who are we to say we are intelligent ? neil deGrasse tyson | ESL & ELT activities | speaking, listening, vocabulary and writing
This is a funny compilations of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s, fails, interviews, bloopers, and best video moments.
Neil deGrasse Tyson born on October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003.
Born and raised in New York City, Tyson became interested in astronomy at the age of nine after a visit to the Hayden Planetarium. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, where he was editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal, he completed a bachelor’s degree in physics at Harvard University in 1980. After receiving a master’s degree in astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983, he earned his master’s (1989) and doctorate (1991) in astrophysics at Columbia University. For the next three years, he was a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University. In 1994 he joined the Hayden Planetarium as a staff scientist and the Princeton faculty as a visiting research scientist and lecturer. In 1996, he became director of the planetarium and oversaw its $210-million reconstruction project, which was completed in 2000.
From 1995 to 2005, Tyson wrote monthly essays in the “Universe” column for Natural History magazine, some of which were published in his book Death by Black Hole (2007). During the same period, he wrote a monthly column in Star Date magazine, answering questions about the universe under the pen name “Merlin”. Material from the column appeared in his books Merlin’s Tour of the Universe (1998) and Just Visiting This Planet (1998). Tyson served on a 2001 government commission on the future of the U.S. aerospace industry, and on the 2004 Moon, Mars and Beyond commission. He was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in the same year. From 2006 to 2011, he hosted the television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS. Since 2009, Tyson hosted the weekly podcast StarTalk. A spin-off, also called StarTalk, began airing on National Geographic in 2015. In 2014, he hosted the television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a successor to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences awarded Tyson the Public Welfare Medal in 2015 for his “extraordinary role in exciting the public about the wonders of science”
Hubble’s Cosmic Journey
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
400 Years of the Telescope
Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier
The Pluto Files
Death by Black Hole
Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution
The Sky is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist
One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos
Just Visiting This Planet
Universe down to Earth
Merlin’s tour of the Universe
My Favourite Universe
ESL & ELT activities
1- speaking: topic for discussion | intelligence
what is intelligence ?
do you believe humans are the most intelligent creatures in the universe ? on earth ? why ? why not ? support your ideas
do you consider yourself intelligent ? why ? why not ?
what person do you consider intelligent ? in which situation ? give an example to support your ideas
2- listening & writing | watch the first video and take notes | select the fragments you consider the most outstanding or the ones that called your attention the most (at least 4) | support your selections | write a brief description of those selected fragments and your opinion about them
3- listening & writing | opinion piece on “intelligence” | listen to videos 2 and 3 and take notes | prepare the vocabulary | using your notes write an opinion piece on intelligence | 250 – 300 words