The Reading / Listening - Ig Nobel Prize - Level 5

Everyone knows the Nobel Prizes for medicine, literature, and peace. These are for those who contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". Fewer people are aware of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards is for an experiment on the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The study won the award for transportation research. Researchers were trying to find out the healthiest way to relocate rhinoceroses by helicopter.

The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by a science humor magazine. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded…to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a pun on the Nobel Prize…and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other recipients of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum, conducted tests on cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans grow beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ig Nobel Prize - Level 4 or  Ig Nobel Prize - Level 6

Sources
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ig-nobel-prize-awards-recognise-063744595.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ig-nobel-prize-awards-recognise-063744595.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. prizes for medicine, literature,
  2. the greatest benefit
  3. This is to honor
  4. make people
  5. an experiment
  6. The study won the award for
  7. trying to find out the
  8. relocate rhinoceroses
  1. transportation research
  2. achievements
  3. by helicopter
  4. and peace
  5. to humankind
  6. healthiest way
  7. on the effects
  8. laugh

Paragraph 2

  1. a science humor
  2. The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical
  3. unusual or trivial
  4. The name of the award is a pun
  5. Other recipients of this
  6. humans grow beards to
  7. punches
  8. a now-defunct Zimbabwean
  1. achievements
  2. on the Nobel Prize
  3. to the face
  4. prize
  5. $10 trillion note
  6. magazine
  7. year's award
  8. protect themselves

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone knows the Nobel Prizes (1) ___________________, and peace. These are for those (2) ___________________ greatest benefit to humankind". Fewer people (3) ___________________ the Ig Nobel Prize. This is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and (4) ___________________ think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards is for an experiment on (5) ___________________ rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The study won the award for transportation research. Researchers were trying to find out the healthiest (6) ___________________ rhinoceroses by helicopter.

The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by (7) ___________________ magazine. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is (8) ___________________ awarded...to celebrate ten (9) ___________________ achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a pun on the Nobel Prize...and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other (10) ___________________ year's award studied the (11) ___________________ gum, conducted tests on cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans grow beards to protect themselves (12) ___________________ the face. All winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

EveryoneknowstheNobelPrizesformedicine,literature,andpeace.Th
eseareforthosewhocontributed"thegreatestbenefittohumankind".F
ewerpeopleareawareoftheIgNobelPrize.Thisisto"honorachievement
sthatfirstmakepeoplelaugh,andthenmakethemthink".Oneofthisyea
r'sIgNobelawardsisforanexperimentontheeffectsonrhinocerosesofh
angingthemupsidedown.Thestudywontheawardfortransportationre
search.Researchersweretryingtofindoutthehealthiestwaytorelocate
rhinocerosesbyhelicopter.TheIgNobelprizesareorganizedbyascienc
ehumormagazine.Wikipediasays:"TheIgNobelPrizeisasatiricalprize
awarded...tocelebratetenunusualortrivialachievementsinscientificr
esearch."Itadded:"ThenameoftheawardisapunontheNobelPrize...a
ndonthewordignoble(notnoble)."Otherrecipientsofthisyear'sawards
tudiedthebacteriainchewinggum,conductedtestsoncatcommunicati
on,andcarriedoutresearchonwhetherhumansgrowbeardstoprotectt
hemselvesfrompunchestotheface.Allwinnersreceiveanow-defunc
tZimbabwean$10trillionnote.

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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