The Reading / Listening - Drinking Coffee - Level 5

There is possible good news for coffee lovers. Drinking three or more cups a day may help you live longer. This is according to a study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London. Researchers looked at data on half a million people over the age of 35 from 10 countries. They suggest that drinking coffee means a lower risk of early death, particularly from heart diseases. They said people who had at least three cups of coffee up to 18% less likely to die from health problems than non-coffee drinkers.



Not all experts agree with the research. Some say the health benefits of coffee could be because coffee drinkers have more money and so are healthier. They also say that coffee drinkers may socialize more and this may increase wellbeing and help people to live longer. They say the research does not prove that drinking coffee has health benefits. Researchers also warn against drinking too much coffee. The maximum amount of caffeine to be safe is around 400 mg. More than this increases the risk of panic attacks, heart problems, and insomnia.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Drinking Coffee - Level 4 or  Drinking Coffee - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40567047
  • https://www.emaxhealth.com/13737/studies-show-drinking-coffee-helps-you-live-longer
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318324.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. possible good news for
  2. This is according
  3. data on half
  4. a lower risk of early
  5. heart
  6. at least
  7. up to 18% less
  8. non-coffee
  1. three cups of coffee
  2. death
  3. coffee lovers
  4. to a study
  5. likely to die
  6. drinkers
  7. a million people
  8. diseases

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  1. Not all experts
  2. the health benefits
  3. coffee drinkers have
  4. this may increase
  5. warn against drinking
  6. The maximum amount of
  7. this increases the risk of panic
  8. heart
  1. caffeine to be safe
  2. attacks
  3. of coffee
  4. problems
  5. more money
  6. agree
  7. wellbeing
  8. too much coffee

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is possible good news (1) ___________________. Drinking three or more cups a day (2) ___________________ live longer. This is according to a study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and Imperial College London. Researchers looked (3) ___________________ a million people over (4) ___________________ from 10 countries. They suggest that drinking coffee means (5) ___________________ early death, particularly from heart diseases. They said people who had at least three cups of coffee up to 18% (6) ___________________ from health problems than non-coffee drinkers.

Not (7) ___________________ with the research. Some say the health (8) ___________________ could be because coffee drinkers have more money and so are healthier. They also say that coffee drinkers may socialize more and this may increase wellbeing and help people (9) ___________________. They say the research does not prove that drinking coffee has health benefits. Researchers (10) ___________________ drinking too much coffee. The maximum amount of caffeine to be (11) ___________________ 400 mg. More than this increases (12) ___________________ attacks, heart problems, and insomnia.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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reandthismayincreasewellbeingandhelppeopletolivelonger.Theysa
ytheresearchdoesnotprovethatdrinkingcoffeehashealthbenefits.Re
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ountofcaffeinetobesafeisaround400mg.Morethanthisincreasestheri
skofpanicattacks,heartproblems,andinsomnia.

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

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Free writing

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