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Scientists Discover How Cats Drink (12th November, 2010)

The way cats drink is a wonder of science, say scientists. Researchers and cat experts have wondered for decades how cats lap up milk so well. Now the secret is out. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used high-speed video to look at a cat’s drinking technique. The film was looked at in slow motion. The camera showed a cat shoots its tongue into the milk in a J shape at speeds of 78 centimeters per second. The cat does not scoop the milk into its mouth; the milk simply sticks to its tongue.

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We have to wonder why it has taken so long to uncover this secret. We have been studying cats for hundreds of years. MIT researcher Pedro Reis also wonders why. He said: “It’s amazing how you look at something and think, somebody must have studied that before. But as happens with many things in everyday life, that is not the case.” Reis called the new cat-lapping discovery “one of the excitements of science”. We still have a lot to learn about the animal world. We have even more to learn about the human body.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a wonder

a.

technique

2

experts have wondered

b.

to its tongue

3.

a cat’s drinking

c.

of science

4.

speeds of 78 centimeters

d.

the milk

5.

The cat does not scoop

e.

for decades

6.

milk simply sticks

f.

per second

 

Paragraph 2

1.

We have to wonder

a.

have studied that before

2

uncover

b.

life

3.

somebody must

c.

why

4.

everyday

d.

lapping discovery

5.

the new cat-

e.

to learn

6.

We have even more

f.

this secret


LISTENING GAP FILL

The way cats drink is _______________________, say scientists. Researchers and cat experts have _______________________ how cats lap up milk so well. Now the secret is out. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used high-speed video to look at a _______________________. The film was looked at in slow motion. The camera showed a cat shoots its tongue into the milk _______________________ speeds of 78 centimeters per second. The cat does _______________________ into its mouth; the milk _______________________ tongue.

We _______________________ it has taken so long to uncover this secret. We have been studying cats for hundreds of years. MIT researcher Pedro Reis _______________________. He said: “It’s amazing how you look at something and think, somebody _______________________ before. But as happens with many things in everyday life, that _______________________.” Reis called the new cat-lapping discovery “one of the excitements of science”. We _______________________ learn about the animal world. We have _______________________ about the human body.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

The way cats drink is a (1) ____ of science, say scientists. Researchers and cat experts have wondered for decades how cats lap (2) ____ milk so well. Now the secret is (3) ____. A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) used high-speed video to look at a cat’s drinking technique. The film was looked at in slow (4) ____. The camera showed a cat shoots its tongue into the milk in a J (5) ____ at speeds of 78 centimeters per second. The cat does not scoop the milk into its mouth; the milk simply sticks to (6) ____ tongue.

We have to wonder why it has taken (7) ____ long to uncover this secret. We have been studying cats for hundreds of years. MIT researcher Pedro Reis also wonders (8) ____. He said: “It’s amazing how you look at something and think, somebody must (9) ____ studied that before. But as happens with many things in everyday life, that is not the (10) ____.” Reis called the new cat-lapping (11) ____ “one of the excitements of science”. We still have a lot to learn about the animal world. We have even (12) ____ to learn about the human body.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

wander

(b)

wondering

(c)

wonder

2.

(a)

up

(b)

out

(c)

down

3.

(a)

out

(b)

in

(c)

on

4.

(a)

movie

(b)

motion

(c)

motor

5.

(a)

shape

(b)

shaped

(c)

sharp

6.

(a)

it’s

(b)

it is

(c)

its

7.

(a)

so

(b)

as

(c)

such

8.

(a)

where

(b)

why

(c)

who

9.

(a)

been

(b)

done

(c)

have

10.

(a)

case

(b)

wallet

(c)

purse

11.

(a)

discovers

(b)

discovery

(c)

discovering

12

(a)

most

(b)

much

(c)

more


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a wonder of eiccsen

2.

cat estrpex

3.

high-epsde video

4.

slow omtnoi

5.

78 centimeters per oecnsd

6.

sticks to its ngoteu

 

Paragraph 2

7.

uncover this esrtec

8.

denudshr of years

9.

It’s naagzim

10.

in yvareedy life

11.

We still have a lot to rnlea

12.

the manhu body


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

life, that is not the case.” Reis called the new cat-lapping discovery “one of the excitements of

(    )

of 78 centimeters per second. The cat does not scoop the milk into its mouth; the milk simply sticks to its tongue.

(    )

science”. We still have a lot to learn about the animal world. We have even more to learn about the human body.

(    )

at in slow motion. The camera showed a cat shoots its tongue into the milk in a J shape at speeds

(    )

hundreds of years. MIT researcher Pedro Reis also wonders why. He said: “It’s amazing how you look at

(    )

wondered for decades how cats lap up milk so well. Now the secret is out. A team from the Massachusetts

1  )

The way cats drink is a wonder of science, say scientists. Researchers and cat experts have

(    )

something and think, somebody must have studied that before. But as happens with many things in everyday

(    )

Institute of Technology (MIT) used high-speed video to look at a cat’s drinking technique. The film was looked

(    )

We have to wonder why it has taken so long to uncover this secret. We have been studying cats for


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

of     The     drink     wonder     cats     a     science     way     is.    

2.

Researchers    wondered    and    for    cat    decades    experts    have.   

3.

was     motion     looked     at     The     in     film     slow.    

4.

78     per     of     centimeters     second     Speeds.    

5.

milk     The     tongue     its     to     sticks     simply.    

6.

taken     to     secret     has     long     this     It     so     uncover.    

7.

been    for    years    have    cats    of    We    studying    hundreds.   

8.

Somebody     have     that     must     studied     before.    

9.

about     A     the     lot     animal     to     world     learn.    

10.

learn    about    the    human    body    We    have    even    more    to.   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about drinking for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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. CATS: Search the Internet and find more information about cats. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the way cats drink. Include imaginary interviews with two cats. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a cat expert. Ask him/her three questions about cats. Give him/her three of your opinions on them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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