The Reading / Listening - Art Therapy - Level 3

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has teamed up with a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, instead of giving them medicine. The museum is currently taking part in 10 trials on patients to find out what effect art has on health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy and mental health problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and wellness at the museum, believes that art heals. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people, so we decided to start this program with the doctors. If you're suffering from breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel better."



A doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about the benefits of art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health." She said looking at art increases hormones released in our bodies. These hormones are responsible for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries released the same kinds of hormones that are released when we exercise. Nathalie Bondil, 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 easier levels:

    Art Therapy - Level 0 Art Therapy - Level 1   or  Art Therapy - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. ART: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about art. 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?
       fine arts / doctors / sick people / doctors / medicine / health / education / cancer
       experience / heal / benefits / proof / well-being / hormones / exercise / 20th century
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ART THERAPY: Students A strongly believe art therapy is better than medicine; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. THERAPY: How good are these kinds of therapies? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Good

Bad

Art

 

 

Water

 

 

Forest

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

Psychiatric

 

 

Shock

 

 

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5. DOCTOR: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "doctor". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best kinds of physical activity at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • housework
  • weight training
  • shopping
  • walking up stairs
  • jogging
  • gardening
  • swimming
  • hiking

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. teamed up with a. As another (different) thing to use or have; substitute; alternative.
      2. prescribe b. Experiencing something bad or unpleasant.
      3. instead of c. Join with other people and work together to reach a goal.
      4. trials d. Recommend a medicine or action that will be good for someone.
      5. disorders e. A test of the performance, quality, or suitability of someone or something.
      6. suffering f. A disease or sickness.
      7. cancer g. A disease that can kill you, caused by bad and abnormal cells in a part of the body.

    Paragraph 2

      8. heal h. Good mental and physical health.
      9. benefits i. Make someone better after a sickness or injury.
      10. proof j. Things in our blood that change the way we feel and behave.
      11. hormones k. Allowed something to move, act, or flow freely.
      12. well-being l. An advantage or profit you get from something.
      13. released m. Totally sure and certain about something.
      14. convinced n. Something that helps to show that a fact or other thing is true or happened.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The museum in the article is in Toronto.     T / F
  2. Doctors will prescribe visits to art galleries to collect medicine.     T / F
  3. All of the people in trials are mental health patients.     T / F
  4. A museum director believes art therapy might make people feel better.   T / F
  5. A doctor said there was no scientific proof that art therapy worked.     T / F
  6. A doctor said looking at art increased hormone levels in our body.     T / F
  7. A director-general said looking at art and physical activity were similar.   T / F
  8. Art this century will be like physical activity was in the past century.     T / F

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

  1. teamed up
  2. taking part
  3. trials
  4. heals
  5. suffering
  6. benefits
  7. proof
  8. released
  9. similar
  10. convinced
  1. cures
  2. merits
  3. certain
  4. tests
  5. comparable
  6. collaborated
  7. let go
  8. evidence
  9. participating
  10. experiencing

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

  1. teamed up
  2. The doctors will prescribe
  3. instead of giving
  4. If you're suffering from
  5. come to the museum and you
  6. A doctor who has a lot of experience in
  7. more and more scientific
  8. These hormones are responsible
  9. hormones that are released
  10. what physical activity was for health
  1. them medicine
  2. when we exercise
  3. might feel better
  4. for our well-being
  5. visits
  6. in the 20th century
  7. with a group of doctors
  8. proof
  9. helping to heal people
  10. breast cancer

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
heals
effect
prescribe
currently
teamed
disorders
suffering
instead

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has (1) ___________ up with a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors will (2) ____________ visits to Montreal's art galleries, (3) ____________ of giving them medicine. The museum is (4) ____________ taking part in 10 trials on patients to find out what (5) ____________ art has on health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating (6) ____________, epilepsy and mental health problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and wellness at the museum, believes that art (7) ____________. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people, so we decided to start this program with the doctors. If you're (8) ____________ from breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel better."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
proof
similar
heal
same
benefits
activity
hormones
exercise

A doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to (9) ____________ people with art spoke about the (10) ____________ of art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more scientific (11) ____________ that art therapy is good for your physical health." She said looking at art increases (12) ____________ released in our bodies. These hormones are responsible for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries released the (13) ____________ kinds of hormones that are released when we (14) ____________. Nathalie Bondil, the museum's director-general, said physical activity and art gave (15) ____________ health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st century, [art] will be what physical (16) ____________ was for health in the 20th century."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has teamed up with a group of doctors to help ______
     a.  sickly people
     b.  sick people
     c.  sick peoples
     d.  sick peopled
2) doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, instead of giving ______
     a.  them medicine
     b.  then medicine
     c.  them medicines
     d.  them medicinal
3)  The museum is currently taking part in 10 ______
     a.  trials on patients
     b.  trials some patients
     c.  trials some patients
     d.  trails on patients
4)  people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy and mental ______
     a.  health problem
     b.  health problems
     c.  healthy problems
     d.  healthier problems
5)  you could come to the museum and you ______
     a.  might feeling better
     b.  might feel better
     c.  might feels better
     d.  might feeler better

6)  A doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke ______
     a.  about the benefits
     b.  about them benefits
     c.  about the benefit
     d.  about the beneficial
7)  Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more ______
     a.  scientific prove
     b.  scientific proof
     c.  scientific proofs
     d.  scientific proves
8)  She said looking at art increases hormones released in ______
     a.  our bodice
     b.  our bodies
     c.  our abodes
     d.  our bodily
9)  These hormones are responsible for ______
     a.  our well-been
     b.  our well be in
     c.  our well-being
     d.  our well-bean
10)  art will be what physical activity was for health in ______
     a.  a 20th century
     b.  then 20th century
     c.  them 20th century
     d.  the 20th century

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has (1) ___________________ a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, (2) ___________________ them medicine. The museum is currently (3) ___________________ 10 trials on patients to find out what effect art has on health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy (4) ___________________ problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and wellness at the museum, believes that art heals. He said: "We saw that the museum (5) ___________________ people, so we decided to start this program with the doctors. If you're suffering from breast cancer, (6) ___________________ to the museum and you might feel better."

A doctor who (7) ___________________ of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about (8) ___________________ art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more (9) ___________________ art therapy is good for your physical health." She said looking at art increases hormones released in our bodies. These hormones are responsible for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries (10) ___________________ kinds of hormones that are released when we exercise. Nathalie Bondil, the museum's director-general, said physical (11) ___________________ gave similar health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st century, [art] (12) ___________________ physical activity was for health in the 20th century."

Comprehension questions

  1. What is the name of the museum?
  2. How many trials are taking place?
  3. What kinds of disorders were mentioned in the article?
  4. What does the director of education and wellness believe art does?
  5. How might you feel if you go to the museum?
  6. Who is Hélène Boyer?
  7. What did Hélène Boyer say there was more and more of?
  8. What does looking at art increase in our body?
  9. What did people compare art therapy to?
  10. When did Nathalie Bondil say art therapy would be important?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What is the name of the museum?
a) Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts
b) Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
c) Vancouver Museum of Fine Arts
d) Toronto Museum of Fine Arts
2)  How many trials are taking place?
a) 8
b) 9
c) 10
d) 11
3)  What kinds of disorders were mentioned in the article?
a) liver
b) heart
c) skin
d) eating
4)  What does the director of education and wellness believe art does?
a) peels
b) heals
c) deals
d) meals
5)  How might you feel if you go to the museum?
a) better
b) fantastic
c) on top of the world
d) down

6)  Who is Hélène Boyer?
a) a doctor
b) a professor
c) an artist
d) a patient
7)  What did Hélène Boyer say there was more and more of?
a) disorders
b) paintings
c) research papers
d) scientific proof
8)  What does looking at art increase in our body?
a) blood cells
b) curiosity
c) hormones
d) brain cells
9)  What did people compare art therapy to?
a) sleeping
b) walking
c) shock therapy
d) physical activity
10)  When did Nathalie Bondil say art therapy would be important?
a) the 22nd century
b) this century
c) 2050
d) the 20th century

Role play

Role  A – Jogging
You think jogging is the best form of physical activity. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their activities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): housework, shopping or weight training.

Role  B – Housework
You think housework is the best form of physical activity. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their activities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): jogging, shopping or weight training.

Role  C – Shopping
You think shopping is the best form of physical activity. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their activities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): housework, jogging or weight training.

Role  D – Weight Training
You think weight training is the best form of physical activity. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their activities. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): housework, shopping or jogging.

After reading / listening

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

'art'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'therapy'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • lot
    • more
    • bodies
    • same
    • similar
    • 20th
    • teamed
    • visits
    • part
    • include
    • believes
    • feel




    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 - Canada doctors using art to treat patients

    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 'art'?
    3. What do you think of art?
    4. Why is art so important to us?
    5. Do you think art can be better than medicine?
    6. How does art make you feel?
    7. How could art help people with eating disorders?
    8. What are your favourite museums and art galleries?
    9. What art do you have in your home?
    10. Is painting or looking at paintings better for our health?

    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 'therapy'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is your favourite kind of art?
    5. Would you try art therapy?
    6. Do you think looking at art is as good as exercise?
    7. Which is healthier, looking at art or looking at the countryside?
    8. Is looking at art on the Internet as healthy as visiting an art gallery?
    9. What other areas of culture are good for our health?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the doctors?

    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)

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has teamed (1) ____ with a group of doctors to help sick people. The doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, instead (2) ____ giving them medicine. The museum is currently taking part in 10 trials on patients to find out what effect art has (3) ____ health. The patients (4) ____ people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy and mental health problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and wellness at the museum, believes that art (5) ____. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people, so we decided to start this program with the doctors. If you're suffering (6) ____ breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel better."

    A doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about the (7) ____ of art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more scientific (8) ____ that art therapy is good for your physical health." She said looking at art increases hormones released in our bodies. These hormones are (9) ____ for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries released the same kinds of hormones that are released (10) ____ we exercise. Nathalie Bondil, the museum's director-general, said physical activity and art gave (11) ____ health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st century, [art] will be what physical activity (12) ____ for health in the 20th century."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    2. (a)     to     (b)     as     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    3. (a)     as     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     of    
    4. (a)     include     (b)     inclusion     (c)     including     (d)     inclusive    
    5. (a)     heal     (b)     heals     (c)     healer     (d)     heels    
    6. (a)     from     (b)     as     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    7. (a)     benefactor     (b)     beneficial     (c)     beneficiary     (d)     benefits    
    8. (a)     proof     (b)     proofer     (c)     prove     (d)     proofs    
    9. (a)     responsive     (b)     responsibility     (c)     response     (d)     responsible    
    10. (a)     why     (b)     that     (c)     when     (d)     of    
    11. (a)     simulate     (b)     summary     (c)     same     (d)     similar    
    12. (a)     been     (b)     was     (c)     has     (d)     done

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  are responsible for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries released the same kinds of hormones that
    (...)  health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eating disorders, epilepsy and mental health
    1  ) The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has teamed up with a group of doctors to help sick
    (...)  people. The doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, instead of giving them
    (...)  A doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about the benefits
    (...)  problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and wellness at the museum, believes that art
    (...)  are released when we exercise. Nathalie Bondil, the museum's director-general, said physical
    (...)  start this program with the doctors. If you're suffering from breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel better."
    (...)  activity and art gave similar health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st
    (...)  medicine. The museum is currently taking part in 10 trials on patients to find out what effect art has on
    (...)  century, [art] will be what physical activity was for health in the 20th century."
    (...)  heals. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people, so we decided to
    (...)  for your physical health." She said looking at art increases hormones released in our bodies. These hormones
    (...)  of art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. museum   part   .   The   currently   is   taking
    3. The   cancer   .   patients   with   include   breast   people
    4. to   decided   program   start   this   We   with   doctors   .
    5. and   you   museum   feel   Come   to   the   better   .
    6. a   doctor   has   experience   .   lot   who   of   A
    7. your   physical   health   .   Art   for   good   is   therapy
    8. well-being   .   our   responsible   for   hormones   are   These
    9. of   released   galleries   hormones   .   kinds   art   Visiting   the
    10. Art   for   what   activity   be   health   .   was   will

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada has turned / teamed up with a group of doctors to help sick / sickness people. The doctors will prescribe visits to Montreal's art galleries, instead for / of giving them medicine. The museum is currency / currently taking part in 10 trials / trails on patients to find out what effect art has on / in health. The patients include people with breast cancer, eat-in / eating disorders, epilepsy and mental health problems. Thomas Bastien, director of education and well / wellness at the museum, believes that art heals. He said: "We saw that the museum was good for people, so we decide / decided to start this program with the doctors. If you're suffering from breast cancer, you could come to the museum and you might feel / feeling better."

    A doctor who has a lot / lots of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about the benefits / beneficial of art therapy. Dr Hélène Boyer said: "There's more and more science / scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health / healthy." She said looking at art increases hormones released in / on our bodies. These hormones are responsible as / for our well-being. Dr Boyer said visiting art galleries released the similar / same kinds of hormones that are released when we / they exercise. Nathalie Bondil, the museum's director-general, said physical activity and art gave similar / similarity health benefits. She said: "I am convinced that in the 21st century, [art] will be that / what physical activity was for health in the 20th century."

    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

    the montreal museum of fine arts in canada has teamed up with a group of doctors to help sick people the doctors will prescribe visits to montreals art galleries instead of giving them medicine the museum is currently taking part in 10 trials on patients to find out what effect art has on health the patients include people with breast cancer eating disorders epilepsy and mental health problems thomas bastien director of education and wellness at the museum believes that art heals he said we saw that the museum was good for people so we decided to start this program with the doctors if youre suffering from breast cancer you could come to the museum and you might feel better

    a doctor who has a lot of experience in helping to heal people with art spoke about the benefits of art therapy dr hlne boyer said theres more and more scientific proof that art therapy is good for your physical health she said looking at art increases hormones released in our bodies these hormones are responsible for our wellbeing dr boyer said visiting art galleries released the same kinds of hormones that are released when we exercise nathalie bondil the museums 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

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    TheMontrealMuseumofFineArtsinCanadahasteamedupwithagroupo
    fdoctorstohelpsickpeople.ThedoctorswillprescribevisitstoMontreal's
    artgalleries,insteadofgivingthemmedicine.Themuseumiscurrentlyt
    akingpartin10trialsonpatientstofindoutwhateffectarthasonhealth.T
    hepatientsincludepeoplewithbreastcancer,eatingdisorders,epilepsy
    andmentalhealthproblems.ThomasBastien,directorofeducationand
    wellnessatthemuseum,believesthatartheals.Hesaid:"Wesawthatth
    emuseumwasgoodforpeople,sowedecidedtostartthisprogramwithth
    edoctors.Ifyou'resufferingfrombreastcancer,youcouldcometothem
    useumandyoumightfeelbetter."Adoctorwhohasalotofexperienceinh
    elpingtohealpeoplewithartspokeaboutthebenefitsofarttherapy.DrH
    élèneBoyersaid:"There'smoreandmorescientificproofthatarttherap
    yisgoodforyourphysicalhealth."Shesaidlookingatartincreaseshormo
    nesreleasedinourbodies.Thesehormonesareresponsibleforourwell-
    being.DrBoyersaidvisitingartgalleriesreleasedthesamekindsofhorm
    onesthatarereleasedwhenweexercise.NathalieBondil,themuseum's
    director-general,saidphysicalactivityandartgavesimilarhealthben
    efits.Shesaid:"Iamconvincedthatinthe21stcentury,[art]willbewhat
    physicalactivitywasforhealthinthe20thcentury."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Looking at and creating art can be better than taking medicine. Discuss.

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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. ART: Make a poster about art. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HEALING: Write a magazine article about the healing powers of art. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 art. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on how art can heal. 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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