The Reading / Listening - Memory - Level 3

Are you good at remembering things? Can you remember a long list of English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help may be at hand. A new study says pretty much anyone can have an upgraded memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can train our brain to be a "memory athlete" just like athletes train to be champions. Neuroscientist Martin Dresler wrote in the journal "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people with average memories into people with an incredible ability to remember things. Dr Dresler even suggested people could train their brain to enter the World Memory Championships that are held in March every year.



Dr Dresler compared MRI scans of the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We were interested in what differentiates memory champions from normal people, like you and me." He was surprised to find no differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the right training. Dresler found that 40 days of daily 30-minute training sessions using a memory technique called mnemonics more than doubled a person's memory capacity. Mnemonics is an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list form. Who knows? It could help you with those words for your next vocabulary test.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Memory - Level 0 Memory - Level 1   or  Memory - Level 2

Sources
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/08/518815297/maybe-you-too-could-become-a-super-memorizer
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/brain-training-turns-recall-rookies-memory-masters
  • http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/03/09/anyone-can-become-memory-athlete-study


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. MEMORY: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about memory. 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?

       remembering / vocabulary / help / answer / athletes / average / incredible / ability /
       MRI scans / champions / normal / differences / memory / technique / doubled / list

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. WORD LISTS: Students A strongly believe word lists are the best way to learn vocabulary; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. REMEMBER: What are the good things about remembering these things? What are the difficulties? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good things

Difficulties

Spelling

 

 

Dates in history

 

 

Capital cities

 

 

Song words

 

 

People's names

 

 

Jokes

 

 

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5. LIST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "list". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. THINGS TO REMEMBER: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important things to remember at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • telephone numbers
  • people's names
  • appointments
  • words to songs
  • English vocabulary
  • birthdays
  • e-mail password
  • what shopping to buy

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article asks if you can remember lists of vocabulary easily.     T / F
  2. The article says your hand can help you to remember things.     T / F
  3. A study said we can train ourselves to become memory athletes.     T / F
  4. The annual World Memory Championships are held in March.     T / F
  5. A doctor looked at brain scans of 23 world memory champions.     T / F
  6. The brains of memory champions and normal people were different.     T / F
  7. People did 30 days of 40-minute brain training sessions.     T / F
  8. Mnemonics is a memory technique invented in the year 2000.     T / F

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

  1. at hand
  2. pretty much
  3. just
  4. incredible
  5. enter
  6. top
  7. normal
  8. technique
  9. capacity
  10. especially
  1. leading
  2. only
  3. ability
  4. almost
  5. ordinary
  6. near
  7. particularly
  8. join
  9. method
  10. unbelievable

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

  1. remember a long list
  2. help may be
  3. pretty
  4. people with average
  5. an incredible ability
  6. MRI
  7. what differentiates memory champions
  8. daily 30-minute
  9. more than
  10. Mnemonics is an ancient
  1. from normal people
  2. memories
  3. doubled
  4. scans
  5. much anyone can
  6. training sessions
  7. of English vocabulary
  8. memory device
  9. at hand
  10. to remember things

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
just
list
ability
things
upgraded
held
hand
journal

Are you good at remembering (1) ____________? Can you remember a long (2) ____________ of English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help may be at (3) ____________. A new study says pretty much anyone can have an (4) ____________ memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can train our brain to be a "memory athlete" (5) ____________ like athletes train to be champions. Neuroscientist Martin Dresler wrote in the (6) ____________ "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people with average memories into people with an incredible (7) ____________ to remember things. Dr Dresler even suggested people could train their brain to enter the World Memory Championships that are (8) ____________ in March every year.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
normal
ancient
scans
sessions
next
what
doubled
right

Dr Dresler compared MRI (9) ____________ of the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We were interested in (10) ____________ differentiates memory champions from (11) ____________ people, like you and me." He was surprised to find no differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the (12) ____________ training. Dresler found that 40 days of daily 30-minute training (13) ____________ using a memory technique called mnemonics more than (14) ____________ a person's memory capacity. Mnemonics is an (15) ____________ memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list form. Who knows? It could help you with those words for your (16) ____________ vocabulary test.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Can you remember a long list of English vocabulary quickly ______?
     a.  and easily
     b.  and easy
     c.  and easier
     d.  and easiest

2)  If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help ______
     a.  may be at wand
     b.  may be at band
     c.  may be at sand
     d.  may be at hand

3)  A new study says pretty much anyone can have an ______
     a.  upgrade it memory
     b.  upgraded memory
     c.  upgrade add memory
     d.  upgrade and memory

4)  train our brain to be a "memory athlete" just like athletes train ______
     a.  to being champions
     b.  too being champions
     c.  to be champions
     d.  2B champions

5)  brain training can turn people with average memories into people with ______
     a.  an incredible capability
     b.  an incredible abilities
     c.  an incredible ball ability
     d.  an incredible ability

6)  the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory champions with the brains ______
     a.  of normally people
     b.  of normal people
     c.  off normal people
     d.  of normal peoples

7)  This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the ______
     a.  right train in
     b.  light training
     c.  right training
     d.  light train in

8) a memory technique called mnemonics more than ______ memory
     a.  doubled a person's
     b.  doubled the person's
     c.  doubled this person's
     d.  doubled that person's

9) an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially ______
     a.  on list form
     b.  in list form
     c.  un-list form
     d.  non-list form

10)  It could help you with those words for your ______ test
     a.  nest vocabulary
     b.  last vocabulary
     c.  next vocabulary
     d.  past vocabulary

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Are you good at remembering things? Can you remember (1) ___________________ English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help (2) ___________________. A new study says pretty much anyone can have an upgraded memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can (3) ___________________ be a "memory athlete" just like athletes train to be champions. Neuroscientist Martin Dresler (4) ___________________ "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people (5) ___________________ memories into people with an incredible ability to remember things. Dr Dresler even suggested people could train their (6) ___________________ the World Memory Championships that are held in March every year.

Dr Dresler compared MRI scans of the brains (7) ___________________ world's top 50 memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We (8) ___________________ what differentiates memory champions from normal people, like you and me." He was (9) ___________________ differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the right training. Dresler found that (10) ___________________ daily 30-minute training sessions using a memory technique called mnemonics more than (11) ___________________ memory capacity. Mnemonics is an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, (12) ___________________ form. Who knows? It could help you with those words for your next vocabulary test.

Comprehension questions

  1. What long thing did the article ask if you could remember easily?
  2. Who did the article say could upgrade their brain?
  3. What is "Neuron"?
  4. How many weeks of training would it take to become a memory athlete?
  5. When are the World Memory Championships held?
  6. How many world memory champions did the doctor scan the brains of?
  7. How were the brains of memory champions and normal people different?
  8. How long each day were the memory training sessions?
  9. What happened to a person's memory capacity after using mnemonics?
  10. How old is the memory device mnemonics?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What long thing did the article ask if you could remember easily?
a) to-do list
b) shopping list
c) list of English vocabulary
d) π (pi) to 314 places

2) Who did the article say could upgrade their brain?
a) pretty much anyone
b) people with pretty brains
c) only pretty people
d) the pretty ones

3) What is "Neuron"?
a) the name of an MRI scanner
b) the scientist's pet dog
c) a memory technique
d) a journal

4) How many weeks of training would it take to become a memory athlete?
a) 2
b) 6
c) 12
d) 20

5) When are the World Memory Championships held?
a) they can't remember
b) every 4 years on Feb 1
c) March
d) New Year's Day

6) How many world memory champions did the doctor scan the brains of?
a) 22
b) 23
c) 24
d) 25

7) How were the brains of memory champions and normal people different?
a) the champions' brains were bigger
b) they were amazingly different
c) the champions' brains were heavier
d) they were no different

8) How long each day were the memory training sessions?
a) an hour
b) half an hour
c) three-quarters of an hour
d) 314 minutes

9) What happened to a person's memory capacity after using mnemonics?
a) it more than doubled
b) it shut down
c) nothing
d) it became heavier

10) How old is the memory device mnemonics?
a) 100 years old
b) not so old
c) 23 years old
d) it's ancient

Role play

Role A — English Vocabulary

You think English vocabulary is the most important thing to remember. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): passwords, words to songs or jokes.

Role B — Passwords

You think passwords are the most important things to remember. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): English vocabulary, words to songs or jokes.

Role C — Words to Songs

You think words to songs are the most important things to remember. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): passwords, English vocabulary or jokes.

Role D — Jokes

You think jokes are the most important things to remember. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): passwords, words to songs or English vocabulary.

After reading / listening

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

'memory'

  • ________________
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  • and 'remember'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • 23
    • what
    • believe
    • 40
    • doubled
    • next
    • long
    • hand
    • just
    • wrote
    • ability
    • even




    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 - How to become a memory champion

    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 'memory'?
    3. What do you do to remember things?
    4. Do you have a good memory?
    5. How many different meanings of the world 'memory' do you know?
    6. Could you be a memory champion?
    7. How do you train your brain?
    8. Why are some people better at remembering things?
    9. How would life be different if you could remember everything?
    10. What happens at the World Memory Championships?

    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 'champion'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do we forget things?
    5. Would you like to be a memory athlete?
    6. What techniques do you use to remember vocabulary?
    7. Should we have brain training at school?
    8. What could you do if your memory capacity doubled?
    9. What do you know about mnemonics?
    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)

    Are you good at remembering things? Can you remember a long list of English vocabulary quickly and easily? If the answer to these two questions is 'no,' help may be at hand. A new study says pretty much anyone can have an upgraded memory if they train their brain. Scientists say that we can train our brain to be a "memory athlete" just like athletes train to be champions. Neuroscientist Martin Dresler wrote in the journal "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people with average memories into people with an incredible ability to remember things. Dr Dresler even suggested people could train their brain to enter the World Memory Championships that are held in March every year.

    Dr Dresler compared MRI scans of the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We were interested in what differentiates memory champions from normal people, like you and me." He was surprised to find no differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the right training. Dresler found that 40 days of daily 30-minute training sessions using a memory technique called mnemonics more than doubled a person's memory capacity. Mnemonics is an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list form. Who knows? It could help you with those words for your next vocabulary test.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     at     (b)     for     (c)     by     (d)     on    
    2. (a)     easiest     (b)     easy     (c)     easily     (d)     easier    
    3. (a)     head     (b)     foot     (c)     hand     (d)     back    
    4. (a)     as     (b)     fair     (c)     such     (d)     just    
    5. (a)     verge     (b)     overage     (c)     average     (d)     outage    
    6. (a)     hold     (b)     held     (c)     holding     (d)     holds    
    7. (a)     height     (b)     top     (c)     leader     (d)     summit    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    9. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    10. (a)     user     (b)     used     (c)     usage     (d)     using    
    11. (a)     doublet     (b)     doubling     (c)     double     (d)     doubled    
    12. (a)     fern     (b)     farm     (c)     firm     (d)     form

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

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    (    )     sessions using a memory technique called mnemonics more than doubled a person's memory

    (    )     capacity. Mnemonics is an ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list

    (    )     journal "Neuron" that just six weeks of brain training can turn people with average memories into people with an

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Dr Dresler compared MRI scams / scans of the brains of 23 of the world's top 50 memory championship / champions with the brains of "normal" people. He said: "We were interested on / in what differentiates memory champions from normal / normally people, like you and me." He was surprised to find no / not differences. This made him believe we can all become memory athletes with the write / right training. Dresler found that 40 days of daily 30-minute training sessions usage / using a memory technique called mnemonics more than doubled / double a person's memory capacity. Mnemonics is an / on ancient memory device that helps people remember things, especially in list / lust form. Who knows? It could help you with those words for your next vocabulary test.

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    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Training your brain is the same as training your body. 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 the memory technique mnemonics. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. MEMORY: Make a poster about memory. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MEMORY ATHLETE: Write a magazine article about elementary schools training us to be memory athletes. 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 memory. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your tips on how to remember vocabulary. 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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