The Reading / Listening - Dancing Chimpanzees - Level 0

Chimpanzees like to dance. They also like clapping, nodding their head, and tapping their feet to music. Researchers did tests on seven chimps by playing them piano music for six days. The chimps had a sense of rhythm. The music changed their mood. Male chimpanzees danced to the songs more than the females.



Chimpanzees liked dancing around six million years ago. They passed this like on to the earliest humans. A researcher said: "Chimpanzees dance...in the same way as humans." She added: "Listening to music causes rhythmic movement." She believes her research could explain why humans love dancing so much.

Try the same news story at these levels:

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Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/dancing-chimps-like-to-clap-along-and-tap-their-toes-to-music-11894515
  • https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/dancing-chimpanzees-may-reveal-how-humans-started-boogie
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/dancing-chimps-chimpanzees-move-to-music-rhythm-kyoto-university-a9258986.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. nodding their
  2. tapping their
  3. Researchers did
  4. piano
  5. a sense of
  6. The music changed
  7. danced
  8. more than the
  1. rhythm
  2. to the songs
  3. head
  4. females
  5. tests
  6. music
  7. feet
  8. their mood

Paragraph 2

  1. around six million
  2. They passed this like
  3. the earliest
  4. in the same way
  5. Listening to
  6. rhythmic
  7. her research could
  8. humans love dancing
  1. explain why
  2. as humans
  3. so much
  4. on
  5. movement
  6. years ago
  7. music
  8. humans

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Chimpanzees (1) ___________________. They also like clapping, nodding their head, and (2) ___________________ to music. Researchers (3) ___________________ seven chimps by playing (4) ___________________ for six days. The chimps had (5) ___________________ rhythm. The music changed their mood. Male chimpanzees danced to the (6) ___________________ the females.

Chimpanzees (1) ___________________ six million years ago. They (2) ___________________ on to the earliest humans. A researcher said: "Chimpanzees dance...in (3) _________________ as humans." She added: "Listening to (4) ___________________ movement." She (5) ___________________ could explain why humans love (6) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Chimpanzeesliketodance.Theyalsolikeclapping,noddingtheirhead,a
ndtappingtheirfeettomusic.Researchersdidtestsonsevenchimpsbyp
layingthempianomusicforsixdays.Thechimpshadasenseofrhythm.T
hemusicchangedtheirmood.Malechimpanzeesdancedtothesongsmo
rethanthefemales.Chimpanzeeslikeddancingaroundsixmillionyears
ago.Theypassedthislikeontotheearliesthumans.Aresearchersaid:"C
himpanzeesdance...inthesamewayashumans."Sheadded:"Listenin
gtomusiccausesrhythmicmovement."Shebelievesherresearchcould
explainwhyhumanslovedancingsomuch.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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