The Reading / Listening - Skull Shape - Level 1

Smartphones are changing the shape of our skulls. A small bump is appearing on the head of some smartphone users. It is big enough to feel by pressing it. A scientist at a university in Australia told the BBC about the bump. He has been a doctor for 20 years. He said in the past ten years he has found more patients with the bump. It is more frequent among 18 to 30-year-olds. They spend many hours a day bent over their smartphones.



A study looked at the smartphone use of 1,200 people aged 18 to 86. Younger people had more skull bumps. The bumps will be more common if people bend their necks while looking at their phones. People bend their neck at an angle to look at their phone. This can strain the neck. Doctors call this strain "text neck". They say the skull bump rarely causes health problems. They told people to change their sitting position if their neck hurts.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Skull Shape - Level 0 Skull Shape - Level 2   or  Skull Shape - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.livescience.com/65711-humans-growing-bony-skull-spikes.html
  • https://www.insider.com/smartphone-use-could-be-changing-our-skull-shape-scientists-find-2019-6
  • https://www.fudzilla.com/news/mobile/48880-humans-evolving-a-spike-on-the-back-of-the-head


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Smartphones are changing the
  2. A small bump is
  3. on the head of some
  4. It is big enough to feel
  5. He has been a doctor
  6. he has found more patients
  7. It is more frequent among
  8. They spend many hours
  1. smartphone users
  2. a day
  3. with the bump
  4. appearing
  5. 18 to 30-year-olds
  6. shape of our skulls
  7. for 20 years
  8. by pressing it

Paragraph 2

  1. the smartphone use of 1,200
  2. The bumps will be more
  3. bend their necks while looking
  4. People bend their neck
  5. Doctors call this strain
  6. the skull bump rarely causes
  7. They told people to change
  8. if their neck
  1. at an angle
  2. their sitting position
  3. common
  4. hurts
  5. at our phones
  6. "text neck"
  7. people aged 18 to 86
  8. health problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Smartphones are changing the shape of our skulls. A small bump (1) ___________________ the head of some smartphone users. It is big enough to (2) ___________________ it. A scientist at a university in Australia told the BBC (3) ___________________. He has been a doctor for 20 years. He said in the (4) ___________________ he has found more patients with the bump. It (5) ___________________ among 18 to 30-year-olds. They spend many hours a (6) ___________________ their smartphones.

A study looked at the smartphone use of 1,200 (7) ___________________ to 86. Younger people had more skull bumps. The bumps will be (8) ___________________ people bend their necks while looking at their phones. People bend their neck at (9) ___________________ look at their phone. This can strain the neck. Doctors call this (10) ___________________. They say the skull bump (11) ___________________ problems. They told people to change their (12) ___________________ their neck hurts.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Smartphonesarechangingtheshapeofourskulls.Asmallbumpisappea
ringontheheadofsomesmartphoneusers.Itisbigenoughtofeelbypres
singit.AscientistatauniversityinAustraliatoldtheBBCaboutthebump.
Hehasbeenadoctorfor20years.Hesaidinthepasttenyearshehasfound
morepatientswiththebump.Itismorefrequentamong18to30-year-
olds.Theyspendmanyhoursadaybentovertheirsmartphones.Astudyl
ookedatthesmartphoneuseof1,200peopleaged18to86.Youngerpeo
plehadmoreskullbumps.Thebumpswillbemorecommonifpeoplebend
theirneckswhilelookingatourphones.Peoplebendtheirneckatanangle
tolookattheirphone.Thiscanstraintheneck.Doctorscallthisstrain"tex
tneck".Theysaytheskullbumprarelycauseshealthproblems.Theytold
peopletochangetheirsittingpositioniftheirneckhurts.

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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