Happy Birthday, Professor Hawking

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 20 January 2017 > Ready to Use

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)

SN_BRN_logoYou 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".

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