The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Research from Yale University shows that people who read live longer. Reading for 30 minutes a day could help us. Researchers said reading keeps the mind active, reduces stress and makes us take better care of our health. The researchers said books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, but any kind of reading is good. In the study, researchers looked at the lifestyles, reading habits, health and education of 3,500 men and women over a 12-year period. All of the people were at least 50 years old at the start of the research.



The study is in a journal. It 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. Those who read for over 3.5 hours a week were 23 per cent less likely to die. A researcher said: "Older individuals, regardless of gender, health, wealth or education, showed the survival advantage of reading books." She added: "Individuals over the age of 65 spend an average of 4.4 hours per day watching television. Efforts to redirect leisure time into reading books could prove to be beneficial."

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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/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Reading for 30
  2. reading keeps the
  3. newspapers and
  4. reading
  5. health and
  6. over a 12-
  7. All of the people were at
  8. at the start
  1. mind active
  2. least 50 years old
  3. education
  4. of the research
  5. minutes a day
  6. magazines
  7. year period
  8. habits

Paragraph 2

  1. The study is
  2. people who read for up
  3. 17 per cent less
  4. Those who read for over
  5. older
  6. spend an
  7. leisure
  8. prove to
  1. likely to die
  2. 3.5 hours a week
  3. be beneficial
  4. average of 4.4 hours
  5. in a journal
  6. time
  7. to 3.5 hours a week
  8. individuals

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research from Yale University (1) ___________________ who read live longer. Reading for 30 minutes a day could help us. Researchers said reading keeps (2) ___________________, reduces stress and makes us (3) ___________________ of our health. The researchers said books help the brain more than newspapers and magazines, (4) ___________________ reading is good. In the study, researchers looked at the lifestyles, (5) ___________________, health and education of 3,500 men and women over a 12-year period. All of the people were at least 50 years old (6) ___________________ the research.

The study is in a journal. It found that people (7) ___________________ 3.5 hours a week were 17 per cent less likely to die (8) ___________________ no books. Those who read for over 3.5 hours a week were 23 per cent (9) ___________________. A researcher said: "Older individuals, regardless of gender, health, (10) ___________________, showed the survival advantage of reading books." She added: "Individuals over the age of 65 (11) ___________________ of 4.4 hours per day watching television. Efforts to redirect leisure time into reading books (12) ___________________ beneficial."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ResearchfromYaleUniversityshowsthatpeoplewhoreadlivelonger.Re
adingfor30minutesadaycouldhelpus.Researcherssaidreadingkeepst
hemindactive,reducesstressandmakesustakebettercareofourhealth
.Theresearcherssaidbookshelpthebrainmorethannewspapersandm
agazines,butanykindofreadingisgood.Inthestudy,researcherslooke
datthelifestyles,readinghabits,healthandeducationof3,500menand
womenovera12-yearperiod.Allofthepeoplewereatleast50yearsolda
tthestartoftheresearch.Thestudyisinajournal.Itfoundthatpeoplewh
oreadforupto3.5hoursaweekwere17percentlesslikelytodiethanthos
ewhoreadnobooks.Thosewhoreadforover3.5hoursaweekwere23per
centlesslikelytodie.Aresearchersaid:"Olderindividuals,regardlessof
gender,health,wealthoreducation,showedthesurvivaladvantageofr
eadingbooks."Sheadded:"Individualsovertheageof65spendanavera
geof4.4hoursperdaywatchingtelevision.Effortstoredirectleisuretime
intoreadingbookscouldprovetobebeneficial."

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)

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Free writing

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Answers

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