The Reading / Listening - Pigs - Level 3

Pigs may be more intelligent than we thought. They may be able to play video games. Researchers at Purdue University in the USA conducted research on pig-gaming skills. The researchers were surprised that their test pigs were able to play some games. Researchers got the four pigs, named Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, to play a simple game at different levels. They had to move a joystick with their snout to make a cursor move to a coloured wall. If they were successful, they got a tasty treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very clear they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a paper published in the journal "Frontiers in Psychology".



The research was quite extensive. The pigs spent many days playing the game. During the last 50 rounds, the pigs played the game on three different levels. If they were successful at one level, they moved to the next level. The higher levels had better treats. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what was happening on the screen." Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how pigs get information, and what they are capable of learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with humans. We could also understand what pigs think of different environments.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Pigs - Level 0 Pigs - Level 1   or  Pigs - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. PIGS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about pigs. 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?
       pigs / intelligent / researchers / gaming / skills / joystick / cursor / author / journal /
       successful / connection / behaviour / screen / information / humans / environments
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RESEARCH: Students A strongly believe we should spend more money on researching pig intelligence; Students B strongly believe we shouldn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SKILLS: How intelligent are these creatures? What skills do they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Intelligent?

Skills

Pigs

 

 

Dolphins

 

 

Ants

 

 

Crows

 

 

Dogs

 

 

Bears

 

 

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

  • Pokemon Go
  • Minecraft
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Fortnite
  • Cyberpunk
  • Super Mario
  • Final Fantasy

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. intelligent a. The thing computer screen that shows where the mouse is at.
      2. conducted b. Carried out; did.
      3. simple c. A small arm used to control and airplane or a video game console.
      4. joystick d. Being clever; having the ability to get and use knowledge well.
      5. snout e. A newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.
      6. cursor f. Easy to understand; basic.
      7. journal g. A pig's nose.

    Paragraph 2

      8. extensive h. Something special you get or give yourself.
      9. round i. Did what you wanted to do.
      10. successful j. Having the ability to do something.
      11. treat k. Covering or affecting a large area.
      12. behavior l. One of a number of different actions or events.
      13. capable m. Act in such a way as to have an effect on other people or things
      14. interacting n. The manner in which you act.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Researchers conducted research on pig-gaming skills.     T / F
  2. Researchers conducted tests on over 40 pigs.     T / F
  3. The pigs had to move a joystick with their snout.     T / F
  4. A researcher said the pigs had a conceptual understanding of what to do. T / F
  5. The pigs played on three different levels in the final 50 rounds.     T / F
  6. The higher levels of the game had the least tasty treats.     T / F
  7. The pigs did not understand what was happening on the screen.     T / F
  8. The researcher said we do not need to understand what pigs think.     T / F

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

  1. intelligent
  2. conducted
  3. simple
  4. treat
  5. clear
  6. extensive
  7. connection
  8. behavior
  9. interacting
  10. environments
  1. obvious
  2. straightforward
  3. mixing
  4. large
  5. clever
  6. actions
  7. reward
  8. carried out
  9. situations
  10. link

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

  1. Pigs may be more intelligent
  2. play a simple game at different
  3. If they were successful,
  4. It's very clear they had some
  5. a paper published
  6. The research was quite
  7. The higher levels had better
  8. The pigs clearly
  9. what they are capable
  10. interacting
  1. they got a tasty treat
  2. with humans
  3. extensive
  4. in the journal
  5. levels
  6. understood
  7. than we thought
  8. of learning
  9. conceptual understanding
  10. treats

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
surprised
journal
joystick
thought
clear
skills
successful
named

Pigs may be more intelligent than we (1) _____________________. They may be able to play video games. Researchers at Purdue University in the USA conducted research on pig-gaming (2) _____________________. The researchers were (3) _____________________ that their test pigs were able to play some games. Researchers got the four pigs, (4) _____________________ Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, to play a simple game at different levels. They had to move a (5) _____________________ with their snout to make a cursor move to a coloured wall. If they were (6) _____________________, they got a tasty treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very (7) _____________________ they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a paper published in the (8) _____________________ "Frontiers in Psychology".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
treats
information
extensive
capable
connection
levels
different
screen

The research was quite (9) _____________________. The pigs spent many days playing the game. During the last 50 rounds, the pigs played the game on three different (10) _____________________. If they were successful at one level, they moved to the next level. The higher levels had better (11) _____________________. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood the (12) _____________________ between their own behavior, the joystick, and what was happening on the (13) _____________________." Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how pigs get (14) _____________________, and what they are (15) _____________________ of learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with humans. We could also understand what pigs think of (16) _____________________ environments.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Pigs may be more intelligent ______
     a.  than we fought
     b.  than we ought
     c.  than we'd ought
     d.  than we thought
2)  at Purdue University in the USA conducted research ______
     a.  on pig gammon skills
     b.  on pig-gaming skills
     c.  on piggy mink skills
     d.  on pig gay mink skills
3)  The researchers were surprised that their test pigs were able to ______
     a.  plays some games
     b.  plays sum games
     c.  play some games
     d.  play sum games
4)  They had to move a joystick ______
     a.  with theirs nowt
     b.  with there's nowt
     c.  with their snout
     d.  with their snort
5)  If they were successful, they got ______
     a.  a tasty throat
     b.  a tasty tread
     c.  a tasty threat
     d.  a tasty treat

6)  The research was quite extensive. The pigs spent ______
     a.  many daze playing
     b.  many day splaying
     c.  many days playing
     d.  many day spaying
7)  A scientist told CNN that the pigs clearly understood ______
     a.  the connection
     b.  the correction
     c.  the collection
     d.  the confection
8)  Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how ______
     a.  pigs gets information
     b.  pigs get information
     c.  pigs getting information
     d.  pigs getter information
9)  this would help us to learn what pigs think of ______
     a.  interact in with humans
     b.  interact tin with humans
     c.  in tract tin with humans
     d.  interacting with humans
10)  We could also understand what pigs think ______
     a.  of difference environments
     b.  of differ event environments
     c.  of different environments
     d.  of differential environments

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pigs may be more intelligent (1) ____________________. They may be able to play video games. Researchers at Purdue University in the USA conducted research on pig-gaming skills. The researchers (2) ____________________ their test pigs were able to play some games. Researchers got the four pigs, named Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, (3) ____________________ simple game at different levels. They had to move a joystick with their snout to make (4) ____________________ to a coloured wall. If they were successful, they got a tasty treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "(5) ____________________ they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a paper published (6) ____________________ "Frontiers in Psychology".

The research (7) ____________________. The pigs spent many days playing the game. During the last 50 rounds, the pigs played the game on three different levels. If they (8) ____________________ one level, they moved to the next level. The higher levels (9) ____________________. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what (10) ____________________ the screen." Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how pigs get information, and what they (11) ____________________ learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think (12) ____________________ humans. We could also understand what pigs think of different environments.

Comprehension questions

  1. What university carried out the research?
  2. How many pigs were in the tests?
  3. What did the pigs have to move a joystick with?
  4. Where did the pigs have to move a cursor to?
  5. What is "Frontiers in Psychology"?
  6. How many rounds did the pigs spend playing in three levels?
  7. What was better in the higher levels?
  8. What news agency did a researcher talk to?
  9. What did a doctor say it was important to understand?
  10. Who might we have a better understanding of pigs' interactions with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What university carried out the research?
a) New York
b) MIT
c) Purdue
d) Stanford
2) How many pigs were in the tests?
a) 4
b) 5
c) 6
d) 7
3) What did the pigs have to move a joystick with?
a) their tail
b) their snout
c) their feet
d) their mind
4) Where did the pigs have to move a cursor to?
a) a target
b) the top of the screen
c) a treat
d) a coloured wall
5) What is "Frontiers in Psychology"?
a) a movie
b) a website
c) a journal
d) a book

6) How many rounds did the pigs spend playing in three levels?
a) 40
b) 50
c) 60
d) 30
7) What was better in the higher levels?
a) the colours
b) the air
c) the excitement
d) treats
8) What news agency did a researcher talk to?
a) BBC
b) CNN
c) RT
d) ABC
9) What did a doctor say it was important to understand?
a) pig psychology
b) how pigs get information
c) game rules
d) treats
10) Who might we have a better understanding of pigs' interactions with?
a) humans
b) other pigs
c) researchers
d) farmers

Role play

Role  A – Pokemon Go
You think Pokemon Go is the best video game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): Grand Theft Auto, Fortnite or Super Mario.

Role  B – Grand Theft Auto
You think Grand Theft Auto is the best video game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): Pokemon Go, Fortnite or Super Mario.

Role  C – Fortnite
You think Fortnite is the best video game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): Grand Theft Auto, Pokemon Go or Super Mario.

Role  D – Super Mario
You think Super Mario is the best video game. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their games. Also, tell the others which is the least enjoyable of these (and why): Grand Theft Auto, Fortnite or Pokemon Go.

After reading / listening

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

'pig'

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  • and 'game'.

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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:

    • intelligent
    • skills
    • surprised
    • simple
    • wall
    • clear
    • days
    • three
    • better
    • between
    • information
    • help




    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 - Pigs

    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 'pig'?
    3. What do you think of pigs?
    4. What do you think of video games?
    5. How intelligent do you think pigs are?
    6. What do you think of pigs playing video games?
    7. Why do you think the researchers did this research?
    8. What kinds of games might pigs be good at?
    9. What kind of personality does a pig have?
    10. Would you like to read the research paper?

    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 'game'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about pigs?
    5. What's your favourite video game?
    6. What are your favourite treats?
    7. How good are you at video games?
    8. How dangerous are pigs?
    9. How do different cultures look at pigs?
    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)

    Pigs may be more intelligent (1) ____ we thought. They may be able to play video games. Researchers at Purdue University in the USA conducted research (2) ____ pig-gaming skills. The researchers were surprised that their test pigs were able (3) ____ play some games. Researchers got the four pigs, named Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, to play a simple game at different (4) ____. They had to move a joystick with their snout to make a cursor move to a coloured wall. If they were successful, they got a tasty (5) ____. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very clear they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research is in a paper published in the (6) ____ "Frontiers in Psychology".

    The research was quite extensive. The pigs (7) ____ many days playing the game. During the last 50 rounds, the pigs played the game on three different levels. If they were (8) ____ at one level, they moved to the next level. The higher levels had better treats. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between their (9) ____ behavior, the joystick, and what was happening on the screen." Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how pigs (10) ____ information, and what they are (11) ____ of learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with humans. We could also understand what pigs think of (12) ____ environments.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     that     (b)     what     (c)     than     (d)     which    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     as     (c)     by     (d)     and    
    3. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     by    
    4. (a)     levels     (b)     level     (c)     leveller     (d)     level up    
    5. (a)     throat     (b)     threat     (c)     tread     (d)     treat    
    6. (a)     adjourn     (b)     journalist     (c)     journey     (d)     journal    
    7. (a)     spent     (b)     purchased     (c)     bought     (d)     sold    
    8. (a)     successfully     (b)     success     (c)     succeed     (d)     successful    
    9. (a)     own     (b)     down     (c)     sown     (d)     town    
    10. (a)     do     (b)     get     (c)     read     (d)     copy    
    11. (a)     ability     (b)     capable     (c)     skill     (d)     talented    
    12. (a)     different     (b)     differently     (c)     difference     (d)     differ

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    3. The pigs clearly understood the otceinonnc
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    5. what they are lbaceap of learning
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    Put the text back together

    (...)  The research was quite extensive. The pigs spent many days playing the game. During the last 50
    (...)  of learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with
    (...)  screen." Dr. Croney said it was important to understand how pigs get information, and what they are capable
    (...)  clear they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do." The research
    (...)  humans. We could also understand what pigs think of different environments.
    (...)  move to a coloured wall. If they were successful, they got a tasty treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very
    (...)  at Purdue University in the USA conducted research on pig-gaming skills. The researchers were
    (...)  surprised that their test pigs were able to play some games. Researchers got the four pigs, named
    1  ) Pigs may be more intelligent than we thought. They may be able to play video games. Researchers
    (...)  is in a paper published in the journal "Frontiers in Psychology".
    (...)  the connection between their own behavior, the joystick, and what was happening on the
    (...)  Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, to play a simple game at different levels. They had to move a joystick with their snout to make a cursor
    (...)  rounds, the pigs played the game on three different levels. If they were successful at one level, they moved to the next
    (...)  level. The higher levels had better treats. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood

    Put the words in the right order

    1. Pigs   we   intelligent   more   be   may   than   thought   .
    2. They   play   be   able   to   may   video   games   .
    3. at   played   They   simple   different   a   game   levels   .
    4. joystick   their   They   snout   .   a   moved   with
    5. treat   .   they   they   successful,   got   were   a   If
    6. pigs   playing   The   spent   days   the   many   game   .
    7. said   the   the   pigs   understood   connection   .   clearly   She
    8. pigs   to   how   important   It's   get   understand   information   .
    9. helps   This   us   pigs   think   .   learn   to   what
    10. environments   .   think   what   Understand   of   pigs   different

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Pigs may be more intelligent / intelligence than we thought. They may be ability / able to play video games. Researchers at Purdue University in the USA conducted research in / on pig-gaming skills. The researchers were surprised that their test pigs were able to play some / much games. Researchers got the four pigs, named / names Ebony, Hamlet, Ivory and Omelet, to play a simple game at difference / different levels. They had to move a joystick with their / them snout to make a cursor move to a coloured wall. If they were successful, they got a tasty / taste treat. Lead author Dr. Candace Croney said: "It's very clear they had some conceptual understanding of what they were been / being asked to do." The research is in a paper published in the journey / journal "Frontiers in Psychology".

    The research was quite extends / extensive. The pigs spent many / much days playing the game. During the last 50 rounds, the pigs played the game on third / three different levels. If they were successful at / to one level, they moved to the next level. The higher levels had better / well treats. A scientist told CNN that: "The pigs clearly understood the connection between / among their own behavior, the joystick, and what / that was happening on the screen." Dr. Croney said it was important to  / for understand how pigs get information, and what they are capable / ability of learning and remembering. She said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with / on humans. We could also understand what pigs think of different environments.

    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)

    P_gs  m_y  b_  m_r_  _nt_ll_g_nt  th_n  w_  th__ght.  Th_y  m_y  b_  _bl_  t_  pl_y  v_d__  g_m_s.  R_s__rch_rs  _t  P_rd__  _n_v_rs_ty  _n  th_  _S_  c_nd_ct_d  r_s__rch  _n  p_g-g_m_ng  sk_lls.  Th_  r_s__rch_rs  w_r_  s_rpr_s_d  th_t  th__r  t_st  p_gs  w_r_  _bl_  t_  pl_y  s_m_  g_m_s.  R_s__rch_rs  g_t  th_  f__r  p_gs,  n_m_d  _b_ny,  H_ml_t,  _v_ry  _nd  _m_l_t,  t_  pl_y  _  s_mpl_  g_m_  _t  d_ff_r_nt  l_v_ls.  Th_y  h_d  t_  m_v_  _  j_yst_ck  w_th  th__r  sn__t  t_  m_k_  _  c_rs_r  m_v_  t_  _  c_l__r_d  w_ll.  _f  th_y  w_r_  s_cc_ssf_l,  th_y  g_t  _  t_sty  tr__t.  L__d  __th_r  Dr.  C_nd_c_  Cr_n_y  s__d:  "_t's  v_ry  cl__r  th_y  h_d  s_m_  c_nc_pt__l  _nd_rst_nd_ng  _f  wh_t  th_y  w_r_  b__ng  _sk_d  t_  d_."  Th_  r_s__rch  _s  _n  _  p_p_r  p_bl_sh_d  _n  th_  j__rn_l  "Fr_nt__rs  _n  Psych_l_gy".

    Th_  r_s__rch  w_s  q__t_  _xt_ns_v_.  Th_  p_gs  sp_nt  m_ny  d_ys  pl_y_ng  th_  g_m_.  D_r_ng  th_  l_st  50  r__nds,  th_  p_gs  pl_y_d  th_  g_m_  _n  thr__  d_ff_r_nt  l_v_ls.  _f  th_y  w_r_  s_cc_ssf_l  _t  _n_  l_v_l,  th_y  m_v_d  t_  th_  n_xt  l_v_l.  Th_  h_gh_r  l_v_ls  h_d  b_tt_r  tr__ts.  _  sc__nt_st  t_ld  CNN  th_t:  "Th_  p_gs  cl__rly  _nd_rst__d  th_  c_nn_ct__n  b_tw__n  th__r  _wn  b_h_v__r,  th_  j_yst_ck,  _nd  wh_t  w_s  h_pp_n_ng  _n  th_  scr__n."  Dr.  Cr_n_y  s__d  _t  w_s  _mp_rt_nt  t_  _nd_rst_nd  h_w  p_gs  g_t  _nf_rm_t__n,  _nd  wh_t  th_y  _r_  c_p_bl_  _f  l__rn_ng  _nd  r_m_mb_r_ng.  Sh_  s__d  th_s  w__ld  h_lp  _s  t_  l__rn  wh_t  p_gs  th_nk  _f  _nt_r_ct_ng  w_th  h_m_ns.  W_  c__ld  _ls_  _nd_rst_nd  wh_t  p_gs  th_nk  _f  d_ff_r_nt  _nv_r_nm_nts.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    pigs may be more intelligent than we thought they may be able to play video games researchers at purdue university in the usa conducted research on piggaming skills the researchers were surprised that their test pigs were able to play some games researchers got the four pigs named ebony hamlet ivory and omelet to play a simple game at different levels they had to move a joystick with their snout to make a cursor move to a coloured wall if they were successful they got a tasty treat lead author dr candace croney said its very clear they had some conceptual understanding of what they were being asked to do the research is in a paper published in the journal frontiers in psychology

    the research was quite extensive the pigs spent many days playing the game during the last 50 rounds the pigs played the game on three different levels if they were successful at one level they moved to the next level the higher levels had better treats a scientist told cnn that the pigs clearly understood the connection between their own behavior the joystick and what was happening on the screen dr croney said it was important to understand how pigs get information and what they are capable of learning and remembering she said this would help us to learn what pigs think of interacting with humans we could also understand what pigs think of different environments

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    Pigsmaybemoreintelligentthanwethought.Theymaybeabletoplayvid
    eogames.ResearchersatPurdueUniversityintheUSAconductedresea
    rchonpig-gamingskills.Theresearchersweresurprisedthattheirtestp
    igswereabletoplaysomegames.Researchersgotthefourpigs,namedE
    bony,Hamlet,IvoryandOmelet,toplayasimplegameatdifferentlevels
    .Theyhadtomoveajoystickwiththeirsnouttomakeacursormovetoacol
    ouredwall.Iftheyweresuccessful,theygotatastytreat.LeadauthorDr.
    CandaceCroneysaid:"It'sverycleartheyhadsomeconceptualunderst
    andingofwhattheywerebeingaskedtodo."Theresearchisinapaperpub
    lishedinthejournal"FrontiersinPsychology".Theresearchwasquiteext
    ensive.Thepigsspentmanydaysplayingthegame.Duringthelast50ro
    unds,thepigsplayedthegameonthreedifferentlevels.Iftheyweresucc
    essfulatonelevel,theymovedtothenextlevel.Thehigherlevelshadbett
    ertreats.AscientisttoldCNNthat:"Thepigsclearlyunderstoodtheconn
    ectionbetweentheirownbehavior,thejoystick,andwhatwashappenin
    gonthescreen."Dr.Croneysaiditwasimportanttounderstandhowpigs
    getinformation,andwhattheyarecapableoflearningandremembering
    .Shesaidthiswouldhelpustolearnwhatpigsthinkofinteractingwithhu
    mans.Wecouldalsounderstandwhatpigsthinkofdifferentenvironmen
    ts.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We need to do more research into pigs' intelligence. 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. PIGS: Make a poster about pigs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PIG INTELLIGENCE: Write a magazine article about spending money on researching the intelligence of pigs. 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 pigs. Ask him/her three questions about pigs. Give him/her three of your ideas. 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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