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Space Radio Theater
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

Level:Topic:Type: Speakers:Length:
difficultscience fiction radio programman, woman, girl and boy02:34

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are common themes or storylines in science fiction movies?

HELPFUL TIP: The US TV series, Star Trek, was a very popular science fiction program back in the 1960s. Try improving your vocabulary on space and technology by watching some of this program or similar shows like it.

space alien

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Where does the action first open in this radio theater ?
A. on a lunar space colony
B. on board a starship
C. at a space training center

2. What happens to Commander Crdovi?
A. He is transported off the ship.
B. He encounters aliens in the transporter room.
C. He runs off the bridge.

3. Which officers run to the transporter room?
A. Crdovi and Adams
B. Adams and Suzuki
C. Suzuki and Duroset

4. What does Mortia tell the rest of the crew in cargo bay 3?
A. how the aliens have boarded the ship
B. why the transporter system is no longer working
C. that crew members are being removed from the ship

5. How does Mr. Greenfield know that alien vessels are approaching their ship?
A. They appear on their scanners.
B. They establish long-range visual contact.
C. They make radio contact with the aliens.

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Man has often pondered the mysteries of the universe, and the question of whether or not we are alone in space has gone unanswered. Do you believe in the existence of life beyond our own world? Why or why not? Search for reported sightings of UFOs or alien visits to support your position.

Now, write your opinions on a similar topic at Randall's ESL Blog HERE.

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