The Reading / Listening - Exam Results - Level 4

Hot weather lowers exam results. A major study from three universities in the USA says heat may reduce learning in the short and long term. Hot weather on test days, and higher than average yearly temperatures lowered grades. Researchers looked at how the weather affected test scores from 10 million American students. Findings showed that a temperature rise of just 0.55ºC over one year led to a one per cent decrease in learning.



The research paper is called "Heat and Learning". It was published last month. A worrying conclusion in the study is that global warming may affect the future income of students around the world. Researchers said that if global temperatures continued to rise, the average American student could lose $25,000 because of lower test scores. Air conditioning in classrooms could stop this. Hotter weather was "particularly damaging" for poorer students.

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Sources
  • https://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/hot-weather-lowers-exam-results-study-shows-1.735280
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/business-44288982
  • http://www.nber.org/papers/w24639


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A major study from
  2. in the short and long
  3. higher than
  4. yearly
  5. how the weather
  6. 10 million
  7. a temperature rise of
  8. a one per cent decrease
  1. American students
  2. temperatures
  3. in learning
  4. term
  5. just 0.55ºC
  6. three universities
  7. affected test scores
  8. average

Paragraph 2

  1. A worrying
  2. affect the future income
  3. around
  4. global temperatures continued
  5. lose $25,000 because
  6. Air conditioning in classrooms
  7. particularly
  8. poorer
  1. damaging
  2. conclusion
  3. of lower test scores
  4. students
  5. of students
  6. the world
  7. could stop this
  8. to rise

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Hot weather (1) ___________________. A major study from three universities in the USA (2) ___________________ reduce learning in the short and long term. Hot weather on test days, and (3) ___________________ yearly temperatures lowered grades. Researchers looked at how (4) ___________________ test scores from 10 million American students. (5) ___________________ a temperature rise of just 0.55ºC over one year led to a one per cent (6) ___________________.

The research paper is called "Heat and Learning". (7) ___________________ last month. (8) ___________________ in the study is that global warming may affect the (9) ___________________ students around the world. Researchers said that if global temperatures (10) ___________________, the average American student could lose $25,000 (11) ___________________ test scores. Air conditioning in classrooms could stop this. Hotter weather was "particularly damaging" (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Hotweatherlowersexamresults.Amajorstudyfromthreeuniversitiesi
ntheUSAsaysheatmayreducelearningintheshortandlongterm.Hotw
eatherontestdays,andhigherthanaverageyearlytemperatureslower
edgrades.Researcherslookedathowtheweatheraffectedtestscoresfr
om10millionAmericanstudents.Findingsshowedthatatemperatureri
seofjust0.55ºCoveroneyearledtoa1percentdecreaseinlearning.Ther
esearchpaperiscalled"HeatandLearning".Itwaspublishedlastmonth.
Aworryingconclusioninthestudyisthatglobalwarmingmayaffectthefu
tureincomeofstudentsaroundtheworld.Researcherssaidthatifglobalt
emperaturescontinuedtorise,theaverageAmericanstudentcouldlose
$25,000becauseoflowertestscores.Airconditioninginclassroomscoul
dstopthis.Hotterweatherwas"particularlydamaging"forpoorerstude
nts.

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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