The Reading / Listening - Living By The Sea - Level 0

People who live near the sea are happier than those who live inland. Researchers looked at the happiness and income of 26,000 people. People who lived within one kilometer of the coast were 22 per cent less likely to have mental health problems. People over 50 kilometers from the coast had more mental health problems.



A researcher said living near the coast helped to protect people from mental health problems. Living on the coast could help poor and rich people. Another researcher said we needed to use spaces in towns and cities better. He said the coast is for everyone. He said we should stop damaging "our fragile coastal environments".

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    Living By The Sea - Level 1 Living By The Sea - Level 2   or  Living By The Sea - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/heres-why-living-by-the-sea-really-is-better-for-your-mental-health_uk
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/10/01/moving-closer-sea-make-happier-10839273/?ito=cbshare
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/mental-health-seaside-town-coast-study-depression-anxiety-income-a9127666.html


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. People who live
  2. happier than those who
  3. Researchers looked at the
  4. income of
  5. within one kilometer
  6. 22 per cent
  7. over 50 kilometers
  8. had more mental
  1. health problems
  2. 26,000 people
  3. of the coast
  4. live inland
  5. from the coast
  6. happiness
  7. less likely
  8. near the sea

Paragraph 2

  1. living near the
  2. helped to protect
  3. mental health
  4. we needed to use
  5. in towns
  6. He said the coast is
  7. He said we should
  8. fragile coastal
  1. people
  2. stop
  3. and cities
  4. environments
  5. coast
  6. spaces
  7. problems
  8. for everyone

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People (1) ___________________ the sea are happier than those (2) ___________________. Researchers looked at the happiness and income of 26,000 people. People (3) ___________________ one kilometer of the coast were 22 per cent (4) ___________________ have mental health problems. (5) ___________________ kilometers from the coast (6) ___________________ health problems.

A researcher said living (7) ___________________ helped to protect (8) ___________________ health problems. Living on the coast (9) ___________________ and rich people. Another researcher said we (10) ___________________ spaces in towns and cities better. He said (11) ___________________ for everyone. He said we should stop damaging "(12) ___________________ environments".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Peoplewholiveneartheseaarehappierthanthosewholiveinland.Resea
rcherslookedatthehappinessandincomeof26,000people.Peoplewhol
ivedwithinonekilometerofthecoastwere22percentlesslikelytohavem
entalhealthproblems.Peopleover50kilometersfromthecoasthadmor
ementalhealthproblems.Aresearchersaidlivingnearthecoasthelpedt
oprotectpeoplefrommentalhealthproblems.Livingonthecoastcouldh
elppoorandrichpeople.Anotherresearchersaidweneededtousespace
sintownsandcitiesbetter.Hesaidthecoastisforeveryone.Hesaidwesh
ouldstopdamaging"ourfragilecoastalenvironments".

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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