The Reading / Listening - Hip-Hop - Level 6

Scientists have discovered a bizarre link between music and cheese. Different genres of music affect the way cheese matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and a team of researchers from Switzerland's Bern University conducted a six-month test to look into the effect music had on the maturation process of Emmental cheese. After the cheese had matured, it was sampled and assessed by the researchers and a jury of culinary cheese experts. The researchers found that cheese that had been played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than the other samples. The cheese aficionados reached the same conclusion as the researchers - the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.



The experiment involved exposing different cheeses to a 24-hour, non-stop musical loop. A music player directed sound waves at the cheese for six months. The experiment was titled "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Led Zeppelins rock classic "Stairway to Heaven," and A Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop tune "Jazz (We've Got)". A researcher explained the differences in taste. He said: "Bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity. I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Hip-Hop - Level 4  or  Hip-Hop - Level 5

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


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. HIP-HOP: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about hip-hop. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       scientists / bizarre / genres / test / process / researchers / jury / culinary / aroma /
       experiment / loop / sound waves / Mozart / hip-hop / taste / maturity / nutrients
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. HIP-HOP: Students A strongly believe hip-hop is the best music around these days; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. HIP-HOP: How might hip-hop have an affect on these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good Things

Bad Things

Food

 

 

Studying

 

 

Babies

 

 

Transport

 

 

Advertising

 

 

Pets

 

 

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5. BIZARRE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "bizarre". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MUSIC GENRES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • country
  • techno
  • classical
  • jazz
  • hip-hop
  • rock
  • opera
  • folk

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. bizarre a. A type of music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
      2. genre b. Did; carried out.
      3. mature c. Very strange or unusual.
      4. conducted d. Of or for cooking.
      5. sampled e. Tried the qualities of food or drink by tasting it.
      6. culinary f. A distinctive, typically pleasant smell.
      7. aroma g. Having reached the most advanced stage in a process; ready to eat after a going through a process.

    Paragraph 2

      8. exposing h. A substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.
      9. loop i. The action of being created.
      10. classic j. An ability to affect or change something or someone.
      11. formation k. Causing something or someone to experience something.
      12. influence l. A process, the end of which is connected to the beginning.
      13. convinced m. Completely certain about something.
      14. nutrient n. A work of art of recognized for its quality and long-established value.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists discovered a bazaar kink between hip-hop and cheese.     T / F
  2. The researchers are from a university in Switzerland.     T / F
  3. The research was done on a cheese called Emmental.     T / F
  4. Cheese experts decided the hip-hop-matured cheese was the tastiest.     T / F
  5. Cheese was exposed to sound waves from music for 12 hours a day.     T / F
  6. Scientists chose Beethoven as the classical music for its research.     T / F
  7. Enzymes influence how cheese matures.     T / F
  8. Ultrasounds can physically affect cheese as it matures.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. discovered
  2. genres
  3. conducted
  4. sampled
  5. aficionados
  6. non-stop
  7. titled
  8. taste
  9. convinced
  10. influence
  1. continuous
  2. tasted
  3. flavor
  4. categories
  5. sure
  6. affect
  7. found
  8. called
  9. carried out
  10. connoisseurs

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. a bizarre
  2. the effect music had on
  3. a jury of culinary
  4. had a stronger aroma
  5. The cheese aficionados reached
  6. a 24-hour, non-stop
  7. sound
  8. A researcher explained the differences
  9. the formation of the taste
  10. not the only things
  1. waves
  2. cheese experts
  3. the same conclusion
  4. that influence taste
  5. musical loop
  6. in taste
  7. link
  8. of cheese
  9. and flavor
  10. the maturation process

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sampled
way
aficionados
bizarre
aroma
process
culinary
conducted

Scientists have discovered a (1) ____________ link between music and cheese. Different genres of music affect the (2) ____________ cheese matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and a team of researchers from Switzerland's Bern University (3) ____________ a six-month test to look into the effect music had on the maturation (4) ____________ of Emmental cheese. After the cheese had matured, it was (5) ____________ and assessed by the researchers and a jury of (6) ____________ cheese experts. The researchers found that cheese that had been played hip-hop had a stronger (7) ____________ and flavor than the other samples. The cheese (8) ____________ reached the same conclusion as the researchers - the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
classic
responsible
exposing
nutrients
taste
effects
waves
maturity

The experiment involved (9) ____________ different cheeses to a 24-hour, non-stop musical loop. A music player directed sound (10) ____________ at the cheese for six months. The experiment was titled "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Led Zeppelins rock (11) ____________ "Stairway to Heaven," and A Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop tune "Jazz (We've Got)". A researcher explained the differences in (12) ____________. He said: "Bacteria are (13) ____________ for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its (14) ____________. I am convinced that humidity, temperature or (15) ____________ are not the only things that influence taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Scientists have discovered a ______
     a.  bizarre link
     b.  business link
     c.  busier link
     d.  bazaar link
2)  Different genres of music affect the way ______
     a.  cheesy matures
     b.  cheese matured
     c.  cheesy matured
     d.  cheese matures
3)  a six-month test to look into the effect music had on the ______
     a.  matriculation process
     b.  mathematical process
     c.  maturation process
     d.  malnutrition process
4)  sampled and assessed by the researchers and a jury of culinary ______
     a.  cheese exports
     b.  cheese expats
     c.  cheese ex-ports
     d.  cheese experts
5)  hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than the ______
     a.  other samples
     b.  another samples
     c.  other sampled
     d.  another sample

6)  exposing different cheeses to a 24-hour, non-stop ______
     a.  musical loopy
     b.  musically sloop
     c.  musical loop
     d.  musically loop
7)  A researcher explained the differences ______
     a.  in taste
     b.  on taste
     c.  no taste
     d.  end taste
8)  responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that ______
     a.  influence sits maturity
     b.  influence that's maturity
     c.  influence its maturity
     d.  influence this maturity
9)  humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that ______
     a.  influential taste
     b.  influences taste
     c.  influenced taste
     d.  influence taste
10)  Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have ______
     a.  physically effects
     b.  physical effect
     c.  physical effects
     d.  physique all effect

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have discovered (1) ___________________ between music and cheese. Different genres of music (2) ___________________ cheese matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and a team of researchers from Switzerland's Bern University conducted a six-month (3) ___________________ into the effect music had on the maturation process of Emmental cheese. After the cheese had matured, (4) ___________________ and assessed by the researchers and a jury of (5) ___________________. The researchers found that cheese that had been played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than the other samples. The cheese aficionados reached the same conclusion as the researchers - the hip-hop cheese (6) ___________________.

The experiment involved (7) ___________________ to a 24-hour, non-stop musical loop. A music player directed sound waves at the cheese for six months. The (8) ___________________ "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Led Zeppelins rock classic "Stairway to Heaven," and A Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop tune "Jazz (We've Got)". A researcher explained the (9) ___________________. He said: "Bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that (10) ___________________. I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things (11) ___________________. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. How was the link between cheese and hip-hop described as being?
  2. What university are the researchers from?
  3. What cheese did researchers conduct their tests on?
  4. How long was the test?
  5. What was the jury that assessed the cheese made up of?
  6. What did music players direct at the cheeses?
  7. What classical composer's music was used in the experiment?
  8. What was responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese?
  9. How sure is the researcher that other things influence taste?
  10. What did a researcher say might physically affect the taste of cheese?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How was the link between cheese and hip-hop described as being?
a) busier
b) bazaar
c) bizarre
d) brazen
2) What university are the researchers from?
a) the University of Bern
b) the University of Cheese
c) Emmental University
d) Fondue University
3) What cheese did researchers conduct their tests on?
a) Emmental
b) Brie
c) Cheddar
d) Feta
4) How long was the test?
a) six years
b) six months
c) sixty months
d) sixteen weeks
5) What was the jury that assessed the cheese made up of?
a) cheese fondue artists
b) restaurant owners
c) professors
d) culinary cheese experts

6) What did music players direct at the cheeses?
a) a conductor's baton
b) sound waves
c) heat
d) a fondue cooker
7) What classical composer's music was used in the experiment?
a) Mozart
b) Fondue
c) Beethoven
d) Handel
8) What was responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese?
a) chemicals
b) a cheese company
c) bacteria
d) fungus
9) How sure is the researcher that other things influence taste?
a) not at all sure
b) pretty sure
c) not that sure
d) he is convinced
10) What did a researcher say might physically affect the taste of cheese?
a) sounds, ultrasounds or music
b) music, musicals and musicians
c) notes, notations and notables
d) melodies, melodics and melodeons

Role play

Role  A – Hip-hop
You think hip-hop is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): rock, jazz or classical.

Role  B – Rock
You think rock is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): hip-hop, jazz or classical.

Role  C – Jazz
You think jazz is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): rock, hip-hop or classical.

Role  D – Classical
You think classical is the best music. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): rock, jazz or hip-hop.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'hip-hop'

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  • and 'cheese'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • 24
    • titled
    • classic
    • tune
    • responsible
    • only
    • link
    • top
    • look
    • jury
    • stronger
    • reached




    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 - Hip-hop is the best music to mature cheese

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'hip-hop'?
    3. What do you think of cheese?
    4. What do you think of hip-hop?
    5. What do you think hip-hop-matured cheese tastes like?
    6. How can music affect food?
    7. What music would you like to play to maturing cheese?
    8. What food would you like to be an expert on?
    9. How does someone become a cheese expert?
    10. Should music be played to animals and vegetables?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'taste'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What can you do with cheese?
    5. What other links are there between music and food?
    6. How does music affect you?
    7. What other things affect the taste of food?
    8. How important is cheese in your country's cuisine?
    9. How important is hip-hop in your country?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Scientists have discovered a (1) ____ link between music and cheese. Different genres of music affect the way cheese (2) ____. A top Swiss cheese-maker and a team of researchers from Switzerland's Bern University conducted a six-month test to look (3) ____ the effect music had on the maturation process of Emmental cheese. After the cheese had matured, it was (4) ____ and assessed by the researchers and a jury of culinary cheese experts. The researchers found that cheese that had been played hip-hop had a stronger (5) ____ and flavor than the other samples. The cheese aficionados reached the same (6) ____ as the researchers - the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.

    The experiment involved (7) ____ different cheeses to a 24-hour, non-stop musical loop. A music player directed sound waves (8) ____ the cheese for six months. The experiment was titled "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Led Zeppelins rock (9) ____ "Stairway to Heaven," and A Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop tune "Jazz (We've Got)". A researcher explained the differences (10) ____ taste. He said: "Bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity. I am (11) ____ that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the (12) ____ things that influence taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     bazaar     (b)     bizarre     (c)     busier     (d)     brazen    
    2. (a)     natures     (b)     matures     (c)     macha     (d)     machos    
    3. (a)     and to     (b)     onto     (c)     unto     (d)     into    
    4. (a)     simple     (b)     sampled     (c)     ample     (d)     stamped on    
    5. (a)     aura     (b)     aroma     (c)     armor     (d)     amour    
    6. (a)     compulsion     (b)     confusion     (c)     conclusion     (d)     contusion    
    7. (a)     exposed     (b)     exposure     (c)     exposing     (d)     exposes    
    8. (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    9. (a)     classical     (b)     classics     (c)     class     (d)     classic    
    10. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     of    
    11. (a)     convinced     (b)     convened     (c)     convenient     (d)     convoluted    
    12. (a)     another     (b)     other     (c)     only     (d)     just

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its maturity. I am convinced
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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists have discovered a bizarre / biz link between music and cheese. Different genres of music effect / affect the way cheese matures. A top Swiss cheese-maker and a team of researchers from Switzerland's Bern University redacted / conducted a six-month test to look into / onto the effect music had on the maturation progress / process of Emmental cheese. After the cheese had / has matured, it was sampled / tampered and assessed by the researchers and a bury / jury of culinary cheese experts. The researchers found that cheese that had been played hip-hop had a stronger aroma and flavor than the other / others samples. The cheese aficionados retched / reached the same conclusion as the researchers - the hip-hop cheese was the tastiest.

    The experiment involved expose / exposing different cheeses to a 24-hour, non-stop musical hoop / loop. A music player directed / produced sound waves at the cheese for six months. The experiment was entitled / titled "Cheese in Surround Sound". The music included Mozart's "The Magic Flute," Led Zeppelins rock classical / classic "Stairway to Heaven," and A Tribe Called Quest's hip-hop tune "Jazz (We've Got)". A researcher explanation / explained the differences in taste. He said: "Bacteria are responsible / responsibility for the formation of the taste of cheese, with the enzymes that influence its mature / maturity. I am convinced that humidity, temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence tasty / taste. Sounds, ultrasounds or music can also have mental / physical effects."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    scientists have discovered a bizarre link between music and cheese different genres of music affect the way cheese matures a top swiss cheesemaker and a team of researchers from switzerlands bern university conducted a sixmonth test to look into the effect music had on the maturation process of emmental cheese after the cheese had matured it was sampled and assessed by the researchers and a jury of culinary cheese experts the researchers found that cheese that had been played hiphop had a stronger aroma and flavor than the other samples the cheese aficionados reached the same conclusion as the researchers the hiphop cheese was the tastiest

    the experiment involved exposing different cheeses to a 24hour nonstop musical loop a music player directed sound waves at the cheese for six months the experiment was titled cheese in surround sound the music included mozarts the magic flute led zeppelins rock classic stairway to heaven and a tribe called quests hiphop tune jazz weve got a researcher explained the differences in taste he said bacteria are responsible for the formation of the taste of cheese with the enzymes that influence its maturity i am convinced that humidity temperature or nutrients are not the only things that influence taste sounds ultrasounds or music can also have physical effects

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    Scientistshavediscoveredabizarrelinkbetweenmusicandcheese.Diff
    erentgenresofmusicaffectthewaycheesematures.AtopSwisscheese-
    makerandateamofresearchersfromSwitzerland'sBernUniversitycon
    ductedasix-monthtesttolookintotheeffectmusichadonthematuratio
    nprocessofEmmentalcheese.Afterthecheesehadmatured,itwassam
    pledandassessedbytheresearchersandajuryofculinarycheeseexpert
    s.Theresearchersfoundthatcheesethathadbeenplayedhip-hophada
    strongeraromaandflavorthantheothersamples.Thecheeseaficionad
    osreachedthesameconclusionastheresearchers-thehip-hopchees
    ewasthetastiest.Theexperimentinvolvedexposingdifferentcheesest
    oa24-hour,non-stopmusicalloop.Amusicplayerdirectedsoundwave
    satthecheeseforsixmonths.Theexperimentwastitled"CheeseinSurro
    undSound".ThemusicincludedMozart's"TheMagicFlute,"LedZeppeli
    nsrockclassic"StairwaytoHeaven,"andATribeCalledQuest'ship-hopt
    une"Jazz(We'veGot)".Aresearcherexplainedthedifferencesintaste.
    Hesaid:"Bacteriaareresponsiblefortheformationofthetasteofcheese
    ,withtheenzymesthatinfluenceitsmaturity.Iamconvincedthathumidi
    ty,temperatureornutrientsarenottheonlythingsthatinfluencetaste.S
    ounds,ultrasoundsormusiccanalsohavephysicaleffects."

    Free writing

    Write about hip-hop for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Hip-hop is better than opera. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HIP-HOP: Make a poster about hip-hop. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HIP-HOP CHEESE: Write a magazine article about maturing cheese with hip-hop. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on hip-hop. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on the music. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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