The Reading / Listening - Pigs - Level 2

Pigs are more intelligent than we thought. They can play video games. Researchers in the USA did research on their gaming skills. The researchers were surprised. The test 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 make a cursor move. If they were successful, they got a treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very clear they had some...understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a paper published in a journal.



The research was quite long. The pigs spent many days playing the game. They played on three different levels. If they were successful at one level, they moved to the next level. 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." Dr Coney wants to understand how pigs get information, and what they can learn and remember. She said this would help us to understand more about pigs interacting with humans.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pigs - Level 0 Pigs - Level 1   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
  3. research on their
  4. play a simple game
  5. make a cursor
  6. If they were successful,
  7. It's very
  8. a paper published
  1. at different levels
  2. in a journal
  3. they got a treat
  4. gaming skills
  5. than we thought
  6. clear
  7. play video games
  8. move

Paragraph 2

  1. The research was quite
  2. The pigs spent many days
  3. They played on three
  4. they moved
  5. The higher levels
  6. The pigs clearly
  7. what was happening on
  8. help us to understand more
  1. understood
  2. to the next level
  3. about pigs
  4. playing the game
  5. the screen
  6. different levels
  7. had nicer treats
  8. long

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pigs are more intelligent (1) ___________________. They can play video games. Researchers in the USA did research (2) ___________________ skills. The researchers were surprised. The test (3) ___________________ games. Researchers got four pigs to play a simple game at different levels. They had to move a joystick with their nose to make (4) ___________________. If they were successful, they (5) ___________________. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very clear they had some...understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a (6) ___________________ a journal.

The research (7) ___________________. The pigs spent many days playing the game. They played on three different levels. If they were successful (8) ___________________, they moved to the next level. The higher levels (9) ___________________. A scientist said: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what (10) ___________________ the screen." Dr Coney wants to understand how pigs get information, and what (11) ___________________ and remember. She said this (12) ___________________ to understand more about pigs interacting with humans.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Pigsaremoreintelligentthanwethought.Theycanplayvideogames.Re
searchersintheUSAdidresearchontheirgamingskills.Theresearchers
weresurprised.Thetestpigscouldplaygames.Researchersgotfourpig
stoplayasimplegameatdifferentlevels.Theyhadtomoveajoystickwith
theirnosetomakeacursormove.Iftheyweresuccessful,theygotatreat.
LeadauthorDr.CandaceCroneysaid:"It'sverycleartheyhadsome...un
derstandingofwhattheywerebeingaskedtodo."Theresearchisinapap
erpublishedinajournal.Theresearchwasquitelong.Thepigsspentman
ydaysplayingthegame.Theyplayedonthreedifferentlevels.Iftheywer
esuccessfulatonelevel,theymovedtothenextlevel.Thehigherlevelsh
adnicertreats.Ascientistsaid:"Thepigsclearlyunderstoodtheconnecti
onbetweentheirownbehavior,thejoystick,andwhatwashappeningon
thescreen."DrConeywantstounderstandhowpigsgetinformation,and
whattheycanlearnandremember.Shesaidthiswouldhelpustounderst
andmoreaboutpigsinteractingwithhumans.

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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