The Reading / Listening - Learning Vocabulary - Level 1

We could learn vocabulary while we are asleep. This is great news for language learners and word lovers. Researchers showed it is possible to learn new information while sleeping deeply, and recall this information later. The researchers did tests to see if a person can remember new words and their translations while they were asleep. The researchers said our sleeping brain is much more aware than we thought.



A researcher said, "language areas of the brain and the...brain's...memory were activated" after a person wakes up. These areas of the brain remember vocabulary during sleep. During deep sleep, our brain is active for about half a second. It then switches off for half a second. The active state is called "up-state". This is when our brain could learn new vocabulary. More research is needed to be sure that we can learn vocabulary while 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 vocabulary
  2. This is great news for
  3. word
  4. it is possible to learn
  5. sleeping
  6. recall this information
  7. The researchers did
  8. much more aware than we
  1. lovers
  2. thought
  3. deeply
  4. language learners
  5. tests
  6. new information
  7. while we are asleep
  8. later

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  1. language areas of
  2. the brain's
  3. after a person
  4. areas of the brain
  5. During deep
  6. our brain is active for
  7. More research is
  8. to be
  1. about half a second
  2. wakes up
  3. sure
  4. needed
  5. the brain
  6. sleep
  7. memory
  8. remember vocabulary

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

We could learn vocabulary (1) ___________________ asleep. This is great news for language learners (2) ___________________. Researchers showed it is possible (3) ___________________ information while sleeping deeply, and recall this information later. The researchers (4) ___________________ see if a person can remember (5) ___________________ their translations while they were asleep. The researchers said our sleeping brain is much more (6) ___________________ thought.

A researcher said, "language (7) ___________________ brain and the...brain's...memory were activated" (8) ___________________ wakes up. These areas of the brain remember vocabulary during sleep. During (9) ___________________ brain is active for about half a second. It then (10) ___________________ half a second. The active state is called "up-state". (11) ___________________ our brain could learn new vocabulary. More research is needed to be sure that (12) ___________________ vocabulary while sleeping.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Wecouldlearnvocabularywhileweareasleep.Thisisgreatnewsforlang
uagelearnersandwordlovers.Researchersshoweditispossibletolearn
newinformationwhilesleepingdeeply,andrecallthisinformationlater.
Theresearchersdidteststoseeifapersoncanremembernewwordsandt
heirtranslationswhiletheywereasleep.Theresearcherssaidoursleepi
ngbrainismuchmoreawarethanwethought.Aresearchersaid,"langua
geareasofthebrainandthe...brain's...memorywereactivated"afterap
ersonwakesup.Theseareasofthebrainremembervocabularyduringsl
eep.Duringdeepsleep,ourbrainisactiveforabouthalfasecond.Itthens
witchesoffforhalfasecond.Theactivestateiscalled"up-state".Thisisw
henourbraincouldlearnnewvocabulary.Moreresearchisneededtobes
urethatwecanlearnvocabularywhilesleeping.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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