The Reading / Listening - Dancing Chimpanzees - Level 3

Who knew that chimpanzees love to dance? They also like to clap along to music, and nod their head, tap their feet and move in time with the rhythm. A new study shows that chimpanzees could appreciate music. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help us understand how early humans developed an interest in music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and professor Masaki Tomonaga conducted tests on seven chimps. They played the apes six two-minute songs on a piano for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a definite sense of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed to respond to the melodies more than the females.



The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on a liking for music and dance to early humans millions of years ago. This could have happened via a common ancestor around six million years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was deep inside the earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some extent in the same way as humans." She added: "In humans, listening to music causes rhythmic movement, suggesting a close connection between the auditory and motor areas in the brain." She believes the research could shed light on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so much.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Dancing Chimpanzees - Level 0 Dancing Chimpanzees - Level 1   or  Dancing Chimpanzees - Level 2

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


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. DANCING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about dancing. 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?
       chimpanzees / nod / appreciate / music / interest / music / professor / rhythm / mood
       dance / millions / ancestor / researchers / listening / movement / brain / evolution
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MOOD: Students A strongly believe dancing is th ebest thing to change your mood; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. DANCE: What kinds of dances would be good for these people? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

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

  • Hip-hop
  • Classical
  • Folk
  • Electronic
  • Country
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Rock

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. clap a. Understand the full value of something.
      2. nod b. Clearly true or real.
      3. appreciate c. Hit the palms of your hands together repeatedly, usually to show you like someone doing or saying something.
      4. developed d. Move one's head up and down repeatedly.
      5. conducted e. Grew or caused to grow and become more mature or advanced.
      6. definite f. Organized and carried out; did.
      7. mood g. How you feel in your mind.

    Paragraph 2

      8. via h. Relating to the sense of hearing.
      9. common i. By way of; through.
      10. ancestor j. Gave an idea to someone to think about.
      11. suggested k. The process by which different kinds of living things developed and changed from earlier forms during the history of the earth.
      12. auditory l. Shared by; coming from.
      13. evolution m. A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.
      14. rhythm n. A family member, usually one more further back than a grandparent, from whom one comes.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Chimpanzees like to nod their feed and tap their head to music.     T / F
  2. The study on chimpanzees is from a university in Japan.     T / F
  3. Researchers looked at how chimpanzees played the piano.     T / F
  4. Female chimps responded to the music more than males.     T / F
  5. Humans picked up dancing from chimps a million years ago.     T / F
  6. A love of dancing was inside early humans.     T / F
  7. There is a close link between the hearing and motor areas in the brain.   T / F
  8. The article said chimps like dancing in a shed full of light.     T / F

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

  1. appreciate
  2. understand
  3. conducted
  4. respond
  5. melodies
  6. happened
  7. extent
  8. causes
  9. connection
  10. evolution
  1. degree
  2. occurred
  3. tunes
  4. development
  5. carried out
  6. value
  7. link
  8. react
  9. brings about
  10. comprehend

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

  1. They also like to clap
  2. tap their feet and
  3. early humans developed
  4. the chimps had a definite
  5. male chimpanzees seemed to
  6. This could have happened via
  7. Chimpanzees dance to some extent
  8. listening to music
  9. the auditory and motor
  10. shed light on the evolution
  1. areas in the brain
  2. respond to the melodies more
  3. a common ancestor
  4. causes rhythmic movement
  5. along to music
  6. an interest in music
  7. of dancing
  8. sense of rhythm
  9. in the same way as humans
  10. move in time with the rhythm

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
rhythm
apes
early
respond
feet
definite
clap
conducted

Who knew that chimpanzees love to dance? They also like to (1) ____________ along to music, and nod their head, tap their (2) ____________ and move in time with the (3) ____________. A new study shows that chimpanzees could appreciate music. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help us understand how (4) ____________ humans developed an interest in music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and professor Masaki Tomonaga (5) ____________ tests on seven chimps. They played the (6) ____________ six two-minute songs on a piano for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a (7) ____________ sense of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed to (8) ____________ to the melodies more than the females.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deep
motor
extent
much
liking
light
rhythmic
via

The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on a (9) ____________ for music and dance to early humans millions of years ago. This could have happened (10) ____________ a common ancestor around six million years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was (11) ____________ inside the earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some (12) ____________ in the same way as humans." She added: "In humans, listening to music causes (13) ____________ movement, suggesting a close connection between the auditory and (14) ____________ areas in the brain." She believes the research could shed (15) ____________ on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so (16) ____________.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  They also like to clap along to music, and nod their head, ______
     a.  trap their feet
     b.  taps their feet
     c.  tape their feet
     d.  tap their feet
2)  A new study shows that chimpanzees could ______
     a.  appreciate music
     b.  appreciates music
     c.  appreciated music
     d.  appreciating music
3)  They played the apes six two-minute songs on a piano ______
     a.  four six days
     b.  for six days
     c.  fours six days
     d.  for sick days
4)  The researchers said the chimps had a definite sense of rhythm and it ______
     a.  changed them mood
     b.  changed their moody
     c.  changed their mood
     d.  changed there mood
5)  The male chimpanzees seemed to respond to the melodies more ______
     a.  than the fee males
     b.  than the flea males
     c.  than the free males
     d.  than the females

6)  The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on ______ music
     a.  a like kin four
     b.  a like in for
     c.  a liking four
     d.  a liking for
7)  This could have happened via ______
     a.  a come on ancestor
     b.  a coming ancestor
     c.  a common ancestor
     d.  ache onion ancestor
8)  Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance ______"
     a.  two sum extent
     b.  twosome extent
     c.  too sum extent
     d.  to some extent
9)  a close connection between the auditory and motor ______ brain
     a.  area sin the
     b.  are as in the
     c.  areas in the
     d.  are ears in the
10)  She believes the research could shed light on the ______
     a.  evolution of dancing
     b.  evolution off dancing
     c.  revolution of dancing
     d.  devolution off dancing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Who knew that chimpanzees love to dance? They also like (1) ___________________ to music, and nod their head, tap their feet and (2) ___________________ with the rhythm. A new study shows that chimpanzees (3) ___________________. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help us understand (4) ___________________ developed an interest in music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and professor Masaki Tomonaga conducted tests on seven chimps. They played the apes six two-minute songs (5) ___________________ for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a definite sense of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed (6) ___________________ the melodies more than the females.

The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on (7) ___________________ music and dance to early humans millions of years ago. This could have happened via (8) ___________________ around six million years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was (9) ___________________ earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some extent in the same way as humans." She added: "In humans, listening (10) ___________________ rhythmic movement, suggesting a close connection between the auditory and motor areas in the brain." She believes the research could (11) ___________________ the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What do chimpanzees like to do to their head?
  2. What do chimpanzees like to move in time to?
  3. What university are the researchers from?
  4. How long were the songs that the researchers played?
  5. What did the researchers say the chimps had a definite sense of?
  6. How long ago might apes have passed on a liking for dance to humans?
  7. Where was a love of dancing in the earliest humans?
  8. What do chimpanzees dance in the same way as (to some extent)?
  9. Where are the auditory and motor areas?
  10. What might the research shed on the evolution of dancing?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What do chimpanzees like to do to their head?
a) clap it
b) nod it
c) turn it
d) tap it
2) What do chimpanzees like to move in time to?
a) the sound of the wind
b) a metronome
c) disco tunes
d) rhythm
3) What university are the researchers from?
a) Burundi University
b) MIT
c) Kyoto University
d) Oxford University
4) How long were the songs that the researchers played?
a) two minutes
b) ninety seconds
c) an hour and a half
d) just over a minute
5) What did the researchers say the chimps had a definite sense of?
a) taste
b) rhythm
c) humour
d) fashion

6) How long ago might apes have passed on a liking for dance to humans?
a) six million years ago
b) five hundred million years ago
c) a billion years ago
d) hundreds of thousands of years ago
7) Where was a love of dancing in the earliest humans?
a) in caves
b) in their heads
c) deep inside them
d) in Namibia
8) What do chimpanzees dance in the same way as (to some extent)?
a) humans
b) robots
c) samba dancers
d) break dancers
9) Where are the auditory and motor areas?
a) on roads
b) in jungles
c) in the feet
d) in the brain

10) What might the research shed on the evolution of dancing?
a) drums
b) music
c) light
d) tools

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 music genres. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): classical, jazz or rock.

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

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

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

'chimpanzee'

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  • and 'dancing'.

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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:

    • clap
    • time
    • help
    • seven
    • six
    • females
    • passed
    • common
    • deep
    • same
    • close
    • much




    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 - Dancing Chimpanzees

    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 'dance'?
    3. What do you think of dancing chimpanzees?
    4. What do you think of clapping along to music?
    5. What do you think of nodding your head to music?
    6. What do you think of tapping your feet to music?
    7. What music do you think chimpanzees might appreciate?
    8. Why do we like music so much?
    9. How does music change your mood?
    10. Why might male chimpanzees respond to melodies more?

    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 'chimpanzee'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much do you like dancing?
    5. What kinds of dancing do you like?
    6. Do you have good rhythm?
    7. Would chimpanzees be better at break dancing or ballet?
    8. Is dancing good for us?
    9. What can you say about the evolution of dancing?
    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)

    Who knew that chimpanzees love to dance? They also like to clap (1) ____ to music, and nod their head, (2) ____ their feet and move in time with the rhythm. A new study shows that chimpanzees could (3) ____ music. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help us understand how early humans developed an interest (4) ____ music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and professor Masaki Tomonaga conducted tests on seven chimps. They played the apes six two-minute songs (5) ____ a piano for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a definite sense of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed to respond (6) ____ the melodies more than the females.

    The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on a (7) ____ for music and dance to (8) ____ humans millions of years ago. This could have happened via a common ancestor around six million years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was (9) ____ inside the earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some extent in the same way (10) ____ humans." She added: "In humans, listening to music causes rhythmic movement, suggesting a close connection between the auditory and (11) ____ areas in the brain." She believes the research could (12) ____ light on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so much.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     along     (b)     long     (c)     longing     (d)     oblong    
    2. (a)     tip     (b)     top     (c)     tap     (d)     atop    
    3. (a)     appeal     (b)     appreciate     (c)     appall     (d)     appalling    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     at     (c)     up     (d)     in    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    6. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    7. (a)     likening     (b)     liking     (c)     licking     (d)     likewise    
    8. (a)     before     (b)     early     (c)     hurried     (d)     fast    
    9. (a)     low     (b)     wide     (c)     deep     (d)     long    
    10. (a)     has     (b)     ease     (c)     was     (d)     as    
    11. (a)     dynamo     (b)     turbine     (c)     engine     (d)     motor    
    12. (a)     shack     (b)     shop     (c)     cabin     (d)     shed

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. early nmhusa
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    Paragraph 2

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    2. via a common rcasteon
    3. to some txenet
    4. a close incnctoeno
    5. the rdiayout and motor areas in the brain
    6. on the envootiul of dancing

    Put the text back together

    (...)  professor Masaki Tomonaga conducted tests on seven chimps. They played the apes six two-
    (...)  connection between the auditory and motor areas in the brain." She believes the research could shed
    (...)  their head, tap their feet and move in time with the rhythm. A new study shows that chimpanzees
    (...)  of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed to respond to the melodies more than the females.
    (...)  The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on a liking for music and dance to early
    (...)  years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was deep
    (...)  inside the earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some extent in the same way
    (...)  minute songs on a piano for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a definite sense
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    (...)  light on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so much.
    (...)  as humans." She added: "In humans, listening to music causes rhythmic movement, suggesting a close
    (...)  could appreciate music. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help
    (...)  humans millions of years ago. This could have happened via a common ancestor around six million
    (...)  us understand how early humans developed an interest in music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and

    Put the words in the right order

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    9. evolution   light   the   dancing   .   of   on   Shed
    10. rhythm   Why   so   much   .   we   and   love   melody

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Who knew that chimpanzees love / lovely to dance? They also like to clap along to music, and nod their head, top / tap their feet and move in time with / without the rhythm. A new study shows that chimpanzees could appreciate music / musical. The researchers are from Kyoto University in Japan. They say their study could help them / us understand how early humans developed an interest in / on music. Researchers Dr Yuko Hattori and professor Masaki Tomonaga conducted / conducting tests on seven chimps. They played the grapes / apes six two-minute songs on a piano for six days. The researchers said the chimps had a definitely / definite sense of rhythm and it changed their mood. The male chimpanzees seemed to respond / response to the melodies more than the females.

    The researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have past / passed on a liking for music and dance to early / fast humans millions of years ago. This could have happened via a common / coming ancestor around six million years ago. The researchers said the study suggested that your / our love of dancing was deep inside / insider the earliest humans. Dr Hattori said: "Chimpanzees dance to some extent / exert in the same way as humans." She added: "In humans, listening to music cases / causes rhythmic movement, suggesting a close connection between the audit / auditory and motor areas in the brain." She believes / beliefs the research could shed light on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so many / much.

    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

    who knew that chimpanzees love to dance they also like to clap along to music and nod their head tap their feet and move in time with the rhythm a new study shows that chimpanzees could appreciate music the researchers are from kyoto university in japan they say their study could help us understand how early humans developed an interest in music researchers dr yuko hattori and professor masaki tomonaga conducted tests on seven chimps they played the apes six twominute songs on a piano for six days the researchers said the chimps had a definite sense of rhythm and it changed their mood the male chimpanzees seemed to respond to the melodies more than the females

    the researchers wrote that chimpanzees could have passed on a liking for music and dance to early humans millions of years ago this could have happened via a common ancestor around six million years ago the researchers said the study suggested that our love of dancing was deep inside the earliest humans dr hattori said chimpanzees dance to some extent in the same way as humans she added in humans listening to music causes rhythmic movement suggesting a close connection between the auditory and motor areas in the brain she believes the research could shed light on the evolution of dancing in humans and why we love melody and rhythm so much

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    Whoknewthatchimpanzeeslovetodance?Theyalsoliketoclapalongto
    music,andnodtheirhead,taptheirfeetandmoveintimewiththerhythm
    .Anewstudyshowsthatchimpanzeescouldappreciatemusic.Theresea
    rchersarefromKyotoUniversityinJapan.Theysaytheirstudycouldhelp
    usunderstandhowearlyhumansdevelopedaninterestinmusic.Resear
    chersDrYukoHattoriandprofessorMasakiTomonagaconductedtestso
    nsevenchimps.Theyplayedtheapessixtwo-minutesongsonapianofo
    rsixdays.Theresearcherssaidthechimpshadadefinitesenseofrhythm
    anditchangedtheirmood.Themalechimpanzeesseemedtorespondtot
    hemelodiesmorethanthefemales.Theresearcherswrotethatchimpan
    zeescouldhavepassedonalikingformusicanddancetoearlyhumansmi
    llionsofyearsago.Thiscouldhavehappenedviaacommonancestoraro
    undsixmillionyearsago.Theresearcherssaidthestudysuggestedthato
    urloveofdancingwasdeepinsidetheearliesthumans.DrHattorisaid:"C
    himpanzeesdancetosomeextentinthesamewayashumans."Sheadde
    d:"Inhumans,listeningtomusiccausesrhythmicmovement,suggesti
    ngacloseconnectionbetweentheauditoryandmotorareasinthebrain."
    Shebelievestheresearchcouldshedlightontheevolutionofdancinginh
    umansandwhywelovemelodyandrhythmsomuch.

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    Write about dancing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Dancing is the best form of exercise we can do. 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. CHIMPANZEES: Make a poster about chimpanzees. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. DANCING: Write a magazine article about dancing being taught in schools. 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 dancing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on dancing. 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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