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5 Signs Humans Are Still Evolving

This is a conversation lesson based on a science article. You'll learn about evolution in humans, and pick up some good words and phrases too!

Introduction: 

Before your class, read the article on Mental Floss about human evolution. Be sure to make notes of any language you could not understand. You can ask your teacher in class.

Warm Up: 

What is evolution? How would you explain it to a five-year-old kid?

Language: 

Work through the following tasks with your teacher.

Language check

Do you have any questions you have about the language? Ask your teacher and make some examples of your own with the new words and phrases.

Summary

Tell your teacher what the article is about. Try to do it in a conversational way. Here's your start:

So, I read this interesting article the other day about evolution in humans. It said that...

Comprehension

Discuss the answers to these questions:

  1. What's the point about shrinking brains?
  2. Which is the most interesting or suprising of the five signs? Why?
Paraphrase

Try to put these sentences another way:

  1. "New research suggests that, despite modern technology and industrialization, humans continue to evolve."
  2. "Originally, we all had brown eyes. But about 10,000 years ago, someone who lived near the Black Sea developed a genetic mutation that turned brown eyes blue."
Practice: 

Practice discussing this topic with your teacher. Imagine that you are having dinner conversation with a client, or out on a date and you want to impress! Introduce the topic and talk about it. Your teacher will help you.