The Reading / Listening - Living By The Sea - Level 1

Research says people who live near the sea are happier than those who live inland. The researchers looked at data on the happiness, lifestyle and income of 26,000 people. Those who live 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. Poorer people living within sight of the coast were 40 per cent less likely to have problems.



A researcher said: "People in poorer households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders." The coast seemed 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 should be for everyone, but we have to stop damaging "our fragile coastal environments".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Living By The Sea - Level 0 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. The researchers looked at
  4. the happiness, lifestyle and income
  5. live within one kilometer
  6. 22 per cent less
  7. within sight
  8. less likely to
  1. of the coast
  2. likely
  3. have problems
  4. data
  5. live inland
  6. of the coast
  7. near the sea
  8. of 26,000 people

Paragraph 2

  1. People in poorer
  2. experience fewer
  3. The coast seemed to
  4. help poor
  5. Another researcher said we
  6. spaces in towns
  7. the coast should be
  8. fragile coastal
  1. needed to
  2. for everyone
  3. and rich people
  4. environments
  5. households
  6. protect people
  7. symptoms
  8. and cities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research says (1) ___________________ near the sea are happier than those (2) ___________________. The researchers looked at data on the happiness, lifestyle (3) ___________________ 26,000 people. Those who live within one kilometer of the coast were 22 per cent (4) ___________________ have mental health problems. People over 50 kilometers from (5) ___________________ more mental health problems. Poorer people living within sight of the coast were 40 per cent (6) ___________________ have problems.

A researcher said: "People (7) ___________________ living close to the coast experience (8) ___________________ mental health disorders." The coast (9) ___________________ people from mental health problems. Living (10) ___________________ could help poor and rich people. Another researcher said we needed to (11) ___________________ towns and cities better. He said the coast should be for everyone, but we (12) ___________________ damaging "our fragile coastal environments".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchsayspeoplewholiveneartheseaarehappierthanthosewholiv
einland.Theresearcherslookedatdataonthehappiness,lifestyleandin
comeof26,000people.Thosewholivewithinonekilometerofthecoastw
ere22percentlesslikelytohavementalhealthproblems.Peopleover50
kilometersfromthecoasthadmorementalhealthproblems.Poorerpeo
plelivingwithinsightofthecoastwere40percentlesslikelytohaveprobl
ems.Aresearchersaid:"Peopleinpoorerhouseholdslivingclosetothec
oastexperiencefewersymptomsofmentalhealthdisorders."Thecoast
seemedtoprotectpeoplefrommentalhealthproblems.Livingonthecoa
stcouldhelppoorandrichpeople.Anotherresearchersaidweneededtou
sespacesintownsandcitiesbetter.Hesaidthecoastshouldbeforeveryo
ne,butwehavetostopdamaging"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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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