The Reading / Listening - Self-harm - Level 6

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new study from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer from self-inflicted harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at data on nearly 17,000 patients from more than 600 doctors' surgeries. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year period of the study. During the same period, rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than those for boys.



Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor of psychiatry and population health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the trend. He said: "We must take self-harm seriously. It's important to understand its underlying causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second most common cause of death in the under-25s worldwide.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Self-harm - Level 4  or  Self-harm - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-41671060
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-teenage-girls-self-harm-boys.html
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2150888-self-harm-in-teenage-girls-has-risen-dramatically-in-the-uk/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SELF-HARM: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about self-harm. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       steep / rise / teenage girls / self-harm / data / surgeries / three years / period / rates
       author / psychiatry / trend / charity / problem / seriously / consequences / suicide

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. TEENAGE YEARS: Students A strongly believe our teenage years are the hardest in our life; Students B strongly believe our teenage years are the best in our life.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. BOYS AND GIRLS: How are these things different for teenage boys and girls growing up? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Boys

Girls

Stress

 

 

School

 

 

Studying

 

 

Expectations

 

 

Equality

 

 

Peer pressure

 

 

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5. TEENAGE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "teenage". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. HELP: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ways for teenage girls to get help at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • parents
  • teachers
  • cousins
  • best friends
  • grandparents
  • doctors
  • counselors
  • other ________

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article reported on a slight rise in self-harm among teenage girls.     T / F
  2. The girls reported on were aged between 13 to 16.     T / F
  3. There was a 68% increase in self-harm in some girls over three years.    T / F
  4. There is three times more self-harm in girls than in boys.     T / F
  5. A professor said social media was fuelling this trend.     T / F
  6. The professor said it was important to know why teenage girls lied.     T / F
  7. A charity suggested that self-harm could be fatal.     T / F
  8. Suicide takes the lives of more under-25-year-olds than anything else.    T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. steep
  2. study
  3. increase
  4. consequences
  5. cause
  6. psychological
  7. fuelling
  8. underlying
  9. vital
  10. common
  1. emotional
  2. reason
  3. fundamental
  4. report
  5. prevalent
  6. sharp
  7. essential
  8. rise
  9. results
  10. stimulating

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There has been a steep rise
  2. suffer
  3. looked at data on
  4. rates stayed
  5. self-harm rates among girls
  6. professor of psychiatry
  7. fuelling the
  8. It's important to understand its
  9. be a matter of
  10. the second most common
  1. life or death
  2. constant
  3. are three times higher
  4. trend
  5. from self-inflicted harm
  6. underlying causes
  7. in reports of self-harm
  8. cause of death
  9. nearly 17,000 patients
  10. and population health

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
inflicted
steep
surgeries
higher
nearly
constant
study
period

There has been a (1) ____________ rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new (2) ____________ from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer from self-(3) ____________ harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at data on (4) ____________ 17,000 patients from more than 600 doctors' (5) ____________. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year (6) ____________ of the study. During the same period, rates stayed (7) ____________ among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times (8) ____________ than those for boys.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
trend
matter
expression
common
professor
seriously
risk
vital

Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and (8) ____________ of psychiatry and population health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the (9) ____________. He said: "We must take self-harm (10) ____________. It's important to understand its underlying causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an (11) ____________ of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are (12) ____________. Without this, the consequences really can be a (13) ____________ of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest (14) ____________ factors for suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second most (15) ____________ cause of death in the under-25s worldwide.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm ______ teenage girls
     a.  aiming young
     b.  a man young
     c.  amok young
     d.  among young

2)  reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer from ______
     a.  self-reflected harm
     b.  self-conflicted harm
     c.  self-infected harm
     d.  self-inflicted harm

3)  looked at data on nearly 17,000 patients from more than 600 ______
     a.  doctors' sugary
     b.  doctors' surgery
     c.  doctors' surgeries
     d.  doctors' surges

4)  During the same period, rates ______
     a.  stayed constant
     b.  stayed contents
     c.  stayed constantly
     d.  stayed contests

5)  The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher ______ boys
     a.  than them for
     b.  than those for
     c.  than hose for
     d.  than wholes for

6)  Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor of psychiatry ______ health
     a.  and populated
     b.  and populations
     c.  and populace
     d.  and population

7)  increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was ______
     a.  fuelling the trendy
     b.  fuelling the trend
     c.  fuelling the trends
     d.  fuelling the trended

8)  Self-harm can often be an expression of a ______
     a.  deepen problem
     b.  deepened problem
     c.  deeper problem
     d.  depend problem

9)  Without this, the consequences really can be a ______ or death
     a.  matter off rife
     b.  matters of life
     c.  matter of rife
     d.  matter of life

10)  Suicide is now the second most common cause of death ______-25s
     a.  in the under
     b.  on the under
     c.  an the under
     d.  inn the under

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There has been (1) ___________________ reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new study from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer (2) ___________________ harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at (3) ___________________ 17,000 patients from more than 600 (4) ___________________. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year (5) ___________________ study. During the same period, rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates (6) ___________________ three times higher than those for boys.

Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor (7) ___________________ population health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was (8) ___________________. He said: "We must take self-harm seriously. It's important to understand (9) ___________________." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention (10) ___________________ these children are vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest (11) ___________________ suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second most (12) ___________________ death in the under-25s worldwide.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of rise in reports of self-harm did the article say there has been?
  2. How many patients' data did researchers look at?
  3. By how much did self-harm increase in 13-16-year-old girls over 3 years?
  4. What happened to self-harm rates among 10-12-year-olds?
  5. How many more times higher is self-harm among girls than boys?
  6. What is Dr Nav Kapur a professor of besides population health?
  7. What did a professor say we needed to take more seriously?
  8. What did a charity say self-harm is an expression of?
  9. What did a charity say a lack of intervention could be a matter of?
  10. For whom is suicide the second most common cause of death globally?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of rise in reports of self-harm did the article say there has been?
a) a gentle rise
b) a slight rise
c) a steep rise
d) a sudden rise

2) How many patients' data did researchers look at?
a) almost 17,000
b) just over 17,000
c) around 17,000
d) exactly 17,000

3) By how much did self-harm increase in 13-16-year-old girls over 3 years?
a) 68%
b) 86%
c) 6.8%
d) 8.6%

4) What happened to self-harm rates among 10-12-year-olds?
a) it skyrocketed
b) it stayed constant
c) it plummeted
d) nothing

5) How many more times higher is self-harm among girls than boys?
a) 1.5
b) 2
c) 4
d) 3

6) What is Dr Nav Kapur a professor of besides population health?
a) psychedelia
b) psychiatry
c) physics
d) philosophy

7) What did a professor say we needed to take more seriously?
a) self-harm
b) trends
c) intervention
d) expressions

8) What did a charity say self-harm is an expression of?
a) charity
b) causes
c) a deeper problem
d) trendiness

9) What did a charity say a lack of intervention could be a matter of?
a) something
b) time
c) seconds
d) life and death

10) For whom is suicide the second most common cause of death globally?
a) the under-25s
b) the under-21s
c) the under-18s
d) the under-14s

Role play

Role  A – Parents

You think parents are the best people to help young teenage girls. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people aren't as good. Also, tell the others who of these would be the least effective (and why): teachers, best friends or counselors.

Role  B – Teachers

You think teachers are the best people to help young teenage girls. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people aren't as good. Also, tell the others who of these would be the least effective (and why): parents, best friends or counselors.

Role  C – Best Friends

You think best friends are the best people to help young teenage girls. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people aren't as good. Also, tell the others who of these would be the least effective (and why): teachers, parents or counselors.

Role  D – Counselors

You think counselors are the best people to help young teenage girls. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their people aren't as good. Also, tell the others who of these would be the least effective (and why):  teachers, best friends or parents.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'self'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'harm'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • health
    • trend
    • important
    • early
    • life
    • common
    • steep
    • reports
    • 600
    • 68
    • constant
    • those




    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 - Big rise in self-harm among girls

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'self'?
    3. What difficulties do teenage girls have?
    4. Why do people harm themselves?
    5. How big a problem is this in your country?
    6. Why do you think there has been a steep rise?
    7. Why are 13-16-year-olds the biggest group of self-harmers?
    8. Why are girls bigger self-harmers than boys?
    9. How difficult was life for you at the age of 15?
    10. What advice do you have for 15-year-old girls?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'harm'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What stresses do young girls have today?
    5. Do you think life was easier for teenagers 50 years ago?
    6. What would you do if your friend was self-harming?
    7. What do you know about self-harming?
    8. What stresses do you have in your life?
    9. How can we reduce the level of suicide?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There has been a (1) ____ rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new study from the British Medical Journal (2) ____ that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 (3) ____ from self-inflicted harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at data on nearly 17,000 patients from more than 600 doctors' (4) ____. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year period of the study. During the same period, rates stayed (5) ____ among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than (6) ____ for boys.

    Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor of psychiatry and population health, said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably (7) ____ was fuelling the (8) ____. He said: "We must take self-harm seriously. It's important to understand its (9) ____ causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper problem, which is why (10) ____ intervention services to support these children are (11) ____. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second most common (12) ____ of death in the under-25s worldwide.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     steeply     (b)     steepness     (c)     steep     (d)     steeped    
    2. (a)     reports     (b)     reporter     (c)     reporting     (d)     report    
    3. (a)     suffer     (b)     buffer     (c)     puffer     (d)     duffer    
    4. (a)     surgeries     (b)     operations     (c)     procedures     (d)     interventions    
    5. (a)     contents     (b)     recant     (c)     recent     (d)     constant    
    6. (a)     them     (b)     that     (c)     they     (d)     those    
    7. (a)     what     (b)     that     (c)     which     (d)     those    
    8. (a)     trended     (b)     trendiness     (c)     trendy     (d)     trend    
    9. (a)     underlying     (b)     underling     (c)     under     (d)     under-lit    
    10. (a)     fast     (b)     early     (c)     speed     (d)     ancient    
    11. (a)     viral     (b)     vital     (c)     rival     (d)     rebel    
    12. (a)     cause     (b)     crease     (c)     cease     (d)     course

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     most common cause of death in the under-25s worldwide.

    (    )     seriously. It's important to understand its underlying causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often

    (    )     said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than those for boys.

    1  )     There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new study

    (    )     be an expression of a deeper problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are

    (    )     13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year period of the study. During the same period, rates stayed

    (    )     constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study

    (    )     from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer from self-

    (    )     or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second

    (    )     inflicted harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at data on nearly 17,000 patients from more

    (    )     stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the trend. He said: "We must take self-harm

    (    )     Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professor of psychiatry and population health, said increasing

    (    )     vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter of life

    (    )     than 600 doctors' surgeries. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. self-   from   suffer   16   to   13   aged   girls   More   harm   inflicted   .
    3. on   Data   doctors  600   than   more   from  patients  17,000   nearly  .
    4. stayed   rates   ,   period   same   the   During   constant   .
    5. higher  than  those  for   boys  Rates  among   girls  are   three  times  .
    6. Problems   trend   the   fuelling   was   what   probably   were   .
    7. causes   important   understand   underlying   It's   to   its   .
    8. or   can   death   be  The   a   consequences   matter   really   of   life   .
    9. is   for   harm   suicide   biggest   one   risk   of   factors   the   Self-   .
    10. is   second   cause   Suicide   the   common   death   now   most   of   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There has been a steep / stoop rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the United Kingdom. A new study from the British Medical Journal reports that more and more girls ageing / aged 13 to 16 suffer from self-inflicted harm. Researchers from the University of Manchester looked at data in / on nearly 17,000 patients / patience from more than 600 doctors' surgeries / operations. The researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase on / in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over / above the three-year period of the study / studying. During the same period, rates stayed content / constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds. The study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than those / them for boys.

    Doctor Nav Kapur, study author and professorial / professor of psychiatry and population health, said increasing stressed / stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelled / fuelling the trend. He said: "We must take self-harm serious / seriously. It's important to understand its underlying caused / causes." A UK children's charity said: "Self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper / deepen problem, which is why early intervention services to support these children are vitally / vital. Without this, the consequences really can be a matter / mutter of life or death." Self-harm is one of the biggest risky / risk factors for suicide among teens. Suicide is now the second most common cause for / of death in the under-25s worldwide.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among young teenage girls in the united kingdom a new study from the british medical journal reports that more and more girls aged 13 to 16 suffer from self-inflicted harm researchers from the university of manchester looked at data on nearly 17000 patients from more than 600 doctors' surgeries the researchers found that there was a 68 per cent increase in self-harm among 13- to 16-year-old girls over the three-year period of the study during the same period rates stayed constant among 10- to 12-year-old girls and 17- to 19-year-olds the study said self-harm rates among girls are three times higher than those for boys

    doctor nav kapur study author and professor of psychiatry and population health said increasing stress and psychological problems were probably what was fuelling the trend he said "we must take self-harm seriously it's important to understand its underlying causes" a uk children's charity said "self-harm can often be an expression of a deeper problem which is why early intervention services to support these children are vital without this the consequences really can be a matter of life or death" self-harm is one of the biggest risk factors for suicide among teens suicide is now the second most common cause of death in the under-25s worldwide

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    sychologicalproblemswereprobablywhatwasfuellingthetrend.Hesai
    d:"Wemusttakeself-harmseriously.It'simportanttounderstanditsu
    nderlyingcauses."AUKchildren'scharitysaid:"Self-harmcanoftenbe
    anexpressionofadeeperproblem,whichiswhyearlyinterventionservic
    estosupportthesechildrenarevital.Withoutthis,theconsequencesreal
    lycanbeamatteroflifeordeath."Self-harmisoneofthebiggestriskfacto
    rsforsuicideamongteens.Suicideisnowthesecondmostcommoncaus
    eofdeathintheunder-25sworldwide.

    Free writing

    Write about self-harm for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Teenage years are the hardest in our lives. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SELF-HARM: Make a poster about self-harm. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. TEENAGE YEARS: Write a magazine article about our teenage years. Discuss whether schools should give more support to help young people get through this difficult time. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on self-harm. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to help young teenagers. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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