The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Research shows that people who read live longer. Reading for 30 minutes a day could help. Reading keeps our mind busy, reduces stress and is good for our health. Books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, but any reading is good. In the study, researchers looked at the lifestyles, reading habits, health and education of 3,500 men and women for 12 years. Everyone was over 50 years old at the start of the research.



The study found that people who read for up to 3.5 hours a week were 17 per cent less likely to die than those who read no books. A researcher said older people lived longer when they read. She said it didn't matter if you were male or female, healthy, rich or well educated. She also said people over 65 years old spend 4.4 hours a day watching television. She said they should read more and watch less TV if they want to live longer.

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Sources
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3726386/Why-reading-help-live-longer-Immersing-good-story-mind-active-ease-stress.html
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/those-who-read-books-live-longer-than-those-who-dont-study-finds_us_57a358c8e4b0104052a17cd2
  • https://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/a-new-study-has-found-that-avid-readers-appear-to-live-a-longer-life/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Reading for 30
  2. Reading keeps
  3. newspapers
  4. researchers looked
  5. reading
  6. 3,500
  7. Everyone was
  8. at the start
  1. habits
  2. over 50 years old
  3. minutes a day
  4. of the research
  5. our mind busy
  6. and magazines
  7. at the lifestyles
  8. men and women

Paragraph 2

  1. read for up to
  2. 17 per cent less
  3. older people lived
  4. She said it didn't
  5. people over
  6. spend 4.4 hours a day
  7. watch less
  8. if they want to
  1. live longer
  2. matter
  3. TV
  4. 3.5 hours a week
  5. watching television
  6. longer
  7. 65 years old
  8. likely to die

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research shows that people (1) ___________________ longer. Reading for 30 minutes (2) ___________________. Reading keeps our mind busy, reduces stress (3) ___________________ our health. Books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, (4) ___________________ is good. In the study, researchers looked (5) ___________________, reading habits, health and education of 3,500 men and women for 12 years. Everyone was over 50 years old (6) ___________________ the research.

The study found that people (7) ___________________ to 3.5 hours a week were 17 per cent (8) ___________________ than those who read no books. A researcher said older people lived (9) ___________________ read. She said it didn't matter if you were male or female, healthy, rich (10) ___________________. She also said people over 65 years (11) ___________________ hours a day watching television. She said they should read more and watch less TV (12) ___________________ live longer.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchshowsthatpeoplewhoreadlivelonger.Readingfor30minutes
adaycouldhelp.Readingkeepsourmindbusy,reducesstressandisgoo
dforourhealth.Bookshelpthebrainmorethannewspapersandmagazin
es,butanyreadingisgood.Inthestudy,researcherslookedatthelifestyl
es,readinghabits,healthandeducationof3,500menandwomenfor12y
ears.Everyonewasover50yearsoldatthestartoftheresearch.Thestud
yfoundthatpeoplewhoreadforupto3.5hoursaweekwere17percentles
slikelytodiethanthosewhoreadnobooks.Aresearchersaidolderpeople
livedlongerwhentheyread.Shesaiditdidn'tmatterifyouweremaleorfe
male,healthy,richorwelleducated.Shealsosaidpeopleover65yearsol
dspend4.4hoursadaywatchingtelevision.Shesaidtheyshouldreadmo
reandwatchlessTViftheywanttolivelonger.

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)

(i) ________________

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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