The Reading / Listening - Hip-Hop - Level 4

Scientists found a link between music and how cheese matures. A top cheese-maker and researchers from a Swiss university did a six-month test to see how music affects the maturing of cheese. The matured cheese was assessed by the researchers and some cheese experts. They all said that the cheese that was played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than other samples. They said the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.



The experiment was called "Cheese in Surround Sound". Sound waves were directed at different cheeses in a non-stop musical loop for six months. The music included classical, rock, hip-hop and techno. A researcher explained that: "Bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese [and] influence its maturity....Humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste....Music can also have physical effects."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hip-Hop - Level 5 or  Hip-Hop - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hip-hop-and-mozart-improve-flavor-swiss-cheese-180971721/
  • https://www.nme.com/news/music/playing-hip-hop-to-cheese-produces-the-funkiest-flavour-says-scientists-2463655
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/03/24/706344902/need-a-cant-miss-wheel-of-cheese-try-playing-it-some-hip-hop


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a link between music and
  2. a six-month
  3. how music
  4. matured
  5. assessed
  6. cheese
  7. a stronger aroma
  8. hip-hop cheese
  1. by the researchers
  2. and flavor
  3. cheese
  4. was the tastiest
  5. affects the maturing
  6. test
  7. experts
  8. how cheese matures

Paragraph 2

  1. The experiment was called
  2. Sound
  3. a non-stop musical
  4. The music included
  5. Bacteria are
  6. influence its
  7. the only things that
  8. Music can also have
  1. waves
  2. influence taste
  3. classical
  4. physical effects
  5. maturity
  6. Cheese in Surround Sound
  7. responsible
  8. loop

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ between music and how cheese matures. A top cheese-maker (2) ___________________ a Swiss university did a six-month test to see (3) ___________________ the maturing of cheese. The matured cheese (4) ___________________ the researchers and some cheese experts. They all said that the cheese (5) ___________________ hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than other samples. They said the hip-hop cheese (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ "Cheese in Surround Sound". Sound waves were directed at different cheeses in a (8) ___________________ loop for six months. (9) ___________________ classical, rock, hip-hop and techno. A researcher explained that: "Bacteria are responsible (10) ___________________ of the taste of cheese [and] (11) ___________________....Humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste....Music can also (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsfoundalinkbetweenmusicandhowcheesematures.Atopche
ese-makerandresearchersfromaSwissuniversitydidasix-monthtes
ttoseehowmusicaffectsthematuringofcheese.Thematuredcheesewa
sassessedbytheresearchersandsomecheeseexperts.Theyallsaidtha
tthecheesethatwasplayedhip-hophadastrongeraromaandflavor
thanothersamples.Theysaidthehip-hopcheesewasthetastiest.The
experimentwascalled"CheeseinSurroundSound".Soundwaveswere
directedatdifferentcheesesinanon-stopmusicalloopforsixmonths.T
hemusicincludedclassical,rock,hip-hopandtechno.Aresearcherex
plainedthat:"Bacteriaareresponsiblefortheformationofthetasteofch
eese[and]influenceitsmaturity....Humidity,temperatureornutrients
arenottheonlythingsthatinfluencetaste....Musiccanalsohavephysica
leffects."

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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