The Reading / Listening - Learning Vocabulary - Level 0

We could learn vocabulary while we are sleeping. This is great news for language learners. Researchers said we can learn new information while sleeping and use this information later. The researchers did tests using new words and their translations. The researchers said our sleeping brain is active.



The language areas and memory in the brain work after a person wakes up. These areas remember vocabulary when we sleep. During deep sleep, our brain is active for about half a second. This is when our brain could learn vocabulary. More research is needed to be sure that we can learn vocabulary when we are sleeping.

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Sources
  • https://interestingengineering.com/study-shows-that-new-vocabulary-can-be-learned-while-sleeping
  • https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190131113837.htm
  • https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/uob-lnv012819.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We could learn
  2. while we
  3. This is great news
  4. learn new information
  5. use this information
  6. The researchers did
  7. words and their
  8. our sleeping brain
  1. for language learners
  2. tests
  3. is active
  4. translations
  5. while sleeping
  6. vocabulary
  7. are sleeping
  8. later

Paragraph 2

  1. The language areas and
  2. after a person
  3. These areas remember
  4. when we
  5. During deep sleep, our
  6. about half
  7. More research is
  8. to be
  1. vocabulary
  2. sure
  3. brain is active
  4. a second
  5. memory
  6. needed
  7. wakes up
  8. sleep

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

(1) ___________________ vocabulary while we are sleeping. This is (2) ___________________ language learners. Researchers said we (3) ___________________ information while sleeping and use (4) ___________________. The researchers did tests using new (5) ___________________ translations. The researchers said our sleeping (6) ___________________.

The language (7) ___________________ in the brain work after a (8) ___________________. These areas remember vocabulary when we sleep. During deep sleep, (9) ___________________ active for about (10) ___________________. This is when our brain could learn vocabulary. More research (11) ___________________ be sure that we can learn vocabulary (12) ___________________ sleeping.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wecouldlearnvocabularywhilewearesleeping.Thisisgreatnewsforlan
guagelearners.Researcherssaidwecanlearnnewinformationwhilesle
epingandusethisinformationlater.Theresearchersdidtestsusingnew
wordsandtheirtranslations.Theresearcherssaidoursleepingbrainisac
tive.Thelanguageareasandmemoryinthebrainworkafterapersonwak
esup.Theseareasremembervocabularywhenwesleep.Duringdeepsle
ep,ourbrainisactiveforabouthalfasecond.Thisiswhenourbraincouldle
arnvocabulary.Moreresearchisneededtobesurethatwecanlearnvoca
bularywhenwearesleeping.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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