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dream onWelcome to our free lesson Dream On to give you practise for the IB English B exam. This is just one of the many lessons available to reinforce your learning so you feel confident when the IB English Language B exam day arrives. Our lessons are centred around five prescribed themes; identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet. These themes are featured in the reading, writing, speaking and listening parts of the exam.

Dream On: Listening Practice

listeningIn this lesson, we will practice mainly our listening skills by learning about dreaming.

Exercise 1Exercise 2Word List

Watch about the dream on app and answer the questions.

Listen to the extract from a weekly radio science show, in which reporter Grace Miller discusses a new scientific innovation that may change the way we think about dreaming.

Choose the correct answer from A, B, C, or D. Write the letter in the box provided.

1. According to the reporter, the show discusses an invention you can …

2. The invention will also be able to …

3. The inventor Professor Wiseman is an expert in ….

4. So far the app has been tested by volunteers who want to …

5. Identify the four statements made by the radio presenter during the segment.

Complete the sentence below with information from the recording.

6. In a recent survey IS% of respondents ...

7. People's ability to work well can be improved by pleasant dreams and ...

8. The presenter admits there is still not much understanding about ...

9. The presenter has not used DreamOn technology herself but she may …


Click here to view the transcript.

Narrator: Hello and welcome to Science for Life, your weekly update on

what’s happening in the world of science. On today’s programme, we

start with dreams, but not the age-old question of what they mean, but

how we can influence them, and perhaps make them sweeter. Our tech

reporter, Grace Miller, investigates.

Reporter: The world of dreams has fascinated people for centuries. We

now know that most of us dream several times a night, and of course,

some remember their dreams more clearly than others. But what if we

could influence what we dream about and make them happier and always

enjoyable? Is this “science fact” or “science fiction”? Well, it could become

fact, thanks to a new app called Dream: ON.

Dream: ON is the brainchild of the British psychologist, Richard Wiseman.

It has already been downloaded by thousands of volunteers eager to

find out if they can create the perfect dream. So how does it work?

Well, before going to sleep, you select from the app the type of dream

you would like to have. Then you place your phone next to your head

on the pillow. This is so that the app can monitor your sleep pattern. It monitors your movements until it senses that you are lying still. This

indicates that you’re in a period of REM (rapid eye movement) sleep,

when dreaming is most likely to occur. It then quietly plays something

called a “soundscape”. This is a personalized series of sounds designed

to help create your desired dream. It can be anything at all from birds

singing and waves lapping on the shore, to city noises or the voices of

celebrities. While the soundscape is playing, the app continues to monitor

your movements and when the dream ends, it wakes you up with a

gentle alarm and asks you to write a short description of your dream.

The descriptions of the dreams are stored in a database called “Dream

Bank” to allow Professor Wiseman to assess the effectiveness of the app

and continue his research. The app also allows you to tag the friends who

appeared in your dreams via Facebook and Twitter.

This all might be your dream come true, or your worst nightmare, but

there is a serious side to it. A national sleep survey found that 21% of

respondents had trouble sleeping and 15% suffered from unpleasant

dreams. Professor Wiseman said, “Getting a good night’s sleep and

having pleasant dreams boosts people’s productivity, and is essential for

their psychological and physical well being. Despite this, we know very

little about how to influence dreams. This experiment aims to change

that.” From some of the comments on Twitter, it looks like there have been

mixed results, as you might expect. I haven’t tried Dream: ON myself yet,

but it’s free to download so I might just give it a go tonight.

Presenter: Well, it’s thanks and sweet dreams to our reporter, Grace. We’ll

try and get an update on that research later in the year. Now moving away

from dreams …

Here are the keywords and phrases covered in this lesson:

  • brainchild
  • centuries
  • effectiveness
  • psychological
  • psychologist
  • REM (rapid eye movement)
  • respondents
  • soundscape
  • sweet dreams
  • volunteers

Answers for Exercise 2
1. C 2. A 3. C 4. D
Part B
5. B/E/F/I (any order)
Part C
6. suffered from unpleasant dreams
7. (getting) a good night’s sleep
8. how to influence dreams
9. just give it a go

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