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The US Military has released a report about UFOs. UFO means Unidentified Flying Object. It means anything that is flying but that you can’t identify. However, it is most commonly used when people think they see something that could be an alien. UFO sightings have been popular stories for decades. Over the years, people would say they saw a ‘UFO’ that they thought could be an alien spaceship. Many documentaries and movies have been made about UFOs but UFO stories have not been believed by most people.

Now, the US government has released a report on UFOs that only the military have seen. The report says there have been 144 military reports of UFOs since 2004. Most of the reports came in the last two years. The military says they are UFOs because they cannot find a scientific explanation for them. The report said there’s no evidence that the UFOs are alien. They also said that it could be a possibility. Other possibilities are that the UFOs are from other countries like Russia or China or that the UFOs are some unknown phenomenon. The number and frequency of sightings have got UFO watchers excited.

UFO watchers think this new report is evidence that the UFOs are aliens. They think that the US government knows more than it is saying. This is the biggest report about UFOs ever released by the US government. Historically, the US government has been very secretive about UFOs. Now, the US government has created a group to further study these UFOs. They hope to find scientific explanations for what some of the UFOs could be. UFO hobbyists are also looking at the data to see if the UFOs are aliens. They want to find proof that aliens have visited Earth. In 2020, the US government released a video of an object that looked like a flying Tic-Tac. It was seen by a military plane. If it was a ship, then it was moving in a way that is impossible with any technology that humans have. Alien believers have been looking at videos like this as evidence that aliens are real and they have been trying to connect the evidence.

Difficult words

Unidentified (v): Not recognised, not known.

Sighting (n): Something seen.

Decade (n): 10 years.

Phenomenon (n): A special or unique thing that happens.

Frequency (n): How often something occurs.

Hobbyist (n): A person with a special interest or hobby.

Activities

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American English Audio:

Match the Synonym!

1. UnidentifiedA. Seen
2. SightingB. Occurrence
 3. DecadeC. Unknown
 4. PhenomenonD. Often
 5. FrequencyE. 10 years.

True or False?

1. UFO means Unidentified Found Object. T / F

2. Most people think they are seeing an alien when they use the term “UFO”. T / F

3. The US government refuses to release a report about UFOs. T / F

4. The reported UFOs could be from another country. T / F

5. A video of an alien landing on Earth was released.  T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. has / The / released / about / UFOs / US Military / report / a

2. have / popular / stories / for / decades / UFO / sightings / been

3. says / The / military reports / 144 / there / been / report / have

4. are / Other / other countries / the / that / UFOs are / from / possibilities

5. secretive / Historically, / US / government / been / has / very / the

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

American English Audio:

ReleasedPossibilitiesReports
BelievedWatchersImpossible

The US Military has (1)________ a report about UFOs. UFO means Unidentified Flying Object. It means anything that is flying but that you can’t identify. However, it is most commonly used when people think they see something that could be an alien. UFO sightings have been popular stories for decades. Over the years, people would say they saw a ‘UFO’ that they thought could be an alien spaceship. Many documentaries and movies have been made about UFOs but UFO stories have not been (2)_________ by most people.

Now, the US government has released a report on UFOs that only the military have seen. The report says there have been 144 military reports of UFOs since 2004. Most of the (3)________ came in the last two years. The military says they are UFOs because they cannot find a scientific explanation for them. The report said there’s no evidence that the UFOs are alien. They also said that it could be a possibility. Other (4)__________ are that the UFOs are from other countries like Russia or China or that the UFOs are some unknown phenomenon. The number and frequency of sightings have got UFO watchers excited.

UFO (5)________ think this new report is evidence that the UFOs are aliens. They think that the US government knows more than it is saying. This is the biggest report about UFOs ever released by the US government. Historically, the US government has been very secretive about UFOs. Now, the US government has created a group to further study these UFOs. They hope to find scientific explanations for what some of the UFOs could be. UFO hobbyists are also looking at the data to see if the UFOs are aliens. They want to find proof that aliens have visited Earth. In 2020, the US government released a video of an object that looked like a flying Tic-Tac. It was seen by a military plane. If it was a ship, then it was moving in a way that is (6)___________ with any technology that humans have. Alien believers have been looking at videos like this as evidence that aliens are real and they have been trying to connect the evidence.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think of this story?
4. Do you think any of the UFOs in the report are aliens?
5. Do you believe in aliens?
6. Have there been any reports of UFOs in your country?
7. Do you think many people in your country believe in aliens?
8. Have you heard any alien-related stories in your country?
9. Are people interested in aliens in your country?
10. Have you ever heard of the Roswell, New Mexico UFO crash?
11. Do you think the US government knows more than they are sharing?
12. Do you think other countries keep alien information secret?
13. Would you like to visit Roswell, New Mexico?
14. What do you think the unexplained UFOs could be?
15. Do you think another country could have secret, super-advanced technology?
16. If the UFOs are aliens, why do you think they are visiting Earth?
17. Do you enjoy stories or movies about aliens or space?
18. Do you think humans will ever meet life from another planet?
19. Do you think your country would release UFO information or keep it a secret?
20. Have you ever seen anything strange that you couldn’t explain?