The Reading / Listening - Level 4

A study shows that sports men are better than sports women at making up. Research from Harvard University looked at the differences in making up after same-sex sporting events. Professor Joyce Benenson concluded that men put more effort into making up with their male sporting opponents. The researchers analysed four sports involving men and women from 44 countries. Men spent a lot more time shaking hands and physically embracing.



Professor Benenson was surprised at how women spent so little time making up with rivals. She said: "Females brush their fingers against each other….It's so frosty." In contrast, Benenson said: "With the males, even with a handshake, you can see the warmth." She said boxers surprised her, saying: "I expected this would be the least strong in boxing because you try to kill the other person….There really is this sense of love for your opponent."

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-36969103
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/men-women-conflict-making-up-cooperation-gender-sex-fights-boxing-tennis-table-tennis-badminton-a7172331.html
  • https://www.inverse.com/article/19239-women-men-friendly


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. looked
  2. same-
  3. men put more effort
  4. their male sporting
  5. researchers analysed
  6. involving men and women
  7. Men spent a lot more time shaking
  8. physically
  1. hands
  2. at the differences
  3. from 44 countries
  4. embracing
  5. sex sporting events
  6. into making up
  7. four sports
  8. opponents

Paragraph 2

  1. surprised at how women spent
  2. making up with
  3. Females brush their fingers
  4. It's so
  5. even with a handshake, you can see
  6. I expected this would be the least
  7. you try to kill
  8. this sense of
  1. the warmth
  2. the other person
  3. rivals
  4. love for your opponent
  5. so little time
  6. against each other
  7. frosty
  8. strong in boxing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study (1) ___________________ men are better than sports women at making up. Research from Harvard University looked (2) ___________________ in making up (3) ___________________ sporting events. Professor Joyce Benenson concluded that men put more effort into making up with their male (4) ___________________. The researchers analysed four sports (5) ___________________ and women from 44 countries. Men spent a lot more time shaking hands and (6) ___________________.

Professor Benenson (7) ___________________ how women spent so little time making up with rivals. She said: "Females (8) ___________________ against each other….(9) ___________________." In contrast, Benenson said: "With the males, even (10) ___________________, you can see the warmth." She said boxers surprised her, saying: "(11) ___________________ would be the least strong in boxing because you try to kill the other person….There really is this (12) ___________________ your opponent."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astudyshowsthatsportsmenarebetterthansportswomenatmakingu
p.ResearchfromHarvardUniversitylookedatthedifferencesinmaking
upaftersame-sexsportingevents.ProfessorJoyceBenensonconclude
dthatmenputmoreeffortintomakingupwiththeirmalesportingoppone
nts.Theresearchersanalysedfoursportsinvolvingmenandwomenfro
m44countries.Menspentalotmoretimeshakinghandsandphysicallye
mbracing.ProfessorBenensonwassurprisedathowwomenspentsolittl
etimemakingupwithrivals.Shesaid:"Femalesbrushtheirfingersagain
steachother….It'ssofrosty."Incontrast,Benensonsaid:"Withthemale
s,evenwithahandshake,youcanseethewarmth."Shesaidboxerssurpr
isedher,saying:"Iexpectedthiswouldbetheleaststronginboxingbeca
useyoutrytokilltheotherperson….Therereallyisthissenseofloveforyo
uropponent."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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