The Reading / Listening - Nice People - Level 1

Research shows that nicer people are poorer. Researchers looked at how our personalities affected how rich we were. They said nicer people were financially worse off than selfish people. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. A researcher said this was because kinder people were more "agreeable," more trusting and more caring. Agreeableness was linked to lower savings, higher debt, and difficulty in paying back debts.



Researchers looked at data from different online surveys taken by 9,000 people. The data was about people's financial situations, their debt, and their feelings about money. Researchers compared this data with surveys about personality and agreeableness. Agreeable people seemed to care less about money and so did not look after it. A researcher said being kind had "financial costs". She wanted to understand, "why nice guys seem to finish last".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Nice People - Level 0 Nice People - Level 2   or  Nice People - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.earth.com/news/nice-people-money-problems/
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6265263/Agreeable-people-money-work-likely-bankrupt.html
  • https://www.newsweek.com/nice-guys-really-do-finish-last-agreeable-people-more-likely-be-broke-1162687


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. our personalities affected
  2. financially worse
  3. difficult to look
  4. kinder people were
  5. more trusting
  6. inked
  7. higher
  8. difficulty in paying
  1. after their money
  2. debt
  3. and more caring
  4. back debts
  5. off
  6. more "agreeable"
  7. how rich we were
  8. to lower savings

Paragraph 2

  1. different online
  2. people's financial
  3. their feelings
  4. surveys about personality
  5. Agreeable people seemed to care
  6. being kind had
  7. She wanted to
  8. why nice guys seem
  1. "financial costs"
  2. surveys
  3. understand
  4. situations
  5. to finish last
  6. about money
  7. less
  8. and agreeableness

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research (1) ___________________ people are poorer. Researchers looked (2) ___________________ personalities affected how rich we were. They said nicer people were financially (3) ___________________ selfish people. Kinder people found it more difficult to look after their money. A researcher said this was because kinder (4) ___________________ "agreeable," more trusting (5) ___________________. Agreeableness was linked to lower savings, higher debt, and (6) ___________________ back debts.

Researchers (7) ___________________ from different online surveys taken by 9,000 people. The (8) ___________________ people's financial situations, their debt, and their feelings about money. Researchers compared this data (9) ___________________ personality and agreeableness. Agreeable people seemed to care less about money (10) ___________________ not look after it. A researcher said (11) ___________________ "financial costs". She wanted to understand, "why nice guys (12) ___________________ last".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchshowsthatnicerpeoplearepoorer.Researcherslookedathow
ourpersonalitiesaffectedhowrichwewere.Theysaidnicerpeopleweref
inanciallyworseoffthanselfishpeople.Kinderpeoplefounditmorediffic
ulttolookaftertheirmoney.Aresearchersaidthiswasbecausekinderpe
opleweremore"agreeable,"moretrustingandmorecaring.Agreeablen
esswaslinkedtolowersavings,higherdebt,anddifficultyinpayingback
debts.Researcherslookedatdatafromdifferentonlinesurveystakenby
9,000people.Thedatawasaboutpeople'sfinancialsituations,theirdeb
t,andtheirfeelingsaboutmoney.Researcherscomparedthisdatawiths
urveysaboutpersonalityandagreeableness.Agreeablepeopleseemed
tocarelessaboutmoneyandsodidnotlookafterit.Aresearchersaidbein
gkindhad"financialcosts".Shewantedtounderstand,"whyniceguysse
emtofinishlast".

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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