The Reading / Listening - Learning Vocabulary - Level 2

A study shows we could learn vocabulary while we are asleep. This is great news for students trying to learn a new language or increase their knowledge of words. Researchers in Switzerland showed that it is possible to learn new information while sleeping deeply, and then recall this information when we need it later. The researchers did tests on whether or not a person can remember new words and their translations while they were asleep. The researchers said our sleeping brain is much more aware of the outside world than we thought.



A researcher said, "language areas of the brain and the...brain's essential memory hub were activated" after a person woke up. These areas of the brain remember vocabulary during deep sleep. During deep sleep, our brain is active for about half a second. It then enters a period of inactivity. The active state is called "up-state" and the inactive state is called "down-state." The "up-state" period is when our brain could learn new vocabulary. The researchers say more research is needed to be 100 per cent sure that we can learn vocabulary while asleep.

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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. learn vocabulary while
  2. This is great
  3. trying to
  4. increase their knowledge
  5. it is possible
  6. recall this information
  7. a person can remember
  8. much more aware
  1. learn a new language
  2. new words
  3. of words
  4. when we need it
  5. we are asleep
  6. of the outside world
  7. news
  8. to learn

Paragraph 2

  1. language areas
  2. after a person
  3. During deep
  4. about half
  5. a period
  6. more research is
  7. be 100 per cent
  8. we can learn vocabulary
  1. needed
  2. sleep
  3. of inactivity
  4. while asleep
  5. sure
  6. woke up
  7. of the brain
  8. a second

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A study (1) ___________________ learn vocabulary while we are asleep. This is (2) ___________________ students trying to learn a new language or increase their knowledge of words. Researchers in Switzerland showed that (3) ___________________ to learn new information while sleeping deeply, and then recall this information when we (4) ___________________. The researchers did tests on whether or not a person can remember new words and their translations (5) ___________________ asleep. The researchers said our sleeping brain is much (6) ___________________ the outside world than we thought.

A researcher said, "language (7) ___________________ brain and the...brain's essential (8) ___________________ activated" after a person woke up. These (9) ___________________ brain remember vocabulary during deep sleep. During deep sleep, our brain is active for about (10) ___________________. It then enters a period of inactivity. The active state is called "up-state" and the inactive state is called "down-state." The "up-state" (11) ___________________ our brain could learn new vocabulary. The researchers say more research (12) ___________________ be 100 per cent sure that we can learn vocabulary while asleep.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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eworldthanwethought.Aresearchersaid,"languageareasofthebraina
ndthe...brain'sessentialmemoryhubwereactivated"afterapersonwo
keup.Theseareasofthebrainremembervocabularyduringdeepsleep.
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saperiodofinactivity.Theactivestateiscalled"up-state"andtheinacti
vestateiscalled"down-state."The"up-state"periodiswhenourbrainco
uldlearnnewvocabulary.Theresearcherssaymoreresearchisneededt
obe100percentsurethatwecanlearnvocabularywhileasleep.

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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