The Reading / Listening - Swearing - Level 5

Researchers have found that swearing and using bad language can increase our physical strength. The researchers conducted tests on 81 people to see how swearing affected physical performance. In one test, participants did a workout on an exercise bike. Some people had to swear as much as they could before they started, while others had to be quiet. In another test, people had to grip the bike's handlebars as tightly as they could. The researchers found that the people who swore a lot, cycled or gripped three to four per cent more powerfully than those who were quiet.



Research also shows that swearing increases our tolerance to pain. A 2009 study found that swearing increased heart rate and adrenaline - these help to numb pain. This may be why many of us swear when we hurt ourselves. Another study found that swearing was a sign of honesty and self-expression. The lead researcher of the Keele study was at a loss to explain why swearing affects the body. He said: "Quite why it is that swearing has these effects on strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand the power of swearing fully."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Swearing - Level 4 or  Swearing - Level 6

Sources
  • http://observer.com/2017/05/swearing-benefits-strength-study/
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/benefits-swearing-saying-curse-words-makes-you-stronger-numb-pain-and-more-416927
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/206712/20170505/swearing-aloud-while-you-exercise-can-make-your-muscles-stronger.htm


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. bad
  2. The researchers conducted
  3. how swearing affected physical
  4. participants did a workout on
  5. swear as much
  6. grip the bike's
  7. the people who
  8. more powerfully than those
  1. performance
  2. who were quiet
  3. an exercise bike
  4. handlebars
  5. language
  6. swore a lot
  7. as they could
  8. tests

Paragraph 2

  1. swearing increases our
  2. swearing increased heart
  3. these help to numb
  4. many of us swear when
  5. swearing was a sign
  6. at a loss
  7. pain
  8. understand the power
  1. of honesty
  2. pain
  3. of swearing
  4. to explain why
  5. tolerance to pain
  6. tolerance
  7. rate
  8. we hurt ourselves

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers have found that swearing (1) ___________________ language can increase our physical strength. The researchers conducted (2) ___________________ people to see how swearing affected physical performance. In one test, participants (3) ___________________ an exercise bike. Some people had to (4) ___________________ they could before they started, while others had to be quiet. In another test, people had to grip the bike's handlebars (5) ___________________ they could. The researchers found that the people who swore a lot cycled or gripped three to four per cent more powerfully (6) ___________________ were quiet.

Research also shows that swearing (7) ___________________ to pain. A 2009 study found that swearing increased heart (8) ___________________ - these help to numb pain. This may be why (9) ___________________ when we hurt ourselves. Another study found that swearing (10) ___________________ honesty and self-expression. The lead researcher of the Keele study was at a loss to explain why swearing affects the body. He said: "Quite why it is that swearing has (11) ___________________ strength and pain tolerance remains to be discovered. We have yet to understand the (12) ___________________ fully."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchershavefoundthatswearingandusingbadlanguagecanincre
aseourphysicalstrength.Theresearchersconductedtestson81people
toseehowswearingaffectedphysicalperformance.Inonetest,particip
antsdidaworkoutonanexercisebike.Somepeoplehadtoswearasmuch
astheycouldbeforetheystarted,whileothershadtobequiet.Inanothert
est,peoplehadtogripthebike'shandlebarsastightlyastheycould.Ther
esearchersfoundthatthepeoplewhosworealotcycledorgrippedthreet
ofourpercentmorepowerfullythanthosewhowerequiet.Researchalso
showsthatswearingincreasesourtolerancetopain.A2009studyfoundt
hatswearingincreasedheartrateandadrenaline-thesehelptonumbpa
in.Thismaybewhymanyofusswearwhenwehurtourselves.Anotherst
udyfoundthatswearingwasasignofhonestyandself-expression.Th
eleadresearcheroftheKeelestudywasatalosstoexplainwhyswearinga
ffectsthebody.Hesaid:"Quitewhyitisthatswearinghastheseeffectson
strengthandpaintoleranceremainstobediscovered.Wehaveyettound
erstandthepowerofswearingfully."

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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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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