The Reading / Listening - Living By The Sea - Level 2

Research says people who live close to the sea are happier than those who live inland. The researchers looked at data from surveys of 25,963 people on their happiness, lifestyle and income. They found that those who live within one kilometer of the coast are 22 per cent less likely to show signs of mental health problems. People who lived over 50 kilometers from the coast had more symptoms of mental health problems. Poorer people living within sight of the coast were 40 per cent less likely to have mental health symptoms than those who lived inland.



The lead researcher of the study said: "People in poorer households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders." She said the coast seemed to protect people from mental health problems. The doctor added that living on the coast could help people on high and low incomes. Another researcher said: "We need to help policy makers understand how to maximize the wellbeing benefits of 'blue' spaces in towns and cities. We need to ensure that access is fair and inclusive for everyone, while not damaging our fragile coastal environments."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Living By The Sea - Level 0 Living By The Sea - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. people who live close
  2. happier than those who
  3. The researchers looked
  4. less likely to
  5. symptoms of mental health
  6. living within
  7. 40 per cent less
  8. those who lived
  1. sight of the coast
  2. problems
  3. inland
  4. likely
  5. live inland
  6. to the sea
  7. show signs
  8. at data

Paragraph 2

  1. The lead researcher
  2. People in poorer
  3. experience fewer
  4. the coast seemed to
  5. help people on high
  6. We need to ensure that
  7. inclusive
  8. fragile coastal
  1. and low incomes
  2. for everyone
  3. protect people
  4. environments
  5. households
  6. of the study
  7. symptoms
  8. access is fair

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Research says people (1) ___________________ to the sea are happier than those (2) ___________________. The researchers looked at data from surveys of 25,963 people on their happiness, (3) ___________________. They found that those who live within one kilometer of the coast are 22 per cent (4) ___________________ show signs of mental health problems. People who lived over 50 kilometers from the coast (5) ___________________ of mental health problems. Poorer people living (6) ___________________ the coast were 40 per cent less likely to have mental health symptoms than those who lived inland.

The lead researcher of the study said: "(7) ___________________ households living close to the coast experience fewer symptoms of mental health disorders." She said the coast (8) ________________ people from mental health problems. The doctor added that living on the coast could help (9) ___________________ and low incomes. Another researcher said: "We need to help policy makers understand (10) ___________________ the wellbeing benefits of 'blue' spaces in towns and cities. We need to ensure that (11) ___________________ and inclusive for everyone, while not damaging (12) ___________________ environments."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Researchsayspeoplewholiveclosetotheseaarehappierthanthosewho
liveinland.Theresearcherslookedatdatafromsurveysof25,963people
ontheirhappiness,lifestyleandincome.Theyfoundthatthosewholivew
ithinonekilometerofthecoastare22percentlesslikelytoshowsignsofm
entalhealthproblems.Peoplewholivedover50kilometersfromthecoas
thadmoresymptomsofmentalhealthproblems.Poorerpeoplelivingwit
hinsightofthecoastwere40percentlesslikelytohavementalhealthsym
ptomsthanthosewholivedinland.Theleadresearcherofthestudysaid:
"Peopleinpoorerhouseholdslivingclosetothecoastexperiencefewersy
mptomsofmentalhealthdisorders."Shesaidthecoastseemedtoprotec
tpeoplefrommentalhealthproblems.Thedoctoraddedthatlivingonthe
coastcouldhelppeopleonhighandlowincomes.Anotherresearchersai
d:"Weneedtohelppolicymakersunderstandhowtomaximizethewellb
eingbenefitsof'blue'spacesintownsandcities.Weneedtoensurethatac
cessisfairandinclusiveforeveryone,whilenotdamagingourfragilecoas
talenvironments."

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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