The Reading / Listening - Maori Haka - Level 0

The Maori war dance (the haka) and being bilingual may help to keep dementia away. A study looked at dementia in people in their 80s and 90s. Maoris have less health care, less income and more heart diseases than non-Maoris. The researchers found no differences between Maoris and non-Maoris.



The haka is an old war cry. People chant and stamp their feet. Warriors did it before battles to show their strength. The famous All Blacks rugby team started using it in 1905. The All Blacks now do it before all their matches. A professor said that the thinking about and doing the haka help to keep the brain healthy.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Maori Haka - Level 1 Maori Haka - Level 2   or  Maori Haka - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-39881974
  • https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/national/kapa-haka-and-te-reo-maori-may-help-maori-avoid-dementia
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/health/news/article.cfm?c_id=204&objectid=11853969


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. The Maori war
  2. being
  3. A study looked
  4. people in their
  5. less health
  6. less
  7. heart
  8. researchers found
  1. care
  2. no differences
  3. 80s and 90s
  4. dance
  5. diseases
  6. bilingual
  7. at dementia
  8. income

Paragraph 2

  1. The haka is an old war
  2. People chant and stamp
  3. Warriors did it before
  4. show their
  5. started using it
  6. do it before all their
  7. thinking about and
  8. keep the brain
  1. battles
  2. matches
  3. healthy
  4. their feet
  5. doing the haka
  6. cry
  7. in 1905
  8. strength

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Maori (1) ___________________, the haka, and being bilingual may (2) ___________________ dementia away. A study looked at dementia in (3) ___________________ 80s and 90s. Maoris have less health care, (4) ___________________ and more heart (5) ___________________ non-Maoris. The researchers found (6) ___________________ between Maoris and non-Maoris.

The haka (7) ___________________ war cry. People chant and (8) ___________________. Warriors did it before battles to show their strength. The famous All Blacks rugby team (9) ___________________ it in 1905. The All Blacks (10) ___________________ before all their matches. A professor said that (11) ___________________ and doing the haka help to keep (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheMaoriwardance,thehaka,andbeingbilingualmayhelptokeepdem
entiaaway.Astudylookedatdementiainpeopleintheir80sand90s.Mao
rishavelesshealthcare,lessincomeandmoreheartdiseasesthannon-
Maoris.TheresearchersfoundnodifferencesbetweenMaorisandnon-
Maoris.Thehakaisanoldwarcry.Peoplechantandstamptheirfeet.Warr
iorsdiditbeforebattlestoshowtheirstrength.ThefamousAllBlacksrugb
yteamstartedusingitin1905.TheAllBlacksnowdoitbeforealltheirmatc
hes.Aprofessorsaidthatthinkingaboutanddoingthehakahelptoke
epthebrainhealthy.

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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