The Reading / Listening - Fans - Level 4

Scientists say using a fan to help us sleep is bad for us. This is bad news in the current hot weather. Sleep experts say there are many reasons why using a fan is bad for our health. They cause problems for people with asthma. Dust and pollen circulates around the room and adds to sleeplessness. Circulating air can dry out and irritate our eyes and mouth. This makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make our muscles tense.



Many sleep experts say fans are not a danger to health. One said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with circulating air." If a fan stops us sweating, we will sleep. People should keep fans at a distance from their bed and not have them blowing at their body. Using an air filter in the bedroom can reduce the levels of dust. A fan may be better than an air conditioner. This can cool the sweat on our body and give us a cold.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Fans - Level 5 or  Fans - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/is-sleeping-with-a-fan-on-bad-for-your-health/
  • https://thefreshtoast.com/culture/sleeping-with-a-fan-on-is-bad-for-you/
  • http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/sleeping-with-a-fan-on-health-problems-warning-1-5626619


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. in the current
  2. reasons why using
  3. They cause problems
  4. pollen circulates
  5. irritate our eyes
  6. This makes it difficult
  7. Fans also cool
  8. make our muscles
  1. for people
  2. the air
  3. and mouth
  4. tense
  5. a fan is bad
  6. hot weather
  7. to sleep
  8. around the room

Paragraph 2

  1. a danger
  2. circulating
  3. keep fans at
  4. Using an air filter
  5. reduce the levels
  6. A fan may be better than
  7. cool the sweat
  8. give us
  1. of dust
  2. in the bedroom
  3. on our body
  4. to health
  5. a cold
  6. air
  7. a distance
  8. an air conditioner

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say using a fan to (1) ___________________ is bad for us. This is (2) ___________________ the current hot weather. Sleep experts say there are many reasons why using a fan is bad (3) ___________________. They cause problems for people with asthma. (4) ___________________ circulates around the room and adds to sleeplessness. Circulating air can dry (5) ___________________ our eyes and mouth. This makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make (6) ___________________.

Many sleep experts say fans are not a (7) ___________________. One said: "There's nothing about a (8) ___________________. There's nothing wrong with circulating air." If a fan (9) ___________________, we will sleep. People should keep fans (10) ___________________ from their bed and not have them blowing at their body. Using an (11) ___________________ the bedroom can reduce the levels of dust. A fan may be better than an air conditioner. This can (12) ___________________ on our body and give us a cold.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistssayusingafantohelpussleepisbadforus.Thisisbadnewsinth
ecurrenthotweather.Sleepexpertssaytherearemanyreasonswhyusi
ngafanisbadforourhealth.Theycauseproblemsforpeoplewithasthma
.Dustandpollencirculatesaroundtheroomandaddstosleeplessness.Ci
rculatingaircandryoutandirritateoureyesandmouth.Thismakesitdiffi
culttosleep.Fansalsocooltheairandcanmakeourmusclestense.Many
sleepexpertssayfansarenotadangertohealth.Onesaid:"There'snothi
ngaboutafanthat'stoxic.There'snothingwrongwithcirculatingair."Ifa
fanstopsussweating,wewillsleep.Peopleshouldkeepfansatadistance
fromtheirbedandnothavethemblowingattheirbody.Usinganairfilteri
nthebedroomcanreducethelevelsofdust.Afanmaybebetterthananair
conditioner.Thiscancoolthesweatonourbodyandgiveusacold.

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 — Write your own questions

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

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

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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