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English Conversation – Science

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 11:09 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about Science. Scientific research is used to increase knowledge by creating theories based on knowledge earlier known, and then testing those theories using experiments. The word science can also refer to the large amount of knowledge that has been found using this process, so far. People who study and research science and try to find out everything about it are called scientists. Scientists study things by observing them, by measuring them, and by doing experiments and tests. Scientists try to explain why things act the way they do, and predict what will happen. 

Science Verbs 

Verb Meaning
Study To learn about something
Discover To find something for the first time
Hypothesize To make an educated guess
Observe To look at something carefully
Invent To make something for the first time
Research To investigate something
Collect data To gather facts
Predict To make a guess about the future
Solve problems To find solutions or answers
Prove To show that something is correct or true


Fields of Science 

Field Name of Scientist Studies
Anthropology Anthropologist People and their societies
Archaeology Archaeologist Ancient societies
Biology Biologist Living things
Chemistry Chemist Substances and chemicals
Geography Geographer Land and water
Psychology Psychologist The mind
Physics Physicist Physical objects and natural forces

Phrasal Verbs in Science 

  • Carry out – “He carried out an experiment in order to test his theory”
  • Find out – “The Biologist wanted to find out how many species lived on the island”
  • Figure out – “She mixed different chemicals in order to figure out which was the right combination” 

Conversation Questions

  • Are you interested in the field of science?
  • What science subjects did you study at school?
  • Do you remember any interesting experiments from your classes?
  • Which one did you enjoy the most?
  • Do you like to read about scientific discoveries in the news?
  • How important do you think science is?
  • Do you always trust science?
  • What do you think are some of the best scientific achievements?
  • Who is your favourite scientist?
  • What do you think science will uncover in the near future?
  • What questions will science never answer?
  • Do you think science and religion are in conflict with each other?
  • What have been the best scientific achievements in relation to: medicine, environment, crime investigation, technology, business?
  • Has science had any negative impacts on society?
  • Do you think some areas of science should be banned? For example, developing chemical or biological weapons?
  • Some areas of science are controversial. What is your opinion about the following scientific developments?
    • Cloning animals or people
    • Genetically modified food
    • Using stem cells to cure disease
    • Being able to choose the sex or other characteristics of a baby?


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