The Reading / Listening - Nose Shape - Level 2

Have you ever thought why everyone's nose is a different shape? Researchers have a possible explanation for this. A study from Pennsylvania State University says the Earth's climate could change the shape of our nose. The study found that people with wider noses usually live in warm, humid areas. People with narrower noses more commonly live in colder, drier places. The nose is important in making sure the air we breathe gets to our lungs in a warm and moist condition. The shape of the nose makes sure this happens. The nose is a little like a temperature controller.



Researchers used 3D images to measure the nose width and height, and the distance between the two nostrils of over 2,600 people from Africa, Asia and Europe. The researchers said their study could help people to adjust to the heat or cold, and the humidity if they travel to or live in other countries. It could help with breathing problems. A researcher said changing lifestyles, travel and climate change make it difficult to predict if our nose will always change shape. He said: "We move around the world way too much. That makes it…complicated to predict the future [evolution] of the nose."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nose Shape - Level 0 Nose Shape - Level 1   or  Nose Shape - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.livescience.com/58297-nose-shape-climate-evolution.html
  • http://www.popsci.com/climate-nose-shape-evolution
  • http://www.science20.com/news_staff/like_your_nose_thank_climate_changes-224979


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers have a possible
  2. change the shape
  3. people with wider noses usually live
  4. the air we
  5. gets to our
  6. in a warm and
  7. The shape of the nose makes
  8. The nose is a little like a temperature
  1. of our nose
  2. moist condition
  3. controller
  4. in warm, humid areas
  5. sure this happens
  6. breathe
  7. lungs
  8. explanation for this

Paragraph 2

  1. 3D
  2. width and
  3. the distance between
  4. help people
  5. live
  6. It could help with breathing
  7. difficult to
  8. We move around the world way
  1. the two nostrils
  2. predict
  3. height
  4. problems
  5. images
  6. too much
  7. to adjust
  8. in other countries

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have (1) ___________________ why everyone's nose is a different shape? Researchers have a (2) ___________________ for this. A study from Pennsylvania State University says the Earth's climate could change (3) ___________________ nose. The study found that people with wider noses usually live in warm, humid areas. People with narrower noses more (4) ___________________ colder, drier places. The nose is important in making sure the air we breathe gets (5) ___________________ a warm and moist condition. The shape of the nose makes sure this happens. (6) ___________________ like a temperature controller.

Researchers used 3D (7) ___________________ the nose width and height, and the distance between the two (8) ___________________ 2,600 people from Africa, Asia and Europe. The researchers said their study could help (9) ___________________ to the heat or cold, and the humidity if they travel to or live in other countries. It could help with (10) ___________________. A researcher said changing lifestyles, travel and climate change make it difficult to predict if our nose will always change shape. He said: "We move around the world (11) ___________________. That makes it…complicated to predict the future (12) ___________________ the nose."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Haveyoueverthoughtwhyeveryone'snoseisadifferentshape?Resear
chershaveapossibleexplanationforthis.AstudyfromPennsylvaniaSta
teUniversitysaystheEarth'sclimatecouldchangetheshapeofournose.
Thestudyfoundthatpeoplewithwidernosesusuallyliveinwarm,humid
areas.Peoplewithnarrowernosesmorecommonlyliveincolder,drie
rplaces.Thenoseisimportantinmakingsuretheairwebreathegetstoou
rlungsinawarmandmoistcondition.Theshapeofthenosemakessureth
ishappens.Thenoseisalittlelikeatemperaturecontroller.Researchers
used3Dimagestomeasurethenosewidthandheight,andthedistanceb
etweenthetwonostrilsofover2,600peoplefromAfrica,AsiaandEurope
.Theresearcherssaidtheirstudycouldhelppeopletoadjusttotheheator
cold,andthehumidityiftheytraveltoorliveinothercountries.Itcouldhel
pwithbreathingproblems.Aresearchersaidchanginglifestyles,travela
ndclimatechangemakeitdifficulttopredictifournosewillalwayschange
shape.Hesaid:"Wemovearoundtheworldwaytoomuch.Thatmakesit
…complicatedtopredictthefuture[evolution]ofthenose."

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

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Free writing

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