The Reading / Listening - Married People - Level 4

A new study says marriage is good for our health. Researchers said being married lowers levels of a stress hormone called cortisol. Researchers tested for cortisol in 572 adults on three different days. They found that the married people had less cortisol than people who were single, separated, divorced or widowed. The researchers said: "Married people tend to be healthier…but the mechanisms through which this occurs remain unclear."



Cortisol has different bodily functions. It regulates blood sugar, immune responses and inflammation. It increases the risk of heart disease and the chances of surviving cancer. High levels of cortisol are linked to conditions like anxiety and depression. A doctor said the research provided, "important insights into the way…our intimate social relationships can…influence our health". A researcher was excited to see how relationships influence health and disease.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Married People - Level 5 or  Married People - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.thehealthsite.com/news/did-you-hear-that-marriage-makes-you-happier-ag0217/
  • http://www.medicaldaily.com/married-people-have-lower-levels-stress-hormones-study-says-411108
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-4221046/Marriage-makes-stressed-study-claims.html


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. marriage is good
  2. levels of a stress
  3. on three
  4. married people had less
  5. single, separated, divorced or
  6. Married people tend
  7. the mechanisms through
  8. remain
  1. to be healthier
  2. cortisol
  3. unclear
  4. different days
  5. which this occurs
  6. for our health
  7. hormone
  8. widowed

Paragraph 2

  1. Cortisol has different bodily
  2. It regulates blood
  3. It increases the risk
  4. the chances of surviving
  5. linked to conditions like anxiety
  6. the research provided important
  7. our intimate social
  8. how relationships
  1. influence health
  2. and depression
  3. sugar
  4. relationships
  5. functions
  6. of heart disease
  7. insights
  8. cancer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new study says marriage is (1) ___________________ health. Researchers said being married lowers (2) ___________________ stress hormone called cortisol. Researchers tested for cortisol in 572 (3) ___________________ different days. They found that the married people had less cortisol than people who were single, separated, (4) ___________________. The researchers said: "Married people (5) ___________________ healthier…but the mechanisms through which this occurs (6) ___________________."

Cortisol has different (7) ___________________. It regulates blood sugar, immune responses and inflammation. It increases (8) __________________ heart disease and the (9) ___________________ cancer. High levels of cortisol are linked to conditions (10) ___________________ depression. A doctor said the research provided, "(11) ___________________ into the way…our intimate social relationships can…influence our health". A researcher was excited (12) ___________________ relationships influence health and disease.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewstudysaysmarriageisgoodforourhealth.Researcherssaidbeing
marriedlowerslevelsofastresshormonecalledcortisol.Researcherste
stedforcortisolin572adultsonthreedifferentdays.Theyfoundthatthe
marriedpeoplehadlesscortisolthanpeoplewhoweresingle,separated,
divorcedorwidowed.Theresearcherssaid:"Marriedpeopletendtobeh
ealthier…butthemechanismsthroughwhichthisoccursremainunclear
."Cortisolhasdifferentbodilyfunctions.Itregulatesbloodsugar,immun
eresponsesandinflammation.Itincreasestheriskofheartdiseaseandt
hechancesofsurvivingcancer.Highlevelsofcortisolarelinkedtoconditi
onslikeanxietyanddepression.Adoctorsaidtheresearchprovided,"im
portantinsightsintotheway…ourintimatesocialrelationshipscan…infl
uenceourhealth".Aresearcherwasexcitedtoseehowrelationshipsinfl
uencehealthanddisease.

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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