The Reading / Listening - Loneliness - Level 1

Research shows that loneliness could increase the risk of dying early by 50%. Researchers looked at how loneliness affected the risk of dying early. People can be lonely even if they are with family and friends. There are also dangers with living alone and with social isolation. This is having little or no contact with others. The research showed that the risk of dying early was 50% lower for people who mixed with their family and friends.



The researchers said loneliness could be more dangerous than obesity. A professor said this is worrying because the people are getting older. She said many countries are worrying about a 'loneliness epidemic'. She said teachers should teach social skills to children in schools and doctors should talk about loneliness to their patients. Finally, she said people should prepare for their social life in their old age like they prepare for their financial future.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Loneliness - Level 0 Loneliness - Level 2   or  Loneliness - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318723.php
  • https://psychcentral.com/news/2017/08/06/loneliness-epidemic-growing-into-biggest-threat-to-public-health/124226.html
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/08/06/loneliness-deadlier-obesity-study-suggests/


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. increase the risk of dying
  2. how loneliness affected
  3. if they are with family
  4. There are also
  5. living
  6. social
  7. having little or no
  8. people who mixed
  1. alone
  2. and friends
  3. dangers
  4. with their family
  5. contact with others
  6. early by 50%
  7. isolation
  8. the risk of dying

Paragraph 2

  1. more dangerous than
  2. people are getting
  3. many countries
  4. a 'loneliness
  5. She said teachers should
  6. talk about loneliness to their
  7. prepare for their social life
  8. prepare for their financial
  1. patients
  2. epidemic'
  3. future
  4. obesity
  5. in their age old
  6. are worrying
  7. teach social skills
  8. older

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research shows that loneliness (1) ___________________ the risk of dying early by 50%. Researchers looked at how loneliness affected (2) ___________________ dying early. People can be lonely (3) ___________________ are with family and friends. There are also dangers (4) ___________________ and with social isolation. This is having (5) ___________________ contact with others. The research showed that the risk of dying early was 50% (6) ___________________ who mixed with their family and friends.

The researchers said loneliness (7) ___________________ dangerous than obesity. A professor (8) ___________________ worrying because the (9) ___________________ older. She said many countries are (10) ___________________ 'loneliness epidemic'. She said teachers should teach social skills to children (11) ___________________ doctors should talk about loneliness to their patients. Finally, she said people should prepare for their social (12) ___________________ old age like they prepare for their financial future.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchshowsthatlonelinesscouldincreasetheriskofdyingearlyby5
0%.Researcherslookedathowlonelinessaffectedtheriskofdyingearly
.Peoplecanbelonelyeveniftheyarewithfamilyandfriends.Thereareals
odangerswithlivingaloneandwithsocialisolation.Thisishavinglittleor
nocontactwithothers.Theresearchshowedthattheriskofdyingearlyw
as50%lowerforpeoplewhomixedwiththeirfamilyandfriends.Therese
archerssaidlonelinesscouldbemoredangerousthanobesity.Aprofess
orsaidthisisworryingbecausethepeoplearegettingolder.Shesaidman
ycountriesareworryingabouta'lonelinessepidemic'.Shesaidteachers
shouldteachsocialskillstochildreninschoolsanddoctorsshouldtalkabo
utlonelinesstotheirpatients.Finally,shesaidpeopleshouldpreparefort
heirsociallifeintheiroldageliketheypreparefortheirfinancialfuture.

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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