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4-Year-Old Girl With Einstein IQ (15th April, 2012)

A four-year-old English girl has passed an intelligence test with a score similar to Einstein's. Heidi Hankins took the test to join the intelligent people's club, called Mensa, which has members in more than one hundred countries around the globe. Only two per cent of the population is intelligent enough to join Mensa. Heidi's score on the test was 159; Einstein recorded a score of 160. The average adult would score around 100 and someone who is gifted and very intelligent could get 130.

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Heidi's father is a university lecturer and her mother is an artist. They realized their daughter was special from an early age. When she was two, she taught herself to read using the family computer. She could also count to 40 and do simple maths. Mr Hankins said: "I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two, and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It's what you would expect a seven-year-old to do." He added that she's just a typical girl who likes dolls and Lego.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

passed an intelligence

a.

score around 100

2

a score similar

b.

very intelligent

3.

around

c.

to Einstein's

4.

intelligent enough

d.

the globe

5.

The average adult would

e.

test

6.

gifted and

f.

to join Mensa

 

Paragraph 2

1.

a university

a.

herself to read

2

They realized their daughter

b.

girl

3.

she taught

c.

7-year-old to do

4.

count to 40 and

d.

lecturer

5.

what you would expect a

e.

was special

6.

she's just a typical

f.

do simple maths


LISTENING GAP FILL

A four-year-old English girl ________________ intelligence test with a score similar to Einstein's. Heidi Hankins ________________ join the intelligent people's club, called Mensa, which has members in more than one hundred countries ________________. Only two per cent of the population is ___________________ to join Mensa. Heidi's score on the test was 159; Einstein recorded a score of 160. The ________________ would score around 100 and someone ________________ and very intelligent could get 130.

Heidi's father is a ________________ and her mother is an artist. They realized their daughter was special ________________ age. When she was two, she ________________ read using the family computer. She could also count to 40 and do simple maths. Mr Hankins said: "I got her ________________ of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two, and she read through ________________ of 30 in about an hour. It's what you would expect a seven-year-old to do." He added that she's ________________ girl who likes dolls and Lego.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A four-year-old English girl has (1) ____ an intelligence test with a score similar to Einstein's. Heidi Hankins took the test to (2) ____ the intelligent people's club, called Mensa, which has members in more than one hundred countries (3) ____ the globe. Only two per cent of the population is intelligent (4) ____ to join Mensa. Heidi's score on the test was 159; Einstein recorded a score (5) ____ 160. The average adult would score around 100 and someone who is gifted and very intelligent could (6) ____ 130.

Heidi's father is a university (7) ____ and her mother is an artist. They realized their daughter was special from an early age. When she was two, she taught (8) ____ to read using the family computer. She could also count (9) ____ 40 and do simple maths. Mr Hankins said: "I got her the complete (10) ____ of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she was two, and she read through the (11) ____ set of 30 in about an hour. It's what you would expect a seven-year-old to do." He (12) ____ that she's just a typical girl who likes dolls and Lego.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

past

(b)

pasted

(c)

passed

2.

(a)

join

(b)

joint

(c)

joined

3.

(a)

above

(b)

around

(c)

via

4.

(a)

through

(b)

any

(c)

enough

5.

(a)

for

(b)

of

(c)

by

6.

(a)

get

(b)

increase

(c)

write

7.

(a)

lecturer

(b)

lecture

(c)

lectured

8.

(a)

her

(b)

she

(c)

herself

9.

(a)

to

(b)

up

(c)

on

10.

(a)

sit

(b)

set

(c)

sat

11.

(a)

hole

(b)

who

(c)

whole

12

(a)

plus

(b)

added

(c)

joined


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

pdsase an intelligence test

2.

a score mriasil to Einstein's

3.

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4.

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5.

intelligent nugohe to join Mensa

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

a university uecreltr

8.

They adzleeir their daughter was special

9.

she taught lshefre to read

10.

do smleip maths

11.

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12.

she's just a cpltaiy girl


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

Heidi's father is a university lecturer and her mother is an artist. They realized

(    )

maths. Mr Hankins said: "I got her the complete set of the Oxford Reading Tree books when she

(    )

their daughter was special from an early age. When she was two, she taught

(    )

the globe. Only two per cent of the population is intelligent enough

(    )

herself to read using the family computer. She could also count to 40 and do simple

(    )

to join Mensa. Heidi's score on the test was 159; Einstein recorded a score

(    )

Mensa, which has members in more than one hundred countries around

(    )

was two, and she read through the whole set of 30 in about an hour. It's what you would

(    )

expect a seven-year-old to do." He added that she's just a typical girl who likes dolls and Lego.

(    )

of 160. The average adult would score around 100 and someone who is gifted and very intelligent could get 130.

(    )

similar to Einstein's. Heidi Hankins took the test to join the intelligent people's club, called

1  )

A four-year-old English girl has passed an intelligence test with a score


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

A    passed   has   test    girl   intelligence    English    4-year-old     an.

2.

More     around     than     the     one     globe     hundred     countries.    

3.

of     is     Only     cent     population     per     the     intelligent     two.    

4.

100     around     score     would     adult     average     The.    

5.

intelligent     very     and     gifted     is     who     Someone.    

6.

is     university     father     a     lecturer     Heidi's.    

7.

their     was     realized     daughter     special     They.    

8.

two     ,     she     taught     herself     to     read     When    she     was.    

9.

to     do     She     count     and    maths    also     40    simple     could.    

10.

She's     who     just     likes     a     dolls     typical     girl.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about intelligence for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTELLIGENCE: Search the Internet and find more information about Mensa. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about intelligence. Include an imaginary interview with a super-intelligent person. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to an intelligence expert. Ask him/her three questions about intelligence. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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