The Reading / Listening - Singing - Level 5

Singing in groups could reduce anxiety and depression. New research from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration with a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out, examined how singing with other people affected mental health. Researchers followed participants who attended free weekly singing workshops for six months. They found that singing in groups helped people recover from mental illness. Researchers said it helped people feel valued, lifted their mood, and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.



Researcher professor Tom Shakespeare said singing as part of a group contributed to people's recovery from mental health problems. He said: "All of the participants we spoke to reported positive effects on their mental health as a direct result of taking part in the singing workshops. For some…it stood out as key to their recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained that 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. reduce
  2. in collaboration
  3. singing
  4. attended free weekly
  5. helped people recover
  6. lifted their
  7. social
  8. feeling of well-
  1. from mental illness
  2. skills
  3. anxiety
  4. being
  5. with a community
  6. singing workshops
  7. mood
  8. with other people

Paragraph 2

  1. singing as
  2. All of the participants
  3. positive
  4. a direct result
  5. it stood out as key
  6. they saved their
  7. The key
  8. induced
  1. to their recovery
  2. thing for everyone
  3. we spoke to
  4. fun and happiness
  5. effects
  6. of taking part
  7. part of a group
  8. sanity

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Singing in groups could (1) ___________________ and depression. New research from the University of East Anglia in the UK, (2) ___________________ with a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out, examined how singing with other people (3) ___________________ health. Researchers followed participants who attended free weekly singing (4) ___________________ six months. They found that singing in groups helped people (5) ___________________ mental illness. Researchers said it helped people feel valued, lifted their mood, and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling (6) ___________________.

Researcher professor Tom Shakespeare said (7) ___________________ of a group contributed to people's (8) ___________________ mental health problems. He said: "All of the participants (9) ___________________ reported positive effects on their mental health as a direct result of taking part in the singing workshops. For some…it stood (10) ___________________ to their recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained that some participants called the workshops (11) ___________________ and that they saved their sanity. He said: "The key thing for everyone was [the workshops] (12) ___________________ and happiness."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Singingingroupscouldreduceanxietyanddepression.Newresearchfro
mtheUniversityofEastAngliaintheUK,incollaborationwithacommunit
ysinginggroupcalledSingYourHeartOut,examinedhowsingingwithot
herpeopleaffectedmentalhealth.Researchersfollowedparticipantsw
hoattendedfreeweeklysingingworkshopsforsixmonths.Theyfoundth
atsingingingroupshelpedpeoplerecoverfrommentalillness.Research
erssaidithelpedpeoplefeelvalued,liftedtheirmood,andincreasedtheir
confidence,socialskillsandfeelingofwell-being.Researcherprofesso
rTomShakespearesaidsingingaspartofagroupcontributedtopeople's
recoveryfrommentalhealthproblems.Hesaid:"Alloftheparticipantsw
espoketoreportedpositiveeffectsontheirmentalhealthasadirectresul
toftakingpartinthesingingworkshops.Forsome…itstoodoutaskeytot
heirrecoveryormaintenanceofhealth."ProfessorShakespeareexplain
edthatsomeparticipantscalledtheworkshopsalifesaverandthattheys
avedtheirsanity.Hesaid:"Thekeythingforeveryonewas[theworksho
ps]inducedfunandhappiness."

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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