The Reading / Listening - Level 0

People want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to end. DST is putting clocks backwards an hour in the spring. This gives an extra hour of light in the summer. Scientists say it could harm our health and increase energy costs. People say we don't need it today because we have electric lights and people work day and night.



People who like DST say it saves energy. People do more outdoor activities, so it is good for our health. They also say it cuts accidents and crime. City workers, shop owners, and tourism companies like DST. People who want DST to end say it increases energy costs. There are more heart attacks because our body clock changes.

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Sources
  • http://europe.newsweek.com/few-benefits-daylight-saving-time-scrap-it-516694
  • http://www.gjsentinel.com/lifestyle/articles/daylight-saving-a-dim-idea-whose-time-should-end
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time


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. putting clocks
  2. This gives an extra
  3. in the
  4. it could harm our
  5. increase energy
  6. People say we don't need
  7. electric
  8. people work day
  1. health
  2. it today
  3. hour of light
  4. and night
  5. summer
  6. lights
  7. backwards an hour
  8. costs

Paragraph 2

  1. People who like DST
  2. People do more outdoor
  3. it is good
  4. it cuts accidents
  5. People who want DST
  6. it increases energy
  7. heart
  8. our body
  1. to end
  2. costs
  3. and crime
  4. clock changes
  5. say it saves energy
  6. attacks
  7. for our health
  8. activities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to end. DST is putting (1) ___________________ an hour in the spring. This               (2) ___________________ hour of light in the summer. Scientists (3) ___________________ harm our health and        (4) ___________________ costs. People say we                      (5) ___________________ today because we have electric lights and people (6) ___________________ night.

People who like DST (7) ___________________ energy. People do more outdoor activities, so it (8) ___________________ our health. They also (9) ___________________ accidents and crime. City workers, (10) ___________________ tourism companies like DST. People who want DST (11) ___________________ increases energy costs. There are more heart attacks because our body (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplewantDaylightSavingTime(DST)toend.DSTisputtingclocksbac
kwardsanhourinthespring.Thisgivesanextrahouroflightinthesumme
r.Scientistssayitcouldharmourhealthandincreaseenergycosts.Peopl
esaywedon'tneedittodaybecausewehaveelectriclightsandpeoplewo
rkdayandnight.PeoplewholikeDSTsayitsavesenergy.Peopledomore
outdooractivities,soitisgoodforourhealth.Theyalsosayitcutsaccident
sandcrime.Cityworkers,shopowners,andtourismcompanieslikeDST.
PeoplewhowantDSTtoendsayitincreasesenergycosts.Therearemore
heartattacksbecauseourbodyclockchanges.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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