The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Do you like your neighbours, or are they stressful? A quarter of British people had problems with their neighbours in the past year. An organization that helps people, called "Which?”, did a survey. It asked 2,062 adults about their neighbours. They found that 27% had problems. "Which?" said half the people felt angry and 42% felt stressed. Around 10% said they felt afraid of their neighbours. Most people didn't know where to get help and advice.



The biggest problems were loud voices and arguing, and loud music and TVs. People also said drugs were a problem. One-third of people talked to the neighbour about a problem. The problem got worse if the neighbour did not apologise or change their bad behaviour. Around 86% of young people did not tell anyone about their problem. The researchers said: "Young people especially are suffering in silence." They said people should keep a diary.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/29211402
  • http://www.which.co.uk/news/2014/09/one-in-four-people-have-nuisance-neighbours--376963/?cmp=RSS-GNS_376963
  • http://money.aol.co.uk/2014/09/15/1-in-4-have-nuisance-neighbours/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

A quarter

a.

stressed

2.

in the past

b.

10%

3.

They found that

c.

their neighbours

4.

42% felt

d.

of British people

5.

Around

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and advice

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afraid of

f.

27% had problems

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Most people didn't

g.

year

8.

get help

h.

know where



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The biggest

a.

about a problem

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loud

b.

were a problem

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People also said drugs

c.

a diary

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One-

d.

problems

5.

talked to the neighbour

e.

third of people

6.

the neighbour did not

f.

voices

7.

suffering in

g.

apologise

8.

people should keep

h.

silence

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Do you like your neighbours, or (1) ___________________? A quarter of British people had (2) ___________________ neighbours in (3) ___________________. An organization that helps people, called "Which?", (4) ___________________. It asked 2,062 adults about their neighbours. They found that 27% had problems. "Which?" (5) ___________________ people felt angry and 42% felt stressed. Around 10% said they felt afraid of their neighbours. Most people didn't know (6) ___________________ and advice.

The biggest problems were (7) ___________________ arguing, and loud (8) ___________________. People also said drugs were a problem. (9) ___________________ people talked to the neighbour about a problem. The problem got worse if the neighbour did (10) ___________________ change their bad behaviour. Around 86% of young people did (11) ___________________ about their problem. The researchers said: "Young people especially are (12) ___________________." They said people should keep a diary.



PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Doyoulikeyourneighbours,oraretheystressful?AquarterofBritishpeopleh
adproblemswiththeirneighboursinthepastyear.Anorganizationthathelps
people,called"Which?",didasurvey.Itasked2,062adultsabouttheirneighb
ours.Theyfoundthat27%hadproblems."Which?"saidhalfthepeoplefeltan
gryand42%feltstressed.Around10%saidtheyfeltafraidoftheirneighbours.
Mostpeopledidn'tknowwheretogethelpandadvice.Thebiggestproblemsw
ereloudvoicesandarguing,andloudmusicandTVs.Peoplealsosaiddrugsw
ereaproblem.One-thirdofpeopletalkedtotheneighbouraboutaproble
m.Theproblemgotworseiftheneighbourdidnotapologiseorchangetheirba
dbehaviour.Around86%ofyoungpeopledidnottellanyoneabouttheirprobl
em.Theresearcherssaid:"Youngpeopleespeciallyaresufferinginsilence."
Theysaidpeopleshouldkeepadiary.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about neighbours for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner's paper.

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