A2 Level Questions

  1. What animals do you know that yawn?
  2. Have you ever seen a cat yawn? What does it look like?
  3. Why do you think animals yawn?
  4. Do you yawn when you are tired?
  5. Can seeing someone yawn make you yawn?

B1 Level Questions

  1. What do you think yawning means for different animals?
  2. Have you noticed if yawning is contagious among animals?
  3. Why do people and animals yawn when they are bored or tired?
  4. Do you think yawning is a way for the body to wake up?
  5. What are some situations where you find yourself yawning the most?

B2 Level Questions

  1. Discuss the possible reasons scientists believe yawning might cool the brain.
  2. How do you think yawning affects social bonds in groups of animals?
  3. Can yawning be considered a sign of empathy? Why or why not?
  4. Why might yawning be more contagious among people who are close to each other?
  5. How does yawning differ between humans and animals in terms of social cues?

C1 Level Questions

  1. Analyze the physiological mechanisms behind yawning and its potential evolutionary benefits.
  2. How do cultural perceptions of yawning differ around the world?
  3. Discuss the role of yawning in non-verbal communication among humans and animals.
  4. Evaluate the evidence supporting the theory that yawning helps increase brain oxygen levels.
  5. How might yawning serve as an adaptive behavior in social species?

C2 Level Questions

  1. Critique the various scientific theories that attempt to explain the phenomenon of yawning.
  2. Explore the potential neurological disorders associated with excessive yawning.
  3. Discuss the implications of yawning being a phylogenetically ancient, cross-species behavior.
  4. Examine the relationship between yawning and alertness in predator-prey dynamics.
  5. Debate whether yawning should be considered a purely physiological response or if it has deeper social and psychological implications.