The Reading / Listening - Fans - Level 5

Many people need a fan to sleep. Scientists say this could be bad for us. This is bad news for those of us unable to sleep in the current hot weather. Sleep experts at the website Sleep Advisor say there are many reasons why the use of a fan is bad for our health. Fans cause problems for people with asthma. They cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Circulating air can dry out and irritate your eyes and mouth, which makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles tense up and cramp.



Other sleep experts disagree and say fans are not a danger to health. A specialist on the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's nothing wrong with circulating air." If a fan stops us sweating, it will help us sleep. People should keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not have them blowing at their body. It is also a good idea to put an air filter in the bedroom to reduce the levels of dust. A fan may be better than an air conditioner, which can chill the sweat on our body and cause us to wake up with a cold.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Fans - Level 4 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. unable to sleep in the
  2. why the use of a fan is bad
  3. Fans cause problems for people
  4. cause dust and pollen
  5. add to an asthmatic's
  6. irritate your
  7. makes it difficult
  8. make muscles tense
  1. with asthma
  2. eyes
  3. current hot weather
  4. up and cramp
  5. to circulate
  6. to sleep
  7. for our health
  8. sleeplessness

Paragraph 2

  1. Other sleep experts
  2. the respiratory
  3. circulating
  4. keep fans at a safe
  5. reduce the levels
  6. A fan may be better than
  7. chill the sweat on
  8. wake up
  1. an air conditioner
  2. distance
  3. with a cold
  4. disagree
  5. system
  6. our body
  7. of dust
  8. air

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many people (1) ___________________ to sleep. Scientists say this could be bad for us. This is bad news for (2) ___________________ unable to sleep in the current hot weather. Sleep (3) ___________________ website Sleep Advisor say there are many reasons why the use of a fan is bad for our health. Fans (4) ___________________ people with asthma. They cause dust and pollen to circulate around the room and add to an asthmatic's sleeplessness. Circulating (5) ___________________ out and irritate your eyes and mouth, which makes it difficult to sleep. Fans also cool the air and can make muscles (6) ___________________ cramp.

Other sleep experts disagree and (7) ___________________ not a danger to health. A specialist on the respiratory system, said: "There's nothing about a fan that's toxic. There's (8) ___________________ circulating air." If a fan stops us sweating, it will help us sleep. People should keep fans at a safe distance from their bed and not (9) ___________________ at their body. It is also a good idea to put an air filter in the bedroom (10) ___________________ levels of dust. A fan (11) ___________________ than an air conditioner, which can chill the sweat on our body and cause us (12) ___________________ with a cold.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Manypeopleneedafantosleep.Scientistssaythiscouldbebadforus.Thi
sisbadnewsforthoseofusunabletosleepinthecurrenthotweather.Slee
pexpertsatthewebsiteSleepAdvisorsaytherearemanyreasonswhyth
euseofafanisbadforourhealth.Fanscauseproblemsforpeoplewithast
hma.Theycausedustandpollentocirculatearoundtheroomandaddtoa
nasthmatic'ssleeplessness.Circulatingaircandryoutandirritateyoure
yesandmouth,whichmakesitdifficulttosleep.Fansalsocooltheairandc
anmakemusclestenseupandcramp.Othersleepexpertsdisagreeands
ayfansarenotadangertohealth.Aspecialistontherespiratorysystem,s
aid:"There'snothingaboutafanthat'stoxic.There'snothingwrongwith
circulatingair."Ifafanstopsussweating,itwillhelpussleep.Peopleshou
ldkeepfansatasafedistancefromtheirbedandnothavethemblowingat
theirbody.Itisalsoagoodideatoputanairfilterinthebedroomtoreducet
helevelsofdust.Afanmaybebetterthananairconditioner,whichcanchil
lthesweatonourbodyandcauseustowakeupwithacold.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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