The Reading / Listening - Yawning - Level 2

Do you ever think about why we yawn? Do you yawn when you see others yawn? A new study from the UK has researched this. It found that yawning is contagious, powerful and unstoppable. People automatically yawn when they see other people yawn. Researchers said people yawn more when they try to stop yawning. They also found that some people want to yawn a lot more than other people. Lead researcher Professor Stephen Jackson said that even reading about yawning could make people yawn. You might even want to yawn right now.



The researchers studied the actions and brain activity of 36 adults. The adults looked at videos of people yawning. They then had to yawn or stop themselves yawning. The volunteers were videoed as they did either of these. The researchers also checked the brain activity of the adults and checked how much they wanted to yawn. Jackson said understanding more about yawning will help to treat illnesses such as dementia and epilepsy. He said: "We are looking for potential non-drug, personalized treatments…that might be effective in [changing] imbalances in the brain."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Yawning - Level 0 Yawning - Level 1   or  Yawning - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/nottingham-news/why-is-yawning-contagious-answer-407557
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/31/why-is-yawning-contagious-6892289/
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319227.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A new study
  2. yawning is
  3. automatically yawn when they
  4. people yawn more when they
  5. yawn a lot
  6. reading
  7. make people
  8. You might even want
  1. try to stop yawning
  2. about yawning
  3. from the UK
  4. to yawn right now
  5. see other people yawn
  6. yawn
  7. contagious
  8. more than other people

Paragraph 2

  1. The adults looked at videos
  2. stop themselves
  3. brain
  4. checked how much they
  5. understanding more
  6. illnesses such as
  7. personalized
  8. imbalances
  1. activity
  2. treatments
  3. of people yawning
  4. in the brain
  5. wanted to yawn
  6. about yawning
  7. yawning
  8. dementia and epilepsy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Do (1) ___________________ about why we yawn? Do you yawn when you see others yawn? A new (2) ___________________ UK has researched this. It found that (3) ___________________, powerful and unstoppable. People (4) ___________________ when they see other people yawn. Researchers said people yawn more when they try (5) ___________________. They also found that some people want to yawn a lot more than other people. Lead researcher Professor Stephen Jackson said that even reading about yawning could make people yawn. You (6) ___________________ to yawn right now.

The researchers studied (7) ___________________ brain activity of 36 adults. The adults looked (8) ___________________ people yawning. They then had to yawn or stop themselves yawning. The volunteers were videoed as they (9) ___________________ these. The researchers also checked the brain activity of the adults and (10) ___________________ they wanted to yawn. Jackson said understanding more about yawning will help (11) ___________________ such as dementia and epilepsy. He said: "We are looking for potential non-drug, personalized treatments…that might (12) ___________________ [changing] imbalances in the brain."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Doyoueverthinkaboutwhyweyawn?Doyouyawnwhenyouseeothersy
awn?AnewstudyfromtheUKhasresearchedthis.Itfoundthatyawningi
scontagious,powerfulandunstoppable.Peopleautomaticallyyawnwh
entheyseeotherpeopleyawn.Researcherssaidpeopleyawnmorewhe
ntheytrytostopyawning.Theyalsofoundthatsomepeoplewanttoyawn
alotmorethanotherpeople.LeadresearcherProfessorStephenJackso
nsaidthatevenreadingaboutyawningcouldmakepeopleyawn.Youmig
htevenwanttoyawnrightnow.Theresearchersstudiedtheactionsandb
rainactivityof36adults.Theadultslookedatvideosofpeopleyawning.T
heythenhadtoyawnorstopthemselvesyawning.Thevolunteerswerevi
deoedastheydideitherofthese.Theresearchersalsocheckedthebrain
activityoftheadultsandcheckedhowmuchtheywantedtoyawn.Jackso
nsaidunderstandingmoreaboutyawningwillhelptotreatillnessessuch
asdementiaandepilepsy.Hesaid:"Wearelookingforpotentialnon-dru
g,personalizedtreatments…thatmightbeeffectivein[changing]imbal
ancesinthebrain."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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