The Reading / Listening - Nose Shape - Level 1

Why is everyone's nose a different shape? Researchers have a possible answer to this. A recent study says the Earth's climate could change the shape of our nose. The study found that people with wider noses live in warm, humid areas. People with narrower noses live in colder, drier places. The nose makes sure that the air we breathe is warm and moist when it gets to our lungs. The nose is a little like a temperature controller.



Researchers used images to measure the nose width and height, and the distance between the two nostrils of over 2,600 Africans, Asians and Europeans. The study could help people with the heat or cold, and the humidity if they go to other countries. It could also help with breathing problems. A researcher said it is difficult to predict the future shape of the nose. This is because we travel a lot, our lifestyles have changed, and because of climate change.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nose Shape - Level 0 Nose Shape - Level 2   or  Nose Shape - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.livescience.com/58297-nose-shape-climate-evolution.html
  • http://www.popsci.com/climate-nose-shape-evolution
  • http://www.science20.com/news_staff/like_your_nose_thank_climate_changes-224979


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Researchers have a possible
  2. Earth's climate could change the
  3. people with wider
  4. live in warm,
  5. live in colder, drier
  6. the air we
  7. when it gets
  8. The nose is a little like a temperature
  1. places
  2. controller
  3. to our lungs
  4. answer to this
  5. breathe
  6. noses
  7. shape of our nose
  8. humid areas

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers used images
  2. nose width
  3. the distance between
  4. help people with the heat
  5. It could also help with breathing
  6. difficult to predict the future
  7. our lifestyles have
  8. because of climate
  1. shape of the nose
  2. the two nostrils
  3. change
  4. changed
  5. to measure
  6. or cold
  7. and height
  8. problems

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Why is everyone's (1) ___________________ shape? Researchers have a (2) ___________________ to this. A recent study says the Earth's climate could change the shape of our nose. The study found that people (3) ___________________ live in warm, humid areas. People with narrower noses (4) ___________________, drier places. The nose makes sure that the air (5) ___________________ warm and moist when it gets to our lungs. The nose (6) ___________________ a temperature controller.

Researchers (7) ___________________ measure the nose width and height, and the distance between the two (8) ___________________ 2,600 Africans, Asians and Europeans. The study could help people with the (9) ___________________, and the humidity if they go (10) ___________________. It could also help with breathing problems. A researcher said (11) ___________________ to predict the future shape of the nose. This is because we (12) ___________________, our lifestyles have changed, and because of climate change.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whyiseveryone'snoseadifferentshape?Researchershaveapossiblea
nswertothis.ArecentstudysaystheEarth'sclimatecouldchangethesha
peofournose.Thestudyfoundthatpeoplewithwidernosesliveinwarm,
humidareas.Peoplewithnarrowernosesliveincolder,drierplaces.The
nosemakessurethattheairwebreatheiswarmandmoistwhenitgetstoo
urlungs.Thenoseisalittlelikeatemperaturecontroller.Researchersus
edimagestomeasurethenosewidthandheight,andthedistancebetwe
enthetwonostrilsofover2,600Africans,AsiansandEuropeans.Thestu
dycouldhelppeoplewiththeheatorcold,andthehumidityiftheygotooth
ercountries.Itcouldalsohelpwithbreathingproblems.Aresearchersai
ditisdifficulttopredictthefutureshapeofthenose.Thisisbecausewetra
velalot,ourlifestyleshavechanged,andbecauseofclimatechange.

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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