In this B1-level article, students will learn about Stephen Hawking, one of Britain’s most famous scientists, as he unexpectedly reaches his 75th birthday in spite of a terrible neurological disease. The film The Theory of Everything , released in 2014, pays tribute to this exceptional man, played by Eddie Redmayne who won a Golden Globe, an Oscar and a BAFTA Award for his outstanding performance.
This sequence would fit well in an EPI Sciences, technologie et société with physics.
Vocabulary, structures and pronunciation:
- The most+adjective / most+noun
- Expressing purpose
- Present perfect//simple past.
- Brilliant, famous, respected, rare, incredible, major, unique… // anonymous, ordinary
- Experiment // experience
- The quest for knowledge
- Be diagnosed with a disease
- Derivation: science, scientist, scientific / mathematics, mathematician, mathematical / physics, physicist…
Skills and strategies:
- Understanding significant points in straightforward newspaper articles (B1).
- Writing brief reports and descriptions (B1).
- Sustained monologue : briefly giving reasons and explanations for opinions (B1)
You can find articles about Stephen Hawking at A1+, A2 and B1 levels, on the Banque de ressources anglais cycle 4. To see the articles, register or log in now. Then go to: Articles de presse > A1+, A2, B1 > Sciences, technologie et société > "Amazing Professor Hawking".