The Reading / Listening - Yawning - Level 1

Why do we yawn? Do you yawn when others yawn? A new study has researched this. It found that yawning is contagious and unstoppable. We automatically yawn when we see others yawn. We yawn more when we try to stop yawning. Some people want to yawn a lot more than other people. Researcher Professor Stephen Jackson said that even reading about yawning could make us yawn. You might even want to yawn right now.



The researchers studied the actions and brain activity of 36 people. The people looked at videos of people yawning. They then had to yawn or stop themselves yawning. The people were videoed doing this. The researchers checked the brain activity of the adults. Jackson said understanding more about yawning will help to treat illnesses like dementia and epilepsy. He said he was looking for possible non-drug treatments that might help the brain.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yawning - Level 0 Yawning - Level 2   or  Yawning - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/why-is-yawning-contagious-answer-407557
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/31/why-is-yawning-contagious-6892289/
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319227.php


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. A new study has researched
  2. yawning is contagious
  3. We automatically yawn when
  4. We yawn more when we try
  5. a lot more
  6. even reading about yawning
  7. You might
  8. yawn right
  1. we see others yawn
  2. even want to
  3. this
  4. could make us yawn
  5. now
  6. and unstoppable
  7. than other people
  8. to stop yawning

Paragraph 2

  1. brain
  2. The people looked at videos
  3. stop themselves
  4. The people were videoed
  5. checked the brain
  6. understanding more
  7. treat illnesses like dementia
  8. non-drug treatments that might
  1. and epilepsy
  2. activity
  3. help the brain
  4. of people yawning
  5. about yawning
  6. doing this
  7. activity of the adults
  8. yawning

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Why do we yawn? Do you (1) ___________________ yawn? A new study has researched this. It found that yawning (2) ___________________ and unstoppable. We automatically yawn when we see others yawn. We yawn more (3) ___________________ to stop yawning. Some people want to yawn (4) ___________________ than other people. Researcher Professor Stephen Jackson said (5) ___________________ about yawning could make us yawn. You might even want to (6) ___________________.

The researchers (7) ___________________ and brain activity of 36 people. The people looked (8) ___________________ people yawning. They then had to yawn or stop themselves yawning. The people were (9) ___________________. The researchers checked the brain (10) ___________________ adults. Jackson said understanding more about yawning will help to treat (11) ___________________ and epilepsy. He said he was looking for (12) ___________________ treatments that might help the brain.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whydoweyawn?Doyouyawnwhenothersyawn?Anewstudyhasresear
chedthis.Itfoundthatyawningiscontagiousandunstoppable.Weauto
maticallyyawnwhenweseeothersyawn.Weyawnmorewhenwetrytost
opyawning.Somepeoplewanttoyawnalotmorethanotherpeople.Res
earcherProfessorStephenJacksonsaidthatevenreadingaboutyawnin
gcouldmakeusyawn.Youmightevenwanttoyawnrightnow.Theresear
chersstudiedtheactionsandbrainactivityof36people.Thepeoplelooke
datvideosofpeopleyawning.Theythenhadtoyawnorstopthemselvesy
awning.Thepeoplewerevideoeddoingthis.Theresearcherscheckedth
ebrainactivityoftheadults.Jacksonsaidunderstandingmoreaboutyaw
ningwillhelptotreatillnesseslikedementiaandepilepsy.Hesaidhewasl
ookingforpossiblenon-drugtreatmentsthatmighthelpthebrain.

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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