The Reading / Listening - Singing - Level 4

Singing in groups could lower anxiety and depression. New research from a university in the UK and a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out, looked at how singing in groups helped mental health. Researchers followed participants in free weekly singing workshops for six months. They found that singing in groups helped people recover from mental illness. It also helped people feel valued, lifted their mood, and increased their confidence.



The lead researcher said singing in a group helped people recover from mental health problems. He said participants reported positive effects on their mental health because of singing in the workshops. For some people, it was a key part of their recovery and well-being. The researcher said some participants called the workshops a life saver and that they saved their sanity. He said: "The key thing for everyone was [the workshops] induced fun and happiness."

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Sources
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-12-groups-happier.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42431430
  • https://www.syho.org


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. lower anxiety
  2. a community singing
  3. how singing in groups
  4. free weekly
  5. helped people recover
  6. It also helped people feel
  7. lifted
  8. increased their
  1. their mood
  2. from mental illness
  3. group
  4. confidence
  5. and depression
  6. singing workshops
  7. valued
  8. helped mental health

Paragraph 2

  1. the lead
  2. helped people
  3. positive effects on their
  4. a key part
  5. participants called the workshops a
  6. they saved their
  7. The key thing
  8. induced fun
  1. life saver
  2. and happiness
  3. recover
  4. for everyone
  5. mental health
  6. researcher
  7. of their recovery
  8. sanity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Singing in groups (1) ___________________ anxiety and depression. New (2) ___________________ a university in the UK and a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out, looked (3) ___________________ in groups helped mental health. Researchers followed participants in free (4) ___________________ workshops for six months. They found that singing in groups helped people (5) ___________________ mental illness. It also helped people feel valued, (6) ___________________, and increased their confidence.

The lead researcher said singing (7) ___________________ helped people recover from mental health problems. He said participants reported positive (8) ___________________ their mental health because of singing in the workshops. For some people, it was (9) ___________________ of their recovery (10) ___________________. The researcher said some participants called the workshops a life saver and that they (11) ___________________. He said: "The key thing for everyone was [the workshops] (12) ___________________ happiness."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Singingingroupscouldloweranxietyanddepression.Newresearchfro
mauniversityintheUKandacommunitysinginggroupcalledSingYourH
eartOut,lookedathowsingingingroupshelpedmentalhealth.Research
ersfollowedparticipantsinfreeweeklysingingworkshopsforsixmonths
.Theyfoundthatsingingingroupshelpedpeoplerecoverfrommentalilln
ess.Italsohelpedpeoplefeelvalued,liftedtheirmood,andincreasedthe
irconfidence.Theleadresearchersaidsinginginagrouphelpedpeoplere
coverfrommentalhealthproblems.Hesaidparticipantsreportedpositi
veeffectsontheirmentalhealthbecauseofsingingintheworkshops.For
somepeople,itwasakeypartoftheirrecoveryandwell-being.Therese
archersaidsomeparticipantscalledtheworkshopsalifesaverandthatth
eysavedtheirsanity.Hesaid:"Thekeythingforeveryonewas[theworks
hops]inducedfunandhappiness."

Student survey

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