The Reading / Listening - Level 4

An expert thinks she knows the secret of what dogs dream about. A psychologist did research into dog dreams. She concluded that dogs dream about their owners. She also said dog dreams were similar to human dreams. She said humans and dogs dream about things that interested them during the day. She added: "It's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." She said pets need happy experiences so they have nice dreams.



The psychologist said we don't know what dogs or humans see in their dreams. Research is based on the fact that dogs and humans have a sleep cycle. This includes a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement). This is when we dream. The psychologist said dogs probably dream during their REM. She also said dogs move about while they are asleep because they are acting out their dreams. Their legs move in a running motion.

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Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dog-dreaming-about-you-owners-psychologist-harvard-a7373571.html
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/183351/20161022/your-dog-is-likely-dreaming-about-you-says-harvard-psychologist.htm
  • http://www.fox25boston.com/news/trending-now/dogs-likely-dream-about-their-owner-harvard-expert-says/459453345


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. An expert thinks she knows
  2. A psychologist did
  3. She concluded that dogs dream
  4. dog dreams were similar
  5. dogs dream about things
  6. It's likely your dog is dreaming
  7. pleasing
  8. pets need happy experiences so
  1. they have nice dreams
  2. about their owners
  3. that interested them
  4. of your face
  5. research
  6. or annoying you
  7. to human dreams
  8. the secret

Paragraph 2

  1. The psychologist said
  2. Research is based
  3. dogs and humans have a
  4. This includes a period of
  5. dogs probably dream during
  6. dogs move about while
  7. they are acting
  8. Their legs move
  1. they are asleep
  2. out their dreams
  3. activity called REM
  4. in a running motion
  5. on the fact
  6. we don't know
  7. their REM
  8. sleep cycle

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An expert thinks she knows (1) ___________________ what dogs dream about. A psychologist did research into dog dreams.                                 (2) ___________________ dogs dream about their owners. She also said dog dreams (3) ___________________ human dreams. She said humans and dogs dream (4) ___________________ interested them during the day. She added: "It's (5) ___________________ is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." She said pets need happy experiences so they (6) ___________________.

The psychologist said we don't (7) ___________________ or humans see in their dreams. Research is (8) ___________________ fact that dogs and humans have a sleep cycle. This includes a (9) ___________________ called REM (10) ___________________). This is when we dream. The psychologist said dogs probably (11) ___________________ REM. She also said dogs move about while they are asleep because they are acting out their dreams. Their legs move in a (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anexpertthinkssheknowsthesecretofwhatdogsdreamabout.Apsych
ologistdidresearchintodogdreams.Sheconcludedthatdogsdreamabo
uttheirowners.Shealsosaiddogdreamsweresimilartohumandreams.
Shesaidhumansanddogsdreamaboutthingsthatinterestedthemduri
ngtheday.Sheadded:"It'slikelyyourdogisdreamingofyourface,yours
mellandofpleasingorannoyingyou."Shesaidpetsneedhappyexperien
cessotheyhavenicedreams.Thepsychologistsaidwedon'tknowwhatd
ogsorhumansseeintheirdreams.Researchisbasedonthefactthatdogs
andhumanshaveasleepcycle.ThisincludesaperiodofactivitycalledRE
M(RapidEyeMovement).Thisiswhenwedream.Thepsychologistsaidd
ogsprobablydreamduringtheirREM.Shealsosaiddogsmoveaboutwhil
etheyareasleepbecausetheyareactingouttheirdreams.Theirlegsmov
einarunningmotion.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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Free writing

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