The Reading / Listening - Isolation - Level 5

Could you survive without your smartphone or the Internet? How about living in a cave with no mod cons for 40 days? Fifteen people did just that. They took part in a project called Deep Time to see how they coped with being totally disconnected from the modern world. In a $1.9-million project, scientists examined how people adapted to drastic changes in living conditions. They put the 15 volunteers in a cave with no sunlight for nearly six weeks. They had no contact with the outside world. They had to rely on their body clock to know when to wake up, go to sleep and eat.



Most of the volunteers enjoyed the experience of total isolation. They expressed a desire to stay underground longer to finish projects they had started. Deep Time's director said the experience would, "test humans' ability to adapt to the loss of their frame of reference for time and space". He said: "Our future as humans on this planet will evolve. We must learn to better understand how our brains are capable of finding new solutions, whatever the situation." The participants lost their sense of time. One team member estimated his time underground to be 23 days.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Isolation - Level 4 or  Isolation - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-25/deep-time-experiment-sees-people-spend-40-days-in-cave/100093966
  • https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210424-french-volunteers-leave-cave-after-40-day-endurance-trial
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/25/deep-time-team-ends-40-days-underground-in-french-cave


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. survive without your smartphone
  2. living in a cave with
  3. Fifteen people did
  4. They took part
  5. see how they
  6. totally disconnected from the
  7. people adapted to drastic
  8. They had to rely on their body
  1. changes
  2. just that
  3. coped
  4. no mod cons
  5. clock
  6. or the Internet
  7. modern world
  8. in a project

Paragraph 2

  1. Most of the volunteers enjoyed
  2. total
  3. They expressed a
  4. test humans' ability
  5. humans on this planet will
  6. capable of finding
  7. participants lost their sense
  8. estimated his time
  1. new solutions
  2. desire to stay
  3. evolve
  4. isolation
  5. underground
  6. the experience
  7. to adapt
  8. of time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Could (1) ___________________ your smartphone or the Internet? How about living in a cave with no (2) ___________________ 40 days? Fifteen people did just that. They took part in a project called Deep Time to see how (3) ___________________ being totally disconnected from the modern world. In a $1.9-million project, scientists examined how people adapted (4) ___________________ in living conditions. They put the 15 volunteers in a cave with no sunlight for nearly six weeks. They (5) ___________________ with the outside world. They had to (6) ___________________ body clock to know when to wake up, go to sleep and eat.

Most of the volunteers enjoyed the (7) ___________________ isolation. They (8) ___________________ to stay underground longer to finish projects they had started. Deep Time's director said the experience would, "test humans' (9) ___________________ to the loss of their frame of reference for time and space". He said: "Our future as humans on this (10) ___________________. We must learn to better understand how our brains are capable of finding new solutions, (11) ___________________." The participants lost their sense of time. One team member (12) ___________________ underground to be 23 days.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

CouldyousurvivewithoutyoursmartphoneortheInternet?Howaboutli
vinginacavewithnomodconsfor40days?Fifteenpeopledidjustthat.Th
eytookpartinaprojectcalledDeepTimetoseehowtheycopedwithbeing
totallydisconnectedfromthemodernworld.Ina$1.9-millionproject,s
cientistsexaminedhowpeopleadaptedtodrasticchangesinlivingcondi
tions.Theyputthe15volunteersinacavewithnosunlightfornearlysixw
eeks.Theyhadnocontactwiththeoutsideworld.Theyhadtorelyontheir
bodyclocktoknowwhentowakeup,gotosleepandeat.Mostofthevolunt
eersenjoyedtheexperienceoftotalisolation.Theyexpressedadesireto
stayundergroundlongertofinishprojectstheyhadstarted.DeepTime's
directorsaidtheexperiencewould,"testhumans'abilitytoadapttothelo
ssoftheirframeofreferencefortimeandspace".Hesaid:"Ourfutureash
umansonthisplanetwillevolve.Wemustlearntobetterunderstandhow
ourbrainsarecapableoffindingnewsolutions,whateverthesituation."
Theparticipantslosttheirsenseoftime.Oneteammemberestimatedhi
stimeundergroundtobe23days.

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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