The Reading / Listening - Art Therapy - Level 2

A museum in Montreal, Canada is working with a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors will prescribe visits to art galleries, instead of medicine. The museum is taking part in trials on patients to find out how art affects health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy and mental health problems. The museum's director of education and wellness believes that art heals. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people....If you're suffering from breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel better."



A doctor with experience in helping to heal people with art therapy spoke about its benefits. She said: "There's more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health." She said looking at art increases hormones in our bodies that are responsible for our well-being. She said these same hormones are released when we exercise. The museum's director-general said physical activity and art gave similar health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st century, [art] will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Art Therapy - Level 0 Art Therapy - Level 1   or  Art Therapy - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45972348
  • https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2018/10/25/montreal-museum-of-fine-arts-prescription/
  • https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/doctors-can-soon-prescribe-visits-to-montreal-museum-of-fine-arts


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. working with a
  2. doctors will prescribe
  3. The museum is taking
  4. breast
  5. eating
  6. mental
  7. you could come
  8. you might feel
  1. cancer
  2. to the museum
  3. health problems
  4. better
  5. part in trials
  6. group of doctors
  7. disorders
  8. visits to art galleries

Paragraph 2

  1. experience in helping
  2. scientific
  3. art therapy is good for your
  4. increases hormones
  5. responsible for our well-
  6. art gave similar health
  7. I am
  8. health in the
  1. physical health
  2. convinced
  3. 20th century
  4. being
  5. proof
  6. to heal people
  7. in our bodies
  8. benefits

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A museum in Montreal, Canada (1) ___________________ a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors (2) ___________________ to art galleries, instead of medicine. The museum is taking part (3) ___________________ patients to find out how art affects health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy (4) ___________________ problems. The museum's director of education and wellness believes that art heals. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people....If (5) ___________________ breast cancer, you could come to the museum and (6) ___________________ better."

A doctor with experience in (7) ___________________ people with art therapy spoke (8) ___________________. She said: "There's more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health." She said (9) ___________________ increases hormones in our bodies that are responsible for our well-being. She said these same hormones (10) ___________________ we exercise. The museum's director-general said physical activity and art gave similar health benefits. She said: "I (11) ___________________ in the 21st century, [art] will be what physical activity (12) ___________________ in the 20th century."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AmuseuminMontreal,Canadaisworkingwithagroupofdoctorstohelpsi
ckpeople.Thedoctorswillprescribevisitstoartgalleries,insteadofmedi
cine.Themuseumistakingpartintrialsonpatientstofindouthowartaffe
ctshealth.Thepatientsincludepeoplewithbreastcancer,eatingdisorde
rs,epilepsyandmentalhealthproblems.Themuseum'sdirectorofeduc
ationandwellnessbelievesthatartheals.Hesaid:"Wesawthatthemuse
umwasgoodforpeople....Ifyou'resufferingfrombreastcancer,youcou
ldcometothemuseumandyoumightfeelbetter."Adoctorwithexperien
ceinhelpingtohealpeoplewitharttherapyspokeaboutitsbenefits.Shes
aid:"There'smoreandmorescientificproofthatarttherapyisgoodforyo
urphysicalhealth."Shesaidlookingatartincreaseshormonesinourbodi
esthatareresponsibleforourwell-being.Shesaidthesesamehormone
sarereleasedwhenweexercise.Themuseum'sdirector-generalsaidp
hysicalactivityandartgavesimilarhealthbenefits.Shesaid:"Iamconvi
ncedthatinthe21stcentury,[art]willbewhatphysicalactivitywasforhe
althinthe20thcentury."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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