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English Conversation – The Universe

Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 02:08 PM
posted by Jo

Space and The Universe

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about space and the universe. Watch a video about the size of the universe; learn some key vocabulary and discover how to answer conversation questions  about this fascinating subject.

A video about the universe

  • What was the most amazing fact you learned about the universe?
  • Why do you find it amazing?

Vocabulary 

  • Unfathomable: too strange or mysterious to be understood
  • Constellation: A group of stars that can be seen as a pattern from Earth. 
  • Black Hole: an area in outer space into which everything near it, including light, is pulled in
  • Asteroid: Small, rocky object orbiting the Sun.
  • Meteoroid: A small chunk of rock from an asteroid which orbits the Sun.
  • Solar eclipse: When the moon's orbit comes between the earth and the sun and it looks like the sun is blacked out.
  • Lunar eclipse: When the earth prevents sunlight from reaching the moon. 

Idioms  

  •  The sky is the limit – When people say that the sky is the limit, they think that there are no limits to the possibilities something could have.  

Conversation Questions 

  • Are you interested in the universe?
  • What are some of the mysteries of the universe that you would like to know about?
  • Why are scientists so interested in finding out about the universe?
  • Would you like to go to the moon or travel into space?
  • Would you be afraid to travel into space?
  • Would you like to experience the feeling of being without gravity?
  • What do you think would be the most exciting aspect of space travel?
  • Do you think astronauts have a difficult job?
  • Do you think it would get boring in space?
  • Do you agree with government’s spending billions of dollars on space exploration?
  • Do you think space tourism could become the next big industry?
  • Do you think that eventually earth will become uninhabitable and human beings will be forced to populate another planet?
  • Do you think the universe has an end?
  • When do you think people will visit Mars?
  • Do you think it is possible that humans could ever live on Mars?
  • Have you ever been to an observatory? What did you see?
  • Do you think life exists on other planets?
  • Do you think earth is visited by extra-terrestrials in UFOs?
  • Do you think there is risk of planet earth being hit by asteroid?
  • Do you think NASA knows more than they tell us?
  • Do you think that many people have a fear of our inability to control factors in the universe?
  • Have you ever seen a solar eclipse?
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