The Reading / Listening - Live Concerts - Level 3

Researchers have found that people who go to live concerts, shows and museums can live longer than those who do not. Experts from University College London looked at the lifestyles of over 6,700 British people for 15 years. They examined how often the people went out and what kinds of events they attended. They found that over-50s who regularly went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less likely to die over the next 14 years. The researchers said the over-50s could extend their life by engaging with the "receptive arts". These include art galleries, concerts, museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. In addition to living longer, concertgoers could also have more fun.



Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big role in whether or not people went to concerts and engaged with the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent of people in the least wealthy group reported that they never accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a lot of truth in the research. He said arts and culture could improve things like mental health, ageing and loneliness. He recently announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to improve people's wellbeing and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that affect our health."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Live Concerts - Level 0 Live Concerts - Level 1   or  Live Concerts - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10583762/oaps-extend-lives-14-gigs/
  • https://www.radiox.co.uk/news/music/over-50s-brits-see-live-gigs-shows-live-longer/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/theatre-museums-art-long-life-health-cultural-activities-british-medical-journal-a9252171.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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. LIVE CONCERTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about live concerts. 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?
       live concerts / museums / experts / events / regularly / die / art galleries / opera / fun
       a big role / wealthy / cultural / activities / truth / loneliness / wellbeing / highlight
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THE ARTS: Students A strongly believe arts should be part of medical care; Students B strongly believe that's silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. CULTURE: What are the greatest examples of culture in your country? How much do you like them? Complete this table and share what you wrote with your partner(s). Change partners often.

 

Greatest Example

How Much I Like It

Art

 

 

Music

 

 

Dance

 

 

Literature

 

 

Architecture

 

 

Pop Culture

 

 

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5. OPERA: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "opera". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ARTS THERAPY: Rank these with your partner. Put the things which arts are best for at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Education
  • Creativity
  • Raising hope
  • Reducing stress
  • Bringing people together
  • Understanding cultures
  • Activating the brain
  • Reducing loneliness

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. show a. A building things from history, science, art, or culture are kept for people to look at and learn from.
      2. museum b. The way in which a person or group lives.
      3. experts c. Make something last longer.
      4. lifestyle d. A person who has a lot knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
      5. attended e. Often.
      6. regularly f. A play or other stage performance, especially a musical.
      7. extend g. Went to an event, meeting, party, etc.

    Paragraph 2

      8. role h. Participated or joined in with something.
      9. engaged i. Very, very rich.
      10. wealthy j. Have an effect on; make a difference to.
      11. truth k. Sadness because of having no friends or no one to talk to.
      12. loneliness l. A fact or belief that is true.
      13. improve m. The part a person or thing has in a particular situation.
      14. affect n. Make or become better.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. People who attend shows have shorter lives than people who don't.     T / F
  2. Experts looked at the lifestyles of over 6,700 people from Britain.     T / F
  3. Over-50s who don't go to concerts are like to live only another 14 years. T / F
  4. The article said concertgoers have more fun.     T / F
  5. A researcher found that people with little money went to many concerts. T / F
  6. The UK Health Secretary did not accept one word of the research.     T / F
  7. The UK health service will use the arts to help with mental health.     T / F
  8. Researchers said their work helped to highlight social factors.     T / F

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

  1. found
  2. experts
  3. examined
  4. attended
  5. fun
  6. role
  7. improve
  8. ageing
  9. overall
  10. explore
  1. part
  2. checked
  3. enjoyment
  4. look into
  5. specialists
  6. make better
  7. all in all
  8. discovered
  9. getting old
  10. went to

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

  1. live longer than
  2. They examined how often
  3. around 30 per cent less likely to
  4. In addition
  5. concertgoers could also have
  6. money played a big role in whether
  7. people in the least
  8. there could be a lot
  9. use the arts to improve people's
  10. social factors that
  1. more fun
  2. die over the next 14 years
  3. affect our health
  4. those who do not
  5. wealthy group
  6. of truth in the research
  7. to living longer
  8. wellbeing and health
  9. the people went out
  10. or not people went

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
lifestyles
likely
kinds
fun
shows
with
examined
regularly

Researchers have found that people who go to live concerts, (1) ____________ and museums can live longer than those who do not. Experts from University College London looked at the (2) ____________ of over 6,700 British people for 15 years. They (3) ____________ how often the people went out and what (4) ____________ of events they attended. They found that over-50s who (5) ____________ went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less (6) ____________ to die over the next 14 years. The researchers said the over-50s could extend their life by engaging (7) ____________ the "receptive arts". These include art galleries, concerts, museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. In addition to living longer, concertgoers could also have more (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
least
health
role
importance
ageing
engaged
truth
improve

Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big (9) ____________ in whether or not people went to concerts and (10) ____________ with the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent of people in the (11) ____________ wealthy group reported that they never accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a lot of (12) ____________ in the research. He said arts and culture could improve things like mental health, (13) ____________ and loneliness. He recently announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to (14) ____________ people's wellbeing and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results highlight the (15) ____________ of continuing to explore new social factors that affect our (16) ____________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  people who go to live concerts, shows and museums can live longer than ______ not
     a.  them who do
     b.  those who do
     c.  chose who do
     d.  hose who do
2)  Experts from University College London looked ______
     a.  at the live style
     b.  at the life stills
     c.  at the live styles
     d.  at the lifestyles
3)  how often the people went out and what kinds of ______
     a.  avenues they attended
     b.  events they attended
     c.  attends they attended
     d.  bends they attended
4)  over-50s who regularly went to concerts and shows were around 30 per ______
     a.  cent less likes
     b.  cent less like
     c.  cent less likelihood
     d.  cent less likely
5)  In addition to living longer, concertgoers could also ______
     a.  have many fun
     b.  have mare fun
     c.  have more fun
     d.  have moor fun
6)  Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played ______
     a.  a big roll
     b.  a big LOL
     c.  a big real
     d.  a big role

6)  Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played ______
     a.  a big roll
     b.  a big LOL
     c.  a big real
     d.  a big role
7)  in whether or not people went to concerts and engaged ______
     a.  with the parts
     b.  with the tarts
     c.  with the arts
     d.  with the hearts
8) UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a lot of ______ research
     a.  tooth in the
     b.  truth in the
     c.  true in the
     d.  truly in the
9)  culture could improve things like mental health, ageing ______
     a.  and loveliness
     b.  and cleanliness
     c.  and loneliness
     d.  and godliness
10)  highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that ______
     a.  effect our health
     b.  infect our health
     c.  reflect our health
     d.  affect our health

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers have found that people who go (1) ___________________, shows and museums can live (2) ___________________ who do not. Experts from University College London looked at the lifestyles of over 6,700 British people for 15 years. They examined how often the people went out and what (3) ___________________ they attended. They found that over-50s who regularly went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less (4) ___________________ over the next 14 years. The researchers said the over-50s could extend their life (5) ___________________ the "receptive arts". These include art galleries, concerts, museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. In (6) ___________________ longer, concertgoers could also have more fun.

Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big (7) ___________________ or not people went to concerts and engaged with the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent of people in (8) ___________________ group reported that they never accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a (9) ___________________ in the research. He said arts and culture could improve things like mental health, (10) ___________________. He recently announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to improve people's (11) ___________________. The researchers said: "Overall, our results highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social (12) ___________________ our health."

Comprehension questions

  1. Which university are the experts from?
  2. How long did researchers spend on their research?
  3. How much less likely to die early are over-50s who attend concerts?
  4. What kind of arts did the researchers say could extend lives?
  5. Who did the article say had more fun?
  6. What plays a big role in whether people go to concerts?
  7. What percentage of poorer people never enjoyed cultural activities?
  8. Who is Matt Hancock?
  9. What might the arts improve besides mental health and loneliness?
  10. What do researchers want to continue to explore?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Which university are the experts from?
a) UCLA
b) Oxford University
c) University College London
d) Beijing University
2) How long did researchers spend on their research?
a) 15 years
b) 12 years
c) 14 years
d) 13 years
3) How much less likely to die early are over-50s who attend concerts?
a) 26% less likely
b) 33% less likely
c) 28% less likely
d) 30% less likely
4) What kind of arts did the researchers say could extend lives?
a) martial arts
b) receptive arts
c) performing arts
d) design arts
5) Who did the article say had more fun?
a) cinemagoers
b) churchgoers
c) concertgoers
d) partygoers

6) What plays a big role in whether people go to concerts?
a) the weather
b) money
c) time
d) ticket availability
7) What percentage of poorer people never enjoyed cultural activities?
a) under 40 per cent
b) around 40 per cent
c) exactly 40 per cent
d) over 40 per cent
8) Who is Matt Hancock?
a) a doctor
b) the UK Health Secretary
c) a researcher
d) the head of the UK University
9) What might the arts improve besides mental health and loneliness?
a) ageing
b) eyesight
c) friendships
d) physical fitness
10) What do researchers want to continue to explore?
a) the mind
b) the world
c) new music
d) social factors

Role play

Role  A – Education
You think the arts are best for improving education. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): raising hope, activating the brain or reducing loneliness.

Role  B – Raising Hope
You think the arts are best for raising hope. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): education, activating the brain or reducing loneliness.

Role  C – Activating The Brain
You think the arts are best for activating the brain. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): raising hope, education or reducing loneliness.

Role  D – Reducing Loneliness
You think the arts are best for reducing loneliness. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least of these (and why): raising hope, activating the brain or education.

After reading / listening

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

'concert'

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  • and 'art'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • those
    • over
    • events
    • die
    • include
    • fun
    • money
    • 40
    • lot
    • mental
    • plans
    • explore




    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 - Live Concerts

    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 'concert'?
    3. What do you think of live concerts?
    4. Which are better - live concerts or musicals?
    5. How much longer would you like to live, and why?
    6. How healthy is your lifestyle?
    7. Why do you think going to concerts and museums is good for us?
    8. Is it better to go to a live concert or watch one on YouTube?
    9. Are you a concertgoer, an opera lover or a museumgoer?
    10. Are concerts best in stadiums or clubs?

    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 'museum'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What is the best live concert you have been to?
    5. Which are better - museums or art galleries?
    6. If you had more money, would you go to more concerts?
    7. How can the arts improve our mental health?
    8. What is the best thing to help with loneliness?
    9. Should all health services offer access to the arts?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Researchers have (1) ____ that people who go to live concerts, shows and museums can live longer than (2) ____ who do not. Experts from University College London looked at the lifestyles of over 6,700 British people for 15 years. They examined how often the people went (3) ____ and what kinds of events they attended. They found that over-50s who (4) ____ went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less likely to die (5) ____ the next 14 years. The researchers said the over-50s could extend their life by engaging with the "receptive arts". These include art galleries, concerts, museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. In (6) ____ to living longer, concertgoers could also have more fun.

    Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big (7) ____ in whether or not people went to concerts and (8) ____ with the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent of people in the least wealthy group reported that they never accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock (9) ____ there could be a lot of truth in the research. He said arts and culture could improve things like mental health, ageing and (10) ____. He recently announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to improve people's (11) ____ and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that (12) ____ our health."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     finding     (b)     find     (c)     fund     (d)     found    
    2. (a)     these     (b)     they     (c)     them     (d)     those    
    3. (a)     up     (b)     out     (c)     in     (d)     on    
    4. (a)     regular     (b)     regulars     (c)     regularly     (d)     regulated    
    5. (a)     over     (b)     under     (c)     above     (d)     up    
    6. (a)     addition     (b)     multiplication     (c)     subtraction     (d)     division    
    7. (a)     real     (b)     rail     (c)     roll     (d)     role    
    8. (a)     engaged     (b)     singled     (c)     divorced     (d)     married    
    9. (a)     believers     (b)     believes     (c)     believable     (d)     beliefs    
    10. (a)     godliness     (b)     cleanliness     (c)     loneliness     (d)     manliness    
    11. (a)     human being     (b)     being good     (c)     wellbeing     (d)     nonbeing    
    12. (a)     infect     (b)     affect     (c)     effect     (d)     deflect

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played a big role in whether or not people went to concerts and engaged
    (...)  highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that affect our health."
    (...)  kinds of events they attended. They found that over-50s who regularly went to concerts and
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    (...)  accessed cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could
    (...)  museums, musicals, the opera and the theatre. In addition to living longer, concertgoers could also have more fun.
    (...)  use the arts to improve people's wellbeing and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results
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    (...)  longer than those who do not. Experts from University College London looked at the lifestyles of
    (...)  health, ageing and loneliness. He recently announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to
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    Put the words in the right order

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    8. things   could   mental   like   Culture   health   .   improve
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    10. factors   new   affect   that   our   health   .   Explore   social

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Lead researcher Dr Daisy Fancourt said money played / acted a big role in whether or not people went to concerts and engaged of / with the arts. She wrote: "Over 40 per cent of people in the least / last wealthy group reported that they never accessed / access cultural activities." The UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock believes there could be a / the lot of truth in the research. He said arts and culture could improve thing / things like mental health, ageing and loneliness. He recently / recent announced plans for the UK's National Health Service to use the arts to improve / disappear people's wellbeing and health. The researchers said: "Overall, our results lowlight / highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that affect / effect our health."

    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

    researchers have found that people who go to live concerts shows and museums can live longer than those who do not experts from university college london looked at the lifestyles of over 6700 british people for 15 years they examined how often the people went out and what kinds of events they attended they found that over50s who regularly went to concerts and shows were around 30 per cent less likely to die over the next 14 years the researchers said the over50s could extend their life by engaging with the receptive arts these include art galleries concerts museums musicals the opera and the theatre in addition to living longer concertgoers could also have more fun

    lead researcher dr daisy fancourt said money played a big role in whether or not people went to concerts and engaged with the arts she wrote over 40 per cent of people in the least wealthy group reported that they never accessed cultural activities the uk health secretary matt hancock believes there could be a lot of truth in the research he said arts and culture could improve things like mental health ageing and loneliness he recently announced plans for the uks national health service to use the arts to improve peoples wellbeing and health the researchers said overall our results highlight the importance of continuing to explore new social factors that affect our health

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    Researchershavefoundthatpeoplewhogotoliveconcerts,showsandm
    useumscanlivelongerthanthosewhodonot.ExpertsfromUniversityCo
    llegeLondonlookedatthelifestylesofover6,700Britishpeoplefor15yea
    rs.Theyexaminedhowoftenthepeoplewentoutandwhatkindsofevent
    stheyattended.Theyfoundthatover-50swhoregularlywenttoconcert
    sandshowswerearound30percentlesslikelytodieoverthenext14year
    s.Theresearcherssaidtheover-50scouldextendtheirlifebyengagingw
    iththe"receptivearts".Theseincludeartgalleries,concerts,museums,
    musicals,theoperaandthetheatre.Inadditiontolivinglonger,concertg
    oerscouldalsohavemorefun.LeadresearcherDrDaisyFancourtsaidm
    oneyplayedabigroleinwhetherornotpeoplewenttoconcertsandengag
    edwiththearts.Shewrote:"Over40percentofpeopleintheleastwealth
    ygroupreportedthattheyneveraccessedculturalactivities."TheUKHe
    althSecretaryMattHancockbelievestherecouldbealotoftruthintheres
    earch.Hesaidartsandculturecouldimprovethingslikementalhealth,a
    geingandloneliness.HerecentlyannouncedplansfortheUK'sNational
    HealthServicetousetheartstoimprovepeople'swellbeingandhealth.T
    heresearcherssaid:"Overall,ourresultshighlighttheimportanceofcon
    tinuingtoexplorenewsocialfactorsthataffectourhealth."

    Free writing

    Write about live concerts for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We should all go to concerts and museums at least once a week. 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. LIVE CONCERTS: Make a poster about live concerts. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FREE CONCERTS: Write a magazine article about towns organizing live concerts every day. 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 live concerts. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on why live concerts might help us live longer. 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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