The Reading / Listening - Cotton Buds - Level 6

Doctors are now telling us what grandparents have known for decades - don't stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ears. An organization of ear specialists in the USA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, has said cleaning your ears with cotton buds (aka Q-tips) can cause long-lasting damage to your eardrums and hearing. Dr Jennifer Caudle told Yahoo Beauty that cotton buds seem harmless objects but can cause significant damage. She said: "I know people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s the right thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation in the canal, and can predispose you to getting infections."



The Academy has also recommended that people change their image of earwax and think of it as an essential substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits." Doctors say our body produces earwax for a good reason. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping them to sweat naturally. It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and dust. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages, which can undo all the good work of earwax.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cotton Buds - Level 4  or  Cotton Buds - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/stop-messing-with-your-ears-231408120.html
  • http://gizmodo.com/doctors-seriously-stop-sticking-q-tips-in-your-ears-1790710578
  • http://www.sciencealert.com/here-s-why-it-s-a-bad-idea-to-clean-your-ears-with-cotton-buds


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. COTTON BUDS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cotton buds. 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?

       doctors / grandparents / elbows / ears / harmless / objects / damage / infections /
       image / earwax / healthy / misinformation / essential / sweat / bacteria / blockages

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

3. DOCTORS: Students A strongly believe our grandparents know more about health than doctors; Students B strongly believe doctors know best.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. LOOKING AFTER: What dangers are there to these things? How can we look after them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Dangers

How to look after them better

Ears

 

 

Eyes

 

 

Teeth

 

 

Heart

 

 

Hair

 

 

Brain

 

 

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5. EAR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "ear". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. DANGERS: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest dangers to ears at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • rock concerts
  • city noise
  • swimming
  • ear piercings
  • cotton buds
  • headphones
  • insects
  • bacteria

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Grandparents knew not to stick things smaller than elbows in our ears.    T / F
  2. Cotton buds are also known as Q-tips.     T / F
  3. A doctor said cotton buds look harmless but can cause a lot of damage.   T / F
  4. A doctor said cotton buds could cause holes in the ear canals.     T / F
  5. An organization said we should change our image of earwax.     T / F
  6. People tend to believe earwax is a sign of cleanliness.     T / F
  7. Earwax causes our ears to dry out.     T / F
  8. Cotton buds remove earwax and this avoids blockages in the ear.     T / F

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

  1. specialists
  2. seem
  3. significant
  4. right
  5. infections
  6. image
  7. essential
  8. indication
  9. naturally
  10. undo
  1. appear
  2. proper
  3. normally
  4. experts
  5. perception
  6. serious
  7. sign
  8. ruin
  9. diseases
  10. vital

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

  1. telling us what grandparents have
  2. anything smaller than
  3. Q-tips can cause long-
  4. cotton buds can cause holes
  5. predispose you to getting
  6. think of it as an essential
  7. they believe earwax is an indication
  8. It does an essential job
  9. It also protects the inner ears
  10. undo all the
  1. lasting damage
  2. against bacteria
  3. infections
  4. of uncleanliness
  5. substance
  6. in the eardrum
  7. known for decades
  8. good work of earwax
  9. of cleaning out the ears
  10. your elbow

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
cause
anything
right
known
infections
lasting
specialists
stick

Doctors are now telling us what grandparents have (1) ____________ for decades - don't stick (2) ____________ smaller than your elbow into your ears. An organization of ear (3) ____________ in the USA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, has said cleaning your ears with cotton buds (aka Q-tips) can cause long-(4) ____________ damage to your eardrums and hearing. Dr Jennifer Caudle told Yahoo Beauty that cotton buds seem harmless objects but can (5) ____________ significant damage. She said: "I know people want to (6) ____________ things in their ears and they think it’s the (7) ____________ thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation in the canal, and can predispose you to getting (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
essential
naturally
habits
recommended
undo
indication
dust
reason

The Academy has also (9) ____________ that people change their image of earwax and think of it as an (10) ____________ substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an (11) ____________ of uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health (12) ____________." Doctors say our body produces earwax for a good (13) ____________. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping them to sweat (14) ____________. It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and (15) ____________. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages, which can (16) ____________ all the good work of earwax.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Doctors are now telling us what grandparents have ______
     a.  knowing for decade
     b.  known for decadence
     c.  known for decades
     d.  knowing for decades

2)  don't stick anything smaller than your elbow ______
     a.  into your ears
     b.  in two your ears
     c.  and to your ears
     d.  in too your ears

3)  Q-tips can cause long-lasting damage to your ______
     a.  ear drum sand hearing
     b.  ear drums and hear ring
     c.  eardrums and hearing
     d.  ear drums and hear rings

4)  people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s the ______
     a.  right things to do
     b.  rights thing to do
     c.  rights things to do
     d.  right thing to do

5)  but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation ______
     a.  in the river
     b.  in the stream
     c.  in the channel
     d.  in the canal

6)  clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication ______
     a.  off uncleanliness
     b.  of non-cleanliness
     c.  off no cleanliness
     d.  of uncleanliness

7)  Doctors say our body produces earwax for ______
     a.  a goodly reason
     b.  the good reason
     c.  a good reasons
     d.  a good reason

8)  cleaning out the ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping them ______
     a.  to sweet naturally
     b.  to sweeten naturally
     c.  to swat naturally
     d.  to sweat naturally

9)  It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, ______
     a.  dirty and dusty
     b.  dirt and dusts
     c.  dirty and dust
     d.  dirt and dusty

10)  Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and ______
     a.  cause blockages
     b.  cause blockage
     c.  cause blockage is
     d.  cause block ages

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Doctors are now telling us what grandparents (1) ___________________ decades - don't stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ears. An organization (2) ___________________ in the USA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, has said cleaning your ears (3) ___________________ (aka Q-tips) can cause long-lasting damage to your eardrums and hearing. Dr Jennifer Caudle told Yahoo Beauty that cotton (4) __________________ objects but can cause significant damage. She said: "I know people want to stick things in their ears and (5) ___________________ the right thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation in the canal, and can predispose you to (6) ___________________."

The Academy has also recommended that people (7) __________________ of earwax and think of it as an (8) ___________________ to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax (9) ___________________ of uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits." Doctors (10) ___________________ produces earwax for a good reason. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping them (11) ___________________. It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and dust. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages, (12) ________________ all the good work of earwax.

Comprehension questions

  1. How long have grandparents known about ear cleaning?
  2. What are cotton buds also known as?
  3. What did a doctor say cotton buds can seem?
  4. What can cotton buds cause holes in?
  5. What can using cotton buds predispose people to get?
  6. What did an academy recommend people change their image of?
  7. What do people think earwax is an indication of?
  8. What did doctors say the body produces earwax for?
  9. What does earwax protect the ear against besides bacteria and bugs?
  10. What does pushing earwax inside the ear cause?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How long have grandparents known about ear cleaning?
a) since the year 1743
b) 284 years
c) decades
d) since the beginning of time

2) What are cotton buds also known as?
a) Q-tips
b) wax busters
c) ear sticks
d) furry friends

3) What did a doctor say cotton buds can seem?
a) hairless
b) hopeless
c) hapless
d) harmless

4) What can cotton buds cause holes in?
a) ear lobes
b) eardrums
c) canals
d) hair

5) What can using cotton buds predispose people to get?
a) bigger ears
b) cotton allergies
c) infections
d) injections

6) What did an academy recommend people change their image of?
a) infections
b) earwax
c) cotton
d) ears

7) What do people think earwax is an indication of?
a) cotton overdose
b) an infection
c) misinformation
d) uncleanliness

8) What did doctors say the body produces earwax for?
a) health habits
b) a good reason
c) drying
d) bugs

9) What does earwax protect the ear against besides bacteria and bugs?
a) dirt and dust
b) bits and bobs
c) this and that
d) sun and sand

10) What does pushing earwax inside the ear cause?
a) bleeding
b) pain
c) deafness
d) blockages

Role play

Role A —Cotton Buds

You think cotton buds are the biggest danger to our ears. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): headphones, insects or ear piercings.

Role B — Headphones

You think headphones are the biggest danger to our ears. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): cotton buds, insects or ear piercings.

Role C — Insects

You think insects are the biggest danger to our ears. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why): headphones, cotton buds or ear piercings.

Role D — Ear Piercings

You think ear piercings are the biggest danger to our ears. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't dangerous. Also, tell the others which is the least dangerous of these (and why):  headphones, insects or cotton buds.

After reading / listening

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

'cotton'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • and 'bud'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • image
    • healthy
    • leads
    • reason
    • sweat
    • undo
    • decades
    • elbows
    • aka
    • seem
    • things
    • getting




    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 - Using cotton buds could damage your hearing

    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 'cotton bud'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do grandparents know more than doctors?
    5. How dangerous is putting cotton buds in the ear?
    6. What things do you do that could damage your ears?
    7. What do you know about how our ears work?
    8. What other uses are there of cotton buds?
    9. Have you ever hurt or damaged your ears?
    10. Will cotton bud companies believe the doctors?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How important is earwax?
    3. What should we do to look after our ears?
    4. What do you think of earwax?
    5. Why do people think earwax is a sign of uncleanliness?
    6. What other misinformation do companies of health products give?
    7. Will you now change your ear-cleaning habits?
    8. What should people do for an earache?
    9. How important is our sense of hearing?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    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)

    Doctors are now telling us what grandparents have (1) ____ for decades - don't stick anything smaller than your (2) ____ into your ears. An organization of ear specialists in the USA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, has said cleaning your ears with cotton buds (aka Q-tips) can cause (3) ____-lasting damage to your eardrums and hearing. Dr Jennifer Caudle told Yahoo Beauty that cotton buds (4) ____ harmless objects but can cause (5) ____ damage. She said: "I know people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s the right thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation in the (6) ____, and can predispose you to getting infections."

    The Academy has also recommended that people change (7) ____ image of earwax and think of it as an essential substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is (8) ____ inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of uncleanliness. This misinformation (9) ____ to unsafe ear health habits." Doctors say our body produces earwax for a good reason. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them (10) ____ drying out, and helping them to sweat naturally. It also protects the inner ears (11) ____ bacteria, bugs, dirt and dust. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages, which can (12) ____ all the good work of earwax.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     known     (b)     know     (c)     knew     (d)     knowing    
    2. (a)     knee     (b)     shoulder     (c)     elbow     (d)     ankle    
    3. (a)     strong     (b)     wrong     (c)     long     (d)     along    
    4. (a)     show     (b)     appear     (c)     look     (d)     seem    
    5. (a)     significant     (b)     significantly     (c)     significance     (d)     signified    
    6. (a)     channel     (b)     canal     (c)     stream     (d)     river    
    7. (a)     theirs     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     their    
    8. (a)     on     (b)     an     (c)     in     (d)     non    
    9. (a)     needs     (b)     reads     (c)     leads     (d)     seeds    
    10. (a)     off     (b)     for     (c)     of     (d)     from    
    11. (a)     gaining     (b)     gains     (c)     again     (d)     against    
    12. (a)     redo     (b)     undo     (c)     do     (d)     ado

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     and can predispose you to getting infections."

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    (    )     The Academy has also recommended that people change their image of earwax and think of it as an essential

    (    )     a good reason. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them from drying out, and helping

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    (    )     people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of

    (    )     elbow into your ears. An organization of ear specialists in the USA, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, has

    (    )     damage. She said: "I know people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s the right

    (    )     substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is an inclination for

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    (    )     them to sweat naturally. It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and dust. Using cotton buds can

    (    )     thing to do, but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum, irritation in the canal,

    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The Academy has also recommended what / that people change their image of earwax and think of it as an essentially / essential substance to keep our ears healthy. Dr Seth Schwartz said: "There is an inclination / incline for people to want to clean them / their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of cleanliness / uncleanliness. This misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits." Doctors say our body produces / production earwax for a good / well reason. It does an essential job of cleaning out the ears, stopping them from dying / drying out, and helping them to sweat naturally. It also protects the inner ears against bacteria, bugs, dirt and dusty / dust. Using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages, which can undone / undo all the good work of earwax.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    doctors are now telling us what grandparents have known for decades - don't stick anything smaller than your elbow into your ears an organization of ear specialists in the usa the american academy of otolaryngology has said cleaning your ears with cotton buds (aka q-tips) can cause long-lasting damage to your eardrums and hearing dr jennifer caudle told yahoo beauty that cotton buds seem harmless objects but can cause significant damage she said "i know people want to stick things in their ears and they think it’s the right thing to do but [cotton buds] can cause holes in the eardrum irritation in the canal and can predispose you to getting infections"

    the academy has also recommended that people change their image of earwax and think of it as an essential substance to keep our ears healthy dr seth schwartz said "there is an inclination for people to want to clean their ears because they believe earwax is an indication of uncleanliness this misinformation leads to unsafe ear health habits" doctors say our body produces earwax for a good reason it does an essential job of cleaning out the ears stopping them from drying out and helping them to sweat naturally it also protects the inner ears against bacteria bugs dirt and dust using cotton buds can push earwax further inside the ear and cause blockages which can undo all the good work of earwax

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    onofearspecialistsintheUSA,theAmericanAcademyofOtolaryngolog
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    nificantdamage.Shesaid:"Iknowpeoplewanttostickthingsintheirear
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    ntheeardrum,irritationinthecanal,andcanpredisposeyoutogettinginf
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    mageofearwaxandthinkofitasanessentialsubstancetokeepourearsh
    ealthy.DrSethSchwartzsaid:"Thereisaninclinationforpeopletowantt
    ocleantheirearsbecausetheybelieveearwaxisanindicationofuncleanl
    iness.Thismisinformationleadstounsafeearhealthhabits."Doctorssa
    yourbodyproducesearwaxforagoodreason.Itdoesanessentialjobofcl
    eaningouttheears,stoppingthemfromdryingout,andhelpingthemtos
    weatnaturally.Italsoprotectstheinnerearsagainstbacteria,bugs,dirt
    anddust.Usingcottonbudscanpushearwaxfurtherinsidetheearandca
    useblockages,whichcanundoallthegoodworkofearwax.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Hearing is the most important of the five senses. 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 news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

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

    4. COTTON BUDS: Write a magazine article about the different uses of cotton buds. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against using them to clean our ears.

    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 hearing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what we can do to keep our ears from harm. 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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