The Reading / Listening - Level 6

An expert believes she has uncovered the secret of what dogs dream about. Dr Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, conducted research into dog dreams and concluded that, among other things, dogs dream about their owners. Dr Barrett said canine dreams were comparable to those we have: "Humans dream about the same things they're interested in by day….There's no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." The psychologist even advised pet owners to give their pets "happy daytime experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams.



Dr Barrett stated that there is no way of knowing for certain what dogs see when they dream. Research isn't even close to disclosing that mystery with human dreams. Her conclusions are based on the fact that canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar to the human cycle. This includes a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the part of the sleep cycle when humans dream. She said: "That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming too." Dr Barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep. She said they are probably acting out their dreams so their legs move in a running motion in their sleep.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. DREAMS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dreams. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       expert / secret / psychologist / canine / dreams / animals / pleasing / annoying /
       certain / mystery / conclusions / mammals / REM / guess / acting / running / motion

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. RECORD: Students A strongly believe it would be great to be able to record our dreams and watch them; Students B strongly believe this would be terrible.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. MEANINGS: What are the meanings of these common dreams? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • falling
  • being chased
  • being naked in public
  • teeth falling out
  • being late
  • being in a strange place
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5. DOG: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "dog". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. DOG DREAMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the things dogs might dream about at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • running
  • hunting
  • beds
  • nature
  • steak
  • owners
  • cats
  • bones

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A vet at Harvard thinks she knows what dogs dream about.     T / F
  2. A scientist said dog dreams and human dreams are probably similar.     T / F
  3. The scientist said dogs are the only animals that have dreams.     T / F
  4. The scientist said it is likely dogs dream about their owners' smell.     T / F
  5. Research is a long way from understanding human dreams.     T / F
  6. Dogs have a dream cycle similar to the human dream cycle.     T / F
  7. REM is the phase of sleep in which we do not dream.     T / F
  8. Dogs move their legs while asleep mostly because they get cramp.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. expert
  2. uncovered
  3. comparable
  4. attached
  5. advised
  6. mystery
  7. based
  8. cycle
  9. guess
  10. motion
  1. encouraged
  2. fond of
  3. puzzle
  4. revealed
  5. movement
  6. specialist
  7. sequence
  8. estimate
  9. built
  10. similar

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. An expert believes she has uncovered
  2. canine dreams were comparable
  3. There's no reason to think animals
  4. dogs are generally extremely attached
  5. The psychologist even advised
  6. there is no way of
  7. close to disclosing that
  8. canines and
  9. part of the sleep
  10. acting out their dreams so their legs move
  1. knowing for certain
  2. to their human owners
  3. other mammals
  4. pet owners
  5. in a running motion
  6. are any different
  7. cycle
  8. the secret
  9. to those we have
  10. mystery

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.

among
reason
annoying
uncovered
daytime
conducted
extremely
comparable

An expert believes she has (1) ____________ the secret of what dogs dream about. Dr Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, (2) ____________ research into dog dreams and concluded that, (3) ____________ other things, dogs dream about their owners. Dr Barrett said canine dreams were (4) ____________ to those we have: "Humans dream about the same things they're interested in by day….There's no (5) ____________ to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally (6) ____________ attached to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or (7) ____________ you." The psychologist even advised pet owners to give their pets "happy (8) ____________ experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
part
mystery
acting
cycle
certain
motion
mammals
guess

Dr Barrett stated that there is no way of knowing for (9) ____________ what dogs see when they dream. Research isn't even close to disclosing that (10) ____________ with human dreams. Her conclusions are based on the fact that canines and other (11) ____________ have a sleep cycle that is similar to the human (12) ____________. This includes a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the (13) ____________ of the sleep cycle when humans dream. She said: "That certainly makes it the best (14) ____________ that other mammals are dreaming too." Dr Barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep. She said they are probably (15) ____________ out their dreams so their legs move in a running (16) ____________ in their sleep.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  An expert believes she has uncovered the secret of ______ about
     a.  what dogs dreamt
     b.  what dogs dreams
     c.  what dogs dream
     d.  what dogs dreaming

2)  concluded that, among other things, dogs dream ______
     a.  about their owners
     b.  about them owners
     c.  about these owners
     d.  about those owners

3)  Since dogs are generally extremely ______ human owners
     a.  attracted to their
     b.  attached to their
     c.  a tacked to their
     d.  attacked to their

4)  your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing ______
     a.  or annoy in you
     b.  or annoys in you
     c.  or annoyance you
     d.  or annoying you

5)  give their pets happy daytime experiences to make sure they ______
     a.  have a nice dreams
     b.  have a nice dream
     c.  have nice dream
     d.  have nice dreams

6)  Research isn't even close to disclosing that ______ dreams
     a.  mystery within human
     b.  mysteries with human
     c.  mystery with human
     d.  mystery with humane

7)  canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar to ______
     a.  the human cycle
     b.  the human cycles
     c.  the human cycled
     d.  the human cyclist

8)  a period of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the part of ______
     a.  the sleeping cycle
     b.  the sleeps cycle
     c.  the sleep cycle
     d.  the sleeper cycle

9)  That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals ______
     a.  are dreaming too
     b.  are day-dreaming too
     c.  are dreamers too
     d.  are dream in too

10)  they are probably acting out their dreams so their legs move in ______
     a.  a run in motion
     b.  a ruining motion
     c.  a running motion
     d.  a running in motion

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An expert believes she has (1) ___________________ of what dogs dream about. Dr Deirdre Barrett, (2) ___________________ Harvard Medical School, conducted research into dog dreams and concluded that, among other things, dogs dream (3) ___________________. Dr Barrett said canine dreams were comparable to those we have: "Humans dream about the same things they're (4) ___________________ day….There's no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally (5) ___________________ to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." The psychologist (6) ___________________ pet owners to give their pets "happy daytime experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams.

Dr Barrett stated that there is no (7) ___________________ for certain what dogs see when they dream. Research isn't (8) ___________________ disclosing that mystery with human dreams. Her conclusions are based (9) ___________________ canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar to the human cycle. This includes a (10) ___________________ called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the part of the sleep cycle when humans dream. She said: "That certainly makes (11) ___________________ that other mammals are dreaming too." Dr Barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep. She said they are probably acting out their dreams so their legs move in (12) ___________________ in their sleep.

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the profession of the expert?
  2. At which school does the expert work?
  3. What did the expert say dog dreams were comparable to?
  4. What did the expert say dogs were generally attached to?
  5. What experiences did the expert advise pet owners to give their dogs?
  6. What mystery did the article say scientists are not close to disclosing?
  7. What kind of cycle is similar with humans and dogs?
  8. What happens during the sleep phase called Rapid Eye Movement?
  9. What else did the expert say had dreams?
  10. What kind of motion did the article say dogs made in their sleep?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What is the profession of the expert?

a) dog trainer
b) vet
c) professional dreamer
d) psychologist

2) At which school does the expert work?

a) Dogsville
b) Harvard
c) Cambridge
d) Tokyo

3) What did the expert say dog dreams were comparable to?

a) Hollywood B-movies
b) kaleidoscopes
c) human dreams
d) cartoons

4) What did the expert say dogs were generally attached to?

a) their owners
b) leads
c) bones
d) gates

5) What experiences did the expert advise pet owners to give their dogs?

a) travel
b) fulfilling experiences
c) happy daytime experiences
d) out-of-this-world experiences

6) What mystery did the article say scientists are not close to disclosing?

a) who killed Tutankhamen
b) human dreams
c) the Bermuda Triangle
d) why dogs chase cats

7) What kind of cycle is similar with humans and dogs?

a) lunch and dinner
b) a big one
c) a unicycle
d) sleep

8) What happens during the sleep phase called Rapid Eye Movement?

a) dreaming
b) running
c) heavy breathing
d) sweating

9) What else did the expert say had dreams?

a) ants
b) tuna
c) other mammals
d) ostriches

10) What kind of motion did the article say dogs made in their sleep?

a) a tail wagging motion
b) a running motion
c) a panting motion
d) a dancing motion

Role play

Role A — Steak

You think dogs most like to dream about steak. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why dogs wouldn't like to dream about their things. Also, tell the others which of these dogs would least like to dream about (and why): cats, hunting or nature.

Role B — Cats

You think dogs most like to dream about cats. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why dogs wouldn't like to dream about their things. Also, tell the others which of these dogs would least like to dream about (and why): steak, hunting or nature.

Role C — Hunting

You think dogs most like to dream about hunting. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why dogs wouldn't like to dream about their things. Also, tell the others which of these dogs would least like to dream about (and why): cats, steak or nature.

Role D — Nature

You think dogs most like to dream about nature. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why dogs wouldn't like to dream about their things. Also, tell the others which of these dogs would least like to dream about (and why): cats, hunting or steak.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'dog'

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  • and 'dream'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • way
    • close
    • similar
    • certainly
    • reason
    • running
    • secret
    • research
    • same
    • different
    • smell
    • happy




    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 - Dogs dream about their owners, says scientist

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'dream'?
    3. What do you dream about?
    4. Why do we dream?
    5. Is there any reason why animals would not dream?
    6. What do your dreams mean?
    7. What different things might dogs dream about?
    8. Would you like to record and watch your dreams?
    9. What do you think of research into dog dreams?
    10. What can you do to make sure you have nice dreams?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. Would you like to see what dogs dream about?
    3. How much of a mystery are dreams?
    4. Do you have a regular sleep cycle?
    5. Why do some people never remember their dreams?
    6. Why do we have nightmares?
    7. How much do you move about in bed?
    8. What's your favourite dream?
    9. What do you think a dog's favourite dream would be?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researcher?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    An expert (1) ____ she has uncovered the secret of what dogs dream about. Dr Deirdre Barrett, a psychologist at Harvard Medical School, (2) ____ research into dog dreams and concluded that, (3) ____ other things, dogs dream about their owners. Dr Barrett said canine dreams were comparable (4) ____ those we have: "Humans dream about the same things they're interested in by day….There's no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally (5) ____ attached to their human owners, it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you." The psychologist (6) ____ advised pet owners to give their pets "happy daytime experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams.

    Dr Barrett stated that there is no way of knowing (7) ____ certain what dogs see when they dream. Research isn't even close to (8) ____ that mystery with human dreams. Her conclusions are based on the fact that canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar (9) ____ the human cycle. This includes a (10) ____ of activity called REM (Rapid Eye Movement), which is the part of the sleep cycle when humans dream. She said: "That certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming too." Dr Barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep. She said they are probably acting (11) ____ their dreams so their legs move (12) ____ a running motion in their sleep.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     believes     (b)     beliefs     (c)     believers     (d)     belies    
    2. (a)     contracted     (b)     constricted     (c)     conducted     (d)     combusted    
    3. (a)     many     (b)     betwixt     (c)     between     (d)     among    
    4. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     as     (d)     at    
    5. (a)     extraordinary     (b)     exclaiming     (c)     extremity     (d)     extremely    
    6. (a)     ever     (b)     every     (c)     even     (d)     event    
    7. (a)     as     (b)     for     (c)     be     (d)     on    
    8. (a)     disclosing     (b)     disclosure     (c)     discloses     (d)     disclosed    
    9. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     of     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     position     (b)     stop     (c)     period     (d)     full    
    11. (a)     role     (b)     on     (c)     up     (d)     out    
    12. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     as     (d)     of

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    an expert believes she has uncovered the secret of what dogs dream about dr deirdre barrett a psychologist at harvard medical school conducted research into dog dreams and concluded that among other things dogs dream about their owners dr barrett said canine dreams were comparable to those we have "humans dream about the same things they're interested in by day…there's no reason to think animals are any different since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners it's likely your dog is dreaming of your face your smell and of pleasing or annoying you" the psychologist even advised pet owners to give their pets "happy daytime experiences" to make sure they have nice dreams

    dr barrett stated that there is no way of knowing for certain what dogs see when they dream research isn't even close to disclosing that mystery with human dreams her conclusions are based on the fact that canines and other mammals have a sleep cycle that is similar to the human cycle this includes a period of activity called rem (rapid eye movement) which is the part of the sleep cycle when humans dream she said "that certainly makes it the best guess that other mammals are dreaming too" dr barrett also explained the reason that dogs move their legs while they are asleep she said they are probably acting out their dreams so their legs move in a running motion in their sleep

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ut.DrDeirdreBarrett,apsychologistatHarvardMedicalSchool,conduct
    edresearchintodogdreamsandconcludedthat,amongotherthings,do
    gsdreamabouttheirowners.DrBarrettsaidcaninedreamswerecompa
    rabletothosewehave:"Humansdreamaboutthesamethingsthey'reint
    erestedinbyday….There'snoreasontothinkanimalsareanydifferent.S
    incedogsaregenerallyextremelyattachedtotheirhumanowners,it'slik
    elyyourdogisdreamingofyourface,yoursmellandofpleasingorannoyi
    ngyou."Thepsychologistevenadvisedpetownerstogivetheirpets"hap
    pydaytimeexperiences"tomakesuretheyhavenicedreams.DrBarrett
    statedthatthereisnowayofknowingforcertainwhatdogsseewhenthey
    dream.Researchisn'tevenclosetodisclosingthatmysterywithhumand
    reams.Herconclusionsarebasedonthefactthatcaninesandothermam
    malshaveasleepcyclethatissimilartothehumancycle.Thisincludesap
    eriodofactivitycalledREM(RapidEyeMovement),whichisthepartofthe
    sleepcyclewhenhumansdream.Shesaid:"Thatcertainlymakesittheb
    estguessthatothermammalsaredreamingtoo."DrBarrettalsoexplain
    edthereasonthatdogsmovetheirlegswhiletheyareasleep.Shesaidthe
    yareprobablyactingouttheirdreamssotheirlegsmoveinarunningmoti
    onintheirsleep.

    Free writing

    Write about dog dreams for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Scientists should never give us the ability to see our dreams. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about dog dreams. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. DREAMS: Make a poster about dreams. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. UNLOCKING DREAMS: Write a magazine article about the dangers of unlocking dreams. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for being able to see dreams and with people who are against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on dreams. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what dreams mean. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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