The Reading / Listening - Singing - Level 6

Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on reducing anxiety and depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration with a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team conducted the study to examine how singing with other people affects mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants who attended free weekly singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups was an essential part in helping people recover from mental illness. In addition, it helped people feel valued, enhanced their mood and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.



Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing as part of a group contributes to people's recovery from mental health problems." He added that: "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 represented one component of a wider programme of support. For others, it stood out as key to their recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the initiative a life saver and that it saved their sanity." He said: "The key thing for everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model induced fun and happiness."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Singing - Level 4  or  Singing - Level 5

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


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. SINGING: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about singing. 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?

       singing / positive / anxiety / depression / community / mental health / workshops /
       recovery / component / programme / maintenance / health / initiative / happiness

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

3. SINGING GROUPS: Students A strongly believe everyone should belong to a singing club; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SINGING: How would group singing in these situations help society? Would you take part? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How would it help?

Would you do it?

On a bus

 

 

English lessons

 

 

In a supermarket

 

 

In a hospital

 

 

In a movie theatre

 

 

At a train station

 

 

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

6. HAPPINESS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to make you happy at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • watching TV
  • eating
  • reading
  • speaking English
  • singing
  • sleeping
  • bathing
  • exercising

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. anxiety a. The action of working with someone to produce or create something.
      2. collaboration b. A person who takes part in something.
      3. conducted c. Considered to be important or beneficial.
      4. participants d. Organized and carried out.
      5. essential e. Return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.
      6. recover f. A feeling of worry or nervousness, usually about an upcoming event or something with an uncertain outcome.
      7. valued g. Absolutely necessary; extremely important.

    Paragraph 2

      8. contributes h. Without anything else getting in the way.
      9. direct i. Meetings at which a group of people take part in discussions and activities.
      10. workshops j. Produced or brought about something or brought about a behaviour.
      11. component k. An act or strategy to find an answer to a difficulty or improve a situation.
      12. initiative l. A part or element of a larger whole.
      13. sanity m. Helps to cause or bring about.
      14. induced n. The ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; normal mental health.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Singing in groups could reduce anxiety but increase depression.     T / F
  2. A community singing programme helped with the research.     T / F
  3. Researchers spent six years following people who sang together.     T / F
  4. The article said people thought the singing group was not valued.     T / F
  5. The lead researcher said all participants reported positive benefits.     T / F
  6. The singing was the most important part of everyone's recovery.     T / F
  7. Some participants said the singing workshops were a life saver.     T / F
  8. The researcher said the workshops created happiness and fun.     T / F

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

  1. positive
  2. anxiety
  3. conducted
  4. attended
  5. enhanced
  6. recovery
  7. result
  8. component
  9. initiate
  10. induced
  1. recuperation
  2. took part in
  3. brought about
  4. worry
  5. part
  6. start
  7. favorable
  8. increased
  9. consequence
  10. organized

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

  1. could have positive effects
  2. in collaboration
  3. singing with other people
  4. free weekly
  5. enhanced their
  6. one component of a wider
  7. it stood out as
  8. We heard the participants calling the
  9. The key thing
  10. induced fun
  1. for everyone
  2. affects mental health
  3. initiative a life saver
  4. mood
  5. and happiness
  6. on reducing anxiety
  7. programme
  8. singing workshops
  9. with
  10. key to their recovery

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
affects
reducing
being
collaboration
essential
valued
conducted
weekly

Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on (1) ____________ anxiety and depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in (2) ____________ with a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team (3) ____________ the study to examine how singing with other people (4) ____________ mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants who attended free (5) ____________ singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups was an (6) ____________ part in helping people recover from mental illness. In addition, it helped people feel (7) ____________, enhanced their mood and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-(8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
initiative
reported
wider
fun
contributes
sanity
result
maintenance

Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing as part of a group (9) ____________ to people's recovery from mental health problems." He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to (10) ____________ positive effects on their mental health as a direct (11) ____________ of taking part in the singing workshops. For some, it represented one component of a (12) ____________ programme of support. For others, it stood out as key to their recovery or (13) ____________ of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the (14) ____________ a life saver and that it saved their (15) ____________." He said: "The key thing for everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model induced (16) ____________ and happiness."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  singing in groups could have positive effects ______ anxiety
     a.  an reducing
     b.  on reducing
     c.  un-reducing
     d.  as reducing

2) the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration with a community ______
     a.  singing grouping
     b.  singing grouped
     c.  singing group
     d.  singing groupie

3)  conducted the study to examine how singing with other people ______ health
     a.  effects mental
     b.  affects mental
     c.  reflects mental
     d.  infects mental

4)  They discovered that singing in groups was an essential ______ people
     a.  parting helping
     b.  party in helping
     c.  par tin helping
     d.  part in helping

5)  enhanced their mood and increased their confidence, social skills ______ well-being
     a.  and feeling of
     b.  end feeling of
     c.  and feel in of
     d.  end fee line of

6)  We found that singing as part of a group contributes  ______
     a.  at people's recovery
     b.  of people's recovery
     c.  to people's recovery
     d.  through people's recovery

7)  He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to ______ effects"
     a.  report it positive
     b.  re-port it positive
     c.  report add positive
     d.  reported positive

8)  For some, it represented one component of a wider programme ______
     a.  off support
     b.  of support
     c.  of supplant
     d.  off supplant

9)  Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the ______ saver"
     a.  initiate live a life
     b.  initial tiff a life
     c.  initiative a life
     d.  initial of life

10)  He said: "The key thing for everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model ______"
     a.  in deuced fun
     b.  in dust fun
     c.  industry fun
     d.  induced fun

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers have found (1) ___________________ groups could have positive effects on (2) ___________________ and depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, (3) ___________________ with a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team conducted the study (4) ___________________ singing with other people affects mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants who attended free weekly singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups (5) ___________________ part in helping people recover from mental illness. In addition, it helped people feel valued, enhanced (6) ___________________ increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.

Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing (7) ___________________ a group contributes to people's recovery from mental health problems." He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to reported (8) ___________________ their mental health as a (9) ___________________ taking part in the singing workshops. For some, it represented one component of a wider programme of support. For others, it stood out (10) ___________________ their recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling (11) ___________________ life saver and that it saved their sanity." He said: "The key thing (12) ___________________ that the Sing Your Heart Out model induced fun and happiness."

Comprehension questions

  1. What two mental health conditions could singing in groups reduce?
  2. What kind of group did a university collaborate with?
  3. How much did the weekly singing workshops cost?
  4. For how long did people attend the workshops?
  5. What did the article say the singing workshops enhanced?
  6. Who is Tom Shakespeare?
  7. How many of the participants reported positive effects?
  8. Where were the workshops a component of in some people's recovery?
  9. What were the workshops a key to for some participants?
  10. What two things did the Sing Your Heart Out model induce?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What two mental health conditions could singing in groups reduce?
a) blackouts and fainting fits
b) migraines and polar disorder
c) stress and headaches
d) anxiety and depression

2) What kind of group did a university collaborate with?
a) a rock group
b) a community singing group
c) a mental health organization
d) a small group

3) How much did the weekly singing workshops cost?
a) $100
b) $200
c) $10
d) nothing

4) For how long did people attend the workshops?
a) 2 months
b) 4 months
c) 6 months
d) 8 months

5) What did the article say the singing workshops enhanced?
a) music knowledge
b) vocal chords
c) voice quality
d) mood

6) Who is Tom Shakespeare?
a) William's brother
b) a singer
c) the lead researcher
d) a mental health patient

7) How many of the participants reported positive effects?
a) all of them
b) 90% of them
c) three-quarters of them
d) half of them

8) Where were the workshops a component of in some people's recovery?
a) in the back of their head
b) London
c) in their support programme
d) in medicine

9) What were the workshops a key to for some participants?
a) a crossword puzzle
b) recovery
c) their inner mind
d) life

10) What two things did the Sing Your Heart Out model induce?
a) fun and happiness
b) good and bad
c) laughter and tears
d) opera and rock

Role play

Role A – Singing You think singing is the thing that makes you happy most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make you as happy. Also, tell the others which of these make you happy the least (and why): sleeping, eating or speaking English. Role B – Sleeping You think sleeping is the thing that makes you happy most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make you as happy. Also, tell the others which of these make you happy the least (and why): singing, eating or speaking English. Role C – Eating You think eating is the thing that makes you happy most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make you as happy. Also, tell the others which of these make you happy the least (and why): sleeping, singing or speaking English. Role D – Speaking English You think speaking English is the thing that makes you happy most. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things don't make you as happy. Also, tell the others which of these make you happy the least (and why): sleeping, eating or singing.

After reading / listening

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

'song'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'happy'.

  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • • 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:

    • lead
    • all
    • some
    • others
    • life
    • fun
    • positive
    • community
    • study
    • six
    • addition
    • social




    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 - Singing in groups could make you happier

    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 'sing'?
    3. What do you think of singing?
    4. What do you think of your singing voice?
    5. What do you think of karaoke?
    6. How does singing make you feel?
    7. Where and when do you sing?
    8. What do you think of the community singing group?
    9. How might singing improve our mental health?
    10. Who is your favourite singer, and why?

    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 'song'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How much do you like singing?
    5. How does singing change your mood?
    6. Why do we sing?
    7. When might singing make you unhappy?
    8. Would you like to be lead singer in a band?
    9. What kinds of songs do you like to sing?
    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)

    Researchers have found that singing in groups could have (1) ____ effects on reducing anxiety and depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration (2) ____ a community singing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team conducted the study to examine (3) ____ singing with other people affects mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants who attended free (4) ____ singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups was an essential part (5) ____ helping people recover from mental illness. In addition, it helped people feel valued, enhanced their (6) ____ and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.

    Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing as part of a group contributes to people's (7) ____ from mental health problems." He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to reported positive effects on their mental health as a (8) ____ result of taking part in the singing workshops. For some, it represented one (9) ____ of a wider programme of support. For others, it stood out as (10) ____ to their recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the (11) ____ a life saver and that it saved their sanity." He said: "The key thing for everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model (12) ____ fun and happiness."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     positively     (b)     posit     (c)     posits     (d)     positive    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     by     (c)     of     (d)     with    
    3. (a)     what     (b)     how     (c)     however     (d)     howsoever    
    4. (a)     week     (b)     weeks     (c)     weekly     (d)     weeklies    
    5. (a)     by     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     mood     (b)     moody     (c)     mode     (d)     mod    
    7. (a)     recoverers     (b)     recover     (c)     recovers     (d)     recovered    
    8. (a)     direct     (b)     directed     (c)     directly     (d)     direction    
    9. (a)     combatant     (b)     component     (c)     competence     (d)     combined    
    10. (a)     quay     (b)     krill     (c)     key     (d)     knee    
    11. (a)     Inuit     (b)     initialize     (c)     initiative     (d)     initial    
    12. (a)     abducted     (b)     seduced     (c)     deduced     (d)     induced

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    1  )     Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on reducing anxiety

    (    )     weekly singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups was an essential

    (    )     singing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team conducted the study to examine how singing

    (    )     or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the

    (    )     Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing as part of a group contributes

    (    )     initiative a life saver and that it saved their sanity." He said: "The key thing for

    (    )     and depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration with a community

    (    )     part in helping people recover from mental illness. In addition, it helped people feel valued, enhanced their

    (    )     to people's recovery from mental health problems." He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to reported positive

    (    )     everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model induced fun and happiness."

    (    )     with other people affects mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants who attended free

    (    )     effects on their mental health as a direct result of taking part in the singing workshops. For some, it represented

    (    )     one component of a wider programme of support. For others, it stood out as key to their recovery

    (    )     mood and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. effects   could   Singing   have   in   positive   groups   .
    2. singing   with   group   a   In   community   collaboration   .
    3. other   How   singing   with   affects   mental   health   people   .
    4. Participants   singing   free   who   workshops   attended   weekly   .
    5. essential   in   people   An   part   helping   recover   .
    6. group   people's   contributes   recovery   to   Part   of   a   .
    7. effects   positive   reported   to   spoke   we   participants   The   .
    8. of   component   One   support   of   programme   wider   a   .
    9. as   out   stood   It   recovery   their   to   key   .
    10. the   the   life   Heard   calling   a   saver   participants   initiative   -   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive affects / effects on reducing anxiety and depressive / depression. The research is from the University of East Anglia in the UK, in collaboration / collaborative with a community singing / sing group called Sing Your Heart Out. A research team conducted the study to examine what / how singing with other people affects mental health. Researchers followed a group of participants what / who attended free weekly / week singing workshops for six months. They discovered that singing in groups was an essence / essential part in helping people recover from mental illness. In / On addition, it helped people feel valued, enhanced their mood / moody and increased their confidence, social skills and feeling of well-being.

    Lead researcher, professor Tom Shakespeare, said: "We found that singing as / was part of a group contributes to people's recover / recovery from mental health problems." He added that: "All of the participants we spoke to reported positively / positive effects on their mental health as a direction / direct result of taking part on / in the singing workshops. For some, it represented one competent / component of a wider programme of support. For others, it stood out as key to their recover / recovery or maintenance of health." Professor Shakespeare explained: "We heard the participants calling the initiative a life saver / server and that it saved their sane / sanity." He said: "The key thing for everyone was that the Sing Your Heart Out model induced fun / funny and happiness."

    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

    researchers have found that singing in groups could have positive effects on reducing anxiety and depression the research is from the university of east anglia in the uk in collaboration with a community singing group called sing your heart out a research team conducted the study to examine how singing with other people affects mental health researchers followed a group of participants who attended free weekly singing workshops for six months they discovered that singing in groups was an essential part in helping people recover from mental illness in addition it helped people feel valued enhanced their mood and increased their confidence social skills and feeling of well-being

    lead researcher professor tom shakespeare said "we found that singing as part of a group contributes to people's recovery from mental health problems" he added that "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 represented one component of a wider programme of support for others it stood out as key to their recovery or maintenance of health" professor shakespeare explained "we heard the participants calling the initiative a life saver and that it saved their sanity" he said "the key thing for everyone was that the sing your heart out model induced fun and happiness"

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    sthattheSingYourHeartOutmodelinducedfunandhappiness."

    Free writing

    Write about singing for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all sing in groups every day. Do you agree? What are the pros and cons of this?

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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 story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. SINGING: Make a poster about singing. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. SINGING IN GROUPS: Write a magazine article about singing in groups every day. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    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 singing. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on where and how we can sing more in groups. 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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