The Reading / Listening - Pigs - Level 1

Pigs are more intelligent than we thought. They can play video games. Researchers tested their gaming skills. They were surprised because the pigs could play games. Researchers got four pigs to play a simple game at different levels. They had to move a joystick with their nose to move a cursor. If they did it, they got a treat. The lead researcher said: "It's very clear they had some...understanding of what they were being asked to do."



The pigs spent many days playing the game. They played it on three different levels. The higher levels had nicer treats. A scientist said: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what was happening on the screen." The researchers want to understand how pigs get information, and what pigs can learn and remember. This will help us to understand more about how pigs interact with humans.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pigs - Level 0 Pigs - Level 2   or  Pigs - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigs-can-learn-play-video-games-if-tempted-treats-180977018/
  • https://theconversation.com/pigs-can-play-video-games-scientists-discover-154993
  • https://bigthink.com/surprising-science/pig-intelligence


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. Pigs are more intelligent
  2. They can play
  3. Researchers tested their gaming
  4. play a simple game
  5. They had to move a joystick
  6. move a
  7. If they did it,
  8. what they were being
  1. at different levels
  2. cursor
  3. asked to do
  4. skills
  5. than we thought
  6. they got a treat
  7. video games
  8. with their nose

Paragraph 2

  1. The pigs spent many
  2. They played it on three
  3. The higher levels had nicer
  4. The pigs clearly
  5. what was happening
  6. what pigs can learn
  7. This will help us to
  8. how pigs interact
  1. different levels
  2. understand more
  3. on the screen
  4. with humans
  5. days playing
  6. treats
  7. and remember
  8. understood

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pigs are more intelligent (1) ___________________. They can play video games. Researchers (2) ___________________ skills. They were (3) ___________________ pigs could play games. Researchers got four pigs to play a simple (4) ___________________ levels. They had to move a joystick with their nose to (5) ___________________. If they did it, they got a treat. The lead researcher said: "It's very clear they had some...understanding of what they were (6) ___________________ do."

The pigs (7) ___________________ playing the game. They (8) ___________________ three different levels. The higher levels (9) ___________________. A scientist said: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what was happening (10) ___________________." The researchers (11) ___________________ how pigs get information, what and pigs can learn and remember. This will help us to understand (12) ___________________ pigs interact with humans.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Pigsaremoreintelligentthanwethought.Theycanplayvideogames.Re
searcherstestedtheirgamingskills.Theyweresurprisedbecausethepi
gscouldplaygames.Researchersgotfourpigstoplayasimplegameatdif
ferentlevels.Theyhadtomoveajoystickwiththeirnosetomoveacursor.
Iftheydidit,theygotatreat.Theleadresearchersaid:"It'sveryclearthey
hadsome...understandingofwhattheywerebeingaskedtodo."Thepig
sspentmanydaysplayingthegame.Theyplayeditonthreedifferentleve
ls.Thehigherlevelshadnicertreats.Ascientistsaid:"Thepigsclearlyun
derstoodtheconnectionbetweentheirownbehavior,thejoystick,andw
hatwashappeningonthescreen."Theresearcherswanttounderstandh
owpigsgetinformation,whatandpigscanlearnandremember.Thiswill
helpustounderstandmoreabouthowpigsinteractwithhumans.

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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