listening lab 1016

 

Step 1: Read the questions below.

質問を読んでください。

 

1.  What are many people watching a live stream of?

 

2.  Are the webcams catching unusual or ordinary activity?

 

3.  Is there an audio feed, or is there only video?

 

4.  Are people's minds usually in a high-performance state or a state of watchfulness?

 

5.  To benefit from watchfulness, what do viewers have to do while watching the live feed?

 

Step 2:  Listen to the audio and try to answer the questions.
オーディオを聞いて、 質問に答えて見て下さい。
Listening Lab - page 10
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Step 3:  Listen again while you read the article.

記事を読みながら、もう一度聞いてみてください。

 Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is a town of about 10,000 people in the low-lying valley between the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros Ventre [ˈgrō ˌvänt] Range.  Various rivers and creeks run through the valley, making it a good habitat for all kinds of animals, including the largest herd of elk in the world.  It's a quiet place where nothing too exciting happens.  So why, then, are so many people watching the live stream of its town square?

 

According to neuroscientists, people are tuning in to watch precisely because nothing happens.  They enjoy watching traffic lights changing, cars driving by slowly, people casually crossing the street, and trees swaying gently in the wind.  When they watch a slow moving scene without narration, dialogue or even background music, their brains have a chance to slow down — to stop performing in a high-performance state that we're so used to these days — and their conscious minds can take a time-out.  This slower state of mind is called "watchfulness," and it is said to have many benefits, including reducing stress, increasing creativity, and improving concentration.
 
If that intersection is too busy for you, or if you just prefer nature scenes, Jackson Hole has many other live webcams to choose from.  Go to www.seejh.com and choose one of the many live feeds. You can watch water flow steadily down a river.  You can watch the clouds float across the beautiful blue mountains.  You can look down on the town from high up in the mountains.  There is a webcam for everyone— everyone, that is, who has decided that for a few minutes, he's not going to talk, not going to listen, not going to reason, not going to do anything but watch. 

Step 4:  Check your answers.

答えをチェックしてください。

 

  1.  What are many people watching a live stream of?

They are watching a live stream of Jackson Hole's town square.

 

2.  Are the webcams catching unusual or ordinary activity?

They are catching ordinary activity.

 

3.  Is there an audio feed, or is there only video?

There is only video.

 

4.  Are people's minds usually in a high-performance state or a state of watchfulness?

They are usually in a high-performance state (these days).

 

5.  To benefit from watchfulness, what do viewers have to do while watching the live feed?

They just have to watch. / They don't have to do anything but watch.

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