The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Mathematicians are using their analytical skills to understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee. It might seem odd that a team of mathematicians is trying to establish what is behind the perfect cup of coffee until you realize that coffee consists of over 1,800 chemical components. If you combine these with the different ways of brewing coffee, it makes sense because there are a lot of numbers involved. Mathematicians from universities in Ireland and England used some complex calculations to determine how to make an ideal cuppa. Researchers Dr William Lee and Dr Kevin Moroney focused on what happens to coffee as it passes through a variety of filter coffee machines.



The scientists hope their research will change the way coffee machines are made. Dr Lee told the BBC News: "Our overall idea is to have a complete mathematical model of coffee brewing that you could use to design coffee machines, rather like we use a theory of fluid and solid mechanics to design racing cars." In the near future, coffee lovers might be able to adjust many of the variables that affect the taste of the coffee as it is filtered and brewed. These include how hot the water is, how fast the water flows, the size coffee beans are ground into, the length of time it is brewed, and more. The research is published in the journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-37989169
  • http://phys.org/news/2016-11-mathematics-coffee-ideal-brew.html
  • http://dailycoffeenews.com/2016/11/15/extraction-in-drip-filter-machines-science-asks-whats-up-with-that/
  • http://epubs.siam.org /doi/pdf/10.1137/15M1036658


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. COFFEE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about coffee. 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?

       analytical / skills / perfect / chemical / components / sense / complex / calculations /
       research / overall / idea / design / mechanics / lovers / brewed / brewed / published

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

3. THE BEST: Students A strongly believe coffee is the best drink and that tea is horrible; Students B strongly believe tea is the best drink and that coffee is horrible.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. PERFECT: How can these foods and drinks be perfect? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Coffee
  • Yoghurt
  • French fries
  • Cola
  • Pizza
  • Ice cream
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5. CUP: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "cup". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. TASTE: Rank these with your partner. Put the things with the best taste at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • chocolate
  • salt
  • chilli
  • banana
  • coffee
  • lemon
  • garlic
  • honey

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says it might seem odd for mathematicians to analyze coffee. T / F
  2. The article says there are over 1,800 types of coffee in the world.     T / F
  3. The article says there are a lot of numbers involved in analyzing coffee.   T / F
  4. The calculations the mathematicians used were fairly straightforward.     T / F
  5. The scientists hope coffee machines will be made differently.     T / F
  6. The scientists want to analyze the perfect racing car next.     T / F
  7. The article says there will be more coffee lovers in the near future.     T / F
  8. The research has been published in a journal.     T / F

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

  1. analytical
  2. odd
  3. establish
  4. combine
  5. variety
  6. change
  7. overall
  8. affect
  9. ground
  10. published
  1. crushed
  2. prove
  3. assortment
  4. general
  5. logical
  6. printed
  7. influence
  8. strange
  9. alter
  10. mix

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

  1. Mathematicians are using their
  2. It might seem
  3. establish what is behind
  4. complex
  5. what happens to coffee as it
  6. change the way coffee machines
  7. have a complete mathematical
  8. coffee
  9. the size coffee beans are
  10. the length of time it is
  1. the perfect cup of coffee
  2. brewed
  3. calculations
  4. are made
  5. odd
  6. lovers
  7. ground into
  8. analytical skills
  9. model
  10. passes through

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
establish
sense
ideal
analytical
combine
variety
consists
involved

Mathematicians are using their (1) ____________ skills to understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee. It might seem odd that a team of mathematicians is trying to (2) ____________ what is behind the perfect cup of coffee until you realize that coffee (3) ____________ of over 1,800 chemical components. If you (4) ____________ these with the different ways of brewing coffee, it makes (5) ____________ because there are a lot of numbers (6) ____________. Mathematicians from universities in Ireland and England used some complex calculations to determine how to make an (7) ____________ cuppa. Researchers Dr William Lee and Dr Kevin Moroney focused on what happens to coffee as it passes through a (8) ____________ of filter coffee machines.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rather
brewed
way
affect
journal
overall
flows
lovers

The scientists hope their research will change the (9) ____________ coffee machines are made. Dr Lee told the BBC News: "Our (10) ____________ idea is to have a complete mathematical model of coffee brewing that you could use to design coffee machines, (11) ____________ like we use a theory of fluid and solid mechanics to design racing cars." In the near future, coffee (12) ____________ might be able to adjust many of the variables that (13) ____________ the taste of the coffee as it is filtered and brewed. These include how hot the water is, how fast the water (14) ____________, the size coffee beans are ground into, the length of time it is (15) ____________, and more. The research is published in the (16) ____________ of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Mathematicians are using their ______ understand
     a.  analytical skills too
     b.  analytical skills to
     c.  analytical skills two
     d.  analytical skills thtough

2)  a team of mathematicians is trying to establish what is ______ cup
     a.  behind a perfect
     b.  behind then perfect
     c.  behind them perfect
     d.  behind the perfect

3)  until you realize that coffee consists of over 1,800 ______
     a.  chemicals components
     b.  chemical component
     c.  chemical components
     d.  chemicals component

4)  it makes sense because there are a lot of ______
     a.  numbers involve
     b.  numbers involved
     c.  numbers involvement
     d.  numbers involves

5)  some complex calculations to determine how to make ______
     a.  an idea cuppa
     b.  an ideal cuppa
     c.  an ideas cuppa
     d.  an eye deal cuppa

6)  The scientists hope their research will change the way coffee ______
     a.  machines be make
     b.  machines are made
     c.  machines are maid
     d.  machines be made

7)  Our overall idea is to have a complete mathematical model ______
     a.  of coffee blow in
     b.  of coffee brewed
     c.  of coffee blowing
     d.  of coffee brewing

8) coffee lovers might be able to adjust many of the variables that ______
     a.  affect the taste
     b.  affects the taste
     c.  effect the taste
     d.  effects the taste

9)  how hot the water is, how fast the water flows, the size coffee beans ______
     a.  are ground onto
     b.  are grind onto
     c.  are grained into
     d.  are ground into

10) published in the journal of the Society for Industrial and ______
     a.  App Mathematics
     b.  Applied Mathematics
     c.  Supplied Mathematics
     d.  Replied Mathematics

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Mathematicians (1) ___________________ analytical skills to understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee. It might (2) ___________________ a team of mathematicians is trying to establish what is behind the perfect cup of coffee until (3) ___________________ coffee consists of over 1,800 chemical components. If you combine these with the different ways of brewing coffee, (4) ___________________ because there are a lot of numbers involved. Mathematicians from universities in Ireland and England used some complex calculations (5) ___________________ to make an ideal cuppa. Researchers Dr William Lee and Dr Kevin Moroney focused on what happens to coffee as it passes through (6) ___________________ coffee machines.

The scientists hope their research will (7) ___________________ coffee machines are made. Dr Lee told the BBC News: "Our (8) ___________________ to have a complete mathematical model of coffee brewing that you could use to design coffee machines, (9) ___________________ use a theory of fluid and solid mechanics to design racing cars." In the near future, coffee lovers might be (10) ___________________ many of the variables that affect the taste of the coffee as it is filtered and brewed. These include how hot the water is, how fast (11) ___________________, the size coffee beans are ground into, the length of time (12) ___________________, and more. The research is published in the journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of skills are mathematicians using?
  2. How many chemical components are in coffee?
  3. Where are the mathematicians from?
  4. What kind of calculations did the mathematicians use?
  5. What did coffee pass through that the mathematicians focused on?
  6. What do the scientists hope will change?
  7. What did a mathematician compare coffee machines with the design of?
  8. When might coffee lovers be able to make their perfect cup of coffee?
  9. What speed was mentioned as part of the brewing process?
  10. What happens to coffee beans to make them smaller?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of skills are mathematicians using?
a) caffeinated skills
b) analytical skills
c) perfect skills
d) barista skills

2) How many chemical components are in coffee?
a) slightly fewer than 1,800
b) exactly 1,800
c) around 1,800
d) more than 1,800

3) Where are the mathematicians from?
a) England and Ireland
b) The United Kingdom
c) Northern Ireland and Scotland
d) England and N. Ireland

4) What kind of calculations did the mathematicians use?
a) algebraic ones
b) ones on calculators
c) complex ones
d) simple ones

5) What did coffee pass through that the mathematicians focused on?
a) hygiene tests
b) filter coffee machines
c) stomachs
d) tubes and pipes

6) What do the scientists hope will change?
a) coffee beans
b) the number of coffee lovers
c) how coffee machines are made
d) tea

7) What did a mathematician compare coffee machines with the design of?
a) perfection
b) tea
c) lovers
d) racing cars

8) When might coffee lovers be able to make their perfect cup of coffee?
a) in the near future
b) 8.50am
c) in the year 2031
d) in a moment or two

9) What speed was mentioned as part of the brewing process?
a) water flow
b) light
c) sound
d) taste

10) What happens to coffee beans to make them smaller?
a) they are sliced
b) they are ground
c) they are chopped up
d) they are smashed

Role play

Role A — Coffee

You think coffee has the best taste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with the taste of their things. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): lemon, garlic or salt.

Role B — Lemon

You think lemon has the best taste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with the taste of their things. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): coffee, garlic or salt.

Role C — Garlic

You think garlic has the best taste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with the taste of their things. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): lemon, coffee or salt.

Role D — Salt

You think salt has the best taste. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them things that are wrong with the taste of their things. Also, tell the others which is the least tasty of these (and why): lemon, garlic or coffee.

After reading / listening

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

'perfect'

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  • and 'cup'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • hope
    • idea
    • rather
    • lovers
    • fast
    • length
    • skills
    • team
    • over
    • ways
    • lot
    • passes




    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 - Mathematicians work out the perfect cup of coffee

    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 'coffee'?
    3. What is the perfect cup of coffee?
    4. What do you think of coffee?
    5. How important is coffee in your culture?
    6. Is coffee good or bad for you?
    7. What do you think of mathematicians making the perfect cup of coffee?
    8. What do you think of cafes and coffee shops?
    9. What is your country's national drink?
    10. Is filter coffee or instant coffee best?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How useful are coffee machines?
    3. What other drinks should scientists find the perfect version of?
    4. Will all food and drink taste perfectly in the future?
    5. What would you like to know about coffee?
    6. At what age is it OK to start drinking coffee?
    7. What different types of coffee are there?
    8. What do you think of the price of coffee?
    9. When is the best time to drink coffee?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Mathematicians are using their analytical skills to understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee. It might seem (1) ____ that a team of mathematicians is trying to establish what is (2) ____ the perfect cup of coffee until you realize that coffee consists (3) ____ over 1,800 chemical components. If you combine these with the different ways of brewing coffee, it (4) ____ sense because there are a lot of numbers involved. Mathematicians from universities in Ireland and England used some complex calculations to determine how to make an (5) ____ cuppa. Researchers Dr William Lee and Dr Kevin Moroney focused on what happens to coffee as it passes through a (6) ____ of filter coffee machines.

    The scientists hope their research will change the way coffee machines are made. Dr Lee told the BBC News: "Our (7) ____ idea is to have a complete mathematical model of coffee brewing that you could use to design coffee machines, (8) ____ like we use a theory of fluid and solid mechanics to design racing cars." In the (9) ____ future, coffee lovers might be able to adjust many of the variables that affect the taste of the coffee as it is filtered and brewed. These include how hot the water is, how fast the water (10) ____, the size coffee beans are (11) ____ into, the length of time it is brewed, and more. The research is published (12) ____ the journal of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     oddly     (b)     odder     (c)     odd     (d)     oddest    
    2. (a)     behind     (b)     beneath     (c)     bemoan     (d)     behest    
    3. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    4. (a)     makes     (b)     does     (c)     be     (d)     gives    
    5. (a)     ordeal     (b)     ideal     (c)     unideal     (d)     misdeal    
    6. (a)     varies     (b)     varied     (c)     various     (d)     variety    
    7. (a)     overalls     (b)     overt     (c)     overall     (d)     over-do    
    8. (a)     choice     (b)     instead     (c)     prefer     (d)     rather    
    9. (a)     near     (b)     nears     (c)     nearly     (d)     neared    
    10. (a)     flew     (b)     flows     (c)     flue     (d)     flues    
    11. (a)     grand     (b)     ground     (c)     grind     (d)     grunt    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     in     (d)     of

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    mathematicians are using their analytical skills to understand what makes the perfect cup of coffee it might seem odd that a team of mathematicians is trying to establish what is behind the perfect cup of coffee until you realize that coffee consists of over 1800 chemical components if you combine these with the different ways of brewing coffee it makes sense because there are a lot of numbers involved mathematicians from universities in ireland and england used some complex calculations to determine how to make an ideal cuppa researchers dr william lee and dr kevin moroney focused on what happens to coffee as it passes through a variety of filter coffee machines

    the scientists hope their research will change the way coffee machines are made dr lee told the bbc news "our overall idea is to have a complete mathematical model of coffee brewing that you could use to design coffee machines rather like we use a theory of fluid and solid mechanics to design racing cars" in the near future coffee lovers might be able to adjust many of the variables that affect the taste of the coffee as it is filtered and brewed these include how hot the water is how fast the water flows the size coffee beans are ground into the length of time it is brewed and more the research is published in the journal of the society for industrial and applied mathematics

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    ealizethatcoffeeconsistsofover1,800chemicalcomponents.Ifyouco
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    ycoffeemachinesaremade.DrLeetoldtheBBCNews:"Ouroverallideais
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    eabletoadjustmanyofthevariablesthataffectthetasteofthecoffeeasiti
    sfilteredandbrewed.Theseincludehowhotthewateris,howfastthewat
    erflows,thesizecoffeebeansaregroundinto,thelengthoftimeitisbrewe
    d,andmore.TheresearchispublishedinthejournaloftheSocietyforInd
    ustrialandAppliedMathematics.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    There is no such thing as a perfect cup of coffee. 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 this research. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. PERFECT: Write a magazine article about the perfect cup of coffee. Include imaginary interviews with people who think it exists and with people who don't think so.

    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 coffee. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make the perfect cup of coffee. 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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