Academic English

“Space Radio Theater”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult science fiction man, woman, girl and boy 02:34

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are common themes or storylines in science fiction movies?

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The action of the radio theater first opens _____.

Narrator: Welcome to Space Radio Theater, your passport to the future. In this episode, the crew is under attack by an unknown source until it is too late. This episode opens with the crew members on board the Starship Quest.

What happens to Commander Crdovi?

Narrator: The Captain suddenly realizes that Mr. Crdovi has disappeared from the bridge.

Which officers run to the transporter room?

Narrator: Security officers, Lieutenant Mortia Adams and Ensign Greg Suzuki, ran down the corridors to the transporter room.

Mortia tells the crew to go to cargo bay ____.

Mortia: Mortia to all decks. Please report to the cargo bay 3.

Five alien vessels are _______ their ship.

Narrator: Suddenly, five alien ships appear on long range scanners heading straight for them. Mr. Greenfield, on the bridge, reports to Commander Mortia.

Post-Listening Exercise

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.