience / information / questions / culture / data / image / database / fragrant
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SMELL: Students A strongly believe smell is our most important sense; Students B strongly believe it is our least important sense. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SENSES: How important are these senses? What would life be like without them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Important?

What Life Would Be Like Without Them

Smell

 

 

Sight

 

 

Touch

 

 

Hearing

 

 

Taste

 

 

Intuition

 

 

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5. THE PAST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "the past". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. AROMAS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best aromas at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • coffee
  • Chanel #5
  • freshly baked bread
  • popcorn
  • the countryside
  • banana
  • incense
  • fresh air

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. expert a. Relating to the sense of smell.
      2. embarked b. A book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically.
      3. aroma c. A person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      4. olfactory d. Belonging to a time in the past.
      5. encyclopaedia e. Begin a course of action, especially one that is important.
      6. distinct f. A easy-to-recognise, typically nice smell.
      7. bygone g. Recognizably different in nature from something else of a similar type.

    Paragraph 2

      8. sensory h. Very disagreeable, horrible, nasty, disgusting, etc.
      9. extract i. Relating to feelings or the what we understand through touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell.
      10. facet j. Remove or take out.
      11. heritage k. An impressive range of a particular type of thing.
      12. array l. Valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations.
      13. pleasant m. A particular aspect or feature of something.
      14. foul n. Giving a sense of happy satisfaction or enjoyment.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. There is a $30 million project to research smells from centuries ago.     T / F
  2. Researchers will try to recreate smells of the early 20th century.     T / F
  3. Researchers want to create an online encyclopaedia of smells.     T / F
  4. The article said the website will include smells from all over the world.     T / F
  5. The website said we have a lot of sensory information about the past.     T / F
  6. Researchers will look into the key scents that shaped our cultures.     T / F
  7. Researchers will try to put the smells in a database.
  8. The team leader wants people only to be aware of nice smells.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. trying
  2. project
  3. distinct
  4. reveal
  5. associated
  6. shape
  7. series
  8. extract
  9. facets
  10. foul
  1. aspects
  2. clear
  3. related
  4. form
  5. string
  6. attempting
  7. disgusting
  8. disclose
  9. take out
  10. venture

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. know what the sixteenth century
  2. embarked on a
  3. recreate the aromas that
  4. The goal is to develop
  5. aroused by the smells in bygone
  6. Smells shape our experience
  7. the key scents that have
  8. represent smell in all
  9. be aware of an array
  10. the foul and the
  1. filled the air
  2. its facets
  3. centuries
  4. fragrant
  5. $3.3 million project
  6. shaped our cultures
  7. of smells
  8. smelt like
  9. of the world
  10. an online encyclopaedia

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
embarked
specific
early
certain
smelt
bygone
aromas
distinct

Would you like to know what the sixteenth century (1) _____________________ like? A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and experts in smells have (2) _____________________ on a $3.3 million project to identify and even recreate the (3) _____________________ that filled the air between the 16th and (4) _____________________ 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies of (5) _____________________ odours that are (6) _____________________ to past times. The website will reveal insights into the emotions aroused by the smells in (7) _____________________ centuries and the places associated with (8) _____________________ scents.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
scents
foul
facets
shape
array
extract
series
safeguard

The project website says: "Smells (9) _____________________ our experience of the world, yet we have very little sensory information about the past." It lists a (10) _____________________ of questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key (11) _____________________...that have shaped our cultures? How can we (12) _____________________ sensory data from large-scale digital text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all its (13) _____________________ in a database? How should we (14) _____________________ our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an (15) _____________________ of smells, pleasant and unpleasant. He said: "We are trying to encourage people to consider both the (16) _____________________ and the fragrant elements of Europe's olfactory past."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Would you like to know what the sixteenth ______?
     a.  century melts like
     b.  century smite like
     c.  century smitten like
     d.  century smelt like
2)  A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and ______
     a.  expats in smells
     b.  expects in smells
     c.  experts in smells
     d.  excerpts in smells
3)  embarked on a $3.3 million project to identify and even ______
     a.  reek create the aromas
     b.  leek create the aromas
     c.  recreates the aromas
     d.  recreate the aromas
4)  develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies ______
     a.  of distinct odours
     b.  of distinction odours
     c.  of distant odours
     d.  of distanced odours
5)  The website will reveal insights into the emotions aroused by the smells ______
     a.  in bye gone centuries
     b.  in buy gone centuries
     c.  in bygone centuries
     d.  in be gone centuries

6)  yet we have very little sensory information ______
     a.  about the passed
     b.  about the past
     c.  about the parsed
     d.  about the psst
7)  How can we represent smell in ______
     a.  all its facets
     b.  all its faucets
     c.  all its fact check
     d.  all its fact sets
8)  How should we safeguard our ______
     a.  olfactory hurry stage
     b.  olfactory inheritance
     c.  olfactory hermitage
     d.  olfactory heritage
9)  Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an ______
     a.  allay of smells
     b.  array of smells
     c.  alloy of smells
     d.  a ray of smells
10)  consider both the foul and the ______
     a.  fragrant elements
     b.  fragrance elements
     c.  flagrant elements
     d.  flay grant elements

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Would you like to know what the sixteenth (1) ____________________? A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and experts in smells (2) ____________________ a $3.3 million project to identify and even recreate the (3) ____________________ the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies (4) ____________________ that are specific to past times. The website will reveal insights into the (5) ____________________ the smells in bygone centuries and the places associated (6) ____________________.

The project website says: "Smells (7) ____________________ of the world, yet we have (8) ____________________ information about the past." It lists a series of questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key scents...that have shaped our cultures? How can (9) ____________________ data from large-scale digital text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all (10) ____________________ a database? How should we safeguard our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an (11) ____________________, pleasant and unpleasant. He said: "We are trying to encourage people to consider (12) ____________________ and the fragrant elements of Europe's olfactory past."

Comprehension questions

  1. What century did the article ask if we were interested in knowing about?
  2. How much will the project cost?
  3. How many centuries will the scientists research?
  4. What will the researchers develop an online version of?
  5. What will a website reveal insights into?
  6. What did the website say shapes our experience of the world?
  7. What does the website list?
  8. What do the researchers hope to safeguard?
  9. Who is William Turret?
  10. What smells do the researchers want us to be aware of?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What century did the article ask if we were interested in knowing about?
a) the 18th century
b) the 16th century
c) the 18th century
d) the 19th century
2) How much will the project cost?
a) $3.2 million
b) $2.3 million
c) $2.2 million
d) $3.3 million
3) How many centuries will the scientists research?
a) 3
b) 4
c) 5
d) 6
4) What will the researchers develop an online version of?
a) an encyclopaedia
b) the smell of chocolate
c) a smell detector
d) the 18th century
5) What will a website reveal insights into?
a) how people lived in bygone centuries
b) emotions aroused by smells
c) our noses
d) olfactory processes

6) What did the website say shapes our experience of the world?
a) smells
b) noses
c) olfactory systems
d) foul smells
7) What does the website list?
a) smells
b) centuries
c) questions
d) nose shapes
8) What do the researchers hope to safeguard?
a) our olfactory heritage
b) noses
c) smells
d) the 16th century
9) Who is William Turret?
a) a 16th century scientist
b) a smell expert
c) an encyclopaedia writer
d) the team leader
10) What smells do the researchers want us to be aware of?
a) dangerous smells
b) fresh bread
c) pleasant and unpleasant ones
d) smells that make us happy

Role play

Role  A – Smell
You think the sense of smell is the most important sense. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their senses aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): taste, hearing or touch.

Role  B – Taste
You think the sense of taste is the most important sense. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their senses aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): smell, hearing or touch.

Role  C – Hearing
You think the sense of hearing is the most important sense. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their senses aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): taste, smell or touch.

Role  D – Touch
You think the sense of touch is the most important sense. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their senses aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): taste, hearing or smell.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'historic'

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  • and 'smell'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • century
    • experts
    • air
    • called
    • specific
    • bygone
    • shape
    • series
    • extract
    • facets
    • array
    • foul




    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 - Historic Smells

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'historic'?
    3. What do you think of the idea of historic smells?
    4. What do you think the 16th century smelt like?
    5. What does the 21st century smell of?
    6. Do you think the past smelt more or less fragrant than today?
    7. What smells from the past are missing today?
    8. Which smells today do you want to become history?
    9. What do you think of your smells?
    10. What do other people think of your smells?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'smell'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of bad breath?
    5. What do you think of B.O. (body odour)?
    6. What century would you like to smell?
    7. How do countries smell differently?
    8. Can digital information recreate a smell?
    9. What do you think of the idea of watching a smell-o-vision?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Would you like to know what the sixteenth century (1) ____ like? A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and (2) ____ in smells have embarked on a $3.3 million project to identify and even recreate the aromas that (3) ____ the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including (4) ____ of distinct odours that are specific to past times. The website will reveal (5) ____ into the emotions aroused by the smells in bygone centuries and the places associated (6) ____ certain scents.

    The project website says: "Smells shape our experience of the world, yet we have very little (7) ____ information about the past." It lists a series of questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the (8) ____ scents...that have shaped our cultures? How can we extract sensory data from large-scale digital text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all its (9) ____ in a database? How should we safeguard our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an (10) ____ of smells, pleasant and unpleasant. He said: "We are trying to encourage people to consider both the (11) ____ and the fragrant elements of Europe's olfactory (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     smelt     (b)     molt     (c)     molten     (d)     molted    
    2. (a)     expats     (b)     expects     (c)     experts     (d)     extant    
    3. (a)     smelt     (b)     fragrant     (c)     filled     (d)     wafted    
    4. (a)     biosphere     (b)     biology     (c)     autobiographies     (d)     biographies    
    5. (a)     incense     (b)     insiders     (c)     insights     (d)     incisive    
    6. (a)     at     (b)     with     (c)     to     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     sensing     (b)     sensory     (c)     séance     (d)     nonsense    
    8. (a)     quay     (b)     key     (c)     queue     (d)     chi    
    9. (a)     facts     (b)     faucets     (c)     facets     (d)     faces    
    10. (a)     ally     (b)     alloy     (c)     allay     (d)     array    
    11. (a)     fowl     (b)     fool     (c)     foal     (d)     foul    
    12. (a)     parsed     (b)     psst     (c)     passed     (d)     past

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. recreate the asrmoa
    3. briigehsopa of distinct odours
    4. The website will reveal htsigsni into the emotions
    5. aroused by the smells in byoeng centuries
    6. places associated with certain cssten

    Paragraph 2

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    2. we have very little sesryon information
    3. we represent smell in all its tcfase
    4. safeguard our olfactory hragteei
    5. We are trying to ncoagueer people
    6. both the foul and the aagrrftn elements

    Put the text back together

    (...)  people to be aware of an array of smells, pleasant and unpleasant. He said: "We are
    (...)  text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all its facets in a database? How should we
    (...)  trying to encourage people to consider both the foul and the fragrant elements of Europe's olfactory past."
    (...)  is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies of distinct odours that are
    (...)  safeguard our olfactory heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants
    (...)  information about the past." It lists a series of questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key
    (...)  specific to past times. The website will reveal insights into the emotions aroused
    (...)  scents...that have shaped our cultures? How can we extract sensory data from large-scale digital
    (...)  by the smells in bygone centuries and the places associated with certain scents.
    (...)  The project website says: "Smells shape our experience of the world, yet we have very little sensory
    (...)  out. Scientists, historians and experts in smells have embarked on a $3.3 million project to
    (...)  called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal
    1  ) Would you like to know what the sixteenth century smelled like? A team of researchers is trying to find
    (...)  identify and even recreate the aromas that filled the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The project is

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. researchers   is   out   .   of   A   trying   find   team   to
    3. Experts   embarked   project   .   a      $3.3 million    smells   in   on
    4. the   that   aromas   the   Recreate   air   .   filled
    5. the   emotions   aroused   Insights   by   the   smells   .   into
    6. the   little   sensory   We   past   .   about   have   information
    7. our   have   The   key   shaped   scents   that   cultures   .
    8. all   smell   facets   .   in   represent   its   We
    9. smells   .   Be   of   aware   array   of   an
    10. the   elements   .   fragrant   foul   Consider   both   and   the

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Would you like to know what the sixteenth centuries / century smelt like? A team of researchers is trying to find out. Scientists, historians and expats / experts in smells have earmarked / embarked on a $3.3 million project to identify and even recreate the aromas / amorous that filled the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries. The projectile / project is called "Odeuropa: Negotiating Olfactory and Sensory Experiences in Cultural Heritage Practice and Research". The goal is to / for develop an online encyclopaedia of smells, including biographies / autobiographies of distinct odours that are sure / specific to past times. The website will reveal / devolve insights into the emotions aroused by the smells in bygone / bye-bye centuries and the places associated with certain scents.

    The project website says: "Smells shape our experiment / experience of the world, yet we have very small / little sensory information about the past." It lists a serious / series of questions it hopes researchers will answer. These are: "What are the key scents...that have sharpened / shaped our cultures? How can we extract / expect sensory data from large-scale digital text and image collections? How can we represent smell in all its faucets / facets in a database? How should we safeguard our olfactory hermitage / heritage? And - Why should we?" Team leader Dr William Tullett wants people to be aware of an array / alloy of smells, pleasant and unpleasant. He said: "We are trying to encourage people to consider both the fowl / foul and the fragrant elements of Europe's satisfactory / olfactory past."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Th_  pr_j_ct  w_bs_t_  s_ys:  "Sm_lls  sh_p_  __r  _xp_r__nc_  _f  th_  w_rld,  y_t  w_  h_v_  v_ry  l_ttl_  s_ns_ry  _nf_rm_t__n  _b__t  th_  p_st."  _t  l_sts  _  s_r__s  _f  q__st__ns  _t  h_p_s  r_s__rch_rs  w_ll  _nsw_r.  Th_s_  _r_:  "Wh_t  _r_  th_  k_y  sc_nts...th_t  h_v_  sh_p_d  __r  c_lt_r_s?  H_w  c_n  w_  _xtr_ct  s_ns_ry  d_t_  fr_m  l_rg_-sc_l_  d_g_t_l  t_xt  _nd  _m_g_  c_ll_ct__ns?  H_w  c_n  w_  r_pr_s_nt  sm_ll  _n  _ll  _ts  f_c_ts  _n  _  d_t_b_s_?  H_w  sh__ld  w_  s_f_g__rd  __r  _lf_ct_ry  h_r_t_g_?  _nd  -  Why  sh__ld  w_?"  T__m  l__d_r  Dr  W_ll__m  T_ll_tt  w_nts  p__pl_  t_  b_  _w_r_  _f  _n  _rr_y  _f  sm_lls,  pl__s_nt  _nd  _npl__s_nt.  H_  s__d:  "W_  _r_  try_ng  t_  _nc__r_g_  p__pl_  t_  c_ns_d_r  b_th  th_  f__l  _nd  th_  fr_gr_nt  _l_m_nts  _f  __r_p_'s  _lf_ct_ry  p_st."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    would you like to know what the sixteenth century smelt like a team of researchers is trying to find out scientists historians and experts in smells have embarked on a 33 million project to identify and even recreate the aromas that filled the air between the 16th and early 20th centuries the project is called odeuropa negotiating olfactory and sensory experiences in cultural heritage practice and research the goal is to develop an online encyclopaedia of smells including biographies of distinct odours that are specific to past times the website will reveal insights into the emotions aroused by the smells in bygone centuries and the places associated with certain scents

    the project website says smells shape our experience of the world yet we have very little sensory information about the past it lists a series of questions it hopes researchers will answer these are what are the key scentsthat have shaped our cultures how can we extract sensory data from largescale digital text and image collections how can we represent smell in all its facets in a database how should we safeguard our olfactory heritage and why should we team leader dr william tullett wants people to be aware of an array of smells pleasant and unpleasant he said we are trying to encourage people to consider both the foul and the fragrant elements of europes olfactory past

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    Wouldyouliketoknowwhatthesixteenthcenturysmelledlike?Ateamof
    researchersistryingtofindout.Scientists,historiansandexpertsinsmel
    lshaveembarkedona$3.3millionprojecttoidentifyandevenrecreateth
    earomasthatfilledtheairbetweenthe16thandearly20thcenturies.The
    projectiscalled"Odeuropa:NegotiatingOlfactoryandSensoryExperie
    ncesinCulturalHeritagePracticeandResearch".Thegoalistodevelopa
    nonlineencyclopaediaofsmells,includingbiographiesofdistinctodour
    sthatarespecifictopasttimes.Thewebsitewillrevealinsightsintothee
    motionsarousedbythesmellsinbygonecenturiesandtheplacesassoci
    atedwithcertainscents.Theprojectwebsitesays:"Smellsshapeourexp
    erienceoftheworld,yetwehaveverylittlesensoryinformationaboutthe
    past."Itlistsaseriesofquestionsithopesresearcherswillanswer.These
    are:"Whatarethekeyscents...thathaveshapedourcultures?Howcan
    weextractsensorydatafromlarge-scaledigitaltextandimagecollecti
    ons?Howcanwerepresentsmellinallitsfacetsinadatabase?Howshould
    wesafeguardourolfactoryheritage?And-Whyshouldwe?"Teamleader
    DrWilliamTullettwantspeopletobeawareofanarrayofsmells,pleasant
    andunpleasant.Hesaid:"Wearetryingtoencouragepeopletoconsider
    boththefoulandthefragrantelementsofEurope'solfactorypast."

    Free writing

    Write about historic smells for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is important to research historic smells. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HISTORIC SMELLS: Make a poster about historic smells. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. RESEARCH: Write a magazine article about funding more research on historic smells. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on historic smells. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on smells. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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