The Reading / Listening - Level 2

People want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to end. DST is the semi-annual practice of putting clocks backwards an hour in the autumn and forwards an hour in the spring. It is to have an extra hour of evening daylight over the summer months. Scientists are questioning the value of changing the time. They say it could be harmful to our health and increase energy costs. The states of California and Massachusetts in the USA are considering ending DST. Lawmakers there say it has no meaning today because we have electric lights and people work around the clock.



People who support DST say it saves energy because lights are turned on later. They argue people do more outdoor activities, so it is good for physical and psychological health. They also say it cuts traffic accidents and crime. People who support DST include city workers, shop owners, people who do outdoor sports, and tourism companies. People who want DST to end say it increases energy costs and causes health risks. The number of heart attacks and strokes can increase because of changes to our body clock. With less rest, people make more mistakes, so accidents increase.

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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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the semi-
  2. putting clocks backwards
  3. an extra hour of evening
  4. over the summer
  5. it could be harmful to
  6. it has no meaning
  7. electric
  8. people work around
  1. an hour
  2. today
  3. months
  4. the clock
  5. annual practice
  6. lights
  7. our health
  8. daylight

Paragraph 2

  1. lights are turned
  2. it is good for physical and psychological
  3. People who
  4. people who do outdoor
  5. causes health
  6. heart
  7. changes to our body
  8. people make more
  1. support DST
  2. clock
  3. risks
  4. mistakes
  5. health
  6. sports
  7. on later
  8. attacks

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People want Daylight Saving Time (DST) to end. DST is the semi-annual (1) ___________________ clocks backwards an hour in the autumn and forwards (2) ___________________ spring. It is to have an extra hour of evening daylight over the summer months. Scientists are (3) ___________________ value of changing the time. They say it could be (4) ___________________ health and increase energy costs. The states of California and Massachusetts in the USA are (5) ___________________ DST. Lawmakers there say it has no meaning today because we have electric lights and people work (6) ___________________.

People who support DST (7) ___________________ energy because lights are turned on later. They argue people do more outdoor activities, (8) ___________________ physical and psychological health. They (9) ___________________ traffic accidents and crime. People who support DST include city workers, shop owners, people (10) ___________________ sports, and tourism companies. People who want DST to end say it increases energy costs and causes health risks. (11) ___________________ heart attacks and strokes can increase because of changes to our body clock. With less rest, people make more mistakes, (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplewantDaylightSavingTime(DST)toend.DSTisthesemi-annua
lpracticeofputtingclocksbackwardsanhourintheautumnandforwards
anhourinthespring.Itistohaveanextrahourofeveningdaylightoverth
esummermonths.Scientistsarequestioningthevalueofchangingtheti
me.Theysayitcouldbeharmfultoourhealthandincreaseenergycosts.T
hestatesofCaliforniaandMassachusettsintheUSAareconsideringendi
ngDST.Lawmakerstheresayithasnomeaningtodaybecausewehaveel
ectriclightsandpeopleworkaroundtheclock.PeoplewhosupportDSTs
ayitsavesenergybecauselightsareturnedonlater.Theyarguepeopled
omoreoutdooractivities,soitisgoodforphysicalandpsychologicalhealt
h.Theyalsosayitcutstrafficaccidentsandcrime.PeoplewhosupportDS
Tincludecityworkers,shopowners,peoplewhodooutdoorsports,andt
ourismcompanies.PeoplewhowantDSTtoendsayitincreasesenergyc
ostsandcauseshealthrisks.Thenumberofheartattacksandstrokescan
increasebecauseofchangestoourbodyclock.Withlessrest,peoplemak
emoremistakes,soaccidentsincrease.

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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