The Reading / Listening - Ig Nobel Prize - Level 6

Everyone is familiar with the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. These are given to those who have contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". However, fewer people are aware of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is bestowed to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists who experimented on the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The rhino study won the award for transportation research. Researchers from Cornell University were trying to ascertain the healthiest way to relocate the animals by helicopter.

The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a pun on the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other recipients of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavements, conducted tests on forms of cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans evolved to grow beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All award winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Ig Nobel Prize - Level 4  or  Ig Nobel Prize - Level 5

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. NOBEL PRIZES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Nobel Prizes. 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?
       Nobel / prizes / physics / literature / peace / humankind / achievements / helicopter /
       science / humor / satirical / award / bacteria / chewing gum / beards / punch / face
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. RHINOS: Students A strongly believe we should never relocate rhinos by helicopter; Students B strongly believe it's OK. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PRIZES: Who should get prizes for these things? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who?

Why?

Sport

 

 

Business

 

 

Politics

 

 

Environment

 

 

Entertainment

 

 

Literature

 

 

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

  • Rhinos
  • Hippos
  • Elephants
  • Buffalo
  • Lions
  • Bears
  • Cows
  • Kangaroos

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. contributed a. Move to a new place.
      2. benefit b. Gave something in order to help achieve or provide something.
      3. bestowed c. A change which is a result or consequence of an action or other cause.
      4. honor d. An advantage or profit gained from something.
      5. effect e. Regard with great respect.
      6. ascertain f. Gave or present an honor, right, or gift.
      7. relocate g. Find something out for certain; make sure of.

    Paragraph 2

      8. satirical h. Containing a humor to expose and criticize people's stupidity, particularly in the context of politics and other topical issues.
      9. trivial i. No longer existing or functioning.
      10. pun j. Of little value or importance.
      11. parody k. Developed gradually.
      12. recipient l. A joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.
      13. evolved m. An imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with exaggeration for comic effect.
      14. defunct n. A person or thing that receives or is awarded something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says there is a Nobel Prize for medicine.     T / F
  2. The article says many people are familiar with the Ig Nobel Prize.     T / F
  3. The Ig Nobel Prize is for people who make us laugh and think.     T / F
  4. Researchers looked at ways to relocate hippos by helicopter.     T / F
  5. The Ig Nobel Prize is organized by a science humor magazine.     T / F
  6. The Ig Nobel Prize was first awarded 20 years ago.     T / F
  7. An Ig Nobel winner studied chewing gum stuck to train seats.     T / F
  8. Ig Nobel Prize winners receive an old $10 trillion note.     T / F

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

  1. familiar
  2. benefit
  3. achievements
  4. effects
  5. ascertain
  6. satirical
  7. trivial
  8. recipients
  9. evolved
  10. defunct
  1. unimportant
  2. consequences
  3. obsolete
  4. find out
  5. well known
  6. beneficiaries
  7. feats
  8. developed
  9. plus point
  10. mocking

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

  1. Everyone is familiar with
  2. those who have contributed the greatest
  3. make people
  4. experimented
  5. the healthiest way to relocate the
  6. The Ig Nobel Prize is a
  7. celebrate ten unusual or
  8. Other recipients of
  9. protect themselves from punches
  10. a now-defunct Zimbabwean
  1. $10 trillion note
  2. animals by helicopter
  3. this year's award
  4. the Nobel Prizes
  5. satirical prize
  6. laugh
  7. to the face
  8. benefit to humankind
  9. trivial achievements
  10. on the effects

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
benefit
familiar
ascertain
bestowed
literature
relocate
aware
effects

Everyone is (1) _____________________ with the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, (2) _____________________, and peace. These are given to those who have contributed "the greatest (3) _____________________ to humankind". However, fewer people are (4) _____________________ of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is (5) _____________________ to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists who experimented on the (6) _____________________ on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The rhino study won the award for transportation research. Researchers from Cornell University were trying to (7) _____________________ the healthiest way to (8) _____________________ the animals by helicopter.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
trivial
recipients
humor
beards
annually
defunct
pun
pavements

The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by the science (9) _____________________ magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded (10) _____________________ since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or (11) _____________________ achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a (12) _____________________ on the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other (13) _____________________ of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to (14) _____________________, conducted tests on forms of cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans evolved to grow (15) _____________________ to protect themselves from punches to the face. All award winners receive a now- (16) _____________________ Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Everyone is familiar with the Nobel Prizes, which are ______
     a.  awarded for physic
     b.  awarded of physics
     c.  awarded for physics
     d.  awarded from physic
2)  These are given to those who have contributed the greatest ______
     a.  benefit to humane kind
     b.  benefit to who man kind
     c.  benefit two humans kind
     d.  benefit to humankind
3)  One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists who experimented _____
     a.  on the effects
     b.  in the effects
     c.  at the effects
     d.  non the effects
4)  The rhino study won the award for ______
     a.  transport lotion research
     b.  transport ration research
     c.  transport nation research
     d.  transportation research
5)  were trying to ascertain the healthiest way to ______
     a.  reel locate the animals
     b.  real locate the animals
     c.  relocates the animals
     d.  relocate the animals

6)  The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded ______
     a.  annual since 1991
     b.  annul since 1991
     c.  a know-all since 1991
     d.  annually since 1991
7)  The name of the award is a pun on the Nobel Prize, ______
     a.  which it parodies
     b.  which it paradise
     c.  which it presides
     d.  which it parades
8)  recipients of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum ______
     a.  struck to pavements
     b.  stuck two pavements
     c.  stuck to pavements
     d.  struck to pavement
9)  whether humans evolved to grow beards to protect themselves from ______ face
     a.  bunches to the
     b.  punch its to the
     c.  punches to the
     d.  punishes to the
10)  All award winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean ______
     a.  $10 trillion note
     b.  $10 trillion oat
     c.  $10 trillion not
     d.  $10 trillion ate

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone (1) ____________________ the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, (2) ____________________. These are given to those who have contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". However, (3) ____________________ aware of the Ig Nobel Prize. This (4) ____________________ "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists (5) ____________________ the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The rhino study won the award for transportation research. Researchers from Cornell University were trying to ascertain the healthiest (6) ____________________ the animals by helicopter.

The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by the (7) ____________________ Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is (8) ____________________ awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten (9) ____________________ achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is (10) ____________________ the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other recipients of this year's award studied the (11) ____________________ gum stuck to pavements, conducted tests on forms of cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans (12) ____________________ beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All award winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who does the article say is familiar with the Nobel Prizes?
  2. Who does the article say is familiar with the Ig Nobel Prize?
  3. What do the Ig Nobel Prizes honor besides making people laugh?
  4. What award did the rhino researchers win?
  5. Where were the researchers from?
  6. When was the first Ig Nobel Prize awarded?
  7. How many Ig Nobel categories are there?
  8. Which animal's communication did researchers look at?
  9. What did researchers look at the evolution of in humans?
  10. What do the winners of the Ig Nobel receive?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who does the article say is familiar with the Nobel Prizes?
a) fewer people
b) Nobel Prize winners
c) everyone
d) Norwegian people
2) Who does the article say is familiar with the Ig Nobel Prize?
a) fewer people
b) Nobel Prize winners
c) everyone
d) Norwegian people
3) What do the Ig Nobel Prizes honor besides making people laugh?
a) raising eyebrows
b) making people think
c) making people sigh in disbelief
d) intelligence
4) What award did the rhino researchers win?
a) Gravity Research
b) the Wildlife Prize
c) the Upside Down Prize
d) Transportation Research
5) Where were the researchers from?
a) Oslo University
b) the Sorbonne
c) Cornell University
d) Tokyo University

6) When was the first Ig Nobel Prize awarded?
a) 1990
b) 1991
c) 1992
d) 1993
7) How many Ig Nobel categories are there?
a) 7
b) 8
c) 9
d) 10
8) Which animal's communication did researchers look at?
a) goldfish
b) cats
c) dogs
d) parrots
9) What did researchers look at the evolution of in humans?
a) the brain
b) the growth of beards
c) smiling
d) the big toe
10) What do the winners of the Ig Nobel receive?
a) a defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note
b) a statue of a brain
c) a cheese sandwich
d) nothing

Role play

Role  A – Rhinos
You think rhinos are the best animals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hippos, bears or kangaroos.

Role  B – Hippos
You think hippos are the best animals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): rhinos, bears or kangaroos.

Role  C – Bears
You think bears are the best animals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hippos, rhinos or kangaroos.

Role  D – Kangaroos
You think kangaroos are the best animals. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their animals. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): hippos, bears or rhinos.

After reading / listening

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

'rhino'

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  • and 'prize'.

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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:

    • familiar
    • greatest
    • first
    • effects
    • transportation
    • relocate
    • magazine
    • annually
    • trivial
    • pun
    • carried
    • note

    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 - Ig Nobel Prize

    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 'prize'?
    3. What do you know about the Nobel Prizes?
    4. Who has contributed the most to benefit humankind?
    5. What have you contributed to humankind?
    6. What do you think of the Ig Nobel prizes?
    7. Why are scientists relocating rhinoceroses?
    8. What do you think is the best way to relocate rhinoceroses?
    9. What is the effect on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down?
    10. How can we keep rhinoceroses safe in the wild?

    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 'rhino'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of the Nobel Prizes?
    5. How do you think the Ig Nobel winners feel about winning?
    6. How can knowledge of the bacteria in chewing gum help us?
    7. Why is research on cat communication important?
    8. Do you think humans developed beards to protect themselves?
    9. What do you think of the Ig Nobel prize?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Ig Nobel committee?

    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)

    Everyone is familiar (1) ____ the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. These are given to (2) ____ who have contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". However, fewer people are aware of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is (3) ____ to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists who experimented (4) ____ the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The rhino study won the award for (5) ____ research. Researchers from Cornell University were trying to (6) ____ the healthiest way to relocate the animals by helicopter.

    The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded (7) ____ since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a (8) ____ on the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other (9) ____ of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavements, conducted tests on (10) ____ of cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans (11) ____ beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All award winners receive a now-(12) ____ Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     with     (d)     at    
    2. (a)     those     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     which    
    3. (a)     bestowed     (b)     stowed     (c)     stowage     (d)     stowaway    
    4. (a)     on     (b)     to     (c)     of     (d)     by    
    5. (a)     transports     (b)     transported     (c)     transportable     (d)     transportation    
    6. (a)     locale     (b)     seasonal     (c)     premium     (d)     ascertain    
    7. (a)     annually     (b)     annul     (c)     annual     (d)     annualize    
    8. (a)     sun     (b)     fun     (c)     bun     (d)     pun    
    9. (a)     recipients     (b)     incipient     (c)     ingredients     (d)     gradients    
    10. (a)     farms     (b)     forms     (c)     firms     (d)     frames    
    11. (a)     revolved     (b)     evolved     (c)     involved     (d)     solved    
    12. (a)     defunct     (b)     debunked     (c)     debauched     (d)     deepened

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. medicine, tureteilar, and peace
    3. the greatest inbefet to humankind
    4. This is estbdweo to honor achievements
    5. eptirdnemxee on the effects
    6. trying to acainrest the healthiest way

    Paragraph 2

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    3. a pun on the Nobel Prize, which it aroiesdp
    4. Other trpnieicse of this year's award
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    6. a now-tdfencu Zimbabwean $10 trillion note

    Put the text back together

    (...)  laugh, and then make them think". One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given
    (...)  out research on whether humans evolved to grow beards to protect themselves from punches
    (...)  says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or
    (...)  bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavements, conducted tests on forms of cat communication, and carried
    (...)  to scientists who experimented on the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them
    (...)  trivial achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a pun
    (...)  to the face. All award winners receive a now-defunct Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.
    (...)  and peace. These are given to those who have contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". However, fewer
    (...)  people are aware of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is bestowed to "honor achievements that first make people
    (...)  on the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on the word ignoble (not noble)." Other recipients of this year's award studied the
    (...)  Cornell University were trying to ascertain the healthiest way to relocate the animals by helicopter.
    1  ) Everyone is familiar with the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature,
    (...)  The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia
    (...)  upside down. The rhino study won the award for transportation research. Researchers from

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. contributed   to   the   humankind   .   Those   who   benefit   greatest
    3. achievements   people   Bestowed   honor   make   laugh   .   that   to
    4. for   the   study   rhino   transportation   .   The   won   award
    5. animals   The   by   helicopter   .   healthiest   relocate   way   to
    6. since   1991   .   It's   awarded   annually   satirical   prize   a
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    8. The   of   a   award   is   pun   .   the   name
    9. The   in   to   chewing   bacteria   stuck   gum   pavements   .
    10. themselves   Humans   from   protect   punches  .   evolved   to   beards

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Everyone is familiar / familiarly with the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. These are given to them / those who have contributed "the greatest beneficial / benefit to humankind". However, fewer people are aware / wary of the Ig Nobel Prize. This is bestowed to "honor / honorable achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". Once / One of this year's Ig Nobel awards has been given to scientists what / who experimented on the effects on / in rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. The rhino study won the award of / for transportation research. Researchers from Cornell University were trying to ascertain the healthiest way of / to relocate the animals by helicopter.

    The Ig Nobel prizes are organized by / as the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research. Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a soporific / satirical prize awarded annually / annual since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial / triviality achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a bun / pun on the Nobel Prize, which it parodies, and on / in the word ignoble (not noble)." Other recipients of this year's award studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck / stricken to pavements, conducted tests in / on forms of cat communication, and carried out research on whether humans evolved / revolved to grow beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All award winners receive a now-defunct / now-derelict Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

    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)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    everyone is familiar with the nobel prizes which are awarded for physics chemistry medicine literature and peace these are given to those who have contributed the greatest benefit to humankind however fewer people are aware of the ig nobel prize this is bestowed to honor achievements that first make people laugh and then make them think one of this years ig nobel awards has been given to scientists who experimented on the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down the rhino study won the award for transportation research researchers from cornell university were trying to ascertain the healthiest way to relocate the animals by helicopter

    the ig nobel prizes are organized by the science humor magazine annals of improbable research wikipedia says the ig nobel prize is a satirical prize awarded annually since 1991 to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research it added the name of the award is a pun on the nobel prize which it parodies and on the word ignoble not noble other recipients of this years award studied the bacteria in chewing gum stuck to pavements conducted tests on forms of cat communication and carried out research on whether humans evolved to grow beards to protect themselves from punches to the face all award winners receive a nowdefunct zimbabwean 10 trillion note

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    EveryoneisfamiliarwiththeNobelPrizes,whichareawardedforphysics,
    chemistry,medicine,literature,andpeace.Thesearegiventothosewho
    havecontributed"thegreatestbenefittohumankind".However,fewerp
    eopleareawareoftheIgNobelPrize.Thisisbestowedto"honorachievem
    entsthatfirstmakepeoplelaugh,andthenmakethemthink".Oneofthis
    year'sIgNobelawardshasbeengiventoscientistswhoexperimentedon
    theeffectsonrhinocerosesofhangingthemupsidedown.Therhinostud
    ywontheawardfortransportationresearch.ResearchersfromCornellU
    niversityweretryingtoascertainthehealthiestwaytorelocatetheanim
    alsbyhelicopter.TheIgNobelprizesareorganizedbythesciencehumor
    magazineAnnalsofImprobableResearch.Wikipediasays:"TheIgNobe
    lPrizeisasatiricalprizeawardedannuallysince1991tocelebratetenunu
    sualortrivialachievementsinscientificresearch."Itadded:"Thenameo
    ftheawardisapunontheNobelPrize,whichitparodies,andonthewordig
    noble(notnoble)."Otherrecipientsofthisyear'sawardstudiedthebacte
    riainchewinggumstucktopavements,conductedtestsonformsofcatco
    mmunication,andcarriedoutresearchonwhetherhumansevolvedtogr
    owbeardstoprotectthemselvesfrompunchestotheface.Allawardwinn
    ersreceiveanow-defunctZimbabwean$10trillionnote.

    Free writing

    Write about Ig Nobel Prize for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Nobel Prizes are the most important prizes in the world.  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. PRIZES: Make a poster about prizes. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. IG NOBEL PRIZES: Write a magazine article about the Ig Nobel Prizes. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against them.
    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 prizes. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what to award prizes for. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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