The Reading / Listening - Memory - Level 2

Can you remember lists of English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to this question is 'no,' help may be near. A new study says anyone can upgrade their memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can train our brain to be a "memory athlete," like athletes train to be champions. Scientist Martin Dresler said just six weeks of brain training can give people an incredible ability to remember things. Dr Dresler suggested people could train their brain to enter the World Memory Championships that are held in March every year.



Dr Dresler compared MRI scans of the brains of 23 of the world's memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He wanted to see if the champions had different brains. He was surprised to find no differences. This made him think we can all become memory athletes if we train. Dresler studied people who did 40 days of daily 30-minute training using a memory technique called mnemonics. They more than doubled their memory capacity. Mnemonics is a very old method that helps people remember things, especially in lists. It could help you with your next vocabulary test.

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Sources
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/08/518815297/maybe-you-too-could-become-a-super-memorizer
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/brain-training-turns-recall-rookies-memory-masters
  • http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/09/anyone-can-become-memory-athlete-study


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. remember lists of English
  2. quickly and
  3. help may
  4. anyone can upgrade
  5. we can train our brain to be
  6. just six weeks
  7. give people an incredible
  8. enter the World Memory
  1. a "memory athlete"
  2. their memory
  3. ability
  4. easily
  5. Championships
  6. vocabulary
  7. of brain training
  8. be near

Paragraph 2

  1. MRI
  2. 23 of the world's
  3. He was surprised to find
  4. people who did 40 days of daily
  5. using a memory technique
  6. They more than
  7. remember things, especially in
  8. help you with your next
  1. memory champions
  2. called mnemonics
  3. vocabulary test
  4. lists
  5. scans
  6. no differences
  7. 30-minute training
  8. doubled their memory

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Can you remember lists of English vocabulary (1) ___________________? If the answer to this question is 'no,' help may be near. A new study says anyone (2) ___________________ memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can (3) ___________________ to be a "memory athlete," like athletes train to be champions. Scientist Martin Dresler said just six weeks of brain training can give (4) ___________________ ability to remember things. Dr Dresler suggested people could train their brain (5) ___________________ World Memory Championships (6) ___________________ March every year.

Dr Dresler compared MRI (7) ___________________ of 23 of the world's memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He wanted (8) ___________________ champions had different brains. He was surprised to (9) ___________________. This made him think we can all become memory athletes if we train. Dresler studied people who did (10) ___________________ 30-minute training using a memory technique called mnemonics. They more than (11) ___________________ capacity. Mnemonics is a very old method that helps people remember things, (12) ___________________. It could help you with your next vocabulary test.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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swertothisquestionis'no,'helpmaybenear.Anewstudysaysanyon
ecanupgradetheirmemoryiftheytraintheirbrain.Scientistssaythatwe
cantrainourbraintobea"memoryathlete,"likeathletestraintobecham
pions.ScientistMartinDreslersaidjustsixweeksofbraintrainingcangiv
epeopleanincredibleabilitytorememberthings.DrDreslersuggestedp
eoplecouldtraintheirbraintoentertheWorldMemoryChampionshipst
hatareheldinMarcheveryyear.DrDreslercomparedMRIscansofthebr
ainsof23oftheworld'smemorychampionswiththebrainsof"normal"pe
ople.Hewantedtoseeifthechampionshaddifferentbrains.Hewassurpr
isedtofindnodifferences.Thismadehimthinkwecanallbecomememor
yathletesifwetrain.Dreslerstudiedpeoplewhodid40daysofdaily30-
minutetrainingusingamemorytechniquecalledmnemonics.Theymor
ethandoubledtheirmemorycapacity.Mnemonicsisaveryoldmethodth
athelpspeoplerememberthings,especiallyinlists.Itcouldhelpyouwith
yournextvocabularytest.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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