The Reading / Listening - Swearing - Level 4

Researchers said swearing and bad language make us stronger. They did tests on 81 people to see how swearing affected physical strength. In one test, participants worked out on an exercise bike. Some people swore as much as they could, while others were quiet. In another test, people gripped the bike's handlebars as tightly as they could. The researchers said those who swore cycled or gripped up to four per cent more powerfully than those who were quiet.



Research also shows that swearing increases our tolerance to pain. Swearing increases our heart rate and adrenaline. These help to numb pain. This may be why many of us swear when we feel pain. Another study found that swearing was a sign of honesty. A researcher from Keele said: "Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Swearing - Level 5 or  Swearing - Level 6

Sources
  • http://observer.com/2017/05/swearing-benefits-strength-study/
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-swearing-saying-curse-words-makes-you-stronger-numb-pain-and-more-416927
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/206712/20170505/swearing-aloud-while-you-exercise-can-make-your-muscles-stronger.htm


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. bad
  2. They did tests
  3. see how swearing affected physical
  4. participants worked out
  5. people swore as
  6. people gripped the bike's
  7. as tightly as
  8. up to four per cent
  1. strength
  2. they could
  3. much as they could
  4. handlebars
  5. language
  6. more powerfully
  7. on 81 people
  8. on an exercise bike

Paragraph 2

  1. swearing increases our
  2. heart
  3. These help to numb
  4. many of us swear when
  5. swearing was a sign
  6. swearing has these
  7. pain
  8. We have yet to understand the power
  1. we feel pain
  2. pain
  3. tolerance
  4. rate
  5. effects
  6. tolerance to pain
  7. of swearing
  8. of honesty

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers said swearing and bad language (1) ___________________. They did tests on 81 people (2) ___________________ swearing affected physical strength. In one test, participants (3) ___________________ exercise bike. Some people swore (4) ___________________ they could, while others were quiet. In another test, people gripped the bike's handlebars (5) ___________________ they could. The researchers said those who swore cycled or (6) ___________________ per cent more powerfully than those who were quiet.

Research also shows that swearing (7) ___________________ to pain. Swearing increases our heart (8) ___________________. These help to numb pain. This may be why (9) ___________________ when we feel pain. Another study found that swearing (10) ___________________ honesty. A researcher from Keele said: "Quite why it is that swearing (11) ___________________ strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand (12) ___________________ fully."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researcherssaidswearingandbadlanguagemakeusstronger.Theydid
testson81peopletoseehowswearingaffectedphysicalstrength.Inone
test,participantsworkedoutonanexercisebike.Somepeoplesworeas
muchastheycould,whileotherswerequiet.Inanothertest,peoplegripp
edthebike'shandlebarsastightlyastheycould.Theresearcherssaidtho
sewhosworecycledorgrippeduptofourpercentmorepowerfullythanth
osewhowerequiet.Researchalsoshowsthatswearingincreasesourtol
erancetopain.Swearingincreasesourheartrateandadrenaline.These
helptonumbpain.Thismaybewhymanyofusswearwhenwefeelpain.A
notherstudyfoundthatswearingwasasignofhonesty.Aresearcherfro
mKeelesaid:"Quitewhyitisthatswearinghastheseeffectsonstrengtha
ndpaintoleranceremainstobediscovered.Wehaveyettounderstandth
epowerofswearingfully."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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