The Reading / Listening - Zombies - Level 2

We all know zombies are only in horror movies. Or do we? An article in a University of Leicester physics journal predicts that zombies could kill most people on Earth in just 100 days. Students predicted there would only be 273 survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The students were not using real zombies. Instead, they pretended a deadly virus had infected someone and spread around the world. One person with the virus would have a 90 per cent chance of giving it to another person every day. At that rate, the human population would fall to just 273 people by day 100.



A professor at the university explained why students did research using zombies, even though they do not exist. He said: "Every year we ask students to write short papers for the 'Journal of Physics Special Topics'. It lets the students show off their creative side and apply some of the physics they know." He also said it gives students practice in writing and checking academic papers. He added that it tested the ability of students to use their understanding of physics to imaginary situations. This could help in the future to prepare us for real-life disasters.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Zombies - Level 0 Zombies - Level 1   or  Zombies - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/zombies-wipe-humans-less-100-134700805.html
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-long-humans-survive-zombie-apocalypse-scientists-a7513941.html
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/new-study-calculates-how-long-humanity-could-survive-a-zombie-apocalypse


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. zombies are only
  2. there would only be 273
  3. a zombie
  4. a deadly virus had
  5. spread
  6. have a 90 per cent
  7. the human population would
  8. just 273 people by
  1. survivors
  2. infected someone
  3. day 100
  4. chance
  5. in horror movies
  6. fall
  7. around the world
  8. apocalypse

Paragraph 2

  1. A professor at the university
  2. students did research
  3. even though they
  4. ask students to write
  5. It lets the students show
  6. writing and checking academic
  7. imaginary
  8. prepare us for real-
  1. off their creative side
  2. do not exist
  3. papers
  4. using zombies
  5. situations
  6. explained why
  7. life disasters
  8. short papers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We all know zombies (1) ___________________ horror movies. Or do we? (2) ___________________ University of Leicester physics journal predicts that zombies could kill most people on Earth in just 100 days. Students (3) ___________________ would only be 273 survivors of a zombie apocalypse. The students were not using real zombies. Instead, they pretended (4) ___________________ had infected someone and spread around the world. One person with the virus would have a 90 per cent (5) ___________________ it to another person every day. At that rate, the human population would fall to just 273 (6) ___________________ 100.

A professor (7) ___________________ explained why students did research using zombies, even (8) ___________________ not exist. He said: "Every year we ask students (9) ___________________ papers for the 'Journal of Physics Special Topics'. It lets the students show off their creative side (10) ___________________ of the physics they know." He also said it gives students practice in writing and checking academic papers. He added that it tested the ability of students (11) ___________________ understanding of physics to imaginary situations. This could help in the future to prepare us for (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Weallknowzombiesareonlyinhorrormovies.Ordowe?AnarticleinaUni
versityofLeicesterphysicsjournalpredictsthatzombiescouldkillmostp
eopleonEarthinjust100days.Studentspredictedtherewouldonlybe27
3survivorsofazombieapocalypse.Thestudentswerenotusingrealzom
bies.Instead,theypretendedadeadlyvirushadinfectedsomeoneands
preadaroundtheworld.Onepersonwiththeviruswouldhavea90percen
tchanceofgivingittoanotherpersoneveryday.Atthatrate,thehumanp
opulationwouldfalltojust273peoplebyday100.Aprofessorattheunive
rsityexplainedwhystudentsdidresearchusingzombies,eventhoughth
eydonotexist.Hesaid:"Everyyearweaskstudentstowriteshortpapersf
orthe'JournalofPhysicsSpecialTopics'.Itletsthestudentsshowofftheir
creativesideandapplysomeofthephysicstheyknow."Healsosaiditgive
sstudentspracticeinwritingandcheckingacademicpapers.Headdedth
atittestedtheabilityofstudentstousetheirunderstandingofphysicstoi
maginarysituations.Thiscouldhelpinthefuturetoprepareusforreal-
lifedisasters.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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